2023 Awards

The $62,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction will be judged by bestselling author, critic and creative writing teacher Stephanie Johnson (convenor); editor and literature assessor John Huria (Ngāi Tahu, Muaūpoko, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Rangi); and Rotorua bookseller Jemma Morrison. They will be joined in deciding the ultimate winner from their shortlist of four by an international judge.

The Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry will be judged by Dunedin poet, author and creative writing tutor Diane Brown (convenor); poet and kaiako Serie Barford;and Wellington poet and Grimshaw-Sargeson Fellow Gregory Kan.

The General Non-Fiction Award will be judged by writer and award-winning columnist Anna Rawhiti-Connell (convenor); prize-winning author, academic and researcher Alison Jones; and historian Professor Te Maire Tau (Ūpoko of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, a hapu of Ngāi Tahu).

The Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction will be judged by award-winning writer, historian and archivist Jared Davidson (convenor); researcher, writer and curator Dr Anna-Marie White (Te Ātiawa); and veteran television producer Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin MNZM.

Alison Jones
Alison Jones
Anna Rawhiti-Connell
Anna Rawhiti-Connell
Anna-Marie White
Anna-Marie White
Gregory Kan
Gregory Kan
Diane Brown
Diane Brown
Jared Davidson
Jared Davidson
Jemma Morrison
Jemma Morrison
John Huria
John Huria
Serie Barford
Serie Barford
Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie Johnson
Stephen Stehlin
Stephen Stehlin
Te Maire Tau
Te Maire Tau