• New NZSA Live! Podcast episode with this year’s Janet Frame Memorial Address

    The 2023 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture was given by the NZSA President of Honour 2022-2023, Witi Ihimaera-Smiler in November 2023. The prestigious position of NZSA President of Honour, is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving member in recognition of their contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in Aotearoa. The aim of […]

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  • Shelley Burne-Field named as 2024 Emerging Māori Writer in Residence

    23 November 2023  Award-winning kaituhituhi Shelley Burne-Field (Sāmoa, Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Rārua, Pākehā) has been appointed as the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Emerging Māori Writer in Residence for 2024.   Ms Burne-Field writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. She comes from Te Matau-a-Māui […]

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  • New Episode of NZSA Oral History Podcast Out Today – Marilyn Duckworth

    A new episode, featuring writer Marilyn Duckworth, is now available!   In 2016, Marilyn Duckworth won the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. The award came more than 50 years after she had won the New Zealand Literary Fund Award for Achievement in 1963. Marilyn talks to Deborah Shepard in this episode about […]

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  • Submissions open for 2024 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    Entries have opened for the 2024 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, with an increase in the prize money on offer. The New Zealand Book Awards Trust Te Ohu Tiaki i Te Rau Hiringa is now inviting submissions for these annual awards that recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers […]

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  • Courage Day Commemoration (also known as the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer) November 15

    Join the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc to mark Courage Day 2023 (also known as The Day of the Imprisoned Writer) in Aotearoa, New Zealand – 15 November – and throughout the week. Courage Day recognises writers who defend the right to free speech, and those who […]

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  • NZSA Canterbury Branch Christmas: Quiz and Comp Celebration!

    Join us on Thursday the 14th of December for the NZSA Canterbury Christmas party!   6pm at Toi Auaha (5 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central City). This year we’ll be celebrating with a short story and poetry competition. If you’d like to enter, please RSVP HERE by the 10th of December, and include a copy of your […]

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  • Landfall and non/fictionLab announce collaboration for 2024

    Otago University Press is excited to announce that Landfall and RMIT University’s non/fictionLab are coming together to commission a series of essays on the topic of ‘making space’. The essays will be trans-Tasman collaborations; each will include at least one writer with connections to Aotearoa and at least one with connections to Australia. Up to […]

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  • NZSA is now a Registered Charitable Entity

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaithu o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc has been successful in its application to become a  charity. As of October 19, 2023 NZSA is now a registered charitable entity CC61705. It is also now a donee organisation.

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  • Auckland Branch Christmas Networking meeting

    NZSA Auckland branch Christmas Network meeting is on Saturday 2nd December at Freemans Bay School, 95 Wellington Street, Ponsonby.   RSVP here  Feel free to bring wine, dress up Christmassy, and we’ll provide the rest. There will be an auction of sponsored items and the announcement of the winners of the 2023 Graeme Lay Short Story competition. […]

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  • Creative NZ new investment policy – sign up to information sessions

    Join Creative New Zealand to learn about the new funding opportunities and support on offer for artists, collectives and arts organisations from 2024. You’re invited to our online information and Q+A sessions taking place from 15 to 27 November. Early in the year, we asked what the future of arts development in Aotearoa New Zealand […]

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  • The Diaspora Grows Louder – Books by Aotearoa’s South Asian Writers

    Published on KETE Books and RNZ Saraid de Silva curates a selection of recent books by Aotearoa’s South Asian writers. Find more information about the books in this selection here. I’m lucky that so many of my literary heroes are South Asian. As a teenager, reading the work of writers like Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, […]

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  • The 2023 NZPS Poetry Anthology – how to order

    It’s here!!! The 2023 NZPS Poetry Anthology – white-hot heart – is now available for you to order. Go here to order but make sure you read ALL the instructions first. Everything you need to know is in the order instructions and on the order form itself. But if you get stuck, simply email info@poetrysociety.org.nz […]

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