• New OUP publisher named – congratulations Dr Sue Wootton

    Dr Sue Wootton has been named the new publisher for Otago University Press and will officially take up the role in April.   Wootton is an editor and author who co-publishes the medical humanities site Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life. She is an award-winning writer of poetry and prose, whose work has been widely […]

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  • National Flash Fiction Day 2021 is OPEN

    NFFD 2021 is open!  The competition runs February 15 – April 15. Submit your best 300-word stories!   The judges for the 2021 competition are acclaimed poet Diane Brown and prize-winning novelist, essayist and anthologist Paula Morris.   The youth competition moved in 2020 to an international competition with free entry – guest judged in 2021 by poet Kerry Lane and curated by the youth journal fingers comma toes.  All youth writers welcome! Note […]

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  • Are Digital Rights Events Working?

    Waiting for the Plane Tickets: Rights Pros on Digital Events  February 19, 2021  Read on Publishing Perspectives here   How do online rights events organized by literary agencies, publishers, and others compare to the physical book fair experience? We hear from several rights folks on how it’s going so far. At Brussels’ rights center for […]

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  • NZ Poetry Society – Summer Edition of a fine line magazine out now

    Summer Edition of a fine line Here’s the Summer issue of a fine line magazine. It’s a bumper issue with featured poet, Michael Giacon, feature articles by Madeleine Slavick and Bridie Lonie, as well as reviews and member poems. At the back of the issue is an order form for the 2020 Anthology ‘Stay Well Here’.  […]

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  • Eggleton to judge Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award – open for entries

    Eggleton to judge Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award   Friday 19 February 2021   New Zealand Poet Laureate David Eggleton will judge the Kathleen Grattan prize for 2021. Otago University Press publisher Rachel Scott is thrilled to have enlisted Eggleton to judge the award. ‘As Poet Laureate he has a very full agenda, but he was […]

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  • Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition

    Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition open for entries – closes March 31   Landfall Awards and competitions About the competition In 2017 Landfall celebrated its 70th birthday. To mark the occasion, we launched the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition, an annual award open to writers aged 16 to 21. Essays should not exceed […]

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  • Dame Fiona Kidman receives inaugural Irish Writing Fellowship

    Dame Fiona Kidman receives inaugural Irish Writing Fellowship – many congratulations Thursday 18 February 2021   One of New Zealand’s most accomplished authors and supporters of literature, Dame Fiona Kidman DNZM OBE, is the inaugural recipient of the University of Otago Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (CISS) Irish Writers Fellowship. Dame Fiona is looking […]

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  • NZ Booklovers Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

    18 February 2021 – for immediate release The NZ Booklovers Awards 2021 shortlist, announced today, features a mixture of well-known authors and new writers. Books by Nicky Pellegrino, Eileen Merriman, Tina Shaw, Fiona Sussman, Dr Hinemoa Elder, Julie and Ilaria Biuso, and Owen Marshall, Grahame Sydney, and Brian Turner are among the diverse range of […]

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  • Internet New Zealand – digital inclusion – many thanks! for NZSA Connects support

    New grants announcement 2020/21 – digital inclusion initiatives and research 15 FEBRUARY 2021 We’re thrilled to announce our latest grantees. This grant round continued with a focus on digital inclusion, meaning we prioritised initiatives that would contribute to more New Zealanders being able to participate in and benefit from the Internet. Approximately $275,000 was given out, […]

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  • ANNOUNCING THE 2021 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS

    PEN America is honored to announce the finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards. Each year, our Literary Awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, translators, and critics from diverse backgrounds and around the globe. Collectively, our dedicated judges read over 1,850 books this cycle in their commitment to recognizing literary […]

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  • Page Turner Awards – open for entries

    Page Turner Awards is inviting applications for the Page Turner Awards 2021. The Page Turner Awards is an inclusive writing and book awards with one goal – to change the lives of as many writers as possible. The team at Page Turner Awards passionately believes that talented writers can be from any background, age, race, […]

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  • Youth Mentorship Programme 2021 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 offers aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills […]

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