Awards/Residencies

Bold new novel wins Adam Prize

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. 
 

2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellows announced

New Zealand poets Steven Toussaint and Gregory Kan have been awarded the prestigious 2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. This is the first time two poets have been the recipients of the fellowship.
 
The poets will have the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time, with each having a six-month tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland, and sharing an annual stipend of $20,000.

New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards 2016 - winners named

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.
 

Michael King Writers’ Centre 2017 Residency Recipients Announced

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. 
 

UC Honorary Doctorate for NZ author-artist

New Zealand children’s author, illustrator and educator Gavin Bishop, ONZM, will receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater at the University of Canterbury’s Education, Health and Human Development graduation ceremony on Wednesday 14 December.
 
The multiple award-winner is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts and was recognised in the 2013 New Year honours for his contribution to Literature with the awarding of an ONZM.
 

Final NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award goes to Laurence Fearnley

NZSA is delighted to announce Laurence Fearnley as the recipient of the Janet Frame Memorial Award 2016
 
The NZ Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial Award of $3,000 is awarded to an author of literary or imaginative fiction or poetry with the purpose of supporting a mid-career or established writer in furthering their literary career.
 

Arts Foundation Laureates and New Generation Award-winners, Menton Fellow announced

Eleven artists, two philanthropists and four arts organisations are recipients of awards and donations at the 2016 New Zealand Arts Awards. Come and celebrate the Laureate and New Generation Awards, Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, the Award for Patronage and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship with us.

Congratulations to:

2016 Laureate Award Recipients
Each Laureate Award includes a cash award of $50,000:

Eleanor Catton – Writer
Lyell Cresswell – Composer
Dylan Horrocks – Cartoonist/Graphic Novelist/Writer
Peter Robinson – Visual Artist
Taika Waititi  – Film Maker

About the Laureate Award:

Airini Beautrais wins Landfall Essay Competition 2016

Airini Beautrais has been named the winner of the 2016 Landfall Essay Competition for her essay ‘Umlaut’.
 
Competition judge David Eggleton said that her essay stood out as ‘written by someone unwilling to be boring, willing to take risks, and enough of a seasoned practitioner to carry it off with sustained verve’:
 

Finalists showcase strength of locally created educational resources

The New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards celebrate the quality and diversity of educational resources released in the past year by New Zealand companies to support classroom learning. The awards recognise the standout contributions made by New Zealand resource providers in both New Zealand classrooms and overseas.
 

Kiwi writer Stefanie Seddon wins 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

Former Otago University student, Stefanie Seddon (pictured below), has won the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize, an international writing competition open to writers worldwide. Stefanie, originally from New Zealand and now based in Kent in the UK, won with her story, Kākahu.
 
The prestigious international writing competition, now in its 9th year, received 2,160 entries from writers around the world.
 
The judging panel was chaired by celebrated writer, creative writing teacher and performer, Tania Hershman. Tania was joined on the panel by literary agent, Juliet Pickering; writer, Niven Govinden and award-winning bookshop owner, Simon Key.