• 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize open for entries

    2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize First prize: $AU$6,000 Four other shortlisted poets: $AU$1,000 Closes: 11:59 pm, 1 October 2020 Judges: Lachlan Brown, John Hawke, A. Frances Johnson, and John Kinsella Click here to enter the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize Australian Book Review welcomes entries for the seventeenth Peter Porter Poetry Prize, which is open from 15 July […]

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  • Miles Franklin Literary Award won by Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch for her novel The Yield

    ABC Arts By arts editor Dee Jefferson Wiradjuri author Tara June who has won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award — Australia’s most prestigious writing prize, and one of its richest at $60,000 — for her novel The Yield. Key facts about the award The Miles Franklin Award was first awarded in 1957 It was established […]

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  • Applications open for Te Papa Tupu 2020

    Once again, aspiring Māori writers have the opportunity to build their confidence in Te Papa Tupu, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and administered by Huia Publishers.   Six chosen writers will spend six months working alongside a mentor to develop their manuscript and improve their writing skills, all to meet the […]

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  • Young Writer in Residence – DUNEDIN

    A four week residency (13 September to Friday 9 October) in the Robert Lord Writers Cottage (Dunedin) to write, and participate in the NZ Young Writers Festival (24-27 September).    The residency is open to New Zealand writers aged 18-35. The writer will present an event within the 2020 NZYWF, which may be work/work in progress […]

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  • BOOKS ALIVE CALENDAR IS LAUNCHED

    LIANZA AND NZ BOOK AWARDS TRUST LAUNCH 2020 NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS BOOKS AND SHORTLIST New Zealand libraries have an association with the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults that stretches back to 1945, and in 2020 they are still playing a central role in sharing the […]

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  • ARTS FOUNDATION ICON – 2020 WRITER JOY COWLEY

    CONGRATULATIONS TO LONG-TIME NZSA MEMBER  JOY COWLEY – ARTS FOUNDATION ICON FOR 2020 Discipline:  Writer Awards:   Icons 2020 Highlight:  “The day I’m no longer in touch with young people, is the day I stop writing for them, because the energy flows from them and goes back to them.” – Joy Cowley ONZ DCNZM OBE   […]

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  • Creative New Zealand announces its COVID-19-driven investment plan for the next 12 months

    Close on the heels of a heavily subscribed $29 million emergency response to COVID-19, Creative New Zealand has announced further funding to help the arts sector adapt in uncertain and unpredictable times. Creative New Zealand will devote the additional $25 million in new money announced by the Government in May, to a 12-month programme of […]

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  • Surrey Hotel-Newsroom writer’s residency award for 2020 announced

    Congratulations to NZSA member Mia Gaudin   “The grand winner of the 2020 Surrey Hotel-Newsroom writer’s residency award is novelist Mia Gaudin. A graduate of the IIML in Wellington, she has been awarded seven nights accommodation at the strange and wonderful Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn, Auckland, and also receives free breakfast and the hotel’s […]

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  • Finalists Announcement: Mind Body Spirit Book Awards

    Depth and Breadth of Finalists’ Works Offer Insight and Hope Books by psychotherapists, artists, environmentalists, an astrologer and a Catholic nun -about subjects as wide ranging as human consciousness, depression and creative alchemy -are among the Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards finalists announced today. Awards’ judges’ spokesperson Linda Cassells says this year’s Book […]

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  • 2020 MILES FRANKLIN SHORTLIST

    Today, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, alongside award trustee Perpetual, announced the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist.    The 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is: THE WHITE GIRL by Tony Birch (The University of Queensland Press): This novel describes the journey of Odette and her 13-year-old granddaughter Sissy as they struggle to stay together when […]

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  • The prestigious 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award – open now for entries

    Submissions are open for the prestigious 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the world’s most lucrative literary prizes! The submissions process is online, and entries are welcomed from all countries, in Arabic, as well as in other languages. More details: https://www.zayedaward.ae/en/default.aspx Winners across nine categories will each receive a career-changing prize of AED 750,000 […]

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  • Ngaio Marsh Award 2020 longlist announced

    30 June 2020 The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are:  Shadow of Doubt (S L Beaumont, Paperback Writers) Trust Me, I’m Dead (Sherryl Clark, Oldcastle Books) Whatever it Takes (Paul Cleave, Upstart Press) One Single Thing (Tina Clough, Lightpool Publishing) Girl from the Tree House (Gudrun Frerichs, […]

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