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03 March 2011 @ 06:05 pm
Short Listed for Tessa Duder Award  
This year the inaugural Tessa Duder Award is going to be given out to an as-yet-unpublished YA author from NZ.  The award is part of the annual Storylines awards and includes some cash money and an offer of publication by Harper Collins.

I was delighted to learn over the weekend that the manuscript I submitted made the short list!  I won't be winning the award but it's fantastic to have made it to the final 5.  I am very curious about who the winner is - and will buy and read their book when it comes out next year.  In the mean time I am much inspired to finish the YA manuscript I started (and got about 30,000 words into) last year.  I think the next school holidays are going to be writing-intensive :-)

On a Christchurch fundraising note, have you heard about Tales for Canterbury?  It's an upcoming anthology to raise money for Chch.  I understand Neil Gaiman has a story in the anthology (a reprint), and I've heard many exciting authors' names mentioned in behind-the-scenes conversations*.  Check it out - they have a facebook page too. 

*Conversations with myself, mostly.  I think 'speculation' would be a generous term for it.
jenni_talula: Delysiajenni_talula on March 3rd, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
congratulations Matt, that's freaking awesome news :)

Good for you, indeed.
Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 3rd, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a very exciting email to receive :-)
drbunnyhopsdrbunnyhops on March 3rd, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
Wow! This is so cool :-) Congrats Matt!
Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 3rd, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
giffydollgiffydoll on March 3rd, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Wow! Awesome :)
Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 3rd, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Thank you!
wyldcardwyldcard on March 3rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Good work Matt! You rock my world.
Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 3rd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks :-)
dreadbearddreadbeard on March 3rd, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats, man.
Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 3rd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ripley Pattonrippatton on March 25th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
That is fantastic. Can I put it in the next SpecFicNZ newsletter?

Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 26th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Why certainly :-) They haven't updated the newsletter on the Storylines website yet (it's still showing Feb's newsletter) but the short lists for all the awards are:

Shortlist for 2011 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award
Sian Burling-Claridge, Wellington
Vanessa Hatley-Owen, Auckland
Juliet Jacka, Wellington
Ragne Maxwel,l Paekakariki
Kathy Taylor, Wellington
Jean White, Auckland

Shortlist for 2011 Joy Cowley Award
Renee Boyer-Willisson, Raglan
Katherine Clark, Tauranga
Marion Day, Picton
Katie Furze, Auckland
Jennifer Hill, Christchurch
Sarah Johnson, Raglan
Melanie Koster, Christchurch
Juliette MacIver, Wellington
Sabrina Malcolm, Wellington

Shortliist for 2011 Tessa Duder Award
Hugh Brown, Paekakariki
Matthew Cowens, Paraparaumu
Shirley Eng, Christchurch
Andrea Jutson, Auckland
Desmond O’Leary, Auckland

Just in case you know anyone else on the list! (my former HoD who now teaches down the road at Debbie's old school is on the shortlist for the Tom Fitzgibbon)
punktortoise: SF moominpunktortoise on April 4th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Somehow, this went under my radar until I saw it on the SpecFicNZ site. Major congrats, and best of luck!