CLNZ / NZSA Writers’ Award

A $25,000 Award to a New Zealand Writer

The 2020 Writers’ Award is proudly brought to you by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ).

The award was established to provide financial support for writers wishing to devote time to a specific project and to cover reasonable research expenses relating to it. In a broad range of non-fiction genre, specifically including education works, it is the clear intention of the Writers’ Award that a book will be published as a result of winning the award.

Submissions for entries opens on Thursday 30 April 2020 and will close on Friday 29 May at 4pm.

The winner will be announced mid-year and will be publicized widely through CLNZ and NZSA media channels.

Want to enter?

First: Read the CLNZ / NZSA Writers’ Award Guidelines

Then: fill in the 2020 application form

Past Winners 

2019 – Rebecca Macfie her biography of Helen Kelly – read the full media release

2018 – Nic Low (Ngai Tahu) for his project, Uprising read more on CLNZ website

2017 – Ben Schrader for his project, Won and Lost: Saving New Zealand’s Built Heritage 1885-2016read more on CLNZ website

2016 – Neville Peat for his project, The Invading Sea read more on CLNZ website