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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This year the inaugural Tessa Duder Award is going to be given out to an as-yet-unpublished YA author from NZ.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.
Matt Cowensmattcowens on March 3rd, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a very exciting email to receive :-)