A new chapter for writing awards

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SHORT story writers and poets are being invited to submit their creative works for the annual Dan Davin Awards.

Dan Davin Literary Foundation chairwoman Rebecca Amundsen said as part of the awards this year, all winners from its conception in the 1990s to this year’s winners would also be “self-published online like an e-book”.

To help with the collation of the e-book, Ms Amundsen is asking for previous winners to contact the foundation via its website.

“That will be about 25 years’ worth of stories.”

This year’s categories include a junior student (Years 7-10) and senior student (Years 11-13, or under 19 years) short story section, and an adult’s poetry section.

However if the students wanted to enter a poem, they would also be judged in the adult’s section, Ms Amundsen said.

First prize would be $250, with $150 for a second placing.

Author and teacher Heather McQuillan, of Christchurch, and poet and artist Gregory O’Brien, of Wellington, will judge this year’s awards.

Local author Pauline Smith, whose book My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid was recently nominated for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, will also feature as a keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.

“We are very excited to have Pauline give the lecture [as part of the awards ceremony] because she is a local writer who has been acknowledged for her work through nomination this year.”

Entries close on July 27 and can be submitted through the Dan Davin Literary Foundation website, www.dandavin.org.nz

The Dan Davin Literary Foundation was established in the mid-1990s with the purpose of promoting and supporting creative writing in Southland.

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