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Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards

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Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust
31 Mar 2018
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries
Work classification
Literature & Publishing


Literary Awards Offer $20,000 in Prize Money

Writers working in the Mind Body Spirit genre have until 31 March to enter the 2018 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards.

The awards, which are now in their 14th year, have two categories, one for Books and another for Unpublished Manuscripts. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize.

A spokesperson for the Trust, Adonia Wylie, says the judging panel is looking for fiction or non-fiction works that have the potential to uplift and enhance people, relationships and society.

“It is extremely pleasing to reward talented established and emerging writers. The diversity and quality of works submitted in previous years have been impressive.  We very much look forward to reading this year’s entries.”

The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind Body Spirit genre.


Last year, Wellington’s Scottie Reeve, who founded Georgia's and Stories, two container cafes which offer employment to young people, won the Book category for 21-Elephants: Leaving Religion for the Reckless Way of Jesus. Jeremy Cole, who lives on the Kapiti Coast, won the Unpublished Manuscript Category with Divine Laziness: The Art of Living Effortlessly. 

Shortlisted writers will be announced mid-July and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Trust’s own venue, Hopetoun Alpha on 17 August 2018.



The late Auckland businessman Ashton Wylie was a philanthropist with a wide range of interests, particularly in the area of personal development and positive relationships.  The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up at Ashton's request and was named after him.

Ashton Wylie believed that if one wanted to change the world, one had to first change oneself.  Changes are then made by example as ultimately, one can change for the better others that reside within one’s sphere of influence.

The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up following Ashton Wylie’s death in 1999 with the mandate of having human relationships as its focus, and its main intent being to promote more loving relationships.









How to apply

Submission forms and entry details are available from


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15 Feb 2018

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