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Shortlist Announced for Storylines Trust Awards

The presentation of Storylines Trust achievement awards and annual awards for original manuscripts in the genres of junior fiction, young adult, illustration, books in te reo Māori and picture books will be presented this year at the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day on 7 April 2024.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entrants.

Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award

in association with Scholastic New Zealand for an original junior novel manuscript.

The shortlist is:

Heather McQuillan, Christchurch

Kara Laurenson, Tauranga

Louise Shaw, Geraldine


Storylines Joy Cowley Award

in association with Scholastic New Zealand for an original picture book text.

The shortlist is:

Anne Slight, Whangamata

Annelies Judson, Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland

Joanne Ferrar, Palmerston North


Storylines Tessa Duder Award

in association with Allen & Unwin New Zealand for an original young adult novel manuscript.

The shortlist is;

Philippa Werry, Wellington

Hannah Marshall, Wellington

Kiri Lightfoot, Auckland

Kate Twomey, Wellington


Storylines Gavin Bishop Award

in association with Penguin Random House New Zealand for a previously unpublished picture book illustrator.

The shortlist is;

Karen Phelps, Christchurch

Kaye Julian, Wellington

Ronnie Baker, Nelson


There is no shortlist for the Storylines Janice Marriott Mentoring Award or Storylines Te Kahurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award

The winner of each award will be announced at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day, Sunday 7 April, Auckland. Register now to attend.

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