Former Dio Girl, (Class of 2018) Emma Uren has received a Youth Laureate Award for 2018-2019 for her story It's A Small World.
The national Young NZ Writers Youth Laureate Award, a free-to-enter programme intended to develop and publish a New Zealand student novelist. The prize is for the youth author of an unpublished fiction manuscript to be mentored by a New Zealand author/editor to have a novella-length manuscript developed for publication by Phantom Feather Press under an imprint for youth writers. The winning student receives prize money, an ongoing in depth one-on-one mentorship with a published author/editor to bring the work to publishable standard, and a contract for publication (ebook and print), including five free print author copies.
Emma also receives a bespoke cover for her work illustrated acclaimed Australian artist and author David Schembri with overall design and layout by writer-designer Alicia Ponder. There will be a prize-giving and book launch to be held at GeyserCon science fiction and fantasy conference in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June 2019.