Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne Essay Prize

Headland, in partnership with Zealandia urban ecosanctuary and Massey University School of Humanities, Media, and Creative Communication, is thrilled to announce a major new prize for creative nonfiction, to be awarded in October 2021.

Submissions are welcomed on the topic of Radical Connections and should align with Zealandia’s vision of connecting people with nature and restoring and protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s native taonga (but does not need to mention Zealandia specifically). Submissions could speak to such issues as conservation, biodiversity, and kaitiakitanga; community, hauora, and living with nature; ecology, art, and imagination; or mātauranga, scientific knowledge, and personal experience.

The judging panel of Thom Conroy (Chair), Gini Letham, and Pete Monk will award the following prizes:

  • 1st prize: NZ$750, a 12-month Zealandia membership, and publication of essay to the Headland website.
  • 2nd prize: NZ$250, a 12-month Zealandia membership, and publication of essay to the Headland website.
  • 3rd prize: a 12-month Zealandia membership, and publication of essay to the Headland website.

The submission period is 1 August – 19 September 2021. Entries should be creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less. Submissions should be emailed to headland.journal@gmail.com and should specify "Zealandia essay prize" in the subject header. Please provide a Word document of your submission, without your name appearing anywhere on the document. In the body of the email, please provide a brief bio and feel free to advise whether you identify with any of the communities represented in your work.

Authors who currently have work under consideration with Headland are welcome to submit an entry for the essay prize, provided it is a different piece of writing. Only one entry per author will be accepted for the essay prize.