Victoria University Press

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Victoria University Press
Victoria University Press
Parent companyVictoria University Press
Country of originNew Zealand
Headquarters locationWellington
DistributionUpstart Distribution
Key peopleFergus Barrowman (Publisher), Ashleigh Young (Editor), Jasmine Sargent (Editor), Kyleigh Hodgson (Editing and Production), Craig Gamble (Publishing Manager), Kirsten McDougall (Publicity Manager), Tayi Tibble (Publicity Assistant) [1]
Publication typesBooks

Victoria University Press (VUP), founded in the 1970s, is the book publishing arm of Victoria University of Wellington, located in Wellington, New Zealand.[2]



VUP is a scholarly publisher specialising in New Zealand history and public affairs. It is also a leading publisher of scholarly non-fiction, literary fiction, and poetry. Its highlights include the novel The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton (2013 Man Booker Prize winner), Elizabeth Knox's The Absolute Book, poet Hera Lindsay Bird's bestselling debut Hera Lindsay Bird, and the popular poet, Tayi Tibble. It has a backlist of over 400 books in print, and issues thirty new titles a year on average.[3][1]

VUP publishes vital work in New Zealand history. The history list, particularly social history, is viewed in broad, culturally diverse, and interdisciplinary terms, embracing studies of New Zealand's past and present and how these may shape the future.[1]

Books on Maori topics include important collections of writings in Maori by major figures such as Hirini Moko Mead and Āpirana Ngata, as well as Dame Joan Metge's widely read books on contemporary Maori society and cross-cultural communication.[1]

Notable authors[edit]

VUP has published works of many of New Zealand's strongest and most vibrant poets, including:

VUP has also published foremost writers such as:

University funding[edit]

VUP receives funding from Victoria University of Wellington, which publisher Fergus Barrowman notes is extremely useful: "If we were independent with no funds at all it would be extremely hard. I don't know how some of New Zealand's independent publishers manage to do the books they do. University support is crucial for us. One of the great things is we can take commercial risks, like first books and short stories."[3]


Books published by VUP have won numerous Ockham New Zealand Book Awards such as:

  • Airini Beautrais, Bug Week (2021 Jann Medlicott Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction)
  • Tusiata Avia, The Savage Coloniser Book (2021 Mary and Peter Biggs Prize for Poetry)
  • Madison Hamill, Specimen (2021 EH McCormick Prize for General Non-fiction)
  • Shayne Carter, Dead People I Have Known (2020 General Non-fiction Award winner and Best First Book of Non-fiction Award winner)
  • Helen Heath, Are Friends Electric? (2019 Mary and Peter Biggs Prize for Poetry)
  • Pip Adam, The New Animals (2018 Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction)
  • Catherine Chidgey, The Wish Child (2017 Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction)
  • Ashleigh Young, Can You Tolerate This? (2017 General Non-fiction Award winner)
  • Andrew Johnston, Fits and Starts (2017 Poetry Award winner)
  • Annaleese Jochems, Baby (2017 Hubert Church Prize for Fiction)
  • David Coventry, The Invisible Mile (2016 Hubert Church Prize for Fiction)
  • Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (2014 Fiction Prize)
  • Amy Head, Tough (2014 Hubert Church Prize for Fiction)
  • Lawrence Patchett, I Got His Blood on Me (2013 Hubert Church Prize for Fiction)
  • Pip Adam, Everything We Hoped For (2011 Hubert Church Prize for Fiction)
  • Kate Camp, The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls (2011 Poetry Award winner)
  • Brian Turner, Just This (2010 Poetry Award winner)
  • Anna Taylor, Relief (2010 NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction Award Winner)
  • Jenny Bornholdt, The Rocky Shore (2009 Poetry category winner)
  • Richard Boast, Buying the Land, Selling the Land (2009 History category winner)
  • Eleanor Catton, The Rehearsal (2009 NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction)


  1. ^ a b c d "About Us". Victoria University Press. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Victoria University Press". Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b Dekker, Diana (28 February 2011). "The Life of a Publisher". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 5 December 2013.