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Storylines Manuscript Award Finalists 2020


The NZ book awards season has really kicked off in earnest today, but alongside the grown-up awards (The Ockhams) generating a lot of talkonline, it's also the day that both the Storyline Notable Books 2020 and the Storylines manuscript award finalists have been announced! We've pulled together a list of all of the manuscript finalists in one place – these are writers to watch out for in the future. For more details on each category, there are links to the Storylines website.

Joy Cowley Award for a picture book manuscript

Blue canoe and a cockatoo by Melanie Koster from Christchurch

The brilliant plan that Stan had by Melanie Koster from Christchurch

Grandpa versus swing by Tania Sickling from Snells Beach

Lollicops and slobbers by Melanie Woolford from Henderson

Scamper, scarper, flee by Juliette MacIver from Porirua

More information on the Joy Cowley Award on the Storylines website

Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior fiction manuscript

A recipe for disaster by Belinda O'Keefe from Christchurch

The clash of the cousins by Louise Shaw from Geraldine

George and Daisy by Chrissie Walker from Christchurch

More information on the Tom Fitzgibbon Award on the Storylines website

Tessa Duder Award for a young adult fiction manuscript

Displaced by Cristina Saunders from Havelock North

Lose-Lose by Amy Martin from Ohaupo

Fatty & Skinny by Karen Nimmo from Wellington

The Forever Forest by Sonya Wilson from Auckland

More information on the Tessa Duder Award on the Storylines website

Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award for a manuscript in te reo Māori

Ko Matariki te Whaea by Charlotte Manga from Mt Eden, Auckland

Piri rāua ko Māta – 2007 by Kahurangi Douglas from Karori, Wellington

Ngā Ngeru o te Tiriti o Pāia by Amiria Stirling from Aro Valley, Wellington

More information on the Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award on the Storylines website

Janice Marriott Mentoring Award for a junior fiction manuscript

Kakapo Keeper by Gay Buckingham from Dunedin

The Bata Bullet Kid by Aimee Elliott from Taupō

Holding the Horse by Janine Williams from Whangārei

More information on the Janice Marriott Mentoring Award on the Storylines website

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