Entries close in the annual Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition at 11.59pm Thursday 31 January. This competition is part of the Cambridge Autumn Festival. The story must start with: “It was 3am…..”. Word limit 1500 words. First prize $1000, second prize $500, third prize $250. Entry details can be found on www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz/short-story.