• 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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  • Celebrating the unifying power of poetry

    This year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day takes place on Friday 23 August; the same day that New Zealand’s new Poet Laureate is announced. Again, our annual celebration of poetry has broken all records, with more than 150 events and competitions scheduled to take place nationwide.  Expect #NZPoetryDay to trend on Twitter and people to […]

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  • New Zealand’s national writer-residency organisation announces its 2020 Writers in Residence Programme

    The Michael King Writers Centre is pleased to announce that next year’s programme of residencies at the historic Signalman’s House on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland, is now open for applications. Writers awarded a residency can look forward to peaceful accommodation, the use of a writing studio, a generous stipend and the opportunity to […]

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  • The Coalition for Books: a dynamic new organisation for New Zealand literature announced

    A dynamic collaborative organisation has formed to make a tangible difference to the literary landscape of Aotearoa, supported by seed funding from Creative New Zealand (CNZ). During its initial year, the Coalition will be a collaborative venture beneath the umbrella of the Auckland Writers Festival. Other significant founding organisations include the Booksellers Association, the Society […]

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  • Storylines Dame Kātarina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award

     The Storylines Dame Kātarina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made annually, when merited, to the New Zealand author of an unpublished work written originally in te reo Maori.The award carries a monetary prize of $1500. The next award will be made in April 2020, with the deadline […]

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  • Alan Duff, Elizabeth Knox and Don McGlashan Headline 24th Going West Writers Festival

    6-8 September                 Going West Writers Festival weekend. Titirangi War Memorial Hall. New Zealand’s leading authors, poets, playwrights and musicians take to West Auckland’s theatres, halls and beaches at the 24th Going West Writers Festival 6-15 September, offering audiences ten days of inspiring words and ideas that cut through the clutter. The Festival’s Artistic Director […]

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  • NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS TRUST NEWS – IT’S ‘THE BOMB’!

    A sparkling story of courage and transformation has been judged the best book for young readers at this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Bomb by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan and published by Huia, was awarded the highest prize in children’s publishing – The Margaret Mahy Book of […]

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