2023 Literary Competition Overview | Enter Now
13 May 2023
As you all know, the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association is dedicated to promoting and preserving the hunting heritage of our great country. And one of the ways we do this is through our annual literary competitions.
Whether you're a seasoned writer or a beginner, we invite you to enter one or all of our national literary competition categories:
1. The Philip Holden Trophy for hunting stories or articles
2. The Tony Orman Trophy for cameos
3. The Halcyon Publishing Trophy for hunting-themed poetry.
Not only is this a great opportunity to showcase your writing talents, but you'll also have the chance to win prestigious trophies and a range of hunting gear to take with you on your next adventure.
So why not share your hunting experiences and observations with the hunting community? We want to hear your stories and poems that capture the spirit of the hunt and celebrate our shared passion for the great outdoors.
Entries for all three literary competitions are due by 5pm on Friday, 7th July 2023. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be recognized for your writing skills and your love of hunting.
We look forward to reading your entries and celebrating the winners at our annual awards ceremony.
Best of luck to all entrants!
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This year, all entrants will go in the draw to win a years subscription to the official NZDA magazine, Hunting and Wildlife.
Go In The Draw To Win A Years Subscription
We wanted to add a little extra motivation for you to get those creative juices flowing.
Introducing the Literary Competition Bonus Prize: A Full-Year Subscription to the NZDA Magazine, Hunting and Wildlife!
That's right, by entering any category of our Literary Competition, you automatically go in the draw for a chance to win this prize.
Hunting and Wildlife Magazine is your ultimate source of inspiration and knowledge, and we're giving you the opportunity to enjoy it for a whole year, absolutely free!
Philip Holden Trophy - Story
Are you a hunter with a story to tell? The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association invites you to enter the Philip Holden Trophy, a literary competition for the best hunting story or article of interest to stalkers. There is no restriction on the year or locality of your trip, so whether you have a recent tale to share or a classic story from your past, we want to hear it!
Your entry should be approximately 1500 words or more, and should showcase your skills as a storyteller and your passion for hunting. The winner will receive the prestigious Philip Holden Trophy, as well as a range of hunting gear to help them on their next hunting trip.
So why not dust off your keyboard and start writing? Share your experiences with the hunting community and be in the running for this prestigious award.
Tony Orman Trophy - Cameos
Have you ever had a wildlife encounter that left a lasting impression? Or a hunting trip that you'll never forget? The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association wants to hear your stories! Enter the Tony Orman Trophy, a literary competition for cameos of up to 1500 words.
Your entry could be an observation of wildlife behavior, a reflection on the hunting experience, or any other story that showcases your love of the outdoors. The winner will receive the Tony Orman Trophy, as well as a range of hunting gear to help them on their next adventure.
Don't let your stories go untold! Share them with the hunting community and be in the running for this prestigious award.
Halcyon Publishing Trophy - Poetry
Are you a poet with a love of the great outdoors? The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association invites you to enter the Halcyon Publishing Trophy, a literary competition for the best hunting-themed poem. There is no restriction on the length of your poem, so whether you prefer short and sweet or long and epic, we want to see your work!
Your poem should capture the spirit of the hunt and showcase your creativity and skill as a poet. The winner will receive the Halcyon Publishing Trophy, as well as a range of hunting gear to help them on their next hunting trip.
So why not put pen to paper and start crafting your masterpiece? Share your love of hunting and poetry with the world and be in the running for this prestigious award.