We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2018 Young NZ Writers Laureate Award. Beyond our expectations, YNZW received nearly forty entries from young writers of all ages, from around New Zealand in this our inaugural laureate award. The panel found it very difficult to choose a shortlist, with the overall winner and Editor’s Prize selected by Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, Lee Murray.
Overall winner – It’s a Small World by Emma Uren (Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls)
Editor’s Choice – The Extinct by Xiaole Zhan (Westlake Girls High School)
Both these novelists are being mentored by Lee Murray and we will be publishing their novels with the aim of launching them on May 31st, at the GeyserCon science fiction and fantasy conference in Rotorua (www.geysercon.nz) Emma Uren’s prize includes a bespoke cover design by Australian artist, David Schembri.
A special congratulations also to the finalists, and highly commended manuscripts below.
Loops by Russell Boey
The Werewolf’s Knife by Isabella Frances-Moore
Free by Emma Lamb
An Elf’s Code by Denika Mead
Royal Orchid by Denika Mead
The Day’s Eye by Faith O’Hagan
A Mother’s Promise by Kyla Forbes-Kean
The Evil in Money by Holly Smallwood
The L.O.C.K Mystery by Sophie L. Troughton