Out on the Shelves runs a writing competition every year to celebrate young rainbow voices across Aotearoa.
There are two age categories – Under 16, and 16 – 24 – and we accept poetry and flash fiction (any story under 1,000 words or less). Winning and shortlisted entries are published right here on our website and celebrated in our annual Rainbow Zine.
The writing competition will be back for 2022. In the meantime please check out our previous entries below.
Thank you so much to all the writers who submitted their work, and congratulations to the 2021 winners!
Please note that some pieces of writing contain instances of violence, homophobia/ biphobia/ transphobia, strong language and other themes that may be upsetting to some readers.
Winning Entries 2021
Winning Entries 2020