Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship is one of New Zealand’s leading national literary awards and has a distinguished history of previous fellows. It was established in 1987 to commemorate Frank Sargeson and to provide assistance to New Zealand writers.

About the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

The fellowship offers published New Zealand writers the opportunity to write full-time, free from financial pressure with an annual stipend and using the Sargeson Centre adjacent to the University of Auckland.

Any published New Zealand writer living either in New Zealand or overseas is eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Entries are now open for the 2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.  Click here to view the media release.


The Frank Sargeson Building

Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

Frank Sargeson

Frank Sargeson was influential not only through his writing, but also as a friend and mentor to other writers.

Described as one of New Zealand’s greatest literary innovators and mentor to the literary community, Frank Sargeson was a novelist and short story writer who became internationally known as the pioneer who broke from colonial literary traditions to an idiom that expressed the rhythms of New Zealand speech and experience.

He qualified as a lawyer before committing himself to full-time writing and a day-to-day struggle which he described as “physically, mentally and financially exhausting”.

The inaugural Sargeson Fellow was the distinguished novelist, short story writer and poet Janet Frame, who had a close friendship with Frank Sargeson. The importance of this friendship to Janet Frame’s personal and literary life is clear from her account of the time she spent with Frank Sargeson in the second volume of her autobiography, An Angel At My Table.

Janet Frame was succeeded as Sargeson Fellow by the noted New Zealand poet Kevin Ireland, who was also a close friend of Sargeson. The Sargeson Fellowship was subsequently awarded to writers such as Alan Duff, Elspeth Sandys, Michael King and Marilyn Duckworth. The full list of previous fellows includes:


  • 2016 Diana Wichtel and Breton Dukes
  • 2015 Duncan Sarkies and Robert Glancy
  • 2014 Bianca Zander and Alice Miller
  • 2013 Hamish Clayton and Tanya Moir
  • 2012 David Lyndon Brown and Anna Taylor
  • 2011 Sue Orr and Mark Broatch
  • 2010 Sonja Yelich and Sarah Laing
  • 2009 Steve Braunias and Julian Novitz
  • 2008 Brigid Lowry and Paula Morris
  • 2007 James George
  • 2006 Emily Perkins
  • 2005 Fiona Samuel and Peter Cox
  • 2004 Karyn Hay and Craig Marriner
  • 2003 Toa Fraser and Debra Daley
  • 2002 Riemke Ensing and Denis Baker
  • 2001 Vivienne Plumb and Chad Taylor
  • 2000 Sue Reidy, James Brown and Charlotte Grimshaw
  • 1999 Tina Shaw and Kapka Kassabova
  • 1998 Catherine Chidgey and Sarah Quigley
  • 1997 Shonagh Koea and Diane Brown

More Information

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sargesonfellowship@grimshaw.co.nz

Media Release

To view a copy of our recent media release, click here.