• University of Auckland Masters of Creative Writing class Sampler

    Attached below is a year’s sampler of work by the graduating Masters of Creative Writing cohort (2022–23). There are 12 writers: one poet, one essayist, one story writer and nine novelists. The group includes Anna Woods, winner of this year’s Sargeson Story Prize, and Rachel Paris, who won the Phoenix Prize for best creative portfolio. […]

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  • UK Trade bodies launch joint updated industry statement on professional values

    The UK Publishers Association,UK Society of Authors, UK Booksellers Association and UK Association of Authors’ Agents have relaunched a document,  updated by representatives of the industry associations in consultation with their memberships. A number of new organisations have also endorsed the statement, including the Association of Illustrators, the Translators Association, Publishing Scotland, the Independent Publishers […]

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  • The 2023 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition winners have been announced by the NZSA Auckland Branch

    PRESS RELEASE – 7 December 2023 The 2023 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition winners have been announced by the NZSA Auckland Branch today. ‘The short story genre is alive and thriving in New Zealand.’ So said renowned author Graeme Lay on Saturday, when he announced the 2023 winners of the annual short story competition named […]

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  • Jo McNeice awarded Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award

      Wellington-based poet Jo McNeice has been awarded this year’s Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award for her manuscript, Blue Hour. She receives a $10,000 prize and a year’s subscription to Landfall. Otago University Press will also publish her winning manuscript in 2024. Composed over the past 25 years, McNeice says that a significant amount of Blue […]

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  • Creative Waikato video – why arts, culture and creativity are vital to our future

    Discover how creativity can address systemic issues and reshape our perceptions of value and impact, creating waves of meaningful change on our collective welleing. How does arts, culture, and creativity serve as a conduit for change in the face of current challenges – here and now? Creative Waikato, led by Dr Jeremy Mayall, have released […]

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  • Aotearoa NZ Review of Books ‘Book Reviewing Mentorships’ offered to NZSA

      The Aotearoa NZ Review of Books is offering NZSA members four book-reviewing mentorships.   Mentees will receive $200 to write a sample review and revise it after feedback from their mentors. This review can serve as a calling card to help new reviewers get commissions from a range of media. To be eligible you […]

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  • 2024 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel: Open for Entries

    Text Publishing and the NZ Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) are thrilled to announce entries for the 2024 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open. The Prize seeks fiction manuscripts by published and unpublished authors who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. It celebrates […]

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  • Four talented secondary school students awarded NZSA Youth Mentorships in 2023

    Four talented secondary school students awarded mentorships with professional writers as part of NZ Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme These young writers will hone their writing skills and develop their craft through the year as part of this programme and we congratulate them on their success. […]

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  • Guest Curator, New Zealand Young Writers Festival 2023

    The New Zealand Young Writers Festival (NZYWF) comprises four days of free, fun literary-focused events held annually in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. We are looking for a passionate, energetic writer to be this year’s festival Guest Curator! Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust More about Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust The New Zealand Young Writers Festival (NZYWF) comprises four days of free, […]

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  • NZ Booklovers Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

    The NZ Booklovers Awards 2023 shortlist, announced today, features a mixture of well-known writers and debut authors. Books by Fiona Sussman, James Norcliffe, Paddy Richardson, Simon Wilson, Jane Ussher and John Walsh, and Rangi Matamua and Miriama Kamo are among the diverse titles nominated for the NZ Booklovers Awards, along with exciting new writers and […]

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  • The First Pages Prize 2023

    FIRST PAGES PRIZE IS GROWING! THE 2023 PRIZE WILL SELECT THREE WINNERS IN EACH CATEGORY OF FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION. WE SUPPORT EMERGING WRITERS WITH CASH AWARDS (1st – $2,000, 2nd – $1,500, 3rd – $1000), DEVELOPMENTAL MENTORING, AND AN AGENT CONSULTATION.   PRIZE OPENS MARCH 1ST OUR 2023 PRIZE JUDGES Fiction Judge Tash Aw Tash Aw […]

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  • NZSA Heritage Book Awards 2022 – Winners announced

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) and the Canterbury branch of NZSA are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 NZSA Heritage Book Awards! Link to audio for 2022 prizegiving ceremony https://shows.acast.com/the-authors-tale/episodes/bonus-episode-heritage-book-award-winners-david-hill-and-jen https://shows.acast.com/the-authors-tale/episodes/bonus-episode-heritage-book-award-winners-janet-newman-and-n With many thanks to our judges, here are the winning books for the […]

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