• Emerging Māori Writer in Residence at VIC- entries close October 30

    Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, is currently seeking an Emerging Māori Writer in Residence for three months in the first half of 2021.   This is an exciting new opportunity for emerging Māori Writers in Aotearoa. Applications are invited from Māori writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and […]

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  • NZSA member Gareth Ward wins Sir Julius Vogel award – Clockhill and the Thief

    Gareth’s first novel, The Traitor and the Thief, a rip-roaring young adult Steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award and was a finalist in two categories at The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. […]

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  • New Public Service Act flashes a warning to New Zealand writers

    Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt has highlighted a major piece of legislation that fails to explicitly require public officials to consider their human rights responsibilities.   Commissioner Hunt says “The Public Service Act is a vital piece of law that will shape the public service for many years to come. … I’m astonished that […]

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  • 2020 creative writing competition opens today Otago University

    Monday 20 July 2020 Have a go … the University’s annual creative writing competition for Otago students and staff opens today – with the theme “only connect…”. The University’s second annual creative writing competition for students and staff opens for entries today. Writer 2020 offers all staff and students at all of Otago’s campuses the opportunity […]

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  • 2020 Awards: Virtual events to bring Books Alive for Aotearoa’s young readers

    Wednesday 29 July From the most remote backblocks to our biggest cities, Kiwi kids around the country will be able to get up close with Aotearoa’s best children’s authors and illustrators thanks to the wonders of the internet and the hard work of some very dedicated librarians. If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 […]

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  • Booker Prize 2020 longlist announced

    28 July 2020 The longlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced.   The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$90,000) prize are: The New Wilderness (Diane Cook, Oneworld) This Mournable Body (Tsitsi Dangarembga, Faber) Burnt Sugar (Avni Doshi, Hamish Hamilton) Who They Was (Gabriel Krauze, Fourth Estate) The Mirror and The Light (Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate) Apeirogon (Colum McCann, […]

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  • 2021 Gifkins Prize Open for Entries

    Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc are thrilled to announce that submissions for the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open. The prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins, seeks fiction manuscripts by […]

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  • Behrouz Boochani granted refugee status in New Zealand

    Behrouz Boochani granted refugee status The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) is absolutely thrilled to hear of the decision to resettle Behrouz Boochani in Aotearoa. He is a writer of great importance and his activism on behalf of detainees in Australian-run detention centres is to be applauded. […]

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  • Internet Archive Will End Its Program for Free E-Books

    The nonprofit has said its National Emergency Library was a public service to people unable to access libraries during the pandemic, but publishers and authors accused it of theft. Brewster Kahle is the founder of Internet Archive, which announced plans to close its National Emergency Library next week.Credit…Lianne Milton for The New York Times By Elizabeth […]

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  • Reviews Editor appointed for KETE: New books from Aotearoa New Zealand

    The Coalition for Books is delighted to announce that Mark Broatch, former deputy editor and books and culture editor of the New Zealand Listener, has accepted the role of Reviews Editor for a new “lithub”-style website to be launched in September by the Coalition for Books – KETE: New Books from Aotearoa New Zealand. Melanie Laville-Moore, Chair […]

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  • Woman’s Weekly and Listener to resume publication after Bauer magazines sale

    Iconic New Zealand magazine titles NZ Woman’s Weekly and the NZ Listener will resume publication immediately, with Bauer Media’s titles officially sold to an Australian investment company.   The magazine titles have been officially taken over by Mercury Capital. The Sydney-based company has taken ownership of magazine titles Woman’s Day, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, and The Australian Women’s […]

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  • ARRESTING DISSENT: LEGISLATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

    Basic democratic rights have increasingly come under siege since the 2016 election, and not just at the federal level. In this report, Arresting Dissent: Legislative Restrictions on the Right to Protest, PEN America shines a spotlight on the proliferation of state-level legislative proposals seeking to limit protest rights. READ THE FULL REPORT » PEN America has documented […]

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