The annual Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards offer a $1000 prize in each of the categories; Short Story, Poetry and Research.
These Awards honour the work of Ronald Hugh Morrieson (29 January 1922 – 26 December 1972) who was a novelist and short story writer in Hawera, South Taranaki. Morrieson wrote four novels: coming of age tale The Scarecrow (1963), Came A Hot Friday (1964), Predicament (published in 1975) and his only contemporary novel Pallet on the Floor (1976), which may have been unfinished upon his death.
All have been adapted for the cinema, the only New Zealand writer to have acquired this achievement. Two short stories were published posthumously, in 1974; Cross My Heart And Cut My Throat and The Chimney.
According to New Zealand Film 1912 -1996, Morrison's novels contain his "trademark preoccupations .... of sex, death, mate ship, voyeurism, violence, booze and mayhem in bleak small town New Zealand - along with his irreverent black humour".
Three years ago we offered a new section for secondary school students to cover nonfiction writing. This section is a research article piece and is kindly sponsored by the Normanby and District Lions Club. Terms & Conditions are quite different to the short story and poetry so make sure you read them carefully.
There are five categories.
The Secondary School Section – Two categories ; Poetry and Short Story. Eligibility – for all secondary school students whose parents/caregivers are residents or ratepayers of the South Taranaki District. Entries are limited to five per person.
The Open Section – Two Categories; Poetry and Short Story– Eligibility - for all residents or ratepayers in the wider Taranaki region who are over the age of 13 years and are not eligible for the Secondary School section. Entries are limited to five per person.
Research Article – Eligibility – for all secondary students whose parents/caregivers are residents or ratepayers in the Taranaki region. Entries are limited to one per person.
Prizes in each category comprise: 1st prize $500 2nd prize $300 3rd prize $200 Winner of the research article also receives a 1 year subscription to the Taranaki Daily News.