• 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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  • 2019 Pikihuia Awards

    Entries are now open for the 2019 Pikihuia Awards (formerly the Huia Short Story Awards). This is a biennial competition that started in 1995 to discover and recognise M?ori writers. The awards encourage diverse M?ori viewpoints and writing in both te reo M?ori and English. There are six awards across a range of categories, with […]

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  • CompleteMS – open for applications

    Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript that is ready to take to that next level? Apply now for the NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme – a programme that provides writers with essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication. The NZSA CompleteMS manuscript assessment programme is now open […]

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  • Entries open for the 2019 Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest

    There’s only a few weeks to submit entries for this year’s Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest. The prize money has been increased this year: a first prize of $1000 is offered for the winning story, $500 for the runner-up and $500 for the best entry by a promising young writer under 25. • Stories must […]

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  • NZSA Mentor Programme 2019 open for applications

    For Writers!
    Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright or graphic novelist.

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  • Submissions open for 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced that submissions are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, which recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers produced annually. Titles published between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 will be considered for the 2019 awards. There […]

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  • The NZSA / Hachette Mentorship Program open for applications

    Writers! An opportunity to be mentored by a publisher The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), in association with Hachette Australia and New Zealand, are once again offering the opportunity for one writer to work on a new draft of their completed manuscript under the joint mentorship of Hachette Australia and New Zealand. […]

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  • International Promotional Fund for Literature – applications close October 26

    The Publishers Association of New Zealand manages the international market development initiatives for New Zealand literature on behalf of Creative New Zealand. This includes an international promotional fund to support New Zealand authors to attend literary festivals or engage in other international promotional events or activity. The next round of applications for the International Promotional Fund closes next month […]

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  • Auckland Writers Festival Launches Literary Foundation

    A new Foundation established by the Auckland Writers Festival aims to strengthen Aotearoa’s literary landscape. The M?t?tuhi Foundation, launched this evening, will provide opportunities for New Zealand writers to develop and promote their works and for readers to increase their engagement with the work of local writers and will fund activities that contribute to literacy […]

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  • 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 to take up four weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ […]

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  • WIN A WEEK AT THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS CENTRE AND A ONE-ON-ONE CRAFT SESSION WITH PAULA MORRIS 

    Writers attending the National Writers Forum in September can enter to win a package of two valuable prizes offered by the Michael King Writers Centre, Aotearoa New Zealand’s national writers’ facility and literary centre. The two prizes are a week’s accommodation at the centre; and a one-on-one craft workshop with the award-winning writer Paula Morris, […]

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  • Menton Fellowship open for applications NOW

    The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship allows a writer to spend no less than three months in Menton, France, with access to a writing room beneath the terrace of Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield did some of her most important writing. The Fellowship has been offered annually from 1970. Previous recipients include Carl Nixon, Kate […]

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