• Applications Invited For 2022 Randell Cottage Writers Residency open now

    Applications are now open for the 2022 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend, currently set at $27,450, and six months’ rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings: Randell Cottage at 14 St Mary Street in Thorndon.   The Trust is particularly interested in hearing from mid-career and […]

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  • MĀTĀTUHI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT LITERARY SECTOR FUNDING

    20 September 2021 The Mātātuhi Foundation is announcing two special grants to be offered before the end of the year: $8600 for a Māori-specific literary project and up to $100,000 for a one-off major project with the potential to change and grow our literary landscape. These two new grants supplement the Foundation’s upcoming biannual grant […]

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  • 2021 Pikihuia Awards October 30 – tickets available now

    Tēnā koe, Earlier this year, we put the call out for first-time and emerging writers to share their stories. The response was incredible. We had hundreds of entries from across Aotearoa and the world both in te reo Māori and English. In June, we announced eighteen finalists. Join us this October at the 2021 Pikihuia […]

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  • Applications open – 2022 Residencies – Michael King Writers Centre

      APPLICATION: Writers Residencies 2022 The Michael King Writers Centre is offering seventeen supported residencies in 2022, with financial support from Creative New Zealand. Recipients can look forward to peaceful accommodation, the use of a writing studio, a generous stipend and the opportunity to focus on a specific writing project. Applicants must be a New […]

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  • Online Storytimes Aotearoa during lockdown – GUIDELINES FOR LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS AND ECE’S

    DEVELOPED BY THE COALITION FOR BOOKS IN ASSOCIATION WITH PANZ, LIANZA, CLNZ AND NZSA  Guidelines for libraries, schools and early childhood education centres   Schools, libraries, and early childhood education centres are keen to ensure that New Zealand children are still able to enjoy all that a good book has to offer during these unsettling […]

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  • Todd New Writer’s Bursary 2021

    The annual Todd New Writer’s Bursary enables a writer or playwright at an early stage of their career to write a new work. Amount: Varies Find out who got funded recently  Artforms funded: MULTI-ARTFORM: LITERATURE. NGĀ TOI MĀORI. PACIFIC ARTS. THEATRE. Funding rounds Opening dates: July 5 Closing dates: August 6 Notification dates: September 10

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  • Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Celebrates 100 Years

    Books industry advocate Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand celebrates 100 years today.   In a time when things have been extremely challenging for any business, the books industry has seen positive spin-offs. The demand for books has increased and there has been a growth in bookshops around the country, with new stores in Wellington, Timaru, and […]

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  • Coalition for Books winter reading catalogue – OUT NOW

         Matariki 2021_DigitalCatalogue_click here to view   

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  • CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST GIVES CREDIT TO YOUNG READERS’ EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

    10 Jun 2021 From a field of 166 entries, the 28 finalists in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are announced today. Across six main categories, these books offer the nation’s young readers a tasty smorgasbord of titles, packed with meaty themes and addictive plot lines. “The diversity of ideas […]

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  • 2021 Pikihuia Awards Finalists Announced – Māori Literature Trust

    MEDIA RELEASE 9 June 2021 The Māori Literature Trust is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Pikihuia Awards. The short story awards, which occur every second year, have become an institution in New Zealand literature in paving the way for aspiring Māori writers. The judges were impressed by the quality and quantity of […]

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  • STORYLINES NOTABLE BOOKS AWARDS – call for entries – closes August 15

    STORYLINES NOTABLE BOOKS AWARDS About the Awards Since 1999 Storylines has produced an annual list of outstanding books for children and young people published by New Zealand authors and illustrators during the previous calendar year. This annual lists of Storylines Notable Books ensures that children, whanau, teachers, librarians and the public are all made aware of the large […]

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  • A Reflection on 18 months as NZSA President: “A call-out to all writers: come gather round, we need your support . . . “

    BY MANDY HAGER    MAY 4, 2021     I’ve been a member of NZSA for around 30 years, joining before I published my first book, filled with pride when I could transition from ‘associate’ to ‘full’ membership. Although health and time constraints have meant I’ve rarely attended branch meetings or events, I’ve always read the […]

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