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Release: Michael Gifkins Prize

Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2019

Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2019 – entries open

Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open.

The prize is open to writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand, and, thanks to a generous financial commitment from Ann Hatherly and André Gifkins, the partner and son of the late Michael Gifkins, the winner will receive a contract for world rights from Text, and an advance of NZ$10,000.

Submissions to the 2019 prize will close on Tuesday 20 November 2018. The shortlist will be announced in April 2019 and the winner in May 2019. The prize will be administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Entry forms and terms and conditions can be found on its website.

The 2018 winner, judged by Lloyd Jones, Patricia Grace and Text Publishing, was Ruby Porter for her novel Attraction. Ruby accepted the award at a party held during Auckland Writers Festival week, and Text will publish her novel in May 2019.

Michael Gifkins (1945–2014)

Born in Wellington, Michael Gifkins was educated at the University of Auckland, where he also later taught English Literature. As a literary agent he represented a number of leading writers, including Lloyd Jones and Greg McGee. He was also a literary critic, a publishing consultant, an anthologist and a highly esteemed editor, whose sympathetic hand and brilliant eye influenced many prominent New Zealand authors. Michael Gifkins was a fine writer. He wrote three short-story collections:After the RevolutionSummer Is the Côte d’Azur and The Amphibians. He was the Writer in Residence at the University of Auckland in 1983, the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow in Menton, France, in 1985, and a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) from 1982 to 2014.

For entry forms and terms and conditions, please visit: authors.org.nz