• When They Got the Call: PW Speaks with the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Winners

    Erin Entrada Kelly has won the 2018 John Newbery Medal for her novel Hello, Universe (Greenwillow), edited by Virginia Duncan. Matthew Cordell has won the 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Wolf in the Snow (Feiwel and Friends), edited by Liz Szabla. And Nina LaCour has won the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award for We Are Okay (Dutton), edited by Julie Strauss-Gabel. […]

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  • NZSA Waitangi Day Honours Announced

    February 6, 2018 Internationally acclaimed writer Ashleigh Young has been made an Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Waitangi Day Honours. “As the country’s largest writers’ organisation, we celebrate significant literary achievements, especially on the international stage,” says NZSA President, Siobhan Harvey. This year Ashleigh Young from  Wellington won the Windham-Campbell Prize from […]

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  • Two emerging writers win trans-Tasman mentorship with publisher

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), Hachette Australia and Hachette New Zealand are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 NZSA / Hachette Mentor Program. Congratulations to Isabelle McNeur and Elizabeth Allan who have been chosen to work on a new draft of their manuscripts under Hachette Australia’s guidance, receiving constructive critique of their manuscript […]

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  • Former Booker Prize Judge Alan Taylor Appointed to 2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize Jury

      Critically acclaimed Scots writer, journalist and founding editor of the Scottish Review of Books Alan Taylor has been announced as the international judge who will assist the local panel in selecting the winner of the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.   Taylor and his wife, author […]

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  • IBBY Announces the Shortlist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards includes Joy Cowley

    IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People is proud to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s most prestigious international children’s book award:   Authors: Marie-Aude Murail from France, Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran, Eiko Kadono from Japan, Joy Cowley from New Zealand and Ulf Stark from Sweden. Illustrators: Pablo Bernasconi from Argentina, Linda Wolfsgruber from Austria, Xiong Liang from China, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Igor Oleynikov from […]

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  • NZ author Joy Cowley heads New Year Honours list

    Congratulations to Joy Cowley, who has received the country’s top honour in the 2018 New Year Honours list! Joy Cowley has been an active and supportive member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) since joining in 1966. We are thrilled to see her outstanding service to literature and literacy in New Zealand […]

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  • Winners of the 2018 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants – Renee Liang and Mary Paul

    The winners of the 2018 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants are Renee Liang and Mary Paul.  They will each receive $5000 for 10,000-12,000 word essays.   The judges decided on the two winners from the largest field of applicants since the grants were first offered by generous New York-based expatriates, Mark and Deborah D’Arcy.   Renee Liang plans […]

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  • $10,000 Annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing – opens Jan 3 2018

    Mark 3 January 2018 in your calendars, writers of Australia and New Zealand, because that’s the date entries open for the $10,000 Annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing. Full details and the entry form are here. Submissions open 3 January and close 2 February, 2018.  The Text Prize aims to discover great […]

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  • Archaeological heist caper film script wins prize

    IIML Awards to Sarah Harpur and Richard Dey – congratulations. A film script featuring an outlawed metal-detecting amateur archaeologist in 1980s Ireland battling the National Museum to prove an historical truth has been awarded the 2017 David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize for Scriptwriting at Victoria University of Wellington. Written by Sarah Harpur for her 2017 Master […]

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  • James Norcliffe Selected as 2018 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

    Christchurch-based writer James Norcliffe is to be the 2018 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Norcliffe has published nine collections of poetry, a short story collection and ten novels for young people. As an editor he has had long involvement with the literary magazine, takahē and has edited anthologies of poetry and young people’s writing. He’s also served as […]

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