• Inaugural NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize shortlist announced

    Five writers have been shortlisted for an award that celebrates fresh writing with a ‘unique and original vision‘. NZSA congratulates shortlisted writers Joanna Aitchison, Tom Baragwanath, James Norcliffe, Lizzie Harwood, and Wes Lee. 89 applications were received and the shortlist judging panel of Tina Shaw and Ruby Porter commented: ‘We saw an inspiring range of […]

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  • NZ On Air announces Public Interest Journalism Fund details

      In February Minister of Broadcasting and Media, Hon Kris Faafoi announced $55 million to provide targeted, short to medium-term support for public interest journalism. The Public Interest Journalism Fund will be administered by NZ On Air. The Public Interest Journalism Fund is designed to provide three years of transitional support to the media sector, […]

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  • Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize: Entries open

      Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand and the Margaret Mahy Estate are delighted to announce the return of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for a third year. The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize 2021 offers a unique opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s classic children’s story There’s A King in the Cupboard. Working […]

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  • NZWG Seed and Seed Advanced Round 1 2021 OPEN

    Seed Grants Scheme for New Zealand Writers.  New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) and New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are excited to announce the continuation of the Seed and Seed Advanced grants pathways in 2021, with Round 1 now open. The NZWG Seed grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own. […]

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  • The 2021 International Booker Prize longlist announcement

    30 March, the judges of the 2021 International Booker Prize reveal the 13 novels longlisted for the prestigious award which celebrates the finest translated fiction from around the world. Complementing The Booker Prize for Fiction, the prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK […]

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  • MCH: $60 million Creative Innovation Programme Revealed

    Do you have a bold idea that could be a game-changer?   Find out how you can be involved in the first step of the Cultural Sector Innovation Creatives – by their name and by their nature – are innovators. That ability to see the world through a different lens and both find solutions and […]

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  • New Zealand’s richest short story prize launches with acclaimed writer Patricia Grace as Chief Judge for 2021

    The Sargeson Prize launches Thursday, April 1, offering New Zealand’s richest short story prize to local writers, with more than $8000 in prize money available across two categories.   Now in its third year, the competition is named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson and is sponsored by the University of Waikato. It was […]

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  • Playwrights b4 25 is back for 2021 – open for submissions

    For this 2021 competition, Playmarket is interested in writers under 25 who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays. Write about anything you like that matters to you in any way you like, for any kind of audience you like. In partnership with Auckland Live. […]

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  • Storylines celebrated the winners of its major awards at a special event in Auckland on Sunday 28 March

    2021 Storylines award-winners honoured At the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day, recipient of the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy Award for lifetime achievement in children’s literature, Julia Marshall, gave the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy lecture.Her lecture outlined the genesis of and influences on her publishing company Gecko Press, but more importantly, perhaps, looked at the […]

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  • James George encourages future Māori writers to enter Pikihuia short story awards

    24 March 2021 Short story awards named a ‘stepping stone to success’ for Māori writers.   First-time and emerging Māori writers are encouraged to enter the 2021 Pikihuia Awards. The short story awards, which occur every second year, have become known as a stepping stone to success for Māori writers. Chair of the Māori Literature […]

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  • 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Career Achievement Winners 

    Today, we announce the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Career Achievement Winners.   This year’s honorees are Anne Carson, Kwame Dawes, Daniel Alexander Jones, Pierre Joris, and George C. Wolfe. As part of its Literary Awards program, PEN America annually honors distinct, lifelong contributors to literary and artistic excellence, selected by panels of independent, dedicated […]

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  • Leading historian Dr Monty Soutar receives Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship to complete historical novel trilogy     

    CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND MEDIA RELEASE 23 MARCH Leading historian Dr Monty Soutar receives Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship to complete historical novel trilogy                                                                                                                                                […]

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