• ‘Scalp-prickling dazzler of a novel’ wins Adam Foundation Prize

      A sharp, funny, ‘white-hot burn’ of a novel has been awarded the 2018 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). Laura Southgate wrote the winning book, The Boyfriend, as part of her 2018 Master of Arts (MA) at the IIML.   The Boyfriend tells the story […]

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  • Paula Morris is the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

      The French Riviera and New York –Two Game Changing Destinations for Three Prolific NZ Artists Time, space, and inspiration are what dreams are made of. But this week, dreams turn into reality for three New Zealand artists who will be awarded two of New Zealand’s most coveted international residencies: the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship […]

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  • Children’s book boom drives growth for New Zealand publishers

     Heading into Christmas, sales of New Zealand-published children’s books are on a roll — helping the domestic publishing industry to reach more readers with local stories in 2018.   In the 11 months to the end of November, sales of New Zealand books were up +1.6% by volume compared to the same period last year. Children’s […]

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  • Michael King Writers Centre launches 2018 SIGNALS

      Signals 2018 – Supporting emerging young NZ writers   The Michael King Writers Centre launched the seventh issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 8 December at the National Library in Parnell. The journal features the work of senior secondary students who took part in this year’s Young Writers Programme, as […]

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  • Randall Cottage Writing Fellow 2019 is Paddy Richardson

    Randell Cottage Writers Trust  The selection panel has selected and the Trustees have agreed: the 2019 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow is Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson. Paddy will be working on an historical novel: ‘The Green of Spring’. The sequel to 2017’s ‘Through the Lonesome Dark, it’s set in WWI New Zealand, and […]

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  • Episode 6 of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series Now Available

    In the latest episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast, Dame Christine Cole Catley shares stories of dancing with ‘Jimmy’ (J.K.) Baxter on crushed grass in summer, starting her own publishing house and keeping her PEN (later NZSA) membership active for over half a century. Known for her commitment to writing and publishing in New […]

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks out FOR Freedom of Speech and AGAINST Fake News for PEN AMERICA

    There is a Western idea that wickedness, when committed by a certain kind of person and in a certain kind of way, is worthy of being engaged with. And there are certain things that people said would never happen in this country. But they are in fact happening. It is at times like these that […]

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  • The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems 2018 Winner Announced

    International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) is delighted to announce that the 2018 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems is Heather Bauchop of Dunedin.   The winning sequence, entitled The Life in Small Deaths, is described by Heather as a strangely-lengthed narrative poetry sequence that grew out of a 60,000 word manuscript […]

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  • NZSA Mentor Programme 2019 open for applications

    For Writers! Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright or graphic novelist. The NZSA Mentor Programme accepts applications for the 2019 programme from 1 Dec 2018 to 1 Feb 2019. The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2019 seeks applications from writers and comic / graphic novelists looking for professional development, a safe space […]

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  • Judges for 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults share a passion for the transformative power of books

      A panel of judges combining deep knowledge of the children’s literature community with youthful wisdom and a shared passion for the transformative power of books has been selected to deliberate over entries to the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Highly respected reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair will convene the […]

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  • WeCreate welcomes government’s Copyright Issues Paper

    WeCreate, the alliance of New Zealand’s creative industries, has welcomed MBIE’s release of an Issues Paper on Copyright in New Zealand. The Intellectual Property Team at MBIE have conducted extensive engagement with stakeholders that have an interest in copyright and the paper is informed by this engagement. New Zealand’s creative people and creative businesses generate […]

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  • Episode 5 of the NZSA Oral History Podcast features Kevin Ireland

    In the next episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast Kevin Ireland recounts murder threats, bitter rivalries and underground bunkers. It sounds like the pages of a thriller but that’s just what happened at NZSA meetings! New Zealand poet and fiction writer Kevin Ireland has been honoured for his services to literature in New Zealand, […]

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