2017 Awards

The $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize will be judged by the yet-to-be-named international judge; former Director of the Auckland Writers Festival and Creative New Zealand literature adviser Jill Rawnsley; highly-regarded bookseller from UBS Otago Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb; and esteemed writer and co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival Peter Wells.

The Poetry Prize will be judged by eminent Wellington poet and Professor at Victoria University Harry Ricketts; Chicago-born poet and 2016 Writer in Residence at The University of Waikato Steven Toussaint; and poet, playwright and fiction writer Vivienne Plumb.

The General Non-Fiction Prize will be judged by Metro books editor and former bookseller Susanna Andrew; writer and academic Professor Tom Brooking of the University of Otago; and Wellington writer, commentator and trade unionist Morgan Godfery.

The Illustrated Non-Fiction Prize will be judged by writer, historian and Curator Mäori at the Alexander Turnbull Library Paul Diamond; Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Art Studies at the University of Auckland Linda Tyler; and Bronwyn Labrum, Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalist for Real Modern.

Jill Rawnsley
Jill Rawnsley
Linda Tyler
Linda Tyler
Susanna Andrew
Susanna Andrew
Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond
Morgan Godfery
Morgan Godfery
Harry Ricketts
Harry Ricketts
Vivienne Plumb
Vivienne Plumb
Steven Toussaint
Steven Toussaint
Peter Wells
Peter Wells
Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb
Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb
Tom Brooking
Tom Brooking
 Bronwyn Labrum
Bronwyn Labrum