• Six Māori writers announced for Te Papa Tupu 2018

     Six aspiring writers have been selected for Te Papa Tupu 2018, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers. The chosen writers will spend six months working alongside a mentor to develop their manuscripts and improve their writing skills to meet the end goal of a publishable manuscript. To […]

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  • National Flash Fiction Day Celebrations – 22 June

    National Flash Fiction Day Celebrations 22 June 2018 in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Kawakawa Guest speakers include Sue Wootton, Vaughan Rapatahana, Patrick Pink, Tim Jones, Jac Jenkins, Jennifer Lane and Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester Flash fiction and micros NFFD Awards – Regional Awards Spot prizes Listen to the winning stories from the 2018 NFFD competitions. All […]

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  • Claire Murdoch Named Head of Publishing, Penguin Random House New Zealand

    Penguin Random House New Zealand is thrilled to announce the appointment of Claire Murdoch to the role of Head of Publishing, Penguin Random House NZ. With over 18 years’ experience in the Australian and New Zealand book trade, Murdoch brings to her new role a passion and speciality for non-fiction and illustrated books, including biography […]

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  • PANZ shortlists for 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards announced

    The best of New Zealand’s book designs come under tight scrutiny but the shortlist has been announced 11 Jun 2018 It appears it’s not just the cover a book is judged on as the judges announce the finalists in the 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards. The weight of stock, the binding and the smell of […]

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  • New Human Rights Commissioner responds to concerns over hate speech protections

    Paula Tesoriero: We strongly support right to freedom of speech 11 Jun, 2018 Rights are not absolute and they do not exist in isolation. Photo / 123RF NZ Herald By: Paula Tesoriero I am concerned at recurring speculation that the Human Rights Commission is campaigning to limit free speech. Those who hold this view say we […]

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  • CHRIS ELSE IS NZSA PRESIDENT OF HONOUR 2018-2019

    The NZSA is delighted to announce that Chris Else is their 2018-2019 President of Honour.  This prestigious position is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand. As President of Honour, Chris Else will deliver the annual Janet […]

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  • NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2018

    $10,000 Opportunity for Writers. Calling for applications from writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama with a literary track record, who are currently working on a new project. This annual Fellowship is awarded each year to a mid-career or senior writer to work on a project that shows a high level of literary merit and […]

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  • FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

    A bumper crop of excellent books for young New Zealand readers have today been announced as the 33 finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.   From sharks and dawn raids to earthquakes, kidnap plots, Jean Batten and the familiar chaos that is kids at breakfast time, their range […]

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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours for Deborah Challinor

    Deborah Challinor has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and historical research. She was this country’s highest-selling author in 2015, 2016 and 2017. “It was a real shock as I opened the letter,” the 59 year old said of the moment she discovered she was being […]

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  • Siobhan Harvey – President of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) – annual AGM address

    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa Talofa lava As President of the New Zealand Society of Authors, I welcome you to our 2018 AGM and Development Weekend, ‘TURNING THE PAGE’. A veritable feast of workshops, panel sessions, discussions, ideas and meetings with fellow writers await you tomorrow. I want to humbly thank The Auckland […]

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  • 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist announced

      Twenty-four outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel from 5182 entries from 48 Commonwealth countries. The writers come from 14 countries including, for the first time, Samoa and Ghana. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English from the Commonwealth. As well […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council launch READNZ campaign #readNZ

    ReadNZ campaign 2018 Our books matter. Our authors and their stories are world-leading. ReadNZ is a campaign to get more of us reading books written by New Zealanders. New Zealand books reflect the rich social and cultural history that has shaped us as a nation. There is a special joy in reading about ourselves, and […]

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