The country’s only literary award for science writing is reflecting the Royal Society of New Zealand’s move to take the humanities under its wing.
The Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing has celebrated success since it started in 2007 by encouraging writers with an interest in science. This year the topic ‘The Mind’ is designed to encourage entrants to consider the human aspect as well.
Prize-winning poet and fiction writer, Bill Manhire, after whom the competition is named says “We are centering this year’s competition around a quote from Milton – ’The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n’.
“We think this will allow entrants to explore the links between the brain, the heart and the personality.”
Past winners of the award include Alison Ballance, Tina Makereti and Dave Armstrong, who is this year’s judge. Dave has enjoyed success both for screen and stage. His recent play Le Sud is currently touring around the country to sold-out audiences. He has also penned three Chapman Tripp Award winning plays ((Niu Sila, The Tutor, where we once belonged) and has worked with Te Papa Museum and various experts to translate science into story.
There are two categories for the competition, fiction and non-fiction. Winners from each category are awarded a cash prize of $2500 and winning entries are printed in the New Zealand Listener.
Entry forms can be found in this week’s Listener Magazine and on the Royal Society of New Zealand’s website. Closing date for entries is 10 September 2010.
- See the 2010 Manhire Prize page for more information.