Kiwis shortlisted for Michael Gifkins Prize
Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors are thrilled to
announce the shortlist for the inaugural 2018 Michael Gifkins Prize for
an Unpublished Novel.
Out of almost 200 entries, three outstanding manuscripts have been chosen
for the 2018 shortlist.
Curlews Call by
H. E. Crampton
Over the summer two New Zealand judges, Jill Rawnsley
and James George, selected a beguiling and diverse longlist which
then went to Text Publishing for the shortlist selection.
Text Publishing remarked that 'the selection revealed an
extraordinary diversity of writing and an enviable depth of talent. It
was a difficult process to arrive at our shortlist of three novels.'
The manuscripts are now with the shortlist judges; award-winning
novelists Lloyd Jones and Patricia Grace, and a representative from
Text Publishing. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 19 May, 4pm-5pm in
the Air NZ Foyer of the Aotea Centre, hosted as part of the Auckland
Writers and Readers Festival (full programme here).
Text Publishing's Michael Heyward, along with Lloyd and Patricia, will be
there to announce the winner. All are welcome to this
free public event.
Crampton is from Nelson and studied
chemical engineering and classics at the University of Canterbury. When Curlews Call,
was a thesis for her MA in creative writing at the International
Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, and was shortlisted in
the manuscript category of the Queensland Literary Awards. Crampton lives
in Cairns and Golden Bay.
McLean writes crime and mystery
short stories and novels for both YA and adults. When not writing she is
usually thinking about writing. In other spare time she likes to travel.
Ruby Porter is a
writer of prose and poetry, and an artist. She tutors creative
writing at the University of Auckland and in high schools. Ruby has been
published in Geometry
Journal, Argos, Aotearotica, the Spinoff and the Wireless, and a
selection of her poetry is available on NZEPC as part of Six Pack Sounds.
The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel was
made possible by a generous sponsorship from Ann Hatherly and Andre
Gifkins, partner and son of the late Michael Gifkins and Text
Publishing. It pays tribute to the support and encouragement Michael
Gifkins gave to NZ writers throughout his career. The award gives the
winning author a $10,000 advance and publishing contract. The competition
is open to previously published authors and new writers, who are New
Zealand citizens or permanent residents and is administered by The
New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) Te Puni Kaituhi o
The 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel will open for
entry on 20 July. Please see the New Zealand Society of Authors website for entry details. Find out more about the 27 longlisted writers.
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