MiNDFOOD NZ & AU Short Story Winners 2021

MiNDFOOD NZ & AU Short Story Winners 2021
Supporting the creative communities in both New Zealand and Australia is an important part of MiNDFOOD. This is why each month we showcase local talent by publishing a short story from one budding writer. Here are the grand winners from both countries for 2021.


And the winner is…

Sarah Harpur Ruigrok from our October issue is the winner of the 2021 MiNDFOOD NZ short story competition.

THE WINNING STORY: Blushing Bridey

It’s Sarah’s big day – her wedding to her beloved Freddy – and all the family are on hand to share in her happiness…Mum, Dad, sisters Vanessa and Sharlene. But are they actually?

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About the author

Sarah Harpur Ruigrok is a former stand-up comedian who accidentally fell in love with writing along the way. She’s performed in many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2017, she earned her Masters in scriptwriting from Victoria University. These days she works in government communications while writing on the train and trying to convince herself that she hasn’t given up on life. She lives on the Kāpiti Coast with her husband, son and two annoying dogs.



And the winner is…

Chelsea Chong from our August issue is the winner of the 2021 MiNDFOOD AU short story competition.

THE WINNING STORY: These Halcyon Days

Robert McBride was sure that when he entered The Commission building he would be granted a delay in his admission, considering his status as a prominent author. As he waited, he thought about his life, as well as his nemesis, Vernon Hunt, who was a villain in nearly all of his books.

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About the author

Chelsea Chong is an emerging writer, based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. She spends her days trying to capture the ideas floating around her mind before her two-year-old daughter insists on another reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Chelsea works as a freelance grant writer, holds a Masters in International Development, and has previously been a community development manager.



Enter our 2022 Short Story Competition and you could be published in MiNDFOOD – and be in with the chance to win $1,000. Every month, MiNDFOOD will publish one talented reader’s previously unpublished short story, with the work judged to be the best of 2022 also winning $1,000.



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