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Last Chance for NZ Writers for Mind, Body, Spirit Award

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19 March 2013

Last Chance for New Zealand Writers to Enter Mind, Body, Spirit Award

New Zealand writers have until Sunday 31 March to enter their unpublished work into the 2013 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award - one of the largest prizes awarded for literature in New Zealand.

The Award recognises writing talent in the mind, body, spirit genre.

The Ashton Wyle Charitable Trust, in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.), will present a single award of $10,000 to the winner whose work demonstrates excellence and understanding of the mind, body, spirit category.

Adonia Wylie, spokesperson for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust and member of the judging panel, is encouraging all New Zealand writers with a passion for the mind, body, spirit genre to enter their work.

“The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award is a great opportunity for both developed and up-and-coming writers to showcase their unpublished writing and gain national recognition for their work,” says Ms Wylie.

“We are encouraging all New Zealand writers whose work encompasses the mind, body, spirit theme to enter.”

To be eligible for the awards, writers must be New Zealand citizens residing in the country. Each manuscript must also be between 20,000 and 100,000 words in length.

In addition to the unpublished manuscript award category, the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust and New Zealand Society of Authors are also presenting an award for a published book. Entries are open for this award until Friday 31 May 2013.

Both awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust’s own venue, Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland on Friday 16 August.

Submission forms and entry details are available from or The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) national office, phone: 09 379 4801, e-mail: or post: PO Box 7701, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141.




The late Auckland businessman Ashton Wylie was a philanthropist with a wide range of interests particularly in the area of personal development and positive relationships. The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up at Ashton's request and was named after him.

Ashton Wylie believed that if one wanted to change the world, one had to first change oneself. Changes are then made by example as ultimately, one can change for the better others that reside within one’s sphere of influence.

The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up following Ashton Wylie’s death in 1999 with the mandate of having human relationships as its focus, and its main intent being to promote more loving relationships.

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The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) is the principal representative for the professional interests of authors in New Zealand. It began as the NZ PEN Centre in 1934 in Wellington. From 1934 onwards the organisation campaigned for a public lending right, and in 1973 the Authors' Fund was established. In 1975 PEN initiated the NZ Writers' Guild to represent writers in their dealings with broadcasting and professional theatres.

The NZSA runs a range of programmes, which encourage emerging writers, and actively represents writers’ interests on a number of fronts with publishers and others.

The Society's major goals are the full representation and support of writers; an ongoing interest in writers being rewarded and recognised for their professional work; the protecting of freedom of expression and cultural diversity celebrated through literature.

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