How you can WIN the best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand


The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, showcases carefully chiseled works that are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising, composed with precision in a form where every word counts.

Edited by leading Aotearoa New Zealand flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, this pioneering collection of short short works includes flash fiction, prose poetry and haibun from 165 emerging and established authors such as Bill Manhire, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Michele Leggott.

“In flash fiction, something small can be powerful; an individual’s imagination can be set free. It is a language-driven form, either subtle or fiery. Experimental in its very nature; it will surprise time and again. And it’s an equal opportunity form: new writers are as likely to shine as experienced writers,” co-editor Michelle Elvy explains.

Bonsai will be launched at the close of WORD Christchurch Festival this Sunday 2 September, 6.30pm at Scorpio Books, Christchurch. All staff and students welcome.

With book design by award-winning Aaron Beehre, Bonsai is a beautifully produced volume. Purchase your own copy of Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

  1. How many stories are there in the Bonsai collection? Find a hint, here.

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 5 September. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 7 September.