Pip Adam

ANZL Member

Pip reading at the City Gallery Wellington. Photo credit: Mark Tantrum.



Pip Adam’s writing has been described as ‘a kind of post-post modern fiction – nothing meta, no irony, no narrative arc, no insights or character transformations – the stories are flatline and searing and real’ (Helen Lehndorf, Palmerston North Library). Pip’s novel The New Animals (Victoria UP) won the 2018 $52,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her diverse work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Overland. She has been runner up for the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition (2007), received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award (2012), and her first collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For, won the NZ Post Best First Book Award (2011). Her latest novel Nothing to See (Victoria University Press, 2020) is currently shortlisted for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Pip’s short story collection, Everything We Hoped For, and novel, I’m working on a building, are both published by Victoria University Press. Several of Pip’s pieces, responding to visual art, have been published in conjunction with exhibitions. In addition, her words were used by photographer Ann Shelton in her installation House Work.

Pip is a books reviewer on RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan show and she produces Better off Read a podcast where she talks to writers and other artists about reading. In 2007, Pip gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University, followed by a PhD in 2012 which explores how engineers describe the built environment. She currently facilitates writing workshops in several universities and Arohata Women’s Prison where she works with the Right Here, Right Now collective.




Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Victoria University Press author page

Arts Foundation Website

Better off Read podcast

Ockhams NZ Book Awards Announcement (May, 2018)

Somewhere we can live by Simon Gennard in Pantograph Punch (2016)

Utopias Old and New by Dougal McNeill in Counterfutures Issue 1 (2016)

New releases by Pip Adam

Nothing to See (novel)

Published by Victoria University Press on June 11, 2020

Bibliography: Pip Adam



The New Animals (Victoria UP, 2017)

I’m working on a building (Victoria UP, 2013)

Everything We Hoped For (Short stories: Victoria UP, 2010)



Overland (2015)

takahē (Guest Fiction writer: 2014)

Five Dials (2014)

Sport 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 44 (Short stories: 2008 – 2014)

Hue & Cry 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 and Special Hawera Edition (Short stories: 2007 – 2013)

Van voor af aan  (Trans. short story: Dutch online literary journal, 2012)

Pantograph Punch (2012)

Your Weekend – Summer Fiction Series (Short story: 2011)

Brief #42 (Short story: 2011)

Metro (Short story: 2010)

Booknotes (Personal essay: 2010)

Landfall 219 & 220 (Short story: 2009 & 2010)

Turbine 7, 8, 9 & 10 (Short story: 2008 – 2010)

Blackmail Press (Short story: 2009)

The Lumière Reader (Short story: 2008)

Glottis 6, 7 & 10  (Poetry: 2001, 2002 & 2005)



Ein anderes Land (Trans. German, 2012)

Naar de Stad (Trans. Dutch, 2012)

'There’s a kind of heaven that comes from hearing another writer interpret the mysteries of process' - Tracey Slaughter

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