Our warmest congratulations to Dame Fiona Kidman for her winning Novel ALL DAY AT THE MOVIES, published by Vintage.
Wry, moving, beautifully observed and politically astute, this latest work from one of our finest chroniclers pinpoints universal truths through very New Zealand lives.
Life isn’t always like it appears in the movies. In 1952, Irene Sandle takes her young daughter to Motueka. Irene was widowed during the war and is seeking a new start and employment in the tobacco fields. There, she finds the reality of her life far removed from the glamour of the screen. Can there be romance and happy endings, or will circumstances repeat through the generations? Each subsequent episode in this poignant work follows family secrets and the dynamics of Irene’s children. The story doesn’t just track their lives, but also New Zealand itself as its attitudes and opportunities change — and reverberate — through the decades.
Winner of the Heritage Book Awards, Fiction Category
About the CompetitionThe four categories in the New Zealand Heritage Writing competition are:
- Fiction book
- Non-Fiction book
- Short Prose
The Book AwardsEach category will award a grand prize of NZ$1000.
Books must have a connection to New Zealand Heritage. To be eligible for entry, books must have been published between August 2015 and September 2016.
An entry fee of $35 applies.
Please note: the competition is open to writers residing outside of New Zealand so long as the book entered features New Zealand setting(s).
The Poetry & Prose PrizesEach category awards a prize of $200 for first place.
Hidden Histories is the theme of this year’s BECA Heritage Week. Poems and Prose pieces submitted to the competition should relate in some way to the theme of Hidden Histories. They must also feature New Zealand setting(s).
Poems can be up to 50 lines.
Prose entries can be up to 1800 words, and may be short stories, essays, memoirs or features.