Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award 2017

Winner and runners up with awards judge Mandy Hager

The finalists of this year’s Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award gathered at the Alexander Turnbull Library on Wednesday 25 October for the annual award ceremony.

The award is open to Year 12 and 13 students from schools in the Wellington region. This year’s competition attracted more than 40 entries from some of the region’s top English students. As a museum dedicated to an author of international significance, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden is delighted to be able to offer the award to acknowledge and encourage budding writers. It was wonderful to see such high quality work from this year’s finalists.

The ceremony honoured the talented finalists, and Sarah May, from Samuel Marsden Collegiate, was announced as the winner of the award and accompanying $500 prize. Sarah’s story, Morning Coffee, is an understated handling of the issue of homophobia.

Judge Mandy Hager with Award winner Sarah May

This year’s judge, award-winning author Mandy Hager, said, ‘It was an honour to be part of this competition again. I was very impressed by the standard of stories and any one of the ten shortlisted writers could have won. In the end I went with the story which stayed with me longest after I had read them all several times. I'd like to congratulate all the writers for their effort and skill, and hope they continue writing.’

The award is managed by Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, and made possible by the Gay Saker Bequest. Thank you very much to the Alexander Turnbull Library for allowing us to see some of the special taonga from the Library's Katherine Mansfield collection.

Read the winning story and the nine finalist stories here


Happy birthday, Katherine Mansfield

Saturday 14 October was Katherine Mansfield’s 129th birthday. Happy birthday, Katherine!

To celebrate, entry to the House was by gold coin donation, and we enjoyed a very busy day. It was great to see so many visitors come through our doors. You’re all welcome back any time.

We also threw a party for members of the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society members, our staff and volunteers, and some special guests. The party was held at Wellington Botanic Gardens’ beautiful Begonia House – the perfect place to celebrate Katherine Mansfield, lover of gardens and flowers.

It was a pleasure to have Wellington Mayor Justin Lester attend the event. Mayor Lester spoke on his plans to have Wellington join the ranks of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature.

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society President, Nicky Saker, talked about upcoming programmes and plans for the House, and the Director of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, Tamara Patten, spoke about the summer exhibition, Reflections: New Zealand Women in Art, due to open at the House in November. Keep your eye on our website for details of this exhibition.

Entertainment was provided by the fabulous Charlotte Yates and Show Pony. Charlotte is a Wellington-based singer/songwriter, who is highly skilled at setting poetry to music. Among her repertoire is a beautiful arrangement of Katherine Mansfield’s The Awakening River, which she and Show Pony performed as part of their set.

Charlotte and Show Pony were the perfect addition to a special evening.

We’re already looking forward to celebrating Katherine’s 130th birthday in 2018 with more special events.

And if you missed gold coin donation day, you have another chance. Sunday 3 December, Thorndon Fair day, is the day of our annual garden sale. Entry to the House will be by gold coin donation again that day. See you then!