Three new children’s book writers from Wellington, Havelock North and Auckland are the winners of prestigious awards and offers of publishing contracts at this year’s annual Storylines literary awards.
The awards have been presented today at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day held in Auckland.
Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors Mentorship Programme 2016 with 14 chosen from a pool of 73 applicants. With a high standard of applications and wide variety of fascinating projects, the selection panel had their work cut out for them.
The 2016 mentees are a diverse group of emerging writers spread across a wide range of genres including: memoir, non-fiction, contemporary/literary fiction, young adult, poetry, speculative fiction, short fiction collection, historical fiction, genre fiction (thriller) and graphic novels.
The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust has today announced the shortlists for its three major national writers’ awards: the Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text, the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior novel manuscript, and the Tessa Duder Award for a young adult novel manuscript.
‘These prestigious national awards recognise and reward both established and emerging New Zealand writers of children’s literature.’ says Gillian Wess, Storylines Executive Officer.
Since 2010, The Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have worked in conjunction to establish this unique writing opportunity for Māori writers. Chosen applicants will spend six months of 2016 working in partnership with a mentor to further develop their manuscript and improve their writing processes. All to meet the end goal of having a publishable manuscript.
An “especially strong list of applicants” for New Zealand’s preeminent literary fellowship has been whittled down to two.
New Zealand writer and journalist Diana Wichtel and Dunedin writer Breton Dukes will share the 2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.
Now in its 30th year, the Fellowship is a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers, both here and overseas, the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time, providing an annual stipend of $20,000 and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland.
The Scribe Non-fiction Prize for Young Writers, now in its fourth year, is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform work. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction
The winner receives:
a cash prize of $3000
an editorial mentorship to develop their work for publication
a generous selection of new-release Scribe books tailored to their reading interests.
New Zealand's literary exchange with China continues with the call for applications from New Zealand writers to attend the international writers programme run by the Shanghai Writers’ Association in September and October 2016.
The successful writer will receive free accommodation in an inner-city apartment, a small stipend for living expenses and return economy class air travel.
For the first time, New Zealand screenwriters may apply.