Story: Awards and prizes

Jessie Mackay poetry prize, 1939

Jessie Mackay poetry prize, 1939

This notice, by the New Zealand branch of the international writers' organisation PEN (later the New Zealand Society of Authors) appeared in the Wellington paper the Evening Post in March 1939. It announced the inception of the Jessie Mackay poetry prize, named for a leading New Zealand poet. In 2014 this prize, awarded annually for the best first book of poetry, formed part of the New Zealand Post Book Awards and was worth $2,500.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Evening Post, 4 March 1939, p. 25

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Mark Derby, 'Awards and prizes - Awards and their origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 9 Aug 2016