Eileen Merriman is our 2021 Short Story Judge.
Eileen is an award-winning novelist, short story and flash fiction writer with numerous published novels. Merriman’s young adult novels Pieces of You, Catch Me When You Fall and Invisibly Breathing were finalists in the NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards and are Storylines Notable Books.
Her first adult novel Moonlight Sonata was released in 2019 and was longlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction.
Vaughan Rapatahana is the Poetry Judge for this year’s competition.
Vaughan is a prolific New Zealand Poet who also writes a variety of other material. Born in Pātea, Rapatahana is of Māori heritage; he has been published in both English and Te Reo and has been described as a global poet.
Rapatahana received poetry grants in both 2013 and 2015 from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the former for a collection of Hong Kong poets which he initiated and co-edited, titled Outloud Too.
In 2013 Rapatahana was placed highly in the Erbacce prize for poetry.
The judges will be joined by Taranaki Daily News editor Matt Rilkoff, who will be judging the research section.