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Marsden student wins Katherine Mansfield short story award

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Mandy Hager with Sarah Hay

Media release from Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award
The finalists of this year’s Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award gathered at the Alexander Turnbull Library on Wednesday night for the annual Award ceremony. The Award is open to Year 12 and 13 students from schools in the Wellington region.

This year’s competition attracted more than 40 entries from some of the region’s top English students.

The ceremony honoured the talented finalists, and Sarah May from Samuel Marsden Collegiate Collage was announced as the winner of the Award and accompanying $500 prize. Sarah’s story, Morning Coffee, is an understated handling of the issue of homophobia.

This year’s judge, award-winning author Mandy Hager, said, ‘It was an honour to be part of this competition again. I was very impressed by the standard of stories and any one of the ten shortlisted writers could have won. In the end I went with the story which stayed with me longest after I had read them all several times. I’d like to congratulate all the writers for their effort and skill, and hope they continue writing.’

The award is managed by Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, and made possible by the Gay Saker Bequest. Director of Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, Tamara Patten, said, ‘As a museum dedicated to an author of international significance, we are delighted to be able to offer this Award to acknowledge and encourage budding writers. It was wonderful to see such high quality work from this year’s finalists.’

The winning story and the nine finalist stories can be read at http://www.katherinemansfield.com/about-katherine-mansfield/resources.cfm

Finalists:
Sarah May: Morning coffee (Winner)
Emin Kaya: Kaş (Runner up)
Renee Hanrahan: The elephant in the room (Runner up)
Katie Fenton: Concerto in B major (Runner up)
Judah Dabora: One thousand cranes
Matthew Canlas: Winter’s end
Barnard Patel: Flotsam
Zalan Orban: Night riders
Lauren Phang: Beaming lights
Tom Hughes: A date at the lights

Mandy Hager:
Mandy Hager’s first book, Tom’s Story, received an Honour Award in the 1996 Aim Children’s Book Awards. She has been awarded the LIANZA Book Award for Young Adult Fiction three times, for her novels Smashed, The Nature of Ash and Dear Vincent. In 2015 Mandy was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, for her book Singing Home the Whale. In 2014 she was recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, and in 2015 was Writer in Residence at Waikato University.

Katherine Mansfield House & Garden:
Katherine Mansfield House & Garden is the birthplace of Katherine Mansfield, one of New Zealand’s foremost literary talents. The house, a Category 1 historic place, is operated as a museum.