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Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award

2017 Shortlist

The shortlist was announced on 15 March.

The winners of all Storylines manuscript awards 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.

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


The Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award is open only to previously unpublished writers, and is made annually, when merited, to the author of a work of fiction for children between seven and 13 years of age. The award carries a monetary prize of $1500 and an offer of publication by Scholastic New Zealand.

Tom FitzgibbonThe Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award was established in 1995 to recognise the outstanding contribution made by the late Tom Fitzgibbon to the growth and status of children’s literature in New Zealand.
For many years Head of the English Department at North Shore Teachers’ College and the Auckland College of Education, Tom founded the Children’s Literature Association of New Zealand and later became the first chair of the New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation, forerunner of Storylines.

The award is administered by Storylines and sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand. It is made annually, when merited, to the author of a work of fiction for children between seven and 13 years of age.

The award is not open to any author who has had a work of fiction (novel or picture book) or non-fiction for either children, young adults or adults published in print or digital format (i.e. one sold through physical or online bookstores) or in the process of publication. Previous publication by the author in school readers and similar educational material; magazine articles; short stories or poetry; or contribution to an anthology; or any self-publishing where the print run is under 300 copies, is allowable. (If in doubt, writers should seek a ruling from Storylines.)  Eligibility criteria are stated on the Entry Form.

The award carries a monetary prize of $1500 and an offer of publication by Scholastic New Zealand.

Manuscripts, with accompanying form and fee payment, must be postmarked no later than 31 October each year. The award winner is announced in March and the published book launched the following year.

Entry form and guidelines:

Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award guidelines and entry form.

2016 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award WinnerTom Fitzgibbon Award 2016-611
  • Tui Street Tales, Anne Kayes, Auckland

This award is sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand and the award was presented to Anne Kayes by Lynette Evans of Scholastic at Storylines Margaret Mahy Day on 3 April 2016.
Pictured are Lynette Evans from Scholastic, winner Anne Kayes (Auckland), shortlisted Melanie Dixon (Lyttelton), and Margaret Fitzgibbon

Second place:
  • Mud Boy, Melanie Dixon, Lyttelton
Highly Commended:                                          
  • Tilly and the Trophy Tryouts, Christine Walker, Christchurch
Recipients of the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award  areTom Fitzgibbon Award logo
  • 1996: Iona McNaughton; manuscript published as Summer of Shadows.
  • 1997: Heather Cato; manuscript published as Dark Horses.
  • 1998: Vince Ford; manuscript published as 2MUCH4U.
  • 1999: Shirley Corlett; manuscript published as The Stolen.
  • 2000: Alison Robertson; manuscript published as Knocked for Six.
  • 2001: no award.
  • 2002: Janet Pates; manuscript published as Mystery at Tui Bay.
  • 2003: Jillian Sullivan; manuscript published as Shreve’s Promise.
  • 2004: Brigid Feehan; manuscript published as Stella Star.
  • 2005: Heather McQuillan; manuscript published as Mind Over Matter.
  • 2006: Vicki Simpson; manuscript published Yo, Shark Bait!
  • 2007: Kris Stanhope; manuscript published as Why I Hate School by Michael Fartarsky.
  • 2008: Elizabeth Hegarty; manuscript published as Salt River.
  • 2009: Anna Gowan; manuscript published as Hollie Chips.
  • 2010: Leonie Agnew; manuscript published as Super Finn.
  • 2011: KathyTaylor; manuscript published as Iris's Ukulele.
  • 2012: no award.
  • 2013: Juliet Jacka, manuscript published as The Night of the Perigee Moon.
  • 2014: Suzanne Main, manuscript published as How I Alienated My Grandma.
  • 2015: Tom E. Moffatt, manuscript published as Barking Mad
  • 2016:  Anne Kayes, manuscript published as Tui Street Tales.



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