Awards | Grants | Fellowships |
When submitting to any of the following awards or fellowships, please format your manuscripts along these guidelines.
Manuscripts should be:
- Printed on one side of an A4 sheet.
- Either 1.5 or double spaced with either double space between paragraphs, or indented paragraphs.
- A wide margin (3cm) at the sides and top (5-6cm).
- In a legible typeface such as Times New Roman.
- Pages should be numbered.
- The title should be included in a footer/header on each page.
NZSA Mentorship and Youth Mentorship Programmes
Each year we offer 13 year-long adult mentorships and 4 youth mentorships as part of our professional development programmes for writers offered with the support of Creative New Zealand. This gives our members the opportunity to have an intensive mentorship and build an ongoing relationship with one of New Zealand’s senior writers while working to develop a publishable manuscript.
Open for applications December – February.
Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book and Manuscript Awards
The Trust’s Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards were established in 2004. They are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the mind body spirit genre.
The Awards are offered annually, in two categories. From 2019 the application process for these awards is being administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc).
Open for applications from 15 January to 31 March
Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel
The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel is a new and exciting award for writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand. The prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins, is open to published and unpublished authors who are invited to enter manuscripts of adult fiction. The manuscript must be unpublished and not on submission to another publisher.
The winner will receive a contract for world rights with Text Publishing and an advance to the value of NZ$10,000.
Open for applications 20 July to 20 November 2018
NZSA Auckland Museum Research + Residency Grant
A grant of $5,000 (with 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland offered in addition to the stipend). The purpose of these grants is to create an opportunity for a writer to utilise the facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of their manuscript.
Opens for applications 31 August to 23 November 2018
Proudly presented by Hachette Australia and New Zealand in partnership with the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.)
The Hachette Mentoring Program gives one writer an opportunity to work on a new draft of their completed manuscript under the mentorship of Hachette Publishing Australia.
Open for applications 9 October to 8 November 2018
NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship
Open for applications June to August 2019
CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants
Open for applications June to July 2019
NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award
Open for applications next in 2020
NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature
This was a biennial award for mid-career fiction writers valued at $3,000.
In August 2007 The Janet Frame Literary Trust generously gave the Society a gift to enable New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) to give a biennial award in Janet Frame’s name to be given to an author of literary or imaginative fiction, or poetry. The gift enabled five awards over 10 years and this is the last in the series.
This came about because Janet Frame, who died in 2004, directed that her ongoing royalty income be used to support New Zealand writers of poetry and imaginative fiction.
Janet Frame herself had benefited from the boost given by similar often timely financial assistance and professional recognition throughout her long career. Janet Frame was a member of the Society and the recipient of many awards, prizes, grants, fellowships and scholarships, none more well-timed than the New Zealand Society of Authors’ (then the NZ PEN Centre) Hubert Church award in 1951 for her first book, The Lagoon and other stories. The publicity for this honour convinced her doctors not to carry out a planned lobotomy, which would in all likelihood have ended her literary aspirations.
Recipients of the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature were 2008: Emma Neale. 2010: Tim Jones. 2012: Diane Brown. 2014: Elizabeth Smither. 2016: Laurence Fearnley.