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).

In 2015 there will be a reduced fellowship of approximately 3 months duration. The successful applicant will receive $35,000 (plus GST where applicable).

Let’s preserve the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for all time. (Find out how)

Donations can be made via the Arts Foundation now. If you would like to make a donation contact the Arts Foundation.

Let’s preserve the Katherine Mansfield
Menton Fellowship for all time.

The Winn Manson Menton Trust has joined with the Arts Foundation in an ambitious bid to raise a capital sum of $800,000 to ensure this iconic fellowship survives for all time.

If you love writing and cherish New Zealand writers, this is your chance to play a critical part in supporting New Zealand literature for now and future generations.

$730,000 has already been raised, leaving a remainder of $70,000 still to find.

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   “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


Villa Isola Bella