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Metro & Deadly Ponies Journalism Scholarship

Metro and Deadly Ponies are looking for a new writing talent and an idea for a long feature of at least 2000 words.

Metro & Deadly Ponies Journalism Scholarship

Sep 9, 2021 etc

Here at Metro, we’re always on the lookout for new talent, especially when it comes to people interested in writing longer works of journalism that engage with their subject with depth and creativity.

But it’s hard. There are more opportunities than ever for people to publish their thoughts and opinions, but fewer and fewer opportunities to work at a longer length with both editorial support and, let’s be frank, fees to make it worthwhile.

That’s why It brings us great pleasure to announce the launch of the Metro + Deadly Ponies Journalism Scholarship. When we talked with Deadly Ponies about our scholarship idea, they jumped at the chance to champion up and coming, New Zealand voices. Having built a brand that leads with creativity, and a clear affinity for the arts, Co-Founders Liam Bowden and Steve Boyd are passionate about creating opportunities for new talent.

We’re looking for fresh, exciting writing from fresh, exciting people on a topic of importance to them. It could be anything, as long as it makes us want to keep reading it till the last word. So, we’re offering $3000 for a story of at least 2000 words, paid for by Deadly Ponies, to be published in the Autumn 2022 with the full editorial support of the Metro editors.

To apply, send a 200-word pitch, with a short bio, to with Metro + Deadly Ponies in the subject line by November 1st.

We’ll announce the winner in our next issue. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


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