Very honoured to have been asked to join the committee for the inaugural Miles Hughes Achievement Award. Miles was an intrepid writer and indie publisher whose energy reached out into the community until the very end. He passed away earlier this year, and it’s with a great deal of respect that I join this effort to honour his memory with an award for an Auckland area writer.
I have many fond memories of Miles from working with him on the National Flash Fiction campaign — in which he also placed among the Highly Commended writers in 2013. In April 2014, we dedicated the scattered issue of Flash Frontier to Miles, with his colleague and friend James George as Guest Editor.
I’m happy to see that so many creative endeavours continue to flourish in Miles’ name. And I look forward to working with Patricia Hanifin (who most recently placed second in the National Flash Fiction Day competition) and Leanne Radojkovich (whose work has appeared in many venues in NZ and abroad) — two stalwart members of the Auckland writing scene.
The Auckland branch of the NZ Society of Authors is accepting entries until September 1, and the award will be announced November 9.
Info below, with links to the Facebook page and other information.