Catherine Chidgey won the NZ$5,000 (about US$3,705) Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. Legendary New Zealand author Frame founded the trust in 1999 and bequeathed her royalty income to an endowment fund. Since her death in 2004, the trust has awarded $115,000 in grants and donations to benefit New Zealand authors.
Chidgey, author of four acclaimed novels, including her latest, The Wish Child, said: "Janet Frame was my first literary hero and still is my number one. Her books have always been very close to my heart, and so important to my development as a writer."
Frame's niece and executor Pamela Gordon called The Wish Child "an extraordinary book and Catherine deserves the accolades she has received in her career. We also wish her well for the writing she is currently undertaking."