He­lean story takes award

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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