Storylines Manuscript Awards and shortlists announced for 2020

Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand http://www.storylines.org.nz

Congratulations to all NZSA members listed below:

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is pleased to announce the shortlists for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text, the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior novel manuscript, the Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award for a manuscript originally written in te reo Māori, the Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a Young Adult manuscript, and the Storylines Janice Marriott Mentoring Award. The Storylines Joy Cowley Award, the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, the Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award and the Storylines Tessa Duder Award each carry a monetary prize and assurance of publication by the sponsoring publisher.

The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for an unpublished illustrator, sponsored by Penguin Random House, is awarded biennially and there is no award in 2020. Sponsoring publisher Penguin Random House launches the book of the 2019 award winner Amy Haarhoff at the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day on 5 April alongside the announcement of the winners of the other awards.

 

The shortlist for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award, sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand, is:

Blue canoe and a cockatoo by Melanie Koster (Christchurch)

Grandpa versus swing by Tania Sickling (Snells Beach)

Lollicops and slobbers by Melanie Woolford (Henderson)

Scamper, scarper, flee by Juliette MacIver (Porirua)

The brilliant plan that Stan had by Melanie Koster (Christchurch).

The shortlist for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand, is:

A recipe for disaster by Belinda O’Keefe (Christchurch)

George and Daisy by Chrissie Walker (Christchurch)

The clash of the cousins by Louise Shaw (Geraldine).

The shortlist for the Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award, sponsored by Huia Publishing, with the cash award for the winner sponsored by Massey University Te Pūtahi-a-Toi: School of Māori Knowledge, is:

Ko Matariki te Whaea by Charlotte Manga from Auckland Ngā Ngeru o te Tiriti o Pāia by Amiria Stirling from Wellington

Piri rāua ko Māta by Kahurangi Douglas from Wellington.

 

The shortlist for the Storylines Tessa Duder Award, sponsored by Walker Books, is:

Displaced by Cristina Saunders from Havelock North

Fatty & Skinny by Karen Nimmo from Wellington

Lose-Lose by Amy Martin from Ohaupo

The Forever Forest by Sonya Wilson from Auckland.

The shortlist for the Storylines Janice Marriott Mentoring Award, sponsored by Janice Marriott, is: Holding the Horse by Janine Williams from Whangarei

Kakapo Keeper by Gay Buckingham from Dunedin

The Bata Bullet Kid by Aimee Elliott from Taupo.

Christine Young, chair of the Storylines Trust, notes that there were a number of excellent entries in each category this year, and that the judging panels in each category have spent their summer break reading an impressive number of entries. “We are delighted that the awards have attracted the authors of such exciting new manuscripts. I congratulate each of the short-listed entrants and look forward to our Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards day when each of the shortlisted authors receives their certificates, and the announcement of the winners in each category is made.”

The winners of all the Storylines Awards will be announced at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day to be held on Sunday 5 April at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus, and all recipients will receive their certificates and awards.

Images of the winning authors will be available on an embargoed basis on request in the week before the award announcements on 5 April.

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