• Call for submissions that engages Freedom of Expression

    Online magazine, adda, is calling for submissions for an edition that engages with the Commonwealth Charter theme of Freedom of Expression. We are committed to peaceful, open dialogue and the free flow of information, including through a free and responsible media, and to enhancing democratic traditions and strengthening democratic processes. Commonwealth Charter, Article V Writers […]

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  • Sargeson Prize 2021 winners focus on relationships and families

    A story about the harm patriarchal communities can do is the overall winner of this year’s Sargeson Prize. The University of Waikato sponsors the short story competition and announced the winners at the annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture, which was streamed online on Wednesday night due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Lara Markstein’s story ‘Good Men’ was […]

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  • Winners of 2021 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize announced

    The Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize winners for this year have been revealed. The competition is now in its eleventh year, and this year attracted 136 poems from across New Zealand and Australia. First place goes to Sophia Wilson from Ōtepoti – Dunedin for her poem “Sea-skins”. Runner up is Ōtautahi-Christchurch based Jenna Heller with […]

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  • NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize 2022 Opens

    Award for fresh writing with a ‘unique and original vision’ The NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize celebrates the life and work of the writer Laura Solomon. As set by Laura, the main criteria for the exciting prize is for new writing with a ‘unique and original vision’. Published and unpublished writers are invited to […]

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  • Warm congratulations NZ Book Industry Awards winners

    The Nielsen Book Publisher of the Year award went to Mākaro Press, with the judges praising their expertise, appetite for risk and the company’s outstanding contributions to NZ literature. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bridget Williams of Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in recognition of her contribution to the Aotearoa publishing industry. The Book […]

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  • Welcoming University of Otago’s arts fellows

    The University of Otago’s 2022 Arts Fellows’ projects will explore a wide range of topics with a common thread; understanding and embracing diversity. The 2022 Robert Burns Fellow is Albert Belz; Sean Donnelly is the Mozart Fellow; Michael Parmenter is the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance; Swapna Haddow is the University of Otago College […]

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  • Otago Summer Writer in Residence 2022 announced

    Joanna Cho is this year’s University Book Shop Emerging Writer in Residence, and she will be taking up the Residency, in the Robert Lord Writers Cottage, in early January 2022. Cho was born in South Korea, her family moved to Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland when she was two, and now she lives in Te Whānganui-a-Tara/Wellington. She currently […]

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  • Sarah Forster – 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Winner

      Many congratulations to Sarah Forster, winner of the 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Wellington’s Sarah Forster has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children’s and young adult literature and reading.Christine Young, chair of Storylines Trust says the award acknowledges the work Sarah has done […]

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  • Call for judges of the 2022 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The organisers of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are inviting expressions of interest from members and followers of the children’s literature community who would like to be considered as judges of the 2022 awards. The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are made in six categories: Picture […]

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  • Ockham Collective 2022 residency

    If you enjoy operating at the intersection of creativity and education and need space to put your ideas into action, join the Ockham Collective’s annual residency programme in 2022. What is the OC? The Ockham Collective is a charitable trust with a kaupapa of supporting lifelong creativity and education. Our support is direct: we offer […]

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  • Petone bookshop wins Bookshop of the Year award

    Last night’s awards ceremony at the annual New Zealand Book Industry awards was a time for the book trade to reflect and celebrate the last year. It is a forum where individual publishers and booksellers are recognised as the best in the New Zealand trade. One of the highly anticipated awards presented at the ceremony […]

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  • Mākaro Press wins Publisher of the Year

    Last night, booksellers and publishers gathered online in anticipation of the 2021 Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards, hosted by PANZ Te Rau o Tākupu and Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the most sought-after awards of the night is the Nielsen Book Publisher of the Year award. It is always an exceptional category with a […]

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