• Cloud Ink Press now open for fiction submissions – closes Dec 18

    CLOUD INK SUBMISSIONS Unusual times in Auckland (where Cloud Ink Press is based) mean that we have decided to push the deadline for submissions back to 18 December 2021. We are happy to consider adult or young adult fiction, though writers need to be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. The manuscript should have been […]

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  • The Michael King Writers Centre announces 2022 Residencies

    The Michael King Writers Centre Trust is looking forward to welcoming and hosting a diverse cohort of writers who, during their time in Devonport’s Signalman’s House, will work on an exciting and eclectic range of topics including: poetry that experiments with hybridity and is an exploration of trans language and poetic form, of territory and authority; a psychological, supernatural thriller […]

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  • Auckland Branch Celebrates 50 Years

    Auckland branch stalwart BERNARD BROWN was there in 1971 when the Auckland branch of the then 50 years old PEN International was established. Here he recalls some of the highlights of the branch over the half century since: It’s 50 years since Keith Sinclair and Maurice Shadbolt decided to launch an Auckland branch of PEN […]

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  • Courage Day Commemoration (also known as 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 2021 (also known as The Day of the Imprisoned Writer) in Aotearoa, New Zealand, today – Monday 15 November – and throughout the week. Courage Day recognises writers who defend the right to free speech, and […]

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  • 2022 TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest

    The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website.   TCK Publishing is recognizing poetry writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite you to join the 2022 TCK […]

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  • 2022 TCK Short Story awards – 11 genres

    The TCK Publishing Short Story Contest is an international short story contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium (cash prize) and publication of his or her short story on the TCK Publishing website.   TCK Publishing is recognizing short story writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite […]

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  • 2021 Contestable Fund Grants have been awarded with $75,000 granted

    11 Nov 2021 The 2021 Contestable Fund Grants have been awarded with $75,000 granted towards 11 projects across Aotearoa. Congratulations to the successful recipients of the 2021 Contestable Fund Grants, with a total of $75,000 granted. Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is excited to announce the successful recipients in this year’s round of Contestable Fund Grants. […]

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  • Donate a book for Christmas!

    Kiwi Christmas Books is once again collecting donations of brand new books to gift to children who would otherwise go without at Christmas time. So please join along in the giving! Your donated book will go to a child in your town or city whose family cannot afford to buy their own. For some this […]

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  • Verb Readers & Writers Festival is on!

    Verb had an incredible opening night on Wednesday with A Clear Dawn (celebrating this brilliant anthology) and the Verb Poetry Showcase, in which eleven Pōneke poets blew everyone away with their talent, humour, passion and imagery. And Thursday night, Verb programme at National Library of New Zealand began with ten writers each responding in varied and fascinating ways […]

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  • WORD Christchurch set to go ahead at Level 2 live in venues & streaming online

    The WORD Christchurch Festival (9–13 November) is set to go ahead next week after it was shut down by lockdown a week before opening its doors in August. Last month it launched its downsized, COVID-safe programme, which delivers smaller, socially distanced events, and uses technology to bring in speakers curtailed by travel restrictions. This week […]

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  • Storylines Notable Books 2021 Awards – full list announced

    The current strength of New Zealand publishing for children and young adults is reflected in the list of Storylines Notable Books in five genres announced today by the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa. “There are outstanding books in every category,” says Trust chair Christine Young. “Despite difficulties posed by Covid–19 […]

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  • Tim Worrall named as University Writer in Residence

    Leading TV writer/director Tim Worrall (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pākehā) has been appointed the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2022. Tim’s most recent work for television is as the co-lead writer and lead director on the acclaimed prime-time drama series Head […]

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