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The following prizes and prize winners relate to the MA in Creative Writing and date back, in some cases, to 1997.
The Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing was established in 1996 through the Victoria University Foundation by Denis and Verna Adam because of their strong wish to support the development of creative writing in New Zealand.
In each year the Adam Prize, a sum of $3,000, is awarded to the author of the best page-based portfolio for the MA.
Hera Lindsay Bird
And Together We Fight Crime (prose poetry collection)
Someplace for Boys (novel)
Can You Tolerate This? (personal essays)
Dear Sweet Harry (mixed genre)
Published by Auckland University Press (AUP0, 2010. Winner of Best First Book Award for Poetry at the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards.
The Rehearsal (novel)
Published by Victoria University Press (VUP), 2008 and subsequently by Granta in the UK (2009) and Little Brown in the US (2010). Winner of the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction at the 2009 Montana NZ Book Awards, and the 2009 UK Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award.
Going Under: Stories (short story collection)
Published as Relief by VUP, 2009
After the Dance (poetry)
Published by VUP, 2006. Shortlisted for the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
A Box of Bees (poetry)
Published by VUP, 2005
A Man who Eats the Heart (novel)
Published by VUP, 2004
The Adulterer's Bible (poetry)
Published by VUP, 2003. Winner Best First Book of Poetry at the 2004 Montana Book Awards.
Queen of Beauty (novel)
Published by Penguin, 2002. Winner Best First Book of Fiction at the 2003 Montana Book Awards.
Published by VUP, 2001
No award made.
Alpha Male (short fiction)
Published by VUP, 1999, and subsequently published by Jonathan Cape. Winner Best First Book of Fiction at the 1999 Montana Book Awards.
In a Fishbone Church (novel)
Published by VUP, 1998. Winner Best First Book of Fiction at the 1998 Montana Book Awards.
David Carson-Parker, with the Victoria University Foundation, established the David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize to be awarded to a student from the Scriptwriting stream of the MA in Creative Writing. This prize was originally funded by the Embassy Trust, which was formed in July 1996 to preserve and restore the early 20th century theatre turned cinema, and to support the infrastructure of the local theatre and film industry. With the completion of the Embassy restoration and the winding up of the Trust, one of the trustees, David Carson-Parker, generously stepped in to continue funding the prize, and to increase its value to $3,000.
The IIML was saddened to hear of David Carson-Parker's death in October 2012.
The Bloody Mulligans (film script)
Orla (film script)
Abandoned Islands (film script)
Life on the Island (film script)
Miracle Road (film script)
McKenzie Country (play script)
Premiered at BATS Theatre, Wellington, June 2011
The Orator (film script)
World-premiered in competition at the 68th International Venice Film Festival, 2011. Released late 2011 and submitted as New Zealand's entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2011 Academy Awards. The Orator / O Le Tulafale has won multiple awards and received widespread critical acclaim. (Writer/director Tusi Tamasese.)
Into Africa (play script, working title)
Katydid (play script)
Premiered at BATS Theatre, Wellington, 2010 and won several prizes including Outstanding New Playwright for O'Brien at the 2010 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.
Mothersongs/Chansons Maternelles (film script)
The Waiting Game (TV drama series)
Vena Cava (film script)
Since 2006 the Biggs Poetry Prize of $3,000 has been awarded annually to recognise the potential of a graduating poet.
Autobiography of a Marguerite
The Bones in the Baobab
Birds of Clay
The Wolf Market
Since June, published by VUP, 2009
The Propaganda Poster Girl), published by VUP, 2008
This Award, also known as the Schaeffer Fellowship, can provide the opportunity for Victoria's leading MA graduates to go on to grant-aided study at North American co-centres of the IIML, such as the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of California (Irvine). it is only available to New Zealand citizens.
This award is currently in abeyance but we hope to reinstate it in the future.
Ellie Catton (novelist)
Therese Lloyd (poet)
Alice Miller (poet)
Emily Dobson (poet)
Tracey Hill (novelist)
Anna Livesey (poet)
Paula Morris (novelist)
Tim Corballis (novelist)
Kate Duignan (novelist)