It's an afternoon of prizes and book launches in Auckland today at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day.
The big winners have - literally - just been announced, and Lynn Freeman talks to two of them.
The Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text has gone to Janelle Wilkey, from Blenheim for her story Mrs Brook's Chook.
Amy Haarhoff, from Palmerston North has won the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for an unpublished illustrator. This is for her work on Clare Scott's story Ruru and Kiwi's Midnight Feast.