• 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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  • Public Lending Right – IMPORTANT NOTICE November 2016

    Important notice for publisher writers about PLR 2016 payments If you registered titles with the National Library for the Public Lending Right scheme (PLR), on or around the 28th October you will have received an email with the survey results for the titles you have registered. The list shows your books broken down into ‘versions’, […]

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  • Courage Day 15 November 2016

    PEN NZ has received the names of writers PEN is officially recognising this year for Courage Day, known as The Day of the Imprisoned Writer outside New Zealand. These five writers have suffered threats, attacks and imprisonment solely for their peaceful free expression work, that are emblematic of the risks faced by our colleagues worldwide. […]

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  • The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) issues scam warning: Writers beware

    Media release: 14 September 2016 The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) is increasingly concerned about writers being scammed with bogus publishing ‘deals’. The NZSA is receiving an increasing number of enquiries from writers falling into the trap of paying large sums of money to get their book published only to find their expectations are […]

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  • PEN NZ condemns the continuing ban by the Fijian government of TVNZ Pacific Affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver

    MEDIA RELEASE : 13 June 2016 PEN NZ condemns the continuing ban by the Fijian government of Television New Zealand Pacific Affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver. PEN views the continuation of this ban as an indication of the ongoing erosion of freedom of expression in the Pacific. New Zealand currently ranks 5th in the world in […]

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  • Interested in becoming more active in the literature sector?

    Nominations are open for a position on the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) National Council.   To be on the National Council you need to be a published author living in a region that is open for nominations for a delegate.  You also need to be a member of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN […]

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  • NZSA crime writer Vanda Symon new chair at CLNZ

    New Chair for Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Copyright Licensing New Zealand has announced the appointment of Dunedin crime writer Vanda Symon to the position of Chair of the Board. Ms Symon takes over from Adrian Keane, Owner and Chief Executive of Edify Ltd, who has held the position since 2012. CEO of CLNZ, Paula […]

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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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  • Submission to the Board of Review regarding the Interim Restriction Order placed upon Into the River written by Ted Dawe

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.), established in 1934, is the principal organisation for New Zealand authors. Referencing Part 3, Clause 20 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 the Chief Censor can be satisfied that our organisation, our members and New Zealand authors will be affected by the classification […]

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  • Banning of Ted Dawe’s book Into the River – media release

    Book’s banning ‘exceedingly troubling’   The decision by the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, QC, to issue an Interim Restriction Order banning the sale or distribution of Auckland author Ted Dawe’s award-winning novel for teenagers Into the River, is exceedingly troubling, says New Zealand Society of Authors President, […]

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