Rainbow Writing Competition | Whakataetae Tuhituhi

We are running a writing competition to celebrate young rainbow voices across Aotearoa.

Enter the competition by submitting your work to outontheshelves@insideout.org.nz.

There are two categories – Under 16, and 16 – 24 – with exciting prizes up for grabs! Winning and shortlisted entries will be displayed right here on our website and will be celebrated in our 2021 Rainbow Zine.

We are accepting poetry and flash fiction (any story under 1,000 words or less) – so get creating! We can’t wait to read your work.

Submissions close 30 June 2021 and winners will be announced in July.


A variety of the entries from our 2020 competition are featured below. Thank you to our writers for submitting your work, and congratulations to the winners! You can also download our 2020 Rainbow Zine to read a selection of the shortlisted entries.

Please note that some pieces of writing contain instances of violence, homophboia/ biophobia/ transphobia, strong language and other themes that may be upsetting to some readers.

Under 16

Winning Entries 2020

Entries 2020


Winning Entries 2020

Entries 2020