• Record-breaking attendance signals a new era for Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki

    May 20, 2024   The Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki has broken all attendance records, ushering in a bold and exciting new era for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest literary festival. Held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre from 14 – 19 May, attendance reached a record high of more than 85,000. The programme was designed to […]

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  • Announcing the Inaugural Mercedes Webb-Pullman Poetry Award

    New Zealand/Australian writer Mercedes Webb-Pullman died in Kapiti in July 2023. Mercedes’ family has decided to use any future royalties from her published works to fund an annual poetry award in her name, which in 2024 will be $500 NZD.   For this inaugural award, and in honour of Mercedes’ revolutionary spirit, entries are invited from […]

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  • Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2024 – Shortlist announcement!

    MEDIA RELEASE 17 May 2024 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Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2024 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel. Four standout manuscripts by New Zealand writers have been shortlisted for this year’s prize: Beneath by J. […]

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    Applications open for a new award for New Zealand writers of fiction – $5,000

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) are proud to announce the launch of this new award which supports the completion and/or publication of new fiction by mid-career fiction writers from New Zealand. The NZSA Shaw Writer’s Award was established by novelist Tina Shaw to encourage the development of […]

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  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2024 Winners

    ‘Disturbing, smart, and funny as hell’ novel wins country’s richest writing prize. Internationally acclaimed New Zealand writer Emily Perkins MNZM has won the $65,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for Lioness – a smart, multi-layered, laugh-out-loud novel exploring wealth, class and female mid-life reckoning.   Ms […]

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    CLNZ NZSA 2024 Research Grants Open

    Applications open for cash grants to support NZ writers   Applications are now open for the CLNZ | NZSA Research Grants to help writers research a 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, […]

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  • Dan Davin Literary Foundation Prize open 2024

    ​ ​ Deadline:     By 5 pm, Friday 26th July 2024  Categories:  Students:    Creative Writing of your choice:  Maximum of up to three entries (of different genres) per student. Words per Entry between 1000-1500 Senior Students: Under 19 (as of 31st December 2023) and Year 11 – 13 secondary students Junior Students: Year 7 – 10 studying at […]

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  • Hawke’s Bay Readers & Writers Trust Announce Rush Cottage Writers’ Residency

    Hawke’s Bay Readers & Writers Trust, in conjunction with Black Barn Retreats, is excited to announce a brand new residency for Aotearoa writers.    Applications are invited from writers who are currently resident in Aotearoa, working on any of the following forms: short stories, the novel, poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir and graphic novels. Applicants will need […]

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  • OPEN! The International Proverse Prizes for writing submitted and previously unpublished in English (may be in translation).

      Entry is open to all who are at least 18 years old, whatever their place of birth, residence, nationality or citizenship. New, emerging and experienced writers are all warmly invited to participate. 1) The Proverse Prize for single-author book-length fiction, non-fiction, or poetry (founded 2008) offers a cash prize and publication. 2) The Proverse […]

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  • Announcing the 2024 Moore Prize Jury for Writing on Human Rights

    1 May, 2024 – For immediate release The Christopher G. Moore Foundation is delighted to announce the jury for their eighth annual literary prize honouring books that feature human rights themes. The Prize has been established to provide recognition to authors who, through their work, contribute to the universality of human rights. This unique initiative […]

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  • Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship is open

    THE ARTS FOUNDATION KATHERINE MANSFIELD MENTON FELLOWSHIP The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship is for an established creative writer to spend three months or more in Menton in southern France to work on a project or projects. Applications are now open for the 2024 Fellowship, and close on the 14th June 2024. What can you write? […]

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  • Tracey Slaughter wins the Calibre Essay Prize

    Tracey Slaughter – from Aotearoa New Zealand – has won the 2024 Calibre Essay Prize. Slaughter becomes the first overseas writer to claim the Calibre Prize.   Judges Amy Baillieu, Shannon Burns, and Beejay Silcox chose ‘why your hair is long & your stories short’ from a field of 567 entries from twenty-eight countries. This […]

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