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PM's Awards for Literary Achievement Nominations

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Date: 5th April 2006

Creative New Zealand seeks nominations for Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2006

Readers, writers, other individuals, groups and organisations are invited to nominate their choice of an outstanding New Zealand writer in the genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2006.

Worth $60,000 each, the annual Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement recognise writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature. They are administered by Creative New Zealand.

Prime Minister Helen Clark presented the 2005 Awards at a special ceremony last December to three leading New Zealand writers: children’s writer Margaret Mahy (Banks Peninsula) for fiction; Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (Pukerua Bay) for poetry; and Philip Temple (Dunedin) for non-fiction.

Peter Biggs, Chair of Creative New Zealand, says this is a chance for people to nominate outstanding New Zealand poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers whose work they admire.

“By nominating writers worthy of this honour, you will be ensuring that your choice will be considered in the selection process,” Mr Biggs said.

Fiction includes the categories of novel, short story, play, children’s fiction and scriptwriting. For non-fiction, there is no restriction in the subject matter and the quality of work is the main determinant.

Nominated writers must be New Zealand citizens or resident in New Zealand. They should have written a body of work that has received national acclaim and/or international recognition.

Nominations will be assessed by an expert literary panel.

Nomination close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 May and nomination forms are available from any of Creative New Zealand’s offices (Auckland Tel: 09-373 3066; Christchurch Tel: 03-366 2072; Wellington Tel: 04-473 0880). You can also download the nomination forms from the resources section of the Creative New Zealand website (www.creativenz.govt.nz). Alternatively, simply email your nominations to Creative New Zealand (pmawards@creativenz.govt.nz), including a brief statement about why you have nominated the writer/s.

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