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, and we are now taking entries!
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 competition is now closed for 2021. Come back in June 2022 to find out more about the next competition.
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.
2021 Literary Award Winners Announced
The Lysaght-Watt Trust Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards were announced on the evening of Thursday 21 October.
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.
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.