NZ Booklovers Awards 2025 now open for entries

What do Nick Davies, Eileen Merriman, David Hill, Lauren Keenan, Brianne Te Paa, Jane Ussher, Lucy Corry, Stacey Morrison, Jeremy Sherlock, Fiona Sussman, Dr Hinemoa Elder, Vasanti Unka, Kirsty Powell, Gavin Bishop, Fiona Kidman, Kimberly Andrews and Jo Seagar have in common?

They are all talented authors and some of the previous winners of the NZ Booklovers Awards.

Who will win the NZ Booklovers Awards for 2025?

‘We are delighted to announce that we are now taking entries for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2025,’ says NZ Booklovers Director Karen McMillan. ‘These are for books published between 1 January and 31 December 2024, and we encourage traditionally published authors and self-published authors to enter.’

Now in their seventh year, the NZ Booklovers has the following categories:

  • NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2025, sponsored by Lighthouse PR
    We are looking for the best in storytelling, a novel we can’t put down.

  • NZ Booklovers Award for Best Lifestyle Book 2025, sponsored by Benefitz
    Cooking, wine, architecture, lifestyle, home and garden, design, fashion – all the non-fiction books that have the ability to enrich our daily lives.

  • NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Picture Book 2025, sponsored by Duckling Publishing
    We are looking for the best children’s picture book that helps engage young readers and foster a love of books.

  • NZ Booklovers Award for Best Junior Fiction Book 2025, sponsored by The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore
    The best children’s fiction for 7 to 12-year-olds that is child-friendly and encourages even the most reluctant of readers to develop a love of reading.

  • NZ Booklovers Award for Best Young Adult Book 2025, sponsored by Seeds Podcast
    The best young adult book suitable for young people finding their way in the world. Whether fantasy or grounded in reality, we are looking for a read that will entertain but also provoke thought.

There is a $500 prize for each category to the winning author.

The shortlist will be announced on 20 February 2025, and winners will be announced on 20 March 2025.

We are very grateful to Lighthouse PR, Benefitz, The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore, Duckling Publishing and Seeds Podcast for sponsoring these awards.

Entry details are available at https://www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/2025-awards

2025 Sponsors:

NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2024, sponsored by Lighthouse PR
Lighthouse PR is a New Zealand-based specialist book publicity and marketing company. Our clients include publishing houses and a select group of self-published authors. Our team of experienced publicists has worked in the publishing industry for decades and enjoys working with a range of international and New Zealand authors. We are delighted to sponsor this award which recognises storytelling excellence and rewards our talented New Zealand novelists. www.lighthousepr.co.nz

NZ Booklovers Award for Best Lifestyle Book 2024, sponsored by Benefitz
Small to large book runs, Benefitz have them covered on our high quality smaller digital machines through to our B2 Indigo and Volume offset presses. Soft and cased covers all finished in-house. For those who require design and artwork, we have that covered too! Our ability to print and finish books inhouse is a real strength, but so too is our vast experience and knowledge of book publishing. We have a team with decades of experience producing books. Email Kent@benefitz.co.nz with your enquiry or pop on our website at www.benefitz.co.nz to see our full range of services and check out some of our latest projects. We are pleased to sponsor the lifestyle award, recognising the best books that enrich people’s daily lives.

NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Picture Book 20254, sponsored by Duckling Publishing
Chrissy Metge is the publisher at Duckling Publishing. She uses her animation, storytelling, writing, and producing background to lead a small but dedicated team of ducklings who create and write beautifully designed books for children. She is passionate about books that take young readers on a special journey, collaborating carefully with talented writers, artists, illustrators and editors to publish enduring books for our tamariki. Chrissy is proud to sponsor this award to help foster a love of reading in young children. www.ducklingpublishing.com

NZ Booklovers Award for Best Junior Fiction Book 2025, sponsored by The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore
The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore is an independent online bookstore established by Kiwi junior fiction author Kate Gordon to showcase the incredible array of books for children and teens created by New Zealand authors and illustrators. Kate hand-selects the books to help Kiwi parents and other book buyers find quality fiction, great design and illustration, and interesting non-fiction and activity books. Kate adores junior fiction and young adult books and is proud to sponsor these two awards to celebrate great storytelling for children and young people. www.kiwikidsbooks.nz

NZ Booklovers Award for Best Young Adult Book 2025, sponsored by Seeds Podcast.
Seeds podcast has 400 interviews with inspiring people which focus on their life journeys and who and what has shaped them. We are pleased to sponsor the Young Adult Award, which is aimed at young people finding their way in life, recognising books of excellence that entertain and provoke thought. www.theseeds.nz

Judges 2025

The Best Adult Fiction Book Award is judged by author, reviewer and judge of the Ngaio Marsh Awards Stephanie Jones, literary editor, reviewer and author Marcus Hobson, and NZ Booklovers Director and author Karen McMillan.

The Best Lifestyle Book Award is judged by journalist and author Andrea Molloy, Whitireia New Zealand publishing graduate and non-fiction reviewer Anne Kerslake Hendricks, and publisher, home renovator and foodie Iain McKenzie.

The Best Children’s Picture Book Award is judged by primary school teacher and former international book editor for North & South Magazine Stacey Anyan, writer Heidi North, and journalist and former kaiako Rebekah Lyell.

The Best Junior Fiction Book Award is judged by author, creative writing teacher, assessor, mentor and reviewer Paddy Richardson, writer Heidi North, and journalist and former kaiako Rebekah Lyell.

The Best Young Adult Novel is judged by high school English teacher, author, musician and copywriter Chris Reed, author, creative writing teacher, assessor, mentor and reviewer Paddy Richardson, and former editor Heidi North.

About NZ Booklovers
NZbooklovers.co.nz is an online home for people who are passionate about books. Working alongside publishers, NZ Booklovers showcases both New Zealand and international titles. It provides reviews, author interviews, book news and competitions. Director Karen McMillan heads up a talented team of contributors and reviewers, fellow readers and writers who are passionate about books and believe literature inspires and enhances people’s lives. The NZ Booklovers Awards are the brainchild of Karen McMillan to support the local publishing community and New Zealand authors.

Entries for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2025 are now open at
https://www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/2025-awards