The Peter Wells Writing Award is a pivotal part of our festival. The award celebrates the life and work of Samesame but Different founder Peter Wells, a writer, filmmaker and historian. It gives New Zealand LGBTQI+ writers the opportunity to prove their creative skills and to promote their work to a wider audience in a safe and supportive environment.
First prize is $1000 for the winning story, $500 for the runner-up and $500 for the best writing by a promising young writer aged under 25. This makes it one of the leading short fiction competitions in Aotearoa. To read more about the awards, click here, and to read the winning entries from previous awards, click here.