The Storylines Joy Cowley Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made annually, when merited. There is a monetary prize of $1500 from Scholastic New Zealand, and an offer of publication. Scholastic has produced a poster celebrating previous Storylines Joy Cowley Award winners.
Established in 2002, the Storylines Joy Cowley Award recognises the exceptional contribution Joy Cowley has made to both children’s literature and literacy in New Zealand and internationally. The aim of the award is to foster the publication of excellent picture books by writers permanently resident in New Zealand.
The award is open to new writers and to already published writers who have never had a trade picture book published. Previous winners are not eligible.
The manuscript submitted must not have been published in either print or digital format for trade (i.e. sold through physical or online bookstores) or for educational purposes (such as school readers), or be in the process of publication in any format.
Manuscripts, with accompanying form and fee payment, must be postmarked no later than 31 October each year. The manuscript, of no more than 1000 words, must be for a ‘traditional’ picture book for children two to seven years.
The judging panel is made up of representatives from Storylines and Scholastic New Zealand.
The award winner is announced in March and the published book launched the following year.