Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.
The Ngaio Marsh Award for First Novel was first awarded in 2016, and in 2017 the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Non Fiction was introduced. Ngaio Marsh Award for Younger Readers began in 2021.
The shortlist was announced 30 August. The winners will be announced at WORD Christchurch Festival's Crime after Crime: Ngaio Marsh Awards edition, Thursday 15 September 6.30pm.
- Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
- Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Non Fiction (biennial award)
- Ngaio Marsh Award for Younger Readers
See more literary prize winners.
- Before you knew my name Jacqueline Bublitz Winner
- Isobar precinct Angelique Kasmara
- Small mouth demon Matt Zwartz
- Shadow over Edmund Street Suzanne Frankham
- Waking the tiger Mark Wightman
- For reasons of their own Chris Stuart Winner
- The Girl in the Mirror Rose Carlyle
- The beautiful dead Kim Hunt
- Where the truth lies Karina Kilmore
- While the fantail lives Alan Titchall
- The Nancys R. W. R. McDonald Winner
- Tugga's mob Stephen Johnson
- Auē Becky Manawatu
- Into the void Christina O'Reilly
- Call me Evie J. P. Pomare Winner
- One for another Andrea Jacka
- Crystal reign Kelly Lyndon
- All our secrets Jennifer Lane Winner
- The Floating Basin Carolyn Hawes
- Broken Silence Helen Vivienne Fletcher
- The sound of her voice Nathan Blackwell
- Nothing bad happens here Nikki Crutchley
- Dead Lemons Finn Bell (eBook) Winner
- Red Herring Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)
- The Ice Shroud Gordon Ell (Bush Press)
- The Student Body Simon Wyatt (Mary Egan Publishing)
- Days Are Like Grass Sue Younger (Eunoia Publishing)
- Inside the black horse Ray Berard (Mary Egan Publishing) Winner
- The Fixer John Daniell (Upstart Press)
- The Gentlemen's Club Jen Shieff (Mary Egan Publishing)
- Twister Jane Woodham (Makaro Press)
The judging panel of seven crime writing experts from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Nordic countries, announced the winners at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on 27 August.