Committing to a literary scholarship can transform a writer’s life by opening doors and giving writers the opportunity to focus on their craft. Applications for the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship 2023 are now open, published authors from across New Zealand are encouraged to apply.
Throughout its 36-year history, the prestigious National Literary Award has offered writers the opportunity to focus on writing full-time, while living in historic downtown Sargeson and receiving a $20,000 dividend. .
Frank Sargeson Trust chair Elizabeth Aitken-Rose says supporting New Zealand’s literary community is more important than ever.
“The pandemic and uncertain economic outlook are putting real pressure on our writers, but the resilience of our community is always something we can be proud of. And we are extremely grateful for the support of Grimshaw & Co Lawyers, which enabled us to bring the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship into its 36th year.
Acclaimed writers Nathan Joe and Dr. Anna Jackson were the recipients of last year’s scholarship. Joe, a Chinese-New Zealand performance poet, theater maker and New Zealand slam champion, used his scholarship to work on his new plays Personal essays and Gay death toll.
“For playwrights, being treated like serious literary writers and having space to allow your art to grow is rare. It is not only rewarding, but necessary to have residencies and opportunities to create and develop work. Theater creation and playwriting often occur in parallel or at the mercy of larger organizations.
Jackson is an internationally renowned writer, poet and scholar, who teaches English literature at Victoria University of Wellington. She used her tenure at the Sargeson Center to revise her short novel
After apple picking and write his poem Sunny,
which was published in the famous American magazine Ancient exchanges.
“It’s very unusual to have so much open, unstructured time to write, and it allows not only for the sustained work of imagination that an extended form of fiction needs, but also for surprising and unexpected moments of inspiration that don’t would never otherwise have had the space around them to occur.
Paul Grimshaw, partner at Grimshaw and Co, says he continues to support the Fellowship as it makes an outstanding contribution to New Zealand’s literary landscape.
“I encourage all writers, poets, playwrights and novelists to consider applying. We pride ourselves on helping them focus on their craft, without interruption.
Applications close on November 1, 2022, with the term taking place between February 2023 and October 2023. Further information on the scholarship can be found here.
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About Frank Sargeson Trust
The Frank Sargeson Trust was established in 1983 by Christine Cole Catley, heiress and executor of Frank Sargeson. The Trust aims to continue Sargeson’s generosity to writers by providing residential scholarships while preserving his home in Takapuna, Auckland, as New Zealand’s premier literary museum. The first scholarship was awarded to Janet Frame in 1987. Learn more about Frank Sargeson and the scholarship here.
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