• 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced

    [ An illustrated memoir for children, a novel which inspired a screen adaption starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, and translations of Romanian and Medieval Latin poetry are among the multitude of extraordinary achievements of this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. They are multi-talented illustrator and children’s writer, Gavin Bishop (Ng?ti Pukeko, Ng?ti […]

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  • Call for judges of the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The organisers of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are calling for expressions of interest from members of the children’s literature community who wish to be considered as judges of the 2020 awards. The NZ Book Awards Trust is inviting expressions of interest for judges for the 2020 NZ Book Awards […]

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  • 2019 Pikihuia Awards Winners Announced

      The winners of the Pikihuia Awards for short stories were announced last Saturday at Te Wharewaka o P?neke.  On a wet Wellington afternoon wh?nau, friends and supporters of M?ori literature and arts came together to celebrate and acknowledge the success of 23 M?ori writers. The judges had the important job of selecting the winners […]

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  • Victoria University of Wellington announces Emerging Māori Writer’s Residency

    10 September 2019 To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce the inaugural Emerging Māori Writer’s Residency for 2020. The Residency, supported by Creative New Zealand, runs for three months and includes a writing room, a mentor, and a stipend of […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council becomes Read NZ Te Pou Muramura

    New Zealand Book Council is changing its name and identity to become Read NZ Te Pou Muramura. The move will better reflect its work to promote reading through a range of programmes and campaigns, as well as a desire to remain truly relevant in a changing Aotearoa New Zealand. Staff and board worked with education consultant […]

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  • Applications Invited For Randell Cottage Writers Residency

    Applications are now open for the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend, currently set at $22,000, and six months’ rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. The Trust is particularly interested in hearing from mid-career and M?ori and Pasifika writers. Built in Thorndon in 1867, the […]

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  • Words Change Lives – Coveted Literary Fellowship Opens Applications – 2020 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

    Winning a writing fellowship changes the course of a writer’s life, opening doors and allowing writers to think and apply their craft. Applications for the 2020 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship are now open. Virginia Woolf advocated for a room of one’s own – and the Grimshaw Sargeson provides a historic environment to write in, along with […]

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  • Lani Wendt Young delivers a challenge to publishers the world over for diverse representation

    The New Zealand Book Council Lecture: 2019 This year’s New Zealand Book Council Lecture, Stories from the Wild: Reading and Writing in the Digital Age, was delivered by Lani Wendt Young in Wellington last night. A free e-book of the lecture is now available for download. Young discussed the importance of representation in literature, the […]

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  • Judges Announced for 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

    Award-winning writers and poets, former publishers, academics, long-standing booksellers and a well-known journalist are among the 12 people selected to judge the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, which offers $55,000 to the winner, will be judged by author, journalist and reviewer Mark Broatch; short story and non-fiction writer Nic […]

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  • 2020 University of Auckland residencies

    Writers in residence The University Of Auckland Residencies enable up to four writers each year to work on creative projects and interact with our students. We work in partnership with the Michael King Writers Centre and Creative New Zealand to host these residencies. Each residency includes accommodation in a historic villa in Devonport, a financial […]

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  • Announcing the Surrey Hotel writer’s residency in association with Newsroom

    AUGUST 22, 2019 Steve Braunias Steve Braunias edits Newsroom’s books section, ReadingRoom, is an author and a noted writer for the NZ Herald. Newsroom literary editor Steve Braunias announces the coolest writer’s residency in New Zealand. New Zealand authors – actual authors, prospective authors, old authors, young authors, literary authors, genre authors, every kind of […]

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  • University of Waikato & Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2020

    Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January. The salary is $52,000 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, […]

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