Lysaght-Watt Trust 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.
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.
The 2023 Lysaght-Watt Trust Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards are now closed. Watch this space for next year's event, from June 2024.
Everyone is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the TSB Hub, Hāwera on Thursday 26 October, where the judges will comment on their respective categories and highlight the works that won them over. The doors will open at 6.45pm and the awards will begin at 7pm. RSVP with numbers attending to email@example.com by Tuesday 17 October.
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 Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards.
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.
Click here to read more about our main sponsor Lysaght-Watt Trust and other generous organisations.