• Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Finalists Reveal a Shift in New Zealand Writing and Publishing

    NEWS RELEASE –  WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH 2021   The shortlist for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, released today, is a dazzling reflection of the robust, innovative literature scene of Aotearoa New Zealand, revealing a deeper engagement with our culturally diverse society.   In the Fiction category, two past winners are vying for the […]

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  • Storylines shortlists announced for 2021 – winners announced March 28

    Shortlist – Storylines Gavin Bishop Award   We’re pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award, presented in association with Penguin Random House: Jessica Lowry, Rose Northey, Rose-Mari Smith, Sarah Trollē, Amir Vollweiler, Charlotte Warman. Congratulations. We look forward to announcing the winner on 28 March. The winner of the 2021 […]

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  • THE BLACK LIST NEW ZEALAND PROJECT

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCREENPLAYS AND ADAPTATIONS The NZFC has partnered with the Black List to introduce the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP). This is a one-off fund, designed to foster the creative relationship between writers and producers, and stimulate international opportunities for New Zealand feature films. Submissions close 19 March. See more here The New […]

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  • ROBERT LORD COTTAGE RESIDENCY

    Robert Lord’s worker’s cottage in Dunedin is run as a rent-free residency for writers. When co-founder of Playmarket, Robert Lord, took up a Burns Fellowship at Otago University in 1987, he bought his first home – a small cottage close to the university and the town centre of Dunedin. His tragically few years in Titan […]

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  • ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD – 2021 Winners from Playmarket

    ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD Congratulations to this years’ winners of the Adam NZ Play Award. Adam NZ Play Award and Best Play by a Woman Playwright: Emily Duncan for & Sons Adam NZ Play Award Runner Up and Best Play by A Māori Playwright: Katie Wolfe for The Haka Party Incident Highly Commended: Sam Brooks for A […]

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  • CompleteMS 2021 – open for applications

    Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript ready to take to that next level? Poetry, fiction, short fiction or non-fiction Apply now for the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) CompleteMS manuscript assessment programme The NZSA CompleteMS manuscript assessment programme is now open for applications. Thirteen successful applicants will […]

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  • The NZPS International Poetry Competition 2021

    The NZPS International Poetry Competition 2021 – opens March 1 The four judges are now in place, and we’ll be announcing who they are when the NZPS International Poetry Competition 2021 opens on Monday, March 1. We have a fantastic lineup of judges, who will be judging the four categories: Open Verse for Adults (18 years […]

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  • 2021 PAGE & BLACKMORE SHORT STORY COMPETITION – NZSA Top of South – now open

    2021 PAGE & BLACKMORE SHORT STORY COMPETITION   in association with NZSA TOP OF THE SOUTH BRANCH   The 2021 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition is open for entries. This national short story competition is jointly sponsored by Nelson’s Page & Blackmore Booksellers and NZSA Top of the South Branch, with prizes awarded half as […]

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  • PEN AMERICA SETTLES LANDMARK FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT

      PEN AMERICA SETTLES LANDMARK FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT; PRECEDENT SHIELDS REPORTERS FROM RETALIATION BY A SITTING PRESIDENT   Settlement agreement entered today affirms basis of PEN America’s challenge on behalf of its journalist Members who were threatened and retaliated against by President Trump. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2021 (New York, NY) […]

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  • New OUP publisher named – congratulations Dr Sue Wootton

    Dr Sue Wootton has been named the new publisher for Otago University Press and will officially take up the role in April.   Wootton is an editor and author who co-publishes the medical humanities site Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life. She is an award-winning writer of poetry and prose, whose work has been widely […]

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  • National Flash Fiction Day 2021 is OPEN

    NFFD 2021 is open!  The competition runs February 15 – April 15. Submit your best 300-word stories!   The judges for the 2021 competition are acclaimed poet Diane Brown and prize-winning novelist, essayist and anthologist Paula Morris.   The youth competition moved in 2020 to an international competition with free entry – guest judged in 2021 by poet Kerry Lane and curated by the youth journal fingers comma toes.  All youth writers welcome! Note […]

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  • Are Digital Rights Events Working?

    Waiting for the Plane Tickets: Rights Pros on Digital Events  February 19, 2021  Read on Publishing Perspectives here   How do online rights events organized by literary agencies, publishers, and others compare to the physical book fair experience? We hear from several rights folks on how it’s going so far. At Brussels’ rights center for […]

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