• Six Māori writers announced for Te Papa Tupu 2018

     Six aspiring writers have been selected for Te Papa Tupu 2018, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers. The chosen writers will spend six months working alongside a mentor to develop their manuscripts and improve their writing skills to meet the end goal of a publishable manuscript. To […]

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  • PANZ shortlists for 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards announced

    The best of New Zealand’s book designs come under tight scrutiny but the shortlist has been announced 11 Jun 2018 It appears it’s not just the cover a book is judged on as the judges announce the finalists in the 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards. The weight of stock, the binding and the smell of […]

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  • CHRIS ELSE IS NZSA PRESIDENT OF HONOUR 2018-2019

    The NZSA is delighted to announce that Chris Else is their 2018-2019 President of Honour.  This prestigious position is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand. As President of Honour, Chris Else will deliver the annual Janet […]

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  • NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2018

    $10,000 Opportunity for Writers. Calling for applications from writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama with a literary track record, who are currently working on a new project. This annual Fellowship is awarded each year to a mid-career or senior writer to work on a project that shows a high level of literary merit and […]

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  • FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

    A bumper crop of excellent books for young New Zealand readers have today been announced as the 33 finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.   From sharks and dawn raids to earthquakes, kidnap plots, Jean Batten and the familiar chaos that is kids at breakfast time, their range […]

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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours for Deborah Challinor

    Deborah Challinor has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and historical research. She was this country’s highest-selling author in 2015, 2016 and 2017. “It was a real shock as I opened the letter,” the 59 year old said of the moment she discovered she was being […]

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  • 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist announced

      Twenty-four outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel from 5182 entries from 48 Commonwealth countries. The writers come from 14 countries including, for the first time, Samoa and Ghana. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English from the Commonwealth. As well […]

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  • Twenty-five-year-old debut novelist wins inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel

    Ruby Porter is the winner of the 2018 Michael Gifkins Prize for her remarkable novel, Attraction. Porter receives a publishing contract with Text and a NZ$10,000 advance against royalties. She accepted the award this afternoon at the Michael Gifkins Prize party held during Auckland Writers Festival week. The present reckons with the past in Attraction. Porter’s unnamed narrator […]

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  • Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage

    Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:22 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage Budget 2018 lays the foundations for a significant programme of work that highlights the essential role the cultural sector plays in the wellbeing of our society, […]

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  • OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

    Pip Adam wins premier book awards’ $50,000 prize A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards. Wellington writer Pip Adam received the honour for her novel The New Animals (Victoria University Press) at the glittering Ockham […]

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  • The Unity Books 50th Anniversary Literary Awards

    Unity Books has marked its 50th Birthday by honouring two New Zealand authors with awards worth $20,000 each for their extensive body of work and for their long-span social justice activism. The recipients of the Unity Books 50th Birthday Literary Awards are Patricia Grace and Peter Wells.  ‘As Unity turned 50 years old we asked afresh: who matters […]

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  • NZ Icon Artist Award for son of Samoa

    PASEFIKA PLANET Maualaivao Albert Wendt at the Icon Awards ceremony.  10 May, 2018. – Samoa’s most revered author and the ‘Father of Pacific Literature’ has been named a New Zealand Icon Artist, joining a prestigious group of recipients. Maualaivao Albert Wendt was presented with his Icon medallion at a ceremony held at Government House in Wellington, […]

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