Ahipara author Karen Phillips won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition Novice Award in 2009. This is NZ’s premier short story writing award. Less than ten years later, publisher Steele Roberts has put out Karen’s first collection of scintillating short fiction.
Today, Karen continues upholding the proud tradition of great NZ short stories, publishing short fiction in New Zealand literary magazines.
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A fourth-generation farmer with no one to inherit his farm; a daughter concerned about her aged father going to Antarctica; college kids pumping gas; a clash of cultures in Turkey; an office cleaner who discovers something unethical in a file … These situations, and others the characters in Karen Phillips’ stories find themselves in, are familiar to us all. The ways they come to terms with them are explored with empathy and an understanding of human nature.
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