• The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems 2018 Winner Announced

    International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) is delighted to announce that the 2018 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems is Heather Bauchop of Dunedin.   The winning sequence, entitled The Life in Small Deaths, is described by Heather as a strangely-lengthed narrative poetry sequence that grew out of a 60,000 word manuscript […]

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  • NZSA Mentor Programme 2019 open for applications

    For Writers! Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright or graphic novelist. The NZSA Mentor Programme accepts applications for the 2019 programme from 1 Dec 2018 to 1 Feb 2019. The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2019 seeks applications from writers and comic / graphic novelists looking for professional development, a safe space […]

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  • Judges for 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults share a passion for the transformative power of books

      A panel of judges combining deep knowledge of the children’s literature community with youthful wisdom and a shared passion for the transformative power of books has been selected to deliberate over entries to the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Highly respected reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair will convene the […]

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  • WeCreate welcomes government’s Copyright Issues Paper

    WeCreate, the alliance of New Zealand’s creative industries, has welcomed MBIE’s release of an Issues Paper on Copyright in New Zealand. The Intellectual Property Team at MBIE have conducted extensive engagement with stakeholders that have an interest in copyright and the paper is informed by this engagement. New Zealand’s creative people and creative businesses generate […]

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  • Episode 5 of the NZSA Oral History Podcast features Kevin Ireland

    In the next episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast Kevin Ireland recounts murder threats, bitter rivalries and underground bunkers. It sounds like the pages of a thriller but that’s just what happened at NZSA meetings! New Zealand poet and fiction writer Kevin Ireland has been honoured for his services to literature in New Zealand, […]

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  • Submissions open for 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced that submissions are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, which recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers produced annually. Titles published between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 will be considered for the 2019 awards. There […]

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  • Online internationals attempt to undermine NZ Bookshop Day

    Read an article by Sarah Forster in Booksellers NZ THE READ. On 25 October, Book Depository sent an email to NZ subscribers saying ‘Read The Top NZ Books of the Last Decade’. I clicked through to find our NZ Bookshop Day promotional list, bar a few titles, and a strap line saying ‘we’ve compiled a list of […]

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  • Emma Neale highly commended in UK Bridport Prize flash fiction competition

    Emma Neale from Dunedin is just one of three writers highly commended in this year’s prestigious UK Bridport Prize flash fiction competition for her story ‘Courtship’.  Flash fiction or micro fiction is a very, very short story – in this instance, of 250 words or fewer. The winning story was selected from over 1,700 entries […]

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  • NZSA Podcast Series – Episode 4 with Bernard Brown now available

    In the New Zealand Society of Authors Oral History Podcast we dive deep into the archives to hear New Zealand authors tell their story of living as a writer in Aotearoa. This week we hear from Bernard Brown, poet, NZSA President of Honour 2017-18 and Taipūrākau member. As a respected lawyer and law lecturer, Bernard […]

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  • Lynda Chanwai-Earle named 2019 Writer in Residence

    Ground-breaking playwright and poet Lynda Chanwai-Earle has been appointed as the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2019. Ms Chanwai-Earle is a well-known public broadcaster, having worked for many years as a documentary producer at Radio New Zealand. She is a researcher for […]

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  • Congratulations to Kapka Kassabova who has won the British Academy’s £25,000 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize

    Border by Kapka Kassabova wins British Academy’s £25,000 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize  for Global Cultural Understanding 2018 “Extraordinary” book by Bulgarian-born writer chosen to receive international award   London: Kapka Kassabova is today, Tuesday 30 October, announced as the winner of the British Academy’s 6th Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2018, for her book Border: A Journey to the Edge […]

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  • Partnership creates first children’s imprint from a New Zealand university press

    Massey University Press (MUP) is joining forces with Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris. Their company, Annual Ink, is to become MUP’s new children’s imprint — the first of its kind in New Zealand.   The imprint’s first title, Hazel and the Snails, by debut author Nan Blanchard, will be published in March 2019 and it […]

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