• 2023 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel: Open for Entries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Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) are thrilled to announce entries for the 2023 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open. The Prize seeks fiction manuscripts by published and unpublished authors who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.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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  • Announcing the Winner of the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize

    Emma Sidnam has been awarded the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize for her manuscript Backwaters. Sidnam wins a publishing contract with Text and a NZ$10,000 advance against royalties.   The prize is awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a New Zealand writer, celebrating the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins. Emma Sidnam […]

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  • Four talented secondary school students awarded NZSA Youth Mentorships in 2022

    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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  • Call for NZSA Board Representative – Youth Member (with mentorship)

    In line with our 2020 Constitution, the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Board may appoint a Board member to fill perceived gaps. Therefore, we’d like to appoint a ‘Youth’ member to join the Board. In this case, ‘youth’ is anyone under 30 years of age. This member […]

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  • Michael King Writers Centre Announces Winners of 2021 Signals – Young Writers Awards

    Michael King Writers Centre are delighted to receive a very strong field of over 70 submissions from around the country for the inaugural Signals Young Writers Awards 2021. Judge Kate de Goldi, gave this feedback: “All the shortlisted entries were interesting – real talent and, importantly, extremely well-developed craft skills. I think the thing that […]

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  • The NZSA New Zealand Heritage Literary Awards 2021 – Winners Announced

    The NZSA New Zealand Heritage Literary Awards 2021 – Christchurch Heritage Festival 2021 – People and Place – our stories revealed This year’s winners and runner-up of the NZSA New Zealand Literary Heritage Awards have been selected from over 160 entries submitted in all six categories.  The winners and runners-up were announced at a ceremony in […]

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  • The NZSA Heritage Literary Awards 2021 shortlists revealed

    It was no easy task for judges in this year’s NZSA New Zealand Heritage Literary Awards to shortlist 156 entries coming from all corners of Aotearoa. The awards are in their eighth year, and have now become established on the New Zealand literary calendar. Past winners include Fiona Farrell, Witi Ihimaera, Whiti Hereaka and Brian […]

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  • Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference

    Deeply connected to the land of the first light, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference – one uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, and designed to use the arts to explore what it means to be of Tairāwhiti. Come and enjoy ten days from 08-17 October 2021! Followed by the […]

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  • Creative NZ welcomes additional $5 million from Government to support the arts sector through Delta

    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today that the Government is providing a targeted support package of reprioritised funding to help the arts and culture sector respond to the challenges of the Delta variant. The Government has brought forward $37.5 million which will span across protecting jobs and supporting at-risk organisations, key […]

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  • Entries are open for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2022

    NZ BOOKLOVERS AWARDS 2022 Entries are now open for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2022 ​ NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2022 We are looking for the best in storytelling – a novel we couldn’t put down. NZ Booklovers Award for Best Lifestyle Book 2022 Cooking, wine, architecture, lifestyle, home and garden, design, […]

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  • Appointment of an NZSA Director for Copyright Licensing NZ Board 2022

    Appointment of an NZSA Director for Copyright Licensing NZ Board 2022 Copyright Licensing New Zealand The Organisation Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is jointly owned by the Publishers Association of New Zealand, Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc (NZSA). The only […]

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  • Writer’s Dream Connects Literary Characters In New Book.

    Why would Zaphod Beeblebrox blackmail Zorro?  What motivates Eeyore to write a warning to Ebenezer Scrooge? This is the premise of ‘Dear 26’, a global writers’ collaboration launching at the Whanganui Literary Festival on September 29, 2021. Over a year in the planning, and managed through the pandemic, 26 writers in Aotearoa, the UK, Europe, […]

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