• CLNZ Contestable Fund Grant funding – open for applications

    September 2020 $75,000 is available to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing sector growth, which is made possible through the Copyright Licensing Trust’s Cultural Fund. Applications are now open and must be received before 4pm Wednesday 7 October 2020. Successful recipients will be announced in November. Find out more here >> Applications are invited […]

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  • 2020 American Book Award Winners announced

    Three cheers for more exciting book news! Today, the Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the 41st-annual American Book Awards. The award, which has no categories or nominees, was created to recognize extraordinary literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The 2020 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, […]

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  • 2020 Booker Prize shortlist announced

    Booker Prize 2020: Four debuts make shortlist as Hilary Mantel misses out   Mantel had been tipped for a record third win for The Mirror and the Light. Both previous titles in her trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, had won. This year’s nominees are Diane Cook, […]

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  • Winners of New Zealand’s architecture writing competition announced

    Delnaz Patrawala, a post-graduate architecture student at the University of Auckland, has won the Open category of the sixth annual Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing, New Zealand’s leading essay competition for design writing. Ms Patrawala’s winning essay drew upon her family’s Iranian heritage in discussing the role of architecture in forming cultural identity. The […]

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  • Calling all writers – applications are now open for the 2021 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.

    The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship is back looking for writers ready for their 2021 placements. The Fellowship, now in its 34th year, is a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers the chance to focus on their craft full-time, a historic environment to write in, along with financial support and networking opportunities.   Applicants must […]

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  • Aotearoa’s poets of the future feature in National Schools Poetry Awards

    E Wen Wong, a Year 13 student from Burnside High School in Christchurch, has won the 2020 International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award.   Her poem titled ‘The house that Saturn built,’ was described by judge Airini Beautrais, as “powerful and beautiful”, “full of surprising language and with a strong sense […]

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  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020 recipient announced

    Siobhan Harvey, Recipient of the NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020 Auckland-based writer, academic and arts advocate Siobhan Harvey will use the fellowship to support the writing of her latest poetry project. Siobhan says: ‘I’m humbled and honoured to be awarded the 2020 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship.This is an important award, as evidenced from the […]

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  • O’Farrell wins 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction

    British author Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and is crowned the Prize’s 25th winner with her eighth novel Hamnet.    Watch the moment Maggie won > O’Farrell’s Hamnet, set in 1596 and inspired by the life and death of Shakespeare’s only son, was chosen from a shortlist that included Dominicana by Angie Cruz, Girl, Woman, Other by […]

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  • ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD – Submissions now open

    Submissions are now open for the 2021 Adam NZ Play Award.   Awards may be given in the following categories: Best Play Best Play by a Māori Playwright Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright Best Play by a Woman Playwright McNaughton South Island Play Award Dean Parker Adaptation or Non-Fiction Award The competition is open […]

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  • Maria Gill, winner of the 2020 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, presents her Lecture online

    Maria Gill, winner of the 2020 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, will now present the Storylines Margaret Mahy Lecture online https://www.mariagill.co.nz/ http://kidsbooksnz.blogspot.com/

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  • Kiwi readers spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful books – PANZ Design Awards 2020

       COVID-19 disruption has forced many aspects of life online, but when it comes to books the appeal of a beautifully designed, tangible object has not waned.  Luckily, New Zealanders are spoilt for choice with a stunning line up of finalists just announced for the 2020 PANZ Book Design Awards. A recent report from the […]

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  • Buying local impacts Kiwis reading choices and habits – Whitcoulls Top 100 2020 Announced today!

    The impact of COVID is reflected in the nation’s renewed enthusiasm for reading, as many of us stay close to home and buy books by local authors Whitcoulls say, as they announce their Top 100 Books List today (August 31). During the first lockdown, Kiwis often turned to books for escapism and entertainment, with Whitcoulls […]

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