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Friday, July 15, 2011

The 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award

Craig Sisterson, the founder of the New Zealand-based award for mystery writing, reports that the process is well underway. “The international judging panel is currently considering the eight longlisted titles,” he says. “Feedback has been very positive so far, with overseas judges praising the overall standard.”

The finalists will be announced in early August, with the presentation of the trophy and prize to the winner on Sunday 21 August, at the “Setting the Stage for Murder” event that is part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

He further announces, “We have now just launched a global competition for people to win a full set of the eight longlisted titles – to enter they have to take a photo of themselves reading any New Zealand crime novel.”

This seems a wonderful idea. As Craig comments,”Hopefully this will help further promote NZ crime fiction in general (both the competition itself and the photos of people reading NZ books), and get more people thinking about crime writing here. You can see more information about the giveaway here: .

“The photos will later be shared on the official Facebook page for the Ngaio Marsh Award – which I guess could become an unofficial home page for New Zealand crime writing in general. You can see that page here: .

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