• NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award – Recipient Announced!

    We are delighted to announce the winner of the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2015 is Auckland writer Caroline Barron. With 73 entries for this award, the selection panel had a tough time deciding on a winner. The range and quality of the work submitted was impressive. Entries covered a broad range including novels, writing […]

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  • New Zealand HERITAGE BOOKS AWARDS 2015 Winners

    New Zealand HERITAGE BOOKS AWARDS 2015 Winners Book: A Bloody Road Home by Chris Pugsley Short Story: Alpha Crucis by Sandra Arnold Essay (Joint): Consequences of a Road not Travelled by Jill McCaw   |   I’ll be Back before You Know it by Robin McElrea Poem: I’ve always like to Ride in Trains by Karen Zelas New […]

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  • New Zealand’s Book Awards Announce First-Ever Longlist

    The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ inaugural longlist reveals a rich collection of works reflecting cultural and historical diversity and deeply rewarding poetry and prose from authors and illustrators all over the country. There are 40 long-listed works; ten each from the four award’s categories – illustrated non-fiction, general non-fiction, poetry and fiction. New Zealand […]

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  • For Writers! Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright or comic / graphic novelist

    The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme for 2016 seeks applications from writers and comic / graphic novelists looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. This year, as part of our commitment to Creative New Zealand, we have tagged 3 mentorships for emerging […]

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  • Congratulations! The Winner of the 2015 NZ Bookshop Day Best Promotion is …

    Congratulations to Carole Beu and the great team at The Women’s Bookshop for winning the Best Promotion reflecting the essence of NZ Bookshop Day – “Your Place, Your Bookshop”. The judging was carried out by the entire team at Booksellers NZ.  It was a very close competition with the top contenders barely separable, as each […]

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  • NZSA Central Districts Short story competition results!

    Congratulations! First: Hayley Solomon (Whanganui), “The Chosen One” Second: Tony Chapelle (Palmerston North), “Islands” Third: Antony Millen (Taumarunui ), “Aukati” & Highly Commended: David Hill (New Plymouth ), “On Special” Angela Yeoman (the Wairarapa), “The Earth was Red” Sean Monaghan (Palmerston North), “The Ocean Outside” SCHOOL STUDENTS First: Sophie Thirsk (St Matthew’s Collegiate School, Masterton), […]

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  • Support Courage Day – 15 November

    Courage Day (also known as The Day of the Imprisoned Writer) recognises writers who defend the right to free speech, and those who suffer oppression and are killed / imprisoned for their work. The beginning of the year was heralded with the deaths of 12 people following a bloody attack on the offices of the […]

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  • Writer Testimonial

    Just wanted to say “thanks” for your help. In 2012 my children’s novel, Hieroglyph was selected for one of ten MS assessments then selected for 1 of 5 mini-mentorships. I was privileged to have Anna Mackenzie as my mentor. Hieroglyph, has now been released through CopyPress in NZ and available on Amazon. The mentor programme helped […]

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  • Writers killed makes chilling read

    Dana Wensley our PEN spokesperson wrote an article for the Otago Daily Times to draw attention to Courage Day held November 15. Dana reports on the erosion of freedom of speech globally, which is a worrying trend. More

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  • CLNZ Contestable Funding Round is open

    Writers are invited to apply to the CLNZ Contestable Fund. CLNZ is looking for projects that have clearly defined and measurable project outcomes that align with the Cultural Fund’s objectives, including projects that: • develop the professional skills of writers, including those who write for an education audience • seek to grow export markets for New Zealand […]

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