reached the short list of four in the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Memorial Award, usually referred to these days as just the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. This award, whose prize consists of publication of the winning story and $1,500 cash, was set up in honour of the late Tom Fitzgibbon in 1993, when no award was granted, as was also the case the following year. I have no idea why the Childrens Literature Foundation claim it was set up in 1995.
The award is for a childrens novel by an unpublished writer which is not only publishable but also (at least in the opinion of the panel of judges) WORTHY OF A MAJOR PRIZE. The award is administered by the Childrens Literature Foundation of NZ and sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand.