New Zealand Heritage Book & Writing Awards

That’s right, it’s that time again. Dust off the ol’ historicals, Gran’s letters, Mum’s memoirs and Uncle Jeff’s tall tales… delve into your own journals, the Papers Past website, the library’s microfiche, local archives, or write something totally fresh!

There are four competition categories:

Finding Our Way is the theme for the Poetry and Short Prose categories. We are sponsored by Christchurch Heritage Week and this is their take on this theme… (click to view)


We encourage writers to approach this theme broadly. This is a national competition so entrants need not live in, or write about, Canterbury. Interpret Finding Our Way as you see fit. Let it inspire you!

Each short-form category awards a prize of $200 for first place.

Poems can be up to 50 lines.

Prose entries can be up to 1800 words, and may be short stories, essays, memoirs, features or creative non-fiction.

Writers may enter as many times as they wish. Each entry must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee. To enter the Poem or Prose competition go here.

The Book Awards are open to any New Zealand Heritage books published between August 2016 and September 2017.

Each category will award a grand prize of NZ$1000.

An entry fee of $35 applies.

Please note: the competition is open to writers residing outside of New Zealand so long as the book entered features New Zealand heritage. To enter the Book Awards go here.

Submissions open 1 July 2017. Terms and Conditions are available here.

Last years winners …

Fiction Bookkidman9781775538905

Our warmest congratulations to Dame Fiona Kidman for her winning Novel ALL DAY AT THE MOVIES, published by Vintage.


jock-phillips-memory-book_0jockNon Fiction Book

Ka pai Jock Phillips, for your beautiful and moving book, TO THE MEMORY: NZ’S WAR MEMORIALS, published by Potton & Burton.



Congratulations Sommer Cullingford for your winning poem, ‘Canterbury Melt’!


annelseShort Prose

Well done Anne Else for your winning short story, ‘Finders Keepers’!


Special thanks to the judges for their hard work, generosity, wisdom, and eloquent remarks about the finalists and the winners.

The shortlisted entries were announced 7 October 2016 and are available here.

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