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  • Published: 4 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775536949
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 11

What You Have



Exploring grief, yet neither bleak nor overwrought, this powerful short story won the 2013 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition.

Exploring grief, yet neither bleak nor overwrought, this powerful short story won the 2013 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition.

The judge, Carl Nixon, commended its 'seemingly effortless artistry' and its skilful and well-sustained handling of demanding narrative techniques: 'the author does not miss a beat', he said.

Cleverly juxtaposing the past and present, the narrator draws the reader into her life. The judge concluded: 'Beautifully controlled use of simile and metaphor and a wry tone in what could have been a depressing tale combine to make "What You Have" a clear winner.'

  • Published: 4 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775536949
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 11

About the author

Faith Oxenbridge

Faith Oxenbridge has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Canterbury University, teaches creative writing and journalism at Hagley Community College in Christchurch and tutors at the Hagley Writers' Institute.

She has had stories published in The Listener, Turbine, Best New Zealand Fiction 5 and the NZ Book Month Six Pack2 collection. She has had a story highly commended for the Sunday Star-Times Competition in the past, was a runner-up in the BNZ Katherine Mansfield short-story competition in 2012, and has been shortlist for Australia's Overland writing competition.

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