One of New Zealand's major literary prizes has been boosted.
Wellington author Damien Wilkins will spend a year in France at the villa in Menton where Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote in the 1920s.
New sponsorship by New Zealand Post this year means the prize is now $100,000.
The chairman of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Trust, Richard Cathie, says the prize has now been taken to a new level.
He predicts it will strengthen New Zealand's body of literary work.
Previous winners have included Janet Fame, Witi Ihimaera and Lloyd Jones.