• Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker prize 2019

    Judging panel break rules in choosing The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other as joint winners The judges of this year’s Booker prize have “explicitly flouted” the rules of the august literary award to choose the first joint winners in almost 30 years: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo. Booker judges split between huge event novel and obscure […]

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  • Lobbying for NZ writers – article reprinted from Reading Room

    OCTOBER 15, 2019 Updated 1 hour ago Mandy Hager is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, for adults and teens. Her work has won multiple awards and this year she received the Storyline Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. Her most recent book, […]

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  • Sunday Star Times and Stuff.co.nz Short Story competition opens – deadline Nov 8

    The much anticipated Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards are open for entry. A fixture on the writing scene since 1984, the awards have launched the careers of some of New Zealand’s most respected authors, including Eleanor Catton and Sarah Quigley. Some winners, like Barbara Anderson, Linda Olsson and Eleanor Catton, were unknown when they won, […]

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  • NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency Now Open for Applications

    NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency Now Open for Applications Applications are now open for a $5000 research grant and residency for writers wishing to work on a project that will utilise the resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. The grant also offers the recipient the opportunity […]

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  • 2020 Calibre Essay Prize open for entries

    Click here to enter the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize Prize money: $7,500 Closing: 15 January 2020, 11:59 pm Judges: J.M. Coetzee, Lisa Gorton, and Peter Rose Entries are currently open for the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, worth a total of AU$7,500. The Calibre Essay Prize is open to all essayists writing in English. We seek […]

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  • 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellowship

    Randell Cottage Writers Trust Applications are now open for the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend, currently set at $22,000, and six months’ rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. We’re looking for writers whose work has already been published and well received. We particularly want […]

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  • PEN AMERICA CAMPUS FREE SPEECH GUIDE

    Campus free speech guide Issues Free speech has become a flashpoint for controversy on campuses across the U.S. This go-to resource for faculty, staff, and students provides practical, principled guidance for how campuses can best remain open to all voices. Our Principles Common Issues on Campus Academic Freedom Campus Climate Discrimination & Harassment Diversity & […]

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  • Writing for Justice Fellowships

    PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship commissions writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories […]

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  • Same Same but Different launch inaugural Peter Wells Short Fiction Contest

    Welcome to the inaugural Peter Wells Short Fiction Contest.2/10/2019With the amazing support of Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust, Same Same but Different are again running a short fiction writing award. From 2020 it celebrates the life and work of our founder, Peter Wells. First prize is $1000 cash for the winning story, $500 for the runner […]

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  • Read NZ Te Pou Muramura launch new research on Reading in NZ in the Digital Age

    New Zealanders spend half their waking lives online, are flicking between multiple texts at any given time, and are less likely to engage in long text, a new study shows. Reading in a Digital Age, a unique insight into New Zealanders’ reading behaviour, has been released by Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly New Zealand […]

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  • 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced

    [ An illustrated memoir for children, a novel which inspired a screen adaption starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, and translations of Romanian and Medieval Latin poetry are among the multitude of extraordinary achievements of this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. They are multi-talented illustrator and children’s writer, Gavin Bishop (Ng?ti Pukeko, Ng?ti […]

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  • NZSA Canterbury Branch Annual Heritage Book & Writing Awards 2019 – shortlists announced

    Awards Ceremony October 24 Canterbury Branch Annual Heritage Book & Writing Awards 2019 The NZ Heritage Book Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019 7 – 9pm at St Michael and All Angels 99 Oxford Tce. The standard this year is exceptionally high. NZSA Canterbury have received 72 Heritage Book entries and 30 […]

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