28 Mar 2010

Author CK Stead wins new award

5:57 am on 28 March 2010

New Zealand novelist and poet CK Stead has won a British prize for a short story set in Croatia.

Last Season's Man is about a writer who criticises an elder, bruising his ego and damaging his reputation.

The story won 25,000 pounds in the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. It was chosen from a shortlist of works by six authors, whittled down from just over 1100 entries.

Mr Stead, 77, told Saturday Morning with Kim Hill that impressing the judges isn't easy.

"It was stiff competititon, but there's always a huge element of luck in all this - you just have to write something that these judges like."