Record entries for Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards

Record entries for Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards

Friday, August 29, 2014

A record number of 254 entries have been received for the 2014 Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards, compared to 179 last year.
Organiser, South Taranaki District Council Children’s Librarian, Pam Jones, is thrilled with the numbers, which she says were up in all catergories on last year.
“The Open Poetry section has 10 more entries than last year and the Open Short Story section has 4 more entries than last year - but the big increase has been in the Secondary School competition, which is just fantastic,” says Pam.
“The secondary school short story section received 79 entries compared with 46 last year and the poetry section received 50 entries compared with 22 entries last year.  The really neat thing is that we had entries from schools right across the District,” she says.
“The literary tradition is certainly alive and well in South Taranaki, which is what this competition is all about  - encouraging, developing and celebrating literary talent in South Taranaki.” 
South Taranaki Libraries Manager Lynne Walker takes pride in the fact that Ronald Hugh Morrieson’s legacy is promoted by the District and says over the past 13 years there have significant changes which have improved the competition. Adding the Open section allowed many talented students and adults from across the Taranaki region to enter and then separating the poetry into a section of its own has brought forth some amazing poets. Both changes have been made possible due to the sponsorship of the Lysaght Watt Trust. It is the only competition of it’s kind in Taranaki.
Entries are currently being judged by Glenn Colquhoun for the poetry sections and David Hill for the short stories. Both visited South Taranaki in June to run writing  workshops for secondary school students and for adults wishing to write stories or poetry with the aim of  entering the competition.
All finalists will be announced prior to the Awards evening which is being held on Saturday 1 November at the Hawera LibraryPlus. This is always a gala occasion and the judges both come back to give their comments and talk with the finalists.
All are welcome to attend.
The Ronald Hugh Morrieson Awards are in their 27th year.