• James George encourages future Māori writers to enter Pikihuia short story awards

    24 March 2021 Short story awards named a ‘stepping stone to success’ for Māori writers.   First-time and emerging Māori writers are encouraged to enter the 2021 Pikihuia Awards. The short story awards, which occur every second year, have become known as a stepping stone to success for Māori writers. Chair of the Māori Literature […]

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  • Pikihuia Awards 2021 – now open for entries

      Do you have a story inside of you waiting to be told? Now is your chance – we are looking for new and emerging Māori writers to enter the Pikihuia short story awards for 2021. Enter by 12 April 2021 to be in to win prizes and the opportunity to have your story published in […]

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  • Barcelona’s Pontas Literary Agency Opens a Mentoring Prize for Authors

    The JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize comes with £1,000 and a contract at the Pontas Agency, and is geared to writers from ‘Black, ethnic minority, LGBTQ+, and working-class backgrounds.’ Submission Deadline: March 15 The Pontas Literary and Film Agency in Spain will have been in business for 29 years in May, and in a new announcement provided […]

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  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for 2021 awarded to publisher Julia Marshall

    Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa Julia Marshall has been selected as the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner, for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature, and will be presented with her medal and deliver the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy lecture on 28 […]

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  • NZ title in 2021 IBBY International Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities.

    Outstanding New Zealand title   Of Course You Can, written by Karen Hinge and illustrated by Nicky Sievert (published by One Tree House) has been chosen as one of the 2021 IBBY Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. This bilingual story is presented in English and Te reo Māori and focuses on […]

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  • Call for nominations for Te Awhi Rito – Reading Ambassador for NZ

    The establishment of Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young adults was announced in August by Prime Minister and then-Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern. The founding partners have since then worked to develop the processes and protocols that govern the establishment and ongoing delivery of the role. Appointment […]

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  • Ani-Piki Tuari named as 2021 Emerging Māori Writer in Residence at IIML

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ani-Piki Tuari as the Emerging Māori Writer in Residence for 2021.   During the residency, which is supported by Creative New Zealand, Ani-Piki will receive a stipend of $15,000 to continue work on her project, Whakapaupākihi, […]

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  • Announcing the winners of the 2020 NZSA Heritage Book Awards 2020 – Winners

    30.10.20  Winners of the NZSA Heritage Book Awards were announced last night in Christchurch.  The Non-Fiction winner was Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death by Caroline Barron. (Bateman Books). In 2018 Barron was a Short Prose winner in these awards with an excerpt from the book. Judges Hilary and John Mitchell said, […]

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  • University of Otago fellowships named

    Monday, 19 October 2020 Award-winning novelist and West Coast newspaper reporter Becky Manawatu has been named as next year’s University of Otago Burns Fellow.   The university also announced that Heather McQuillan is the University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence. Otago humanities division pro-vice-chancellor Prof Tony Ballantyne said […]

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  • Today’s the Day – OCT 17 – BOOKSHOP DAY AOTEAROA #buylocal#supportlocal

    2020 will see us celebrate NZ Bookshop Day for the sixth time, drawing thousands of people into their local bookshops to buy books to celebrate their third place: their local bookshop. This year will see dozens of bookshops throughout New Zealand celebrate their communities with a range of events, competitions and exciting activities. See a few highlights by clicking through to […]

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  • 2020 NZSA Heritage Book Awards – shortlists announced

    NZSA Heritage Literary Awards Announce Shortlist NZSA Canterbury Branch Date: 14.10.20 Judges have announced the short lists for the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards. All work this year was asked to reflect on “Encountering our Stories: Art, Culture, Identity.” New categories this year are Te Reo books and Children’s Books. 50 entries were received […]

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  • Storylines Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award.

    E ngā kaituhi reo Māori! Enter your manuscript for the Storylines Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award. – any genre (picture book, junior fiction, YA fiction, non-fiction) – original works in te reo Māori (not translations) – deadline 31 October. Enter online: https://bit.ly/36mBMdi Receive a guaranteed offer of publication with HUIA and a cash prize of […]

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