Nine New Zealand writers have been shortlisted from nearly 200 submissions for the annual Storylines awards for unpublished manuscripts: the Joy Cowley Award for a Picture Book Text and the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a Children’s Novel.
For the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, the shortlist is:
- Elise De Silva (Auckland) for Quantum Timeline
- Victoria Hathaway (Auckland) for The Elephant in the Room
- Laura Hunter (Auckland) for Spacesliders
- Fiona Jordan (Auckland) for Donato and the Cartege Blade
- Christine Walker (Christchurch) for The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed
For the Storylines Joy Cowley Award, the shortlist is:
- Christine Ashton (Te Anau) for My Friend Fred
- Elaine Bickell (Wellington) for The Enormous Feet
- Charlotte Holt (Oratia, Auckland) for The Princess and the Pirate
- Belinda O’Keefe (Christchurch) for The Truly Magnificent Stick
The awards were set up in partnership with Scholastic New Zealand to encourage new writers. They carry a cash prize and, when merited, the offer of publication. Judging is by Scholastic and a panel of Storylines’ children’s book experts.
The winners will be announced at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day on Sunday 2 April 2017, to be held at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus.