Author(s): Stephen Stratford
The 500-word story is a challenge to write and a joy to read. While it can be read in a minute, it is still hugely satisfying, with lively content and concise construction. Asked to write on the theme of 'home', New Zealand writers have risen to the occasion with astounding variety and originality, offering humour, drama, romance and tragedy. Well-known, established authors as well as many newcomers, young and not so young, put their fingers to the keyboard and produced a fascinating collection of 500-word stories. This volume contains the hundred best entries. About the editors: Stephen Stratford is an award-winning journalist turned fulltime writer whose 12 previous books include THE JAFA JOKE BOOK, and THE NEW ZEALAND SPORTS JOKE BOOK. He has been a judge for many journalism and literary awards - three times for the Montana Book Awards - and was editor of the books magazine Quote Unquote. First published October 2005.
Graeme Lay was born in Foxton, in the Horowhenua, grew up in Taranaki and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington. Since the 1970s he has lived on Auckland's North Shore, where he is a full-time writer. Two of his young adult novels, Leaving One Foot Island and Return to One Foot Island, were finalists in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards, and he has twice been a finalist in the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award. Married with three adult children, Graeme Lay is also secretary of the Frank Sargeson Trust. His other interests are reading, travel, photography and the sea.