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Storylines Awards

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Storylines, in line with its general advocacy for the development of New Zealand children’s literature, offers 11 awards to writers, illustrators, publishers and those working in the field of children’s literature and literacy.
These include:

These awards are nationally and internationally recognised, acknowledging achievement and service and providing opportunities for established, emerging and new talent.

Several Storylines awards are presented at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day, usually in early April each year. The recipient of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal is announced in advance, and presents a lecture on a topic of their choice.

The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award recipient delivers the Storylines Spring Lecture at an award presentation usually held in November.

All Storylines awards are chosen by appointed panels of acknowledged experts in children's literature, among them authors, illustrators, teachers, children's librarians, academics and whanau.

Storylines Award Deadlines

Deadlines, entry forms and guidelines for Storylines' achievement and manuscript  awards are detailed on the pages for each award.:


 

Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt was the recipient of the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal. Des is the much-admired author of more than 20 acclaimed children’s and young adult novels, most set in New Zealand with strong environment and science themes. Read the full press release here.

Des received his award and presented the 2017 Margaret Mahy Lecture in Auckland on 2 April, at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and Awards Day. Read more here. You can see a video of Des' lecture here.

Other Award winners also received their awards, and Notable Book winners were presented with certificates. Read more on each of the Awards pages. You can read details of all the Awards on the links below:
 
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Storylines, in line with its general advocacy for the development of New Zealand children’s literature, offers eight awards to writers, illustrators, publishers and those working in the field of children’s literature and literacy.

These include:

These awards are nationally and internationally recognised, acknowledging achievement and service and providing opportunities for new and emerging talent.

Most awards are presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Day in March/April each year, at which the winner of the Margaret Mahy Medal presents a lecture on a topic of their choice. The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award recipient delivers the Storylines Spring Lecture at an award presentation usually held in November.

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Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature

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