Kiwi writers make Commonwealth shortlist

Among the economic doom and gloom, the dropping New Zealand dollar might turn out to be very good news for the Kiwi writers chasing the thousands of pounds on offer in the Commonwealth Writers Prize competition.

Three New Zealanders have been shortlisted: Paula Morris’s Forbidden cities is included in the best book section, while both Mo Zhi Hong (The year of the Shanghai shark) and Bridget Van der Zijpp (Misconduct) have been nominated for the best first book award.

Finalists in each of the four regional areas are announced mid-March with the winners announced at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival in May. All of the finalists are taking part in the festival.

The full list of short-listed entries can be found on the Commonwealth Foundation website. Head to the library website for more literary prize news.