Four of the country’s most respected novelists are in the running for New Zealand’s richest fiction writing prize with today’s announcement of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist.
Commonwealth Prize-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey’s The Wish Child is one of the contenders for the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, as are multi-award winning writer Owen Marshall’s Love as a Stranger, critic, poet and novelist C.K. Stead’s The Name on the Door is Not Mine, and critically acclaimed poet and novelist Emma Neale’s Billy Bird.
Former publisher Belinda Cooke has been appointed to the newly created position of Manager of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.
Chair of the Trust Nicola Legat said the board was grateful to have secured funding from Copyright Licensing New Zealand to help appoint a part-time manager. This will enhance the delivery of the three properties the Trust manages – the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.