Overall winner for the USP Press Literature Prize: Albert Wendt.
The University of the South Pacific successfully hosted an international writing competition to launch its publishing arm - the USP Press.
The competition, which was divided into different categories was advertised widely, and received close to 100 entries. The manuscripts were read and evaluated by a panel of judges who recently announced the winners after they had concluded their work.
The USP Press was established to publish high quality research and writing on issues relating to the Pacific Islands.
The Director of the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) at USP, Professor Vilsoni Hereniko said that when USP had decided to have its own press, one of the main challenges faced was getting quality submissions since a new press has no known reputation.
Professor Hereniko, who is also the Chair of the Board of the USP Press, explained that the problem was solved by offering incentives to authors to submit manuscripts through an international competition.
The winners for the different categories were as follows:
USP Press Literature Prize:
· Overall winner - Albert Wendt for Ancestors (collection of short stories).
· Fiction - Lani Wendt Young for Sleepless in Samoa (collection of short stories) with commendable mention to Samantha Peckham-Togiatama for her novel, Maiden Fiji.
· Poetry - John Enright for 14 Degrees South and David Howard for When Things are Dirty.
· Drama or Screenplay - Andrew Porteus for The Cycle with commendable mention to Larry Thomas for The Visitors.
USP Press Non-Fiction Prize:
· Overall winner - Tom Koppel for Mystery Islands: Discovering the Ancient Pacific.
· History/Autobiography - Ilaisaane Kakala Taumoefolau for My Memories of David.
USP Press Prize for Best Children’s Book:
· Overall winner - Sereima Lumelume for Killer Waves with commendable mentions to Emma Kruse Vaai for Hair Raising Cut, Welcome to Our Islands by Leslie Hayashi and Lori Philips and for Friends of Joji by Nicole Daniels.
Professor Hereniko congratulates the winners and wishes to thank those who made submissions.
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