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Storylines Tessa Duder Award

Storylines Tessa Duder Award winner - book launch 2019

Tina Shaw from Reporoa was announced as the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award winner for an original manuscript for a young adult novel, for her work “Ursa”.

Sandra Noakes of Harper Collins represented Walker books at  the Storylines National Margaret Mahy Awards Day on 31 March 2019 to launch Ursa, a powerful alternate history coming-of-age YA novel. Sandra introduced winning author Tina Shaw, and presented her with her award and flowers before the formal launch of the book by Tessa Duder.
Tina's novel could be an allegory to Nazi Germany, or a possible dystopian future. It's a story of hope against the odds. There are two peoples living in the city of Ursa: the Cerels and the Travesters. Travesters move freely and enjoy a fine quality of life. Cerel men are kept in wild camps and the women are no longer allowed to have children. The Director presides over all with an iron fist. Fifteen-year-old Leho can’t remember a time when Cerels lived without fear in Ursa. His parents once tried to organise an
uprising – his mother was blinded, and his father was taken away. But now his world is changing. Revolution is coming. People will die. Will Leho be able to save his family?

Tina Shaw has written several books for young people. In 2010, About Griffen’s Heart was a Storylines Notable Book and was short-listed for the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. Her other publications for younger readers include the fantasy novels Into the Hinterland and its sequel Dogs of the Hinterland, and the YA novels Make a Hard Fist and Gun-Metal Blue. Ursa is her first novel with Walker Books Australia.

Top: Storylines Tessa Duder Award winner Tina Shaw  speaks at the launch

Below: Cover of Ursa

Launch of 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder award winner Tina Shaws Ursa IMG 3848-129
Ursa cover image 9781760651244-42
Three other writers were shortlisted in 2018:
  • 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.

Storylines will call for entries for the next Storylines Tessa Duder Award later in 2019.
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Tessa Duder new 1-74-373 The Storylines Tessa Duder Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made biennially, when merited, to the New Zealand author of an unpublished work of fiction for young adults aged 13 and above.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 2020, with the deadline for entries being 31 October 2019.
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 to promote children's books and publishing.

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 2020
Recipients of the Storylines Tessa Duder Award:
  • 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 entitled The Sin Chronicles: New Blood, published as The Traitor and the Thief in 2017
  • 2018: Tina Shaw, manuscript entitled Ursa
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