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Storylines Tessa Duder Award

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The Tessa Duder Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made biennially, when merited, to the New Zealand author of a work of fiction for young adults aged 13 and above. The award carries a monetary prize of $1500. The next award will be made in April 2018, with the deadline for entries being 31 October 2017.

2018 Shortlist

The shortlisted authors and manuscript titles have been announced. They are:

  • Graci Goldhart from Hobsonville, Auckland for “When never comes”
  • Heather McQuillan from Christchurch for “Even if your voice shakes”
  • Joanne Paulsen from Christchurch for “Fossil Farm”
  • Tina Shaw from Reporoa for “Ursa”.

    The winner will be announced at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day on 8 April 2018.


The Storylines Tessa Duder Award was inaugurated in 2010 in association with HarperCollins Publishers.  It is now sponsored by Walker Books Australia. The award recognises Tessa Duder's outstanding contribution to children's literature, both in her publishing output and her tireless work in the area of children's literacy.

The award is open to any New Zealand writer, published or unpublished, who meets the eligibility criteria on the Entry Form. (If in doubt, please seek a ruling from the Storylines Administrator.)

Manuscripts, with accompanying form and fee payment, must be postmarked no later than 31 October in the years when entries are called for.

The award winner is announced the following March and the published book launched the following year. Download the entry form and guidelines here:
Storylines Tessa Duder Award entry form and Guidelines 2016
2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award WinnerTessa Duder Award 2016-169
  • The Sin Chronicles: New Blood, Gareth Ward, Havelock North

This award is sponsored by Walker Books, Australia and the award was present to Gareth by Sydney-based Walker Books editor Mary Verney. The judging panel of six was delighted to find the winner was a new writer. He's also a bookshop owner and part-time magician who settled in New Zealand with his family nine years ago.
Pictured at the award presentation are Tessa Duder, winner Gareth Ward (Havelock North), Mary Verney from sponsor Walker Books Australia, shortlisted authors Amy Martin (Ohaupo, Waikato), Jessica Pawley (Auckland) Fifi Colston (Wellington).


  • Grow, Amy Martin, Ohaupo (Waikato)
  • The Knowledge Keeper, Jessica Pawley, Red Beach, Auckland
  • Wild Cards, Fifi Colston, Wellington 
The recipients of the Storylines Tessa Duder Award are:
  • 2011: Hugh Brown; manuscript published as Reach
  • 2012: Rachel Stedman; manuscript published as A Necklace of Souls
  • 2013: No award
  • 2015: No award
  • 2016: Gareth Ward, manuscript published as The Traitor and the Thief
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