• New Zealand’s national writer-residency organisation announces its 2020 Writers in Residence Programme

    The Michael King Writers Centre is pleased to announce that next year’s programme of residencies at the historic Signalman’s House on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland, is now open for applications. Writers awarded a residency can look forward to peaceful accommodation, the use of a writing studio, a generous stipend and the opportunity to […]

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  • 2019 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition

    The Graeme Lay Short Story Competition opens exclusively to NZSA members today. This year there is over $800 in prize money. Open to all NZSA members $500 first prize, $250 second prize, $100 third prize Opens 16 August, closes 4pm, Friday 4 October Brought to you by NZSA Auckland Branch Conditions of entry The competition […]

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  • Storylines Dame Kātarina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award

     The Storylines Dame Kātarina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made annually, when merited, to the New Zealand author of an unpublished work written originally in te reo Maori.The award carries a monetary prize of $1500. The next award will be made in April 2020, with the deadline […]

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  • Entries now open for the 2020 Ockhams

    The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is now inviting submissions for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. These prestigious awards promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best books for adult readers published annually in New Zealand. Titles with release dates between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019 will be considered for […]

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  • Social issues a major theme for National Poetry Day celebrations

    Climate change and the plight of refugees are the focus of some of the 150+ events in this year’s Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, taking place on Friday August 23. Our annual celebration of writing and reading poetry embraces both the personal and political in a dynamic programme of events and competitions nationwide – from […]

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  • Space to breathe

    22 Jul 2019 The latest offering of grants and awards in one of our key creative industries is rightly seen as something to boast about. [In partnership with NZSA and CLNZ] There’s less than a week for would-be or established writers in New Zealand to apply for $20,000 worth of research grants on offer. From August 2 there’s […]

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  • Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2020 – open for applications

    Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open. The prize is open to writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand, and, thanks to a generous financial […]

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  • A wealth of literary talent at Writers on Mondays

    16 July 2019 Popular readings series Writers on Mondays returns to Wellington from 22 July, featuring a stunning array of local, national, and international writers. _________________________________________________ Presented by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) in conjunction with Te Papa Tongarewa, the series runs each Monday from 22 July to 7 October, […]

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  • I want to write more than anything else in the world

    26 Jun 2019 Paula Morris takes us inside the shadow of Katherine Mansfield and her days at the Menton residency on the French Riviera Share From late February until the end of June this year I’ve been based in Menton, the final stop on the French Riviera before the Ligurian coast of northern Italy. More […]

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  • NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2019

    $10,000 Opportunity for Writers. Calling for applications from writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama with a literary track record, who are currently working on a new project. This annual Fellowship is awarded each year to a mid-career or senior writer to work on a project that shows a high level of literary merit and […]

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  • WELCOME TO THE 2019 NFFD COMPETITION – 5 days to go

    Send your best 300-word story * Cash prizes * Adult and Youth competitions Adult (19+) First Prize: $1000 Second Prize: $400 Third Prize: $100* Judges: Siobhan Harvey and Lloyd Jones Youth (18 and under) First Prize: $200 Second Prize: $100 Third Prize: $50 Judges: Eirlys Hunter and Gail Ingram Winners will be announced June 22 at the National Flash Fiction Day […]

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  • Sargeson Prize

    New in 2019, the Sargeson Prize is New Zealand’s richest short story prize, sponsored by the University of Waikato. Named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson, the Prize was conceived by writer Catherine Chidgey, who also lectures in Writing Studies at the University. Entries open on 1 April for the 2019 (and inaugural) Sargeson […]

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