• Announcing the shortlist for the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize

    Announcing the shortlist for the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a contract for world rights […]

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  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2022 Winners’ Announcement

    ‘Intense, Clever and Sexy as Hell’ Novel Wins Country’s Richest Writing Prize Wellington novelist and playwright Whiti Hereaka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi, Pākehā) has won the $60,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her book Kurangaituku – a richly imagined contemporary retelling of […]

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  • Applications open for cash grants to support NZ writers

    Applications are now open for the CLNZ | NZSA Research Grants to help you research for your fiction or non-fiction writing project. Kua tuwhera ināianei ngā tono mō ngā Karāti Rangahau o te CLNZ | NZSA hei āwhina atu māu e rangahau tō hinonga, tō kōrero paki, tō kōrero pono rānei. Four grants valued at […]

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  • How to watch the Ockham NZ Book Awards ceremony LIVE on Wednesday 11 May

    It’s Ockham week and here’s how to watch the Ockham NZ Book Awards ceremony LIVE on Wednesday 11 May from 7pm! A change in venue and continued precautions around Covid have restricted our audience capacity for the much-anticipated Ockham New Zealand Book Awards this Wednesday 11 May, but there are several ways you can join […]

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  • 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlists announced

    Judges hail ‘memorable and urgent stories that captured the concerns of their respective communities…. reflecting a complex and afflicted planet’ Ambitious and wide-ranging variety of styles, storytelling traditions and themes – from family dramas, to explorations of love and loss, exploitation, betrayal and scandal, and the ‘hurts of history’ Twenty-six outstanding stories have been shortlisted […]

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  • NZSA member Shelley Burne-Field a finalist in Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

    CONGRATULATIONS TO SHELLEY-BURNE-FIELD – A 2022 SHORT STORY FINALIST! Shelley’s story ‘Speaking in tongues’  is about loss of language, about community, and about being seen and heard. Shelley Burne-Field (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Rārua) is a fiction writer and graduate of both Te Papa Tupu and Master of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland. A […]

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  • ‘A Sense of Place’ Writing Competition

    A writer’s sense of place can be of somewhere present and absent. Sometimes even at the same time. On a simple level a writer should be able to convey a sense of where they are and of places far away. On a deeper level what a place means to you could help other people’s understanding […]

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  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards ceremony to be live and in-person

    The 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be held in Auckland on May 11 2022 as an in-person event, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust has confirmed. “Having fully researched high-quality virtual options, assessed again the risk and reward of virtual versus in-person, and looked at the steadily dropping case numbers both nationally and […]

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  • Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2022 – Longlist announcement!

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa and Text Publishing are delighted to announce the longlist for the Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2022. The longlisted writers are: Michaela Anchan, Tiffany Brown, Saige England, Jill Hadfield, Ruth Hanover, Maria B. Joseph, Sarah McDougall, Christopher McMaster, Susan Pearce, Paul Shannon, Emma Sidnam, Maria Wickens, and Anna Woods. This year’s longlist of 13 […]

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  • Announcing the NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize 2022 shortlist

    We are pleased to announce that five writers have been shortlisted for an award that celebrates fresh writing with a ‘unique and original vision’. NZSA congratulates shortlisted writers Philippa Werry, Rachel Fenton, Wes Lee, Jacqueline Owens, and Murray Edmond. Almost 70 applications came in for this prize and the shortlist judging panel of Tina Shaw and […]

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  • Storylines announces winners of 2022 awards for children’s and young adult manuscripts

    Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa has announced the 2022 winners of its major awards for writers of manuscripts for children’s and young adult books. The five winners were selected from more than 230 entries. The awards were presented at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day held in […]

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  • University of Waikato 2022 Sargeson Prize

    Annual short story competition First offered in 2019, the Sargeson Prize is New Zealand’s richest short story prize, sponsored by the University of Waikato. Named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson, the Prize was conceived by writer Catherine Chidgey, who also lectures in Writing Studies at the University. Entries open on 1 April for […]

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