2018 Young NZ Writers Laureate Award
Beyond our expectations, YNZW received nearly forty entries from young writers of all ages, from around New Zealand in this our inaugural laureate award. The panel found it very difficult to choose a shortlist, with the overall winner and Editor’s Prize selected by our judge, Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, Lee Murray.
Overall winner - It's a Small World by Emma Uren
Editor's Choice - The Extinct by Xiaole Zhan
Both these novelists will be mentored by Lee Murray and their novels will be published by Phantom Feather Press. Emma Uren's prize includes a bespoke cover design by Australian artist, David Schembri. A joint book launch will be held on May 31st, at the GeyserCon science fiction and fantasy conference in Rotorua (www.geysercon.nz).
Loops by Russell Boey
The Werewolf's Knife by Isabella Frances-Moore
Free by Emma Lamb
An Elf's Code by Denika Mead
Royal Orchid by Denika Mead
The Day's Eye by Faith O'Hagan
A Mother's Promise by Kyla Forbes-Kean
The Evil in Money by Holly Smallwood
The L.O.C.K Mystery by Sophie L. Troughton