Helean story takes award
Julie Helean is this year’s winner of the $10,000 Katherine Mansfield Award.
The award is for her short story submissions as part of the the BNZ Literary Awards.
Her short story Misjudged follows a child’s struggle to meet an expectation she is not sufficiently grown up for.
The Grey Lynn resident is also a health planner for the Auckland District Health Board and has been writing for a number of years, but it was her Masters in Creative Writing from Auckland University and her mentor Witi Ihimaera that really gave her the springboard to launch into serious writing.
Ms Helean has also been pub- lished in Landfall magazine and this year received a highly commended from the New Zealand Society of Authors in its short story competition.
Her Central Otago novel The Open Accounts of an Honest Box was published in 2011 and is being produced for radio.
The BNZ Literary Awards were established in 1959, formerly known as the Katherine Mansfield Awards.
The awards aim to foster literature in New Zealand and are the country’s longestrunning short story awards.
Mansfield winner: Julie Helean is the winner of this year’s Katherine Mansfield Award.