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Entries sought for New Zealand Post Book Awards

1 Oct 2013

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Entries open today for the nation’s most prestigious book awards: the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

Publishers are invited to submit books written by New Zealand authors and published in New Zealand in the last year. E-book entries are welcome as are books submitted by self-publishers. Awards Manager Amie Lightbourne says all entries must meet the awards’ eligibility rules.

“Books entered into the awards need to be widely available to New Zealanders, either on sale in bookstores throughout New Zealand, or available online from two or more leading online retailers”. 

Download entry forms and further information from www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz

The awards are an exciting and high profile event on the literary calendar, celebrating New Zealand’s finest writers, illustrators and their books. Each year finalists and winners are chosen from over a hundred entrants to celebrate and promote excellence in writing and illustration in New Zealand. Books entered into the awards are judged on the quality of writing, research, illustration, audience appeal, design and production values. 

 

For more information on the New Zealand Post Book Awards contact:  

Amie Lightbourne
E awards@booksellers.co.nz 
P (04) 815 8363 
Or visit www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Entry deadlines

2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards (for books published 1 Jan 2013 – 31 Dec 2013)

  • 1 Nov 2013 for books published 1 Jan 2013 – 30 Nov 2013

  • 29 Nov 2013 for books published 1 Dec 2013 – 31 Dec 2013

2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards (for books published 1 Jun 2013 – 31 May 2014)

  • 1 Nov 2013 for books published 1 Jun 2013 – 30 Nov 2013

  • 1 Apr 2014 for books published 1 Dec 2013 – 31 May 2014 
    Regular monthly submissions requested from larger publishers after 1 November

 

Categories

New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 

Books are judged in four main categories:

  • Picture book

  • Non-fiction

  • Junior fiction

  • Young Adult fiction

Five finalists are selected in each category, and category winners each receive $7,500. The recipient of the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year is selected from the four category winners and will receive an additional $7,500. A Children’s Choice prize is also awarded.  

Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, 8 April 2014 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday, 23 June 2014.

 

New Zealand Post Book Awards

Books are judged in four main categories:

  • General Non-fiction

  • Illustrated Non-fiction

  • Poetry

  • Fiction

Four finalists are selected in each category, and category winners each receive $10,000. The New Zealand Post Book of the Year recipient is selected from the four category winners and will receive an additional $15,000.  Prizes will also be awarded for People’s Choice, Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice, and Māori Language. 

Books submitted in the four main categories, written by first-time authors, will also be eligible to win one of the three New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book awards for Poetry, Fiction and Non-fiction.

Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 and National Poetry Day will take place on Friday 22 August.  The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

 

Sponsors

The principal sponsors of the New Zealand Post Book Awards are New Zealand Post and Creative New Zealand. The awards are administrated by Booksellers New Zealand and supported by the New Zealand Society of Authors and Book Tokens NZ Ltd.