Lilian Ida Smith Award

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Lilian Ida Smith Award
Date1986 (1986) -->
CountryNew Zealand
Hosted byNew Zealand Society of Authors
WebsiteOfficial website

The Lilian Ida Smith Award also known as the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award is a New Zealand literary award from the New Zealand Society of Authors. The award is named after Lilian Ida Smith, a music teacher from Whanganui. She granted the New Zealand Society of Authors funds to ‘assist people aged 35 yrs and over to embark upon or further a literary career’.[1]

From 1986–1990 the award consisted of three categories, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, with each recipient awarded $1000. From 1992 the award became biennial award with a prize fund of $3000 for a project in any genre,[2] while after 2017 it was awarded every three years.[1]

Between 1986 and 1990 recipients of the award were:[2]

Year Poetry Fiction Non-fiction
1985 Michael Morrissey Owen Marshall Daphne de Jong
1987 Lauris Edmond Bill Manhire Rosemary Wildblood
1988 Mavis Wentworth Owen Marshall Graeme Lay
1989 Bill Manhire Michael Gifkins Elizabeth Smither
1990 Jan McAllum James Norcliffe Greg Newbold

From 1992 the recipients of the award are:[2]

Year Winner
1992 Debra Daley
1994 Joy McKenzie
1996 Katrina Willoughby
1998 Carolyn McCurdie
2000 Jackie Davis
2003 Mary McCallum
2005 Rachael King
2008 Sue Orr
2009 Leanne Radojkovich
2011 John MacKinven
2015 Caroline Barron
2017 Paula Harris
2020 Safia Archer[3]


  1. ^ a b "NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award". New Zealand Society of Authors & Writers Association. Retrieved 16 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Lilian Ida Smith Award Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ "NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2020 – Recipient Announced As Safia Archer". Scoop News. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2022.

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