Each year the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement recognise notable literary achievement by New Zealand writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. New Zealanders are invited to submit a nomination (see sections 1, 2 and 3 below).
$60,000 in each category
7 Apr 2017
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Acclaim and acknowledgement of the writer may be shown by having:
Nominees and those making nominations cannot be:
One award is made each year in each of three categories:
Email us with the name of the writer or writers you wish to nominate by 5pm on the closing date. (You can nominate a maximum of one writer per category.)
We recommend you also include a brief statement about why you have nominated the writer/s and which criteria they meet.
Nominations are assessed by an expert literary panel and recommendations forwarded to the Arts Council for approval.
The recipients of the awards are contacted by phone and email once the Arts Council has approved the recommended recipients.
The awards are announced in a media release by Creative New Zealand.
We also list all recipients since the award's inauguration in 2003 on the web page Award winners: Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement.
The winners are invited to an official function in Wellington to receive the awards shortly after the public announcement.