Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Win a set of the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award longlisted novels!

Crime fiction readers around the world now have the chance to go into the draw to win a full set of all EIGHT crime, mystery, and thriller novels longlisted for the upcoming 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award.

This prize is open worldwide, and is a terrific line-up of crime and thriller fiction, with the eight longlisted titles offering a diverse range of writing styles, settings, protagonists, and storytelling. Early comments from the international judging panel, which has been "impressed" by the calibre of New Zealand crime fiction in the running this year, include "such good books, but all so different", and "NZ is such a rich environment for writing... there should be a way to spread the news about these fine authors".

Now you have a chance to try for yourself the entire line-up that has been impressing the Ngaio Marsh Award judging panel. You can enter the prize draw simply by emailing a photo of yourself reading any New Zealand crime, mystery, or thriller title - contemporary or from days gone by - to The book in your picture doesn't have to be set in New Zealand, as long as the author is associated with New Zealand (lives in New Zealand, was born or grew up in New Zealand, etc).

So whether it's a well-loved copy of a Ngaio Marsh, Laurie Mantell, or Paul Thomas novel that's been sitting on your bookshelf for years, or a brand new New Zealand crime novel you've recently picked up from a bookstore or library, grab your camera, take a smiling photo of yourself with the book, and send it to

If you need some inspiration when it comes to finding an eligbile, mystery, or thriller novel to read and photograph, check out this list of more than 80 authors and more than 250 titles here.

Photos will be displayed on the Ngaio Marsh Award Facebook page, which you can visit and 'like' here.

The winner of the competition will be randomly drawn from the entered photos, and announced just prior to the presentation of the Ngaio Marsh Award on 21 August 2011.

Best of luck, and happy snapping.


  1. What a great idea!! Thanks, Craig!

  2. Well this is good to know I'm reading Paul Cleaves The Cleaner right now

  3. I tweeted this and bookmarked the post so I can find it when I get back home to my TBR. So sorry, didn´t bring any NZ crime with me to the cottage.

  4. Is there a deadline for submitting the photo? No time span is mentioned other than prior to the announcement of the award on August 21.

  5. Just so I get an advantage, Craig, it so happens that my sister, who lives in New Zealand, is coming home to Canada for a visit in August. She'd be very happy to bring my winnings to me. She's the one who sent me a Ngaio Marsh anthology for Christmas. Thanks for the contest!

  6. Hi John - the winner of the books will be drawn just prior to the Ngaio Marsh Award announcement, so you have until about 19 August.