Friday, November 26, 2010

NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature 2010 recipient named

NZSA is proud to announce that Tim Jones is the 2010 recipient of the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature.

Tim Jones is currently working on stories for his third short story collection, to follow Extreme Weather Events (2001) and Transported (2008).
He plans to use the award to help him with the writing of this collection.
"These things always evolve as they go along," says Tim, "but there are a lot of coastlines, changing landscapes, and far-off places in which Antipodeans unexpectedly wash up in the stories I'm working on or thinking of writing. Then again, right now, I'm writing a footballing romance. I never have had all that much patience with themes."

Tim is a Wellington poet and author of both science fiction and literary fiction. Among his recent books are poetry collection All Blacks’ Kitchen Gardens (HeadworX, 2007), fantasy novel Anarya’s Secret (RedBrick, 2007), and poetry anthology Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand (Interactive Press, 2009), co-edited with Mark Pirie. Voyagers appeared in the NZ Listener’s “100 Best Books of the Year” list in 2009 and won the Best Collected Work category in the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

News about Tim and his writing is on his blog at

The biennial award has been established through a generous grant from The Janet Frame Literary Trust and is for $3,000. It may be used for travel or for purchasing computer equipment, as well as to buy time to write. The award is offered to support a mid-career or established author to further their literary career. The inaugural recipient of the award, in 2008, was Emma Neale.


Tim Jones said...

Thanks, Graham! This award was a very welcome surprise.

Shelley said...

Congratulations to him! Very interesting--the short story seems to gain literary heft with every year. Although I use short episodes (not stories), I've just been reading an interview that Sherman Alexie did a few years ago in Sydney. Several of his short stories are classics also.

Tim Jones said...

Thanks, Shelley. He has indeed written some classic stories.