Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel. Three outstanding manuscripts have been chosen for this year’s shortlist:
Into the Green Fields by Susan Paterson
The City by Tom Remiger
Isobar Precinct by Angelique Kasmara
The prize this year attracted nearly 100 entries. The quality of entries was at least the equal of 2018 when the inaugural prize was won by Ruby Porter’s impressive debut novel Attraction. The strength and diversity of the shortlist reflects the range of manuscripts entered. Our hope is that the Michael Gifkins Prize not only unearths a wonderful winner each year, but that it can play its part in fostering the art of the novel in New Zealand.
The shortlist is currently being read by the prize’s final judges: award-winning novelist Patricia Grace; Geoff Walker, former publishing director of Penguin New Zealand and one of New Zealand’s most experienced publishers; and representatives from Text Publishing. The winner will be announced at a free public event on Saturday 18 May, 4pm, at the Aotea Centre, as part of Auckland Writers Festival. Text and the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) invite you to join them for the event, which will also celebrate the publication launch of Ruby Porter’s Attraction.
This year’s shortlist was drawn from a longlist of nineteen manuscripts, curated by New Zealand judges Lee Murray and Paddy Richardson.
Congratulations to the long-listed writers: Rex Armstrong, Stephen Bradley, Michelle Cottage, Jackie Davis, Ted Dawe, Mia Gaudin, Liz Homes, Maria Joseph, Susannah MacDonald, Helen McNeil, James Norcliffe, Christina O’Reilly, Faith Oxenbridge, Barbara Sumner, Terry Swanson, Gill and Paul (co authors) Ward and Gray, Lisa Williams.
The Michael Gifkins Prize is open to writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand. It is administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) and the winner receives a contract for world rights from Text Publishing, and an advance of NZ$10,000. The prize is made possible by sponsorship from Ann Hatherly and André Gifkins, the partner and son of the late Michael Gifkins, and Text Publishing. Submissions for the 2020 prize will open on 22 July this year. Please keep an eye online for details.
Text Publishing will publish 2018’s winning manuscript, Attraction, selected by last year’s judges Lloyd Jones, Patricia Grace and Text, in May 2019.
Michael Gifkins (1945–2014)
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