This is one of New Zealand’s most long-standing and prestigious literary awards. It commemorates the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield who was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888 and died in France in 1923. The fellowship allows a New Zealand writer to work at the Villa Isola Bella in Menton, France for a period of six months or more in the year of tenure.

The successful applicant is paid a sum which is intended to cover return travel to France and living and accommodation expenses, currently not less than $75,000 (plus GST where applicable).

   “Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.

   Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.”

Katherine Mansfield