About the Awards
Established in 1968, in their current format these annual awards offer four principal prizes: the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry, the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award and the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction. There are also four Best First Book awards, supported by MitoQ, 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 MitoQ Best First Book awards, $2,500.
Panels of three judges each are selected to judge each of the categories.