Lysaght-Watt Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards
This competition (comprising of a short story/drama script, poetry and research article section) is open to residents and ratepayers of South Taranaki and the wider Taranaki community, opening on Tuesday June 8 2021.
These annual Awards honour the work of local novelist and short story writer Ronald Hugh Morrieson (29 January 1922 – 26 December 1972).
Morrieson wrote four novels: coming of age tale The Scarecrow (1963), Came a Hot Friday (1964), Predicament (published in 1975) and his only contemporary novel Pallet on the Floor (1976). All adapted for the cinema, Morrieson is the only New Zealand writer to have achieved this. Two short stories were published posthumously in 1974, Cross My Heart And Cut My Throat and The Chimney.
Cash prizes are up for grabs, so get your entry in before Wednesday11 August 2021.
We thank our main sponsor, Lysaght-Watt Trust whose ongoing support means these Awards continue to be one of the most prestigious in the Taranaki Literary calendar.
Find out more about the three categories you can enter as part of the 2021 Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards.
Free Writing Workshops
If you are keen to more about what the Judges will be looking for in this year's Awards, or want to hone some skills - sign up to the free writing or poetry workshop.
The wait is over! Click here to read more about the Short Story and Poetry Judges for 2021.
About Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Read about how his remark, ‘I hope I’m not another one of these poor buggers who get discovered when they’re dead’ became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Get those entries in! Click here to enter online, just be sure that your work ticks all of the boxes required in our rules section before submitting.
Read more about past winners and their work here.
Rules of Entry
Make sure you read this before submitting your entry. The rules go over the specifics of your entry and what needs to be done.