Every year New Zealanders are invited to nominate writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the categories of non-fiction, poetry or fiction. $60,000 is awarded in each genre.
New Zealand writers are also able to nominate themselves for the awards.
The nominations are assessed by an expert literary panel and recommendations forwarded to the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand for approval, with the awards presented in a formal ceremony.
In 2016, Marilyn Duckworth received the award for Fiction, David Eggleton for Poetry and Atholl Anderson for Non-Fiction.
Acclaimed poet and scholar, Selina Tusitala-Marsh, has been made Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors' annual Waitangi Day Honours.
"As the country's largest writers' organisation, we believe it's important to celebrate significant literary achievements, especially on the international stage," said NZSA President, Kyle Mewburn. "Each year more and more kiwi writers are achieving exceptional things internationally. Last year was no exception."
Entries for the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Mind Body Spirit Literature Awards open on January 15th. These prestigious awards offer a first prize of $10,000 in the Published Book Award, and a separate prize of the same value is for the year's best Unpublished Manuscript Award.
Entries in both categories close on March 31st 2017.
Perth-based writer Stephen Daisley is to be the 2017 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Daisley hit New Zealand headlines last year, when his second novel, Coming Rain, took out the inaugural Acorn Foundation Literary Prize.* Although an unknown quantity in his homeland, Daisley has won or been short- and long-listed for major Australian literary awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his first novel, Traitor, the 2016 Miles Franklin Award and the 2011 Commonwealth Writers prize for best first book.
Submissions for the 2017 Text Prize open 3 January 2017. Download the entry form here.
For all you established and budding authors of the YA and children’s literary scene, here’s the lowdown on the 2017 Tenth Annual Text Prize. We’ve got lots in store for this milestone year.
The $10,000 Text Prize aims to discover incredible new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers. This year is our tenth prize and we couldn’t be more proud of that fact.
In a strong year for new writing at Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), a risk-taking, wildly funny, ‘powerful and troubling’ novel has been awarded the 2016 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing.
Annaleese Jochems, 22, wrote the winning book, And Lower, as part of her 2016 Master of Arts (MA) at the IIML.
Recipients of the 2016 New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards were named at a ceremony held at Auckland’s Massey University in Albany last night. For the second year running, teachers from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s selection.
The awards celebrate the excellent resources New Zealand companies have recently released in the New Zealand education market. The finalists this year are a mix of digital resources alongside traditional texts - a reflection of the range of materials that our teachers are using in today’s classrooms.
Four writers selected for the residency programme at the Michael King Writers’ Centre next year will be bringing to life a variety of works including; literary fiction, a novella, non-fiction biography and a collection of poetry.
The award-winning writers selected for the four residencies at the Devonport writers’ retreat are short story writer and poet, Frankie McMillan from Christchurch, novelist and playwright Whiti Hereaka from Wellington, critic and journalist Anthony Byrt from Auckland and Anna Jackson an Associate Professor in English at Victoria University, Wellington.