• Writers Guild Strike settlement – key wins

    WRITERS GUILD STRIKE – USA   Key victories include a 5% increase in minimum wages, improved residuals for streaming, and protections against AI exploitation.   Writing Rooms Standards – A minimum of three writers for shows up to six episodes and up to six writers for series of 13 episodes or more – standards crucial […]

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  • The Michael King Writers Centre announces 2024 Residencies

    1 December 2023 This year’s Michael King Writers Centre residency selection panel once again had their work cut out for them with the highest number of applications ever received for the 17 residencies planned across 2024. There were 141 applicants totalling 538 individual applications across all of the available categories. A continuing trend is the […]

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  • Changes to Public Lending Right and Legal Deposit – National Library updates

    Changes to the PLR registration system National Library is updating the software platform behind the Public Lending Right for Authors (PLR) registration system. The changes are expected to improve the registration experience for authors, enhance data integrity and reduce administrative burden on our team – thereby increasing speed for the process. The first basic update will […]

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  • NZSA Mentor Programme 2024 – open for applications

    For Writers! Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright. The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2024 seeks applications from writers looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. The NZSA Mentor Programme is designed to give beginning or emerging writers who demonstrate potential […]

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  • Ngaio Marsh Award winners 2023

    2023 Ngaio Marsh Award winners Presented at a special Ngaios-WORD Christchurch event and pub quiz MCed by Kiwi crime queen & NZSA President Vanda Symon. Congratulations to the 2023 winners: – Best Non-Fiction: MISSING PERSONS by Steve Braunias – Best First Novel: BETTER THE BLOOD by Michael Bennett – Best Novel: REMEMBER ME by Charity Norman

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  • JUDITH BINNEY FELLOW & Writing Awards Announced 2024

    JUDITH BINNEY FELLOW 2024 Dr Marco de Jong Dr Marco de Jong is a Pacific historian and lecturer at the AUT Law School. He was raised in Tāmaki Makaurau with ties to Papa Puleia in Sāmoa. Marco’s work details the history of the environmental movement in the Pacific Islands with a particular focus on anti-nuclearism, […]

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  • Successful recipients of the 2023 CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants announced

    29 November 2023 We are excited to announce the successful recipients in this year’s round of Contestable Fund Grants, with a total of $75,000 granted. Applications were invited for projects that had clearly defined and measurable outcomes that aligned with the Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Cultural Fund’s objectives. The Contestable Fund is part of […]

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  • The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (Pen NZ Inc)  is delighted to announce Barbara Else as 2024 NZSA President of Honour 

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa is delighted to announce that Barbara Else is the NZSA 2024 President of Honour.  This prestigious honour is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving NZSA member in recognition of their contribution to writing, writers and the literary arts sector in Aotearoa. Our new President of Honour, Barbara Else MNZM, is […]

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  • New Zealand Historical Association Prizes 2023 announced

    November 28, 2023  Best Postgraduate essay prize: Ereni Pūtere, ‘Te Aho Mutuka Kore: The Role of Weaving in Māori Memory’ Mary Boyd Prize for the best article on any aspect of New Zealand history published in a refereed journal: Martin George Holmes, “Rise and Fall of the Brotherhood of St Andrew in the Anglican Diocese […]

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  • The 2023 winner of IWW The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems is Caroline Masters

    International Writers’ Workshop NZ Inc    27 November 2023 International Writers’ Workshop NZ is delighted to announce that Caroline Masters from Tāmaki Makarau / Auckland is the 2023 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems, and Sarah Scott from Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington, is runner-up. The competition was judged by Emma […]

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  • Siobhan Harvey wins Landfall Essay competition

    Protection for queer communities and their rights lies at the heart of this year’s Landfall Essay Competition winning essay, ‘A Jigsaw of Broken Things’ by Siobhan Harvey. Powerful and unflinching, Harvey uses her memories like stepping stones as she examines the violence and prejudices that repress queer communities worldwide.   ‘The essay interlaces my personal […]

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  • Jo McNeice awarded Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award

      Wellington-based poet Jo McNeice has been awarded this year’s Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award for her manuscript, Blue Hour. She receives a $10,000 prize and a year’s subscription to Landfall. Otago University Press will also publish her winning manuscript in 2024. Composed over the past 25 years, McNeice says that a significant amount of Blue […]

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