Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

Worth $60,000 each and initiated in 2002, the annual Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement recognise writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature. The nominated writers should have written a body of work that has received national acclaim and/or international recognition. They may also be working in other genres.

Awards given in three categories: Poetry, Non-fiction, and Fiction. The Fiction category includes novels, short stories, plays, children’s fiction and scriptwriting.

See more literary prize winners.

2019

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Read the announcement in The Big Idea.

2018

Poetry

Non-fiction

Fiction


2017

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

2016

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of The conch trumpet Cover of Ngāi Tahu: A migration history Cover of Leather wings

2015

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Life & Customs Cover of Tuamaka Cover of All's Well That Ends Well

2014

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of The Grass Catcher Cover of Settlers Cover of Uncle Trev and the Whistling Bull

2013

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Mirabile Dictu Cover of Zone of the Marvellous Cover of Carnival Sky

2012

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Knucklebones Cover of Beauties of the Octagonal Pool Cover of Ancestry

2011

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Coming Ashore Cover of Replenishing the Earth Cover of The Captive Wife

2010

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Radio Room Cover of Dance of the Peacocks Cover of Shadrach Trilogy

2009

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Just This Cover of Tohunga Whaikaro Cover of My Name Was Judas

2008

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of The Year of Adverbs Cover o Looking for the Phoenix Cover of Mister Pip

2007

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Collected Poems Cover of 151 Days Cover of Book Book

2006

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Nice Morning for It, Adam Cover of The Legacy of Guilt Cover of Tu

2005

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of The Dark Lord of Savaiki Cover of A Sort of Conscience Cover of Kaitangata Twitch

2004

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Walking the Land Cover of The Trial of the Cannibal Dog Cover of The Scornful Moon

2003

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Cover of Piggy-back Moon Cover of Te Puea Cover of Owls Do Cry

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