2020 Awards

The $55,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for 2020 will be judged by author, journalist and reviewer Mark Broatch; short story and non-fiction writer Nic Low (Ngāi Tahu); and independent bookseller Chris Baskett. They will be joined by a well-known international judge in deciding the ultimate winner from their shortlist of four.

The Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry will be judged by poet and publisher Kiri Piahana-Wong; Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlisted poet Tim Upperton; and general manager of University Book Shop Otago Phillippa Duffy.

Judging the General Non-Fiction award will be Hocken Librarian Sharon Dell; bookseller, reviewer and practising artist Stella Chrysostomou; and broadcast and print journalist Guyon Espiner.

The Illustrated Non-Fiction Award will be judged by publishing tutor at Whitireia Odessa Owens; independent critic, editor and author Lana Lopesi; and writer and arts advisor Hamish Coney.

Chris Baskett
Chris Baskett
Guyon Espiner
Guyon Espiner
Hamish Coney
Hamish Coney
Kiri Piahana-Wong
Kiri Piahana-Wong
Lana Lopesi
Lana Lopesi
Mark Broatch
Mark Broatch
Nic Low
Nic Low
Odessa Owens
Odessa Owens
Phillippa Duffy (Graham Warman Photography)
Phillippa Duffy (Graham Warman Photography)
Sharon Dell
Sharon Dell
Stella Chrysostomou
Stella Chrysostomou
Tim Upperton
Tim Upperton