About the Awards
2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize winner Pip Adam, flanked by publisher at Victoria University Press Fergus Barrowman and General Manager of Acorn Foundation Nicky Wilkins (Photo by Marcel Trompe)

About the Awards

Established in 1968, in their current format these annual awards offer four principal prizes: the Poetry Award, the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award and the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction. There are also four Best First Book awards, and a Māori language award for books written entirely in te reo Māori, awarded at the judges’ discretion.

A longlist of up to 40 titles is announced in late January, and a shortlist is released in early March. The awards event is held in May each year.

Winners of the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize win $50,000. Winners of the other three principal category awards each receive $10,000, the Māori language award $10,000, and each of the winners of the four Best First Book awards, $2,500.

Panels of three judges each are selected to judge each of the categories.

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