Dunedin genius Talia Marshall is winner of the 2021 Surrey Hotel-Newsroom writers residency award. She collects $3000 and can take up residence at the Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn, Auckland, for seven nights to work on a collection of personal essays.
In second place, Wellington short story writer Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall wins $1000, and five nights accommodation.
Third place is shared by Auckland novelist Amy McDaid, and Whanganui essayist Kiran Dass. They each pick up $500, and will be housed at the Surrey for three nights.