• The rise and rise of New Zealand children’s publishing – Tessa Duder

    Keynote speech – Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, 6 October 2017 Once upon a time – about 1978 – a young mother of four was struck in the middle of the night with an idea for a children’s novel. A sailing adventure! A family in peril! Would they survive the night?! This was […]

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  • STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD 2017 to Wellington’s Maureen Crisp

    STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD 2017 to Wellington’s Maureen Crisp Wellington teacher, author and literary blogger Maureen Crisp has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for outstanding service to children’s literature. “Storylines is delighted to honour Maureen as one of the unsung heroes of children’s literature in this country,” says […]

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  • Winning poems of Given Words competition for National Poetry Day 2017

    Skip to main content Winning poems of Given Words competition for National Poetry Day 2017 Given Words is delighted to announce the winners of the ‘Given Words’ poetry competition for National Poetry Day 2017. Given Words is delighted to announce the winners of the ‘Given Words’ poetry competition for National Poetry Day 2017. The winner […]

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  • Deadline approaches for Storylines manuscript Award entries

      31 October 2017 is the closing date for manuscript submissions for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text, the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior novel, and the Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a YA novel. For tips of how to write a successful picture book, and more on the Storylines […]

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  • NZ POLITICAL PARTIES – ELECTION 2017

    WHAT WILL THE POLITICAL PARTIES DO FOR NEW ZEALAND’S LITERARY SECTOR? In June our National President, Siobhan Harvey, penned a letter to the leaders of all major and minor political parties, copied also to ministers with responsibility for both Business and Culture portfolios. We sought detail on their policies on issues pertinent to writers, authors […]

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  • Talofa Lava Selina!

    Selina Tusitala Marsh is your new Poet Laureate. New Zealand Poet Laureate Award acceptance speech Read on National Poetry Day, 25 August 2017, Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland book launch of Tightrope (Auckland University Press). I accept this award on behalf of the ten-year-old at St Joseph’s in Otahuhu who found a word to rhyme with monocle […]

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  • Four New Zealand writing projects awarded grants – CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant recipients 2017

    Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) are pleased to announce that Research Grants have been awarded to four New Zealand writers. The judging panel noted that “the successful projects tackle important and interesting topics, and the standard of entries this year was very high.” Four Open Research Grants […]

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  • WINNERS OF THE 2017 NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS ANNOUNCED

    Otago Author, David Elliot, wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Pam Jones, convenor of the judging panel, says, “Like Russell Clark, David Elliot has a clear wit that pervades his sketches. His draughtmanship is outstanding. However, it’s the cohesive way he has combined all elements of this book that won the judges over. David Elliot’s […]

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  • Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

       Bringing poetry to the people with free online collection  Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, are publishing free online poetry collection 20/20. The collection includes Poet Laureates, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners and strong new voices from recent collections and anthologies. The 20/20 […]

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  • Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel – a new literary prize for New Zealand writers

    Announcing a new literary prize for New Zealand writers. Entries open 28 July 2017. Text Publishing is proud to announce the Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel, an exciting new award for writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand. Thanks to a generous financial commitment from Ann Hatherly […]

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  • President of Honour – Bernard Brown

    “Like most of us I would not know what to do if I did not write. “ Bernard Brown was appointed President of Honour 2017 – 2018  by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) AGM Saturday on May 27. This position is awarded to a writer in recognition of their services to the […]

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  • New CEO for New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)

    A warm welcome to new Chief Executive Jenny Nagle. The New Zealand Society of Authors is pleased to announce the appointment of its new CEO, Jenny Nagle. Jenny’s tenure in the post began Monday 12th June 2017. Jenny has an extensive literary arts background, including working on behalf of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and with […]

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