Literary Awards Offer $20,000 in Prize Money

Writers working in the Mind Body Spirit genre have until 31 March to enter the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards. 
 
The awards, which are now in their 14th year, have two categories, one for Books and another for Unpublished Manuscripts. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize. 
 
Spokesperson for the Trust, Adonia Wylie, says the judging panel is looking for fiction or non-fiction works that have the potential to uplift and enhance people, relationships and society. 
 
“It is extremely pleasing to reward talented established and emerging writers. The diversity and quality of works submitted in previous years has been impressive.  We very much look forward to reading this year’s entries.”
 
The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind Body Spirit genre. 
 
Last year, Nelson retired software engineer, Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill, won the Book Category, for The Paranormal is Normal published by Xcell Books. Wellington astrologer and yoga practitioner Linda George won the Unpublished Manuscript Category with Living in the Big Picture.
 
Shortlisted writers will be announced mid-July and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Trust’s own venue, Hopetoun Alpha on 19 August, 2017. 
 
Submission forms and entry details are available from www.bookawards.awct.org.nz
 
ENDS
 
For more information, please contact:
Penny Hartill, director hPR 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, penny@hartillpr.co.nz