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Entries Extended For Childrens Book Awards Category

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14 May 2012

Entries Extended For Childrens Book Awards Category

- Ashton Wylie Charitable Children’s’ Book Awards 2012 -

Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust has announced they will be extending the entry period for their children’s book category from 31 May to 8 June. In addition they will be extending the word count maximum from 20,000 to 50,000 words.

The children’s book category is open to all works appropriate for primary and intermediate level readers. A $10,000 prize is up for grabs which will be presented by The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust, in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) to the winning author at the awards ceremony on 24 August.

Adonia Wylie, spokesperson for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust, encourages Children’s Book authors to enter the Awards.

“The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literature Awards have recognised some of the best established and up-and-coming literary talent in New Zealand. We wish to support writing within the mind, body, spirit genre and urge writers to submit their work so that quality writing can be recognised.”

“As well as looking for quality writing, the judges will be looking for work that educates, enlightens, engages and uplifts readers.”

To be eligible for the awards, writers must be New Zealand citizens residing in the country.

Published books must be submitted by 8 June and should between 8,000 and 50,000 words and must be published between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2012.

Submission forms and entry details can be downloaded from the website

Writers are also invited to register for the informative Writing for Children workshop to run in conjunction with the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literature Awards on Saturday 25 August 2012 at the Hopetoun Alpha, Auckland.

Guest speakers include renowned children’s authors Joy Cowley and Maria Gill, award winning illustrator and writer Sandra Morris, and respected publisher and consultant Martin Taylor.

For further information or reservations for the Writing for Children workshop, please visit


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