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Wellington East student wins $500 Katherine Mansfield writing award


News from Katherine Mansfield House & Garden
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 Elsie Christoffel, from Wellington East Girls’ College, was announced as the winner of the Award and accompanying $500 prize. Elsie’s story, Letter to Love, is an experimental story of love viewed through an unusual lens.

This year’s judge, award-winning author Pip Adam, said, ‘The range in topic and theme was impressive, and each work demonstrated an excellent understanding of the art of storytelling. The writers have produced distinct and pitch-perfect voices for their stories which give a sense of urgency and beauty to each of them in very different ways.’
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 literary museum dedicated to a Wellington-born and internationally renowned author, we are delighted to be able to offer this Award to encourage the creativity and talent of Wellington’s young writers. This year’s finalists produced exceptional work.’

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

Elsie Christoffel: Letter to love (Winner)
Olivia Sinclair: Gone to sea (Runner up)
Ella Strachan: Untitled (Runner up)
Kate Twomey: Alice (Runner up)
Madeleine Somerville: I am
Elizabeth Schumaker: Me and her
Emma Brown: I’ve been absent from my skin
Ella Speden: Wasteland
Anneke Hutt: Hide
Elsie Christoffel: Good art

Pip Adam:
Pip Adam has published a collection of short stories and two novels, the second of which, The New Animals, won the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Pip facilitates writing workshops with people affected by crime in prisons and communities. She also makes the Better Off Read podcast, in which she talks with authors about writing and reading.

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.