Last Chance for Kāpiti Writers to enter National Book Award

Writers from the Kāpiti district have less than two weeks left to enter their printed works into the 2013 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Published Book Award.

The award recognises exceptional published writing talent in the mind, body, spirit genre, with one of the largest prizes awarded for literature in New Zealand.

The Ashton Wyle Charitable Trust, in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.), will present a single award of $10,000 to the winner whose work demonstrates excellence and understanding of the mind, body, spirit category.

Adonia Wylie, spokesperson for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust and member of the judging panel, is encouraging local writers to enter their published books into the prestigious award.

“The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Published Book Award is a unique opportunity for published authors whose work embodies the mind, body, spirit genre to be both recognised and rewarded for their outstanding writing,” says Ms Wylie.

“The award offers the winner the financial resources to be able to continue to fulfil their writing passion and the opportunity to further showcase their work. We would like to encourage all Wellington writers to enter.”

To be eligible for the awards, writers must be New Zealand citizens residing in the country. Published books must be submitted by Friday 31 May 2013, should be 48 pages or longer and must have been published between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

In addition to the published book award category, the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust and the New Zealand Society of Authors are also presenting an award for unpublished manuscripts. Entries for this category closed on 31 March 2013.

Both awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust’s own venue, Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland on Friday 16 August 2013.

Submission forms and entry details are available from or The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) national office, phone: 09 379 4801, e-mail: [email protected]