Today held the equally thrilling and heart-wrenching task of notifiying the talented young writers about whether or not their story made the book this year.
The submission was ‘blind’, which meant I did not see the writer – or their age – when selecting the pieces. I looked for stories that would come together to create a good range of work, from poetry to chapter stories, and perhaps a unique topic or world-view.
I was impressed with all the stories, and sending rejection emails did not get any easier with time!
With luck, the book will be ready to publish and launch at the NZ Book Festival 2016, on the 5th of November. Winners should have received their complimentary copies by then.