• Chris Tse’s “Life-Changing Opportunity” As NZ’s Latest Poet Laureate

    26 Aug 2022  from THE BIG IDEA A big announcement on National Poetry Day – find out the reaction to the “glam-rock poetry superstar’s” appointment and the difference he plans to make. Chris Tse collects accolades at a phenomenal rate – it would be alarming if it wasn’t so impressive. His latest is one that […]

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  • Chris Tse is New Zealand’s next poet laureate

    When queer Asian-Kiwi writer Chris Tse started reading and writing poetry at the age of 16, he felt he’d finally found something he could pursue. “Poetry has always been this constant. It’s the thing I reach for, for comfort and connection, it’s helped me make wonderful friendships and relationships with people. It’s been a significant part of […]

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  • Tsunami poem wins National Schools Poetry Award 2022

    26 August 2022 Joshua Toumu’a, a Year 12 student from Wellington High School, has won the 2022 International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award with a poem that creates a vivid snapshot of the aftermath of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai eruption and the ensuing tsunami. Joshua, who is of Tongan, Papua New Guinean, […]

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  • NZ Author Magazine – Spring 2022 – Read the latest issue of our quarterly magazine!

    NZ Author – Spring 2022 – Issue 330 is out! In this edition we chat to Emma Sidnam, winner of the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize, for her novel Backwaters; as well as Paula Browning as she reflects about her time at CLNZ. And we’re still on the road with our Regional Roadshow for local writers! […]

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  • WORD Christchurch Masterclasses and Workshops

    From investigative journalism, poetry, editing, “imaginative risk”, personal essays, memoir, character and setting, to DIY badge and zine making – WORD Christchurch Festival 31 August – 4 September have you covered with an amazing suite of masterclasses and workshops. Learn from some of the best practitioners! Full Programme HERE WORD is hosting live and conversations […]

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  • Poetry on the Beach for National Poetry Day

    Please join us for Poetry on the Beach 2022, and write your own, original poem on the sand at Orewa Beach. Poetry on the Beach is a wrap-up event for National Poetry Day, and will be held on Saturday 27th August 2022 at 12:30pm-1:30pm, at Moana Reserve, Orewa Beach, Auckland, New Zealand, followed by people’s […]

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  • takahe 2022 Monica Taylor Poetry Prize is open!

    The Monica Taylor Poetry Prize 2022 opens for entries on the 1 June 2022, and closes on 31 August 2022. First Prize: $300 Second Prize: $150 This year all competition entries must be made through Submittable. If you’re not already familiar with Submittable, there is a link to the entry form on takahe website.  Good […]

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  • 2023 Peter Porter Poetry Prize – opens July 11

    The Australian Book Review Peter Porter Poetry Prize opens for 2023 First prize: $6,000AUD Four other shortlisted poets: $1,000AUD Opening: 11 July – 3 October 2022 Judges: TBA Australian Book Review will soon open entries for the nineteenth Peter Porter Poetry Prize, for which all poets writing in English are eligible. We will be accepting submissions […]

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  • Congratulations to the 2022 winners! A wonderful day of flash, with the special awards night and reading!

    Congratulations! Announcing the 2022 National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) winners!  FirstGolden phoenix, grey hen – Vera DongKerikeri SecondHe Rangi Mokopuna – Helen WaakaTe Matau a Māui Hawkes Bay ThirdBefore it sets – Rebecca BallŌtautahi Christchurch Highly commendedThe Art of Dentistry – Margaret MooresTāmaki Makaurau Auckland CommendedSafe – Kerry LaneŌtepoti Dunedin / GlasgowThank you to our judges, Anne Kennedy and […]

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  • How to watch the Ockham NZ Book Awards ceremony LIVE on Wednesday 11 May

    It’s Ockham week and here’s how to watch the Ockham NZ Book Awards ceremony LIVE on Wednesday 11 May from 7pm! A change in venue and continued precautions around Covid have restricted our audience capacity for the much-anticipated Ockham New Zealand Book Awards this Wednesday 11 May, but there are several ways you can join […]

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  • The Proverse Prizes – OPEN for entry!

    OPEN FOR ENTRY NOW! The International Proverse Prizes for writing submitted and previously unpublished in English (may be in translation). Entry is open to all who are at least 18 years old, whatever their place of birth, residence, nationality or citizenship. Closing date: 30 June 2022 New, emerging and experienced writers are all warmly invited […]

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  • Poetry at Piha | The Listening Sand – Going West April 30 Free

    Poetry at Piha | The Listening Sand Free Event Saturday 30 April, 2pm – 5pm North Piha Glade and Beach Registration essential: info@goingwestfest.co.nz Ready for a unique environmental writing experience? We’re once more unleashing real-time poetry crea tion on the iron sands of Piha. Gather in the glade at North Piha for a delightful poetry […]

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