Winners announced for Te Papa Tupu Writers Competition

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Under the thoughtful gaze of a giant Ralph Hotere portrait, Patricia Grace announced the winners of the Te Papa Tupu Writers Competition last Thursday at the spectacular New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington.

Six writers were selected from 70 competition entries, which were judged by M?ori writer Patricia Grace and editor Daisy Coles. The winners will receive a living allowance for six months and will have the opportunity to work full-time on their manuscripts with a mentor, giving them a chance to develop their work into a solid piece of literature and the possibility of being published.

Coles was unable to attend the event but did pass on her comments saying;

some entries definitely stood above the rest. For me, they were those that took me some place new, whether in terms of physical setting, human relationships or ways of looking at life in Aotearoa New Zealand and took me there in a way that convinced me these new territories were worth knowing about.

Grace not only announced the winners but described why the particular writers were chosen, saying in one case, As judges, neither of us had any hesitation in including a set of stories for young readers put forward by one writer. These are stories of adventure, magic, intrigue, peopled by new M?ori superheroes and villains. This was a very well presented entry which included bold and engaging illustrations.

The winners of the Te Papa Tupu Writers Competition are

  • Larree Lust (Te Ati Awa, Ngati Kahungungu),
  • Jacqui McRae (Tainui),
  • Eru Hart (Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine),
  • Mark Sweet (Nga Mahanga),
  • Jeremy Latimer (Ngati Kahu, Nga Puhi)
  • Tania Hinehou Butcher (Te Arawa, Ng?ti Raukawa, Tainui).

The writers first gathering with their mentors will take place at the Brentwood Hotel in Wellington on Saturday, 26 June 2010.

For more information please contact Charlie Holland on 04 913 2478 or email charlie.holland@huia.co.n

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