For immediate release: 8 March 2007
Last Chance for New Zealand Writers to Enter $10,000 Award
-Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award closes 31 March-
New Zealand writers have just three weeks left to enter their work in the 2007 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished
The Ashton Wyle Charitable Trust, in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA), offers two national
awards that aim to recognise excellence in writing in the mind, body, spirit genre.
The Unpublished Manuscript Award, a single award of $10,000, is one of the largest prizes awarded for literature in New
Zealand. Entries for the award must be submitted by 31 March 2007, and be between 20,000 and 100,000 words in length.
Tina Shaw, Programme Manager, NZ Society of Authors, says that a number of quality entries have already been received
for the 2007 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award.
“We have had a great response to the Unpublished Manuscript Award so far this year which emphasises the growing
popularity of the mind, body, spirit genre.
“There are still three weeks left until entries close and I would strongly encourage New Zealand writers to enter. The
Unpublished Manuscript Award offers huge encouragement and recognition to writers and previous winners have found that
the award significantly raises the profile of their work.”
In addition to the Unpublished Manuscript Award, the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust and the New Zealand Society of
Authors are also calling for entries for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award, another single award of $10,000.
Published books must be submitted by 31 May 2007, should be 48 pages or longer, and must have been published between 1
April 2006 and 31 March 2007.
Judges for the awards include author and editor Stephen Stratford, author Richard Webster, Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust
trustee Adonia Wylie and Jennifer Eddington, owner of Pathfinder Bookshop.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust’s own venue, Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland
To be eligible for the awards, authors must be New Zealand citizens residing here. Submission forms and entry details
are available from The New Zealand Society of Authors national office email@example.com or via post, PO Box
67-013, Mt Eden, Auckland 1349.
ABOUT THE ASHTON WYLIE CHARITABLE TRUST
The late Auckland businessman Ashton Wylie was a philanthropist with a wide range of interests particularly in the area
of personal development and positive relationships. The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up at Ashton's request and
was named after him.
Ashton Wylie believed that if one wanted to change the world, one had to first change oneself. Changes are then made by
example as ultimately, one can change for the better others that reside within one’s sphere of influence.
The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up following Ashton Wylie’s death in 1999 with the mandate of having human
relationships as its focus, and its main intent being to promote more loving relationships.
As well as promoting up-and-coming New Zealand writers, the purpose of the two Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust awards is
to reward excellence in writing that encompasses a wide range of beliefs, and has the power to enlighten, amuse and
educate the reader, while having a profound impact on the reader’s spiritual thoughts and opinions.
For further information visit: www.hopetounalpha.co.nz.