Saturday, March 28, 2009


The 2009 Joy Cowley Award winner has just been announced and a huge CONGRATULATIONS must go to "junie2" - June Peka (right) for her fantastic win!!!

June's entry was a re-jig of a story called "Pops" which she originally wrote for the New Zealand School Journals about her dad's battle with the family's pet magpie.

Her book will be published in August.

Inaugurated in 2002 and sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand, the Joy Cowley Award is given annually, when merited, for a 32-page picture book manuscript of not more than 1000 words for either very young or older children. It is open to all New Zealand residents, and offers a monetary award of $1500, along with an offer of publication of the edited manuscript by Scholastic NZ.

The Joy Cowley Award is in recognition of the outstanding contribution Joy Cowley has made to children's literature, with the aim of fostering new and exciting picture books from New Zealand writers. Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand's most prolific and successful writers for children's books. She has written more than 600 titles for all ages and her books are available in most countries where English is a first or second language.

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