2019 awards

The $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for 2019 will be judged by novelist and literary festival programme director Rachael King; novelist, short story writer and lecturer James George (Ngāpuhi); and journalist, reviewer and editor Sally Blundell. They will be joined by a well-known international judge in deciding the ultimate winner from their shortlist of four.

The Poetry Award will be judged by three award-winning poets: creative writing teacher Airini Beautrais; Massey University Associate Professor Bryan Walpert; and Karlo Mila, Pasifika poet who runs an indigenous leadership programme.

The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction will be judged by academic and award-winning science writer Rebecca Priestley; award-winning historian and academic Angela Wanhalla; and curator, educator and writer Karl Chitham (Ngāpuhi).

The Illustrated Non-Fiction Award will be judged by well-known writer and commentator Douglas Lloyd Jenkins; art curator and writer Lucy Hammonds; and long-time bookseller Bruce Caddy.

Airini Beautrais
Airini Beautrais
Angela Wanhalla
Angela Wanhalla
Bruce Caddy
Bruce Caddy
Bryan Walpert
Bryan Walpert
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
James George
James George
Karl Chitham
Karl Chitham
Karlo Mila
Karlo Mila
Lucy Hammonds
Lucy Hammonds
Rachael King
Rachael King
Rebecca Priestley
Rebecca Priestley
Sally Blundell
Sally Blundell