• Congratulations! The Winner of the 2015 NZ Bookshop Day Best Promotion is …

    Congratulations to Carole Beu and the great team at The Women’s Bookshop for winning the Best Promotion reflecting the essence of NZ Bookshop Day – “Your Place, Your Bookshop”. The judging was carried out by the entire team at Booksellers NZ.  It was a very close competition with the top contenders barely separable, as each […]

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  • NZSA Central Districts Short story competition results!

    Congratulations! First: Hayley Solomon (Whanganui), “The Chosen One” Second: Tony Chapelle (Palmerston North), “Islands” Third: Antony Millen (Taumarunui ), “Aukati” & Highly Commended: David Hill (New Plymouth ), “On Special” Angela Yeoman (the Wairarapa), “The Earth was Red” Sean Monaghan (Palmerston North), “The Ocean Outside” SCHOOL STUDENTS First: Sophie Thirsk (St Matthew’s Collegiate School, Masterton), […]

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  • Support Courage Day – 15 November

    Courage Day (also known as The Day of the Imprisoned Writer) recognises writers who defend the right to free speech, and those who suffer oppression and are killed / imprisoned for their work. The beginning of the year was heralded with the deaths of 12 people following a bloody attack on the offices of the […]

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  • Writer Testimonial

    Just wanted to say “thanks” for your help. In 2012 my children’s novel, Hieroglyph was selected for one of ten MS assessments then selected for 1 of 5 mini-mentorships. I was privileged to have Anna Mackenzie as my mentor. Hieroglyph, has now been released through CopyPress in NZ and available on Amazon. The mentor programme helped […]

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  • Writers killed makes chilling read

    Dana Wensley our PEN spokesperson wrote an article for the Otago Daily Times to draw attention to Courage Day held November 15. Dana reports on the erosion of freedom of speech globally, which is a worrying trend. More

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  • CLNZ Contestable Funding Round is open

    Writers are invited to apply to the CLNZ Contestable Fund. CLNZ is looking for projects that have clearly defined and measurable project outcomes that align with the Cultural Fund’s objectives, including projects that: • develop the professional skills of writers, including those who write for an education audience • seek to grow export markets for New Zealand […]

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  • NZ Book Week

    Book Week October 26 – November 1 New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) celebrates Book Week with a grass roots campaign. Facing a second year with no NZ Book Month, the NZSA has taken the initiative and is running a grass roots campaign with the message “Read NZ Buy NZ”. NZSA Book Week […]

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  • Celebrated children’s author William Taylor dies

    William Taylor, ONZM, the ‘grand old man’ of New Zealand children’s publishing, acclaimed author of richly comic novels for children and powerful fiction for young adults, died today (3 October) in Taumaranui, aged 77. Kyle Mewburn, president of the New Zealand Society of Authors says, “Bill Taylor was undoubtedly an icon of New Zealand literature. […]

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  • Submission to the Board of Review regarding the Interim Restriction Order placed upon Into the River written by Ted Dawe

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.), established in 1934, is the principal organisation for New Zealand authors. Referencing Part 3, Clause 20 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 the Chief Censor can be satisfied that our organisation, our members and New Zealand authors will be affected by the classification […]

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  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship – Recipient Announced!

    We are delighted to announce the winner of the Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2016 is award-winning Otago poet Michael Harlow.   Michael Harlow will be using his fellowship to complete a book of prose poems with the working title All the Pianos in the Wood. The selection panel were enormously excited by the high […]

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