Joy Cowley a Finalist in 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

One of New Zealand's best-loved writers, Dame Joy Cowley is a finalist in this year's Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards' Book category for her non-fiction work Veil Over Light.

She joins four other authors from all over the country writing about issues as wide-ranging as global ethics, living cooperatively, mystical and shamanic practise and Māori healing wisdom.

The Awards' convenor of judges Joan Rosier-Jones says this year's Book category entrants were particularly strong.

"It was a difficult decision deciding on a shortlist of five from 42 book entries, many from household name writers. This year's finalists were selected for their understanding of the Mind Body Spirit genre, the compelling and accessible way they each convey their stories and their books' excellent production values. Each of these books are worthy winners and hold much wisdom for our world," says Ms Rosier-Jones.

The 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards Book category finalists are:
Joy Cowley Joy Cowley
Veil Over Light: Selected Spiritual Writings
FitzBeck Publishing
Veil Over the Light
Gwen Francis Gwen S Francis
Standing Upright Here: Global Ethics for the 21st Century
Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd
Standing Upright Here: Global Ethics for the 21st Century
Niki Harré Niki Harré
The Infinite Game
Auckland University Press
The Infinite Game
Leila Lees Leila Lees
Into the World: A Handbook for Mystical and Shamanic Practise
Lasavia Publishing Ltd
The Infinite Game
Charlotte Mildon Charlotte Mildon
He Atua Wahine at the Source of Ancient Māori Healing Wisdom in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Tamariki Ora Books Ltd
He Atua Wahine at the Source of Ancient Māori Healing Wisdom in Aotearoa, New Zealand

A record number of 57 entries were received in this year's Unpublished Manuscript category.

"This year's manuscript entries were tremendously broad in their subject matter, scope and genre. We received poetry collections, memoirs, novels and academic non-fiction works. In the end the five selected works pulled us in from the start."

"Each of the five manuscript finalists are from writers that hold great promise and we sincerely hope they are published and received by a wide audience."

The 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards Unpublished Manuscript
category finalists are:
Trisha Hanifin Trisha Hanifin
The Time Lizard's Archaeologist
Gabrielle Harris Gabrielle Harris
The Language of Yin
Anca Sarah Joicey Anca Sarah Joicey
You Are Loved
Jacquelyn E Lane Jacquelyn E Lane
Deva: The Song at the Heart of the Matter
Averil Nichole Richardson Averil Nichole Richardson
The Love Path

The Book category winner and the Unpublished Manuscript category winner each receive a $10,000 prize.

The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre. The awards were established in 1999 thanks to a bequest from the late businessman, Ashton Wylie.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina, in Auckland on Friday 16 August, 2019.