• PEN Brings the Resistance to Its 2018 World Voices Festival

    Courtesy PEN America By John Maher |  Feb 15, 2018 PEN America’s 2018 iteration of its World Voices Festival bears the theme “Resist and Reimagine,” doubling down on the organization’s dedication to resisting potential restrictions on free speech under the Trump Administration while suggesting hope for the future. The festival, which comprises more than 60 events in […]

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  • When They Got the Call: PW Speaks with the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Winners

    Erin Entrada Kelly has won the 2018 John Newbery Medal for her novel Hello, Universe (Greenwillow), edited by Virginia Duncan. Matthew Cordell has won the 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Wolf in the Snow (Feiwel and Friends), edited by Liz Szabla. And Nina LaCour has won the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award for We Are Okay (Dutton), edited by Julie Strauss-Gabel. […]

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  • Youth Mentorship Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers  

    Four secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills. The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2018 offers these aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, giving them the opportunity to gain […]

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  • NZSA Waitangi Day Honours Announced

    February 6, 2018 Internationally acclaimed writer Ashleigh Young has been made an Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Waitangi Day Honours. “As the country’s largest writers’ organisation, we celebrate significant literary achievements, especially on the international stage,” says NZSA President, Siobhan Harvey. This year Ashleigh Young from  Wellington won the Windham-Campbell Prize from […]

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  • Two emerging writers win trans-Tasman mentorship with publisher

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), Hachette Australia and Hachette New Zealand are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 NZSA / Hachette Mentor Program. Congratulations to Isabelle McNeur and Elizabeth Allan who have been chosen to work on a new draft of their manuscripts under Hachette Australia’s guidance, receiving constructive critique of their manuscript […]

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  • The Nelson Arts Festival has appointed Kerry Sunderland as coordinator of the Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers Programme. 

    Kerry has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington and has more than 25 years experience as a writer and editor. She has also worked as a freelance journalist, online documentary producer, film reviewer and radio presenter/producer. As well as coming on board […]

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  • 5 Seriously Dumb Myths about Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating… By John Degen – WIPO

    Media coverage of copyright issues can influence policy and legislation around this crucial protection for authors’ rights. Unfortunately, much of that coverage deals in copyright mythology rather than fact. Here is a simple primer debunking five of the most inaccurate myths perpetuated about copyright. 5  “Artists Feel Restricted by Copyright” – Truth: Professional, working artists […]

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  • Intervention by the International Authors Forum at the SCCR35 on Libraries and Archives

     WIPO As the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) held the 35th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), Maureen Duffy spoke on behalf of the IAF to give the authors view on copyright exceptions with regards to libraries and archives. WIPO is a special agency of the United Nations dealing with […]

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  • StartWrite: writing sample and synopsis assessments – open

    StartWrite Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service – for writers and comic / graphic novelists who want to get an appraisal for part of their work. Writers can send in a piece of writing, up to 6,000 words (for poetry up to 24 pages), and a one page synopsis. Comic / Graphic novelists need to […]

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  • Former Booker Prize Judge Alan Taylor Appointed to 2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize Jury

      Critically acclaimed Scots writer, journalist and founding editor of the Scottish Review of Books Alan Taylor has been announced as the international judge who will assist the local panel in selecting the winner of the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.   Taylor and his wife, author […]

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