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2019 Awards News

Several Stoyrlines awards will be presented at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day on 31 March 2019.

Storylines Award Deadlines

Deadlines for our achievement and manuscript  Awards for 2019 are similar to last year. Check out these highlights and head to the Awards page for details:

  • Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for oustandingservice to New Zealand children’s literature. The award honours the ‘unsung heroes’ of children’s literature, either at a regional or national level. Entries are now being accepted – check out the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award page for entry forms and guidelines. Nominations close 31 August each year and the presentation is held in November.
  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award for lifetime achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy. Nominations are invited, deadline is 30 November each year and the presentation is held in April th following year.
  • Storylines Notable Books Awards 2019 (for books published in 2018). Submissions are now being accepted from publishers and authors. Find entry form and guidelines here or read more here. Deadline 30 November 2019.
  • Storylines manuscript awards: Entries for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award (open) for a picture book text and the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior fiction manuscript (by an unpublished writer) both close on 31 October 2019.
  • Storylines Gavin Bishop Award Entries close 30 November 2019. Find the story, entry form and guidelines here.


2018 Storylines Awards

Awards were presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day on 8 April 2018 for award winners of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award, the Storylines Joy Cowley Award,  the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, and the Storylines Tessa Duder Award, as well as certificates for Storylines Notable Books 2017, and for the shortlisted authors in the manuscript Awards.
The 2017 winners of the  Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award  and the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award also launched their books.


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:
MM Medal Winner 2017 Des Hunt-312-747

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.


The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 



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