24 Aug 2010
The New Zealand Society of Authors is pleased to be able to offer an award to recognise the oeuvre of published work by a mid-career writer.
The purpose of the award is to offer recognition to an author who has made a contribution to New Zealand literature, but who may not necessarily have achieved a high level of publicity for their work.
The NZSA award of $3,500 is open to writers of fiction, poetry, short fiction collections, drama and literary non-fiction. For the purposes of this award, a mid-career writer is defined as being one who has published a minimum of 3 books, and has been actively writing and publishing for a minimum of 5 years; a playwright will have had at least 3 works either performed or published.
The inaugural recipient of the award was the poet David Howard. Based at Port Chalmers, David is the author of five collections of poetry, including Shebang (Steele Roberts, 2000) and The Word Went Round (Otago University Press, 2006).