• HNSA ELIZABETH JANE CORBETT MENTORSHIP FOR YOUNG ADULT HISTORICAL FICTION

    In honour of historical novelist, Elizabeth Jane Corbett, the HNSA is offering the chance for a previously unpublished author from Australia or New Zealand to receive a mentorship with Wendy J Dunn to develop a completed first draft of an unpublished historical fiction manuscript for young adults. ABOUT ELIZABETH JANE CORBETT Elizabeth Jane Corbett sadly […]

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  • NZSA member Gareth Ward wins Sir Julius Vogel award – Clockhill and the Thief

    Gareth’s first novel, The Traitor and the Thief, a rip-roaring young adult Steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award and was a finalist in two categories at The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. […]

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  • 2020 Awards: Virtual events to bring Books Alive for Aotearoa’s young readers

    Wednesday 29 July From the most remote backblocks to our biggest cities, Kiwi kids around the country will be able to get up close with Aotearoa’s best children’s authors and illustrators thanks to the wonders of the internet and the hard work of some very dedicated librarians. If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 […]

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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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  • Storylines Joy Cowley Award 2021 – Entries are now OPEN

    The Storylines Joy Cowley Award was established in 2002 when Storylines contacted Scholastic New Zealand, one of Joy’s publishers, asking them to join with Storylines in creating an award that would recognise the exceptional contribution Joy Cowley has made to children’s literature and literacy in New Zealand and internationally.   The Storylines Joy Cowley Award […]

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  • AWARDS SHORTLIST PACKED WITH BOOKS THAT OFFER KIWI CHILDREN THE ESCAPE OF STORIES

    If ever there was a time that children needed the escape of stories, 2020 is it. Today’s announcement of the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults reveals an abundance of incredible storytelling for Kiwi kids to immerse themselves in.   The finalist books open their pages to make room […]

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  • BookBubble podcast: Kyle Mewburn

    Stacy Gregg and Nicky Pellegrino continue their BookBubble podcast series with an interview with Kyle Mewburn, the transgender author of children’s picture books. Kyle Mewburn’s impending autobiography tells the emotional and powerful story of her journey to realising her true self as a transwoman. In this episode of Book Bubble, the author of picture books […]

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  • Now is the time to invest in the creative arts

    From STUFF  Paul Millar | Guest writer Opinion The prime minister yesterday announced a package including $25m to ‘provide artists whose projects are funded by Creative NZ with jobs.’ An even more substantial investment in the creative arts will help drive our post-Covid recovery, argues Paul Millar. When Covid-19 forced the postponement of the popular international literary festival […]

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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery

    29 May 2020 Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Hon Grant Robertson Hon Carmel Sepuloni A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19.   Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million […]

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  • Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize back for 2020

    Hachette NZ and The Margaret Mahy Estate are delighted to announce the return of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for a second year. The 2019 Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize was a great success with over 140 expressions of interest and many fantastic submissions. Winner Sarah Greig’s beautiful re-illustration of The Boy with Two Shadows will […]

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