• The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards – Winners announced

    Globally Lauded Novelist Wins Country’s Biggest Fiction Prize. Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. The award was announced this evening at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The panel of judges — Bronwyn Wylie Gibb, […]

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  • Four secondary school writers win mentorships with professional authors

    Four talented secondary school students have been selected as winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme 2017. This year NZSA has awarded four youth mentorships rather than the usual three writers as each of these finalists are at the perfect stage to hone their writing skills and develop […]

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  • NZSA announces new president and delegates for 2017 to 2019

    PRESIDENT We are very pleased to announce the very accomplished Siobhan Harvey will be NZSA’s next President, once ratified at the AGM in Christchurch 27 May. Siobhan Harvey is the author of Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) and, as co-editor, Essential New Zealand Poems (Penguin Random House NZ, 2014). Both were New Zealand fiction Top 10 Bestselling […]

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  • 2017 Mentorships’ announced for writers and graphic novelists 

    Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors Mentorship Programme 2017 with fourteen chosen from a pool of sixty-four applicants. With a high level of commitment shown by the applicants and a wide variety of fascinating projects the judges had quite a task making their selection. The mentees of 2017 are a dedicated […]

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  • Report reveals the difficulty in making a living from writing in New Zealand

    Media release from Copyright Licensing: 06 March 2017 A new report that looks at how New Zealand writer’s earn from their writing has revealed that very few are able to make writing their fulltime career. The Horizon Research report, commissioned by Copyright Licensing NZ in conjunction with the NZ Society of Authors, NZ Writer’s Guild […]

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  • CompleteMS – Open for Applications

    Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript that is ready to take to that next level? Apply now for the NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme – a programme that provides writers with essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication. CompleteMS suits writers who have completed a manuscript through […]

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  • NZSA 2017 Waitangi Day Honour

    Poet honoured for Waitangi Day Acclaimed poet and scholar, Selina Tusitala Marsh, has been made Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ annual Waitangi Day Honours.  “As the country’s largest writers’ organisation, we believe it’s important to celebrate significant literary achievements, especially on the international stage,” said NZSA President, Kyle Mewburn. “Each […]

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  • Youth Mentorship Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers  

    Three secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills. The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2017 offers these aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, giving them the opportunity to […]

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  • StartWrite: writing sample and synopsis assessments – open

    StartWrite Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service – for writers and comic / graphic novelists who want to get an appraisal for part of their work. Writers can send in a piece of writing, up to 6,000 words (for poetry up to 24 pages), and a one page synopsis. Comic / Graphic novelists need to […]

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  • NZSA / Hachette Mentor program recipients announced

    Two emerging writers win trans-Tasman mentorship with publisher   The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), Hachette Australia and Hachette New Zealand are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 NZSA / Hachette Mentor Program. For the second year in a row the depth of New Zealand writing talent impressed Hachette Australia and […]

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