Prime minister's awards for literary achievement

Every year, New Zealanders are invited to nominate their choice of an outstanding writer who has made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the genres of:

  • non-fiction
  • poetry
  • fiction (from any genre, includes plays and scriptwriting).

The nominations are assessed by an expert literary panel and recommendations forwarded to Creative New Zealand for approval. The awards were established in 2003.

Nominations close 2 May 2014.

More about making a nomination

Fiction

Owen Marshall (2013)
Albert Wendt (2012)
Dame Fiona Kidman (2011)
Joy Cowley (2010)
CK Stead (2009)
Lloyd Jones (2008)
Fiona Farrell (2007)
Patricia Grace (2006)
Margaret Mahy (2005)
Maurice Gee (2004)
Janet Frame (2003)

Poetry

Michele Leggott (2013)
Sam Hunt (2012)
Peter Bland (2011)
Cilla McQueen (2010)
Brian Turner (2009)
Elizabeth Smither (2008)
Bill Manhire (2007)
Vincent O’Sullivan (2006)
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (2005)
Kevin Ireland (2004)
Hone Tuwhare (2003)

Non-fiction

Martin Edmond (2013)
Gregory O'Brien (2012)
James Belich (2011)
James McNeish (2010)
Dr Ranginui Walker (2009)
WH (Bill) Oliver (2008)
Dick Scott (2007)
Judith Binney (2006)
Philip Temple (2005)
Anne Salmond (2004)
Michael King (2003)