• 2020 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition

    Open to all NZSA members $500 first prize, $250 second prize, $100 third prize Opens 25 September, closes 4pm, Friday 30 October Brought to you by NZSA Auckland Branch Conditions of entry The competition is open to all NZSA members. All entries must be original and not previously published or broadcast before the competition results […]

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  • WORDSMITH:  Memoir, Fiction & Auto Fiction (fictionalised autobiography/memoir) 

    Waiheke Island,  5 – 11 OCTOBER 2020 This course is an introduction to the art of writing short fiction and/or memoir, suitable for both beginner and more advanced writers. The 5 sessions include exercises as learning tools plus time to workshop ideas with support and guidance. 1 – Introduction. Story arc. Scene, characters, action. Theme. Dialogue. Events as […]

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  • 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel awarded to Gigi Fenster for ‘A Good Winter’

    Gigi Fenster has received the 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize for her novel, A Good Winter. Fenster receives a publishing contract with Text and a NZ$10,000 advance against royalties. The award was accepted during an online event hosted by Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc). […]

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  • SPECIAL FACEBOOK VIDEO PREMIERE: 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize announcement and SOLDIERS release

    23 September 7pm NZT Facebook (click for event link)   Join us as we announce the winner of the 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize – streamed straight to your living room! The Michael Gifkins Prize is a joint initiative between Text and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaitahu Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc, and […]

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  • Zephyr Short Story Competition

    NATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2020 run by the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. Judges: Whiti Hereaka (Open) and Mandy Hager (Junior) The competition has two sections: JUNIOR: writers 18 years and younger 1st Prize – $150.00 in book tokens 2nd Prize – $100.00 in book tokens 3rd Prize – $50.00 in […]

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  • Psychology for Writers – with Darian Smith – WebWorkshop

    10am to 12pm, Saturday, 21 November. Writers know their characters need to be fully rounded, multi-layered, and believable but how do we do it? This session will cover a variety of theories used by counsellors and psychologists to understand human behaviour and adapt them into easy tools for writers to use when creating their characters. […]

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  • Making author life work for you – with James Russell – WebWorkshop

    10am to 11.30am, Wednesday, 4 November. In this interactive session, children’s author and indie publisher James Russell will share tips on how to make a living from the sale of your books based on his success with his Dragon Brothers series in New Zealand and overseas. James Russell is a bestselling children’s writer and indie […]

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  • Getting through the hoops – with Siobhan Harvey, Geoff Walker, and Geraldine Warren – WebWorkshop

    10am to 12pm, Thursday, 29 October. There are many awards, grants, residencies, mentorships and competitions available to New Zealand writers, here and overseas but sometimes it can seem really hard to achieve success in this space. In this panel discussion, Geoff Walker, Geraldine Warren and Siobhan Harvey will share their experience reviewing work for writing […]

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  • Who Are You? Tina Shaw on Creating a Successful Protagonist – WebWorkshop

    10am to 12pm, Tuesday, 6 October. Stories are all about characters – what they do, what they think and how they feel. Whether you’re writing YA or for adults, a successful lead character is the key to engaging your readers. In this workshop we will look at ways to bring your protagonist to life on […]

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  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020 recipient announced

    Siobhan Harvey, Recipient of the NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020 Auckland-based writer, academic and arts advocate Siobhan Harvey will use the fellowship to support the writing of her latest poetry project. Siobhan says: ‘I’m humbled and honoured to be awarded the 2020 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship.This is an important award, as evidenced from the […]

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  • 2021 Gifkins Prize Open for Entries

    TEXT PUBLISHING AND THE NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF AUTHORS TE PUNI KAITUHI O AOTEAROA (PEN NZ) INC ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 MICHAEL GIFKINS PRIZE FOR AN UNPUBLISHED NOVEL ARE NOW OPEN. The prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins, seeks fiction manuscripts by […]

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  • NZSA New Zealand Heritage Literary Awards 2020 – deadline 11 September.

    NZSA Canterbury announces the 2020 NZSA New Zealand Heritage Book Awards are open for entries.  Now in its seventh year, this event is now firmly established on the New Zealand Literary calendar. Past winners have included Fiona Farrell, Fiona Kidman and Brian Turner – and last year’s major winners were Andrew Crowe for his beautiful […]

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