• Three talented writers shortlisted for Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel

    Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel. Three outstanding manuscripts have been chosen for this year’s shortlist: Into the Green Fields by Susan Paterson The City by Tom Remiger Isobar Precinct by Angelique Kasmara […]

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  • WELCOME TO THE 2019 NFFD COMPETITION – 5 days to go

    Send your best 300-word story * Cash prizes * Adult and Youth competitions Adult (19+) First Prize: $1000 Second Prize: $400 Third Prize: $100* Judges: Siobhan Harvey and Lloyd Jones Youth (18 and under) First Prize: $200 Second Prize: $100 Third Prize: $50 Judges: Eirlys Hunter and Gail Ingram Winners will be announced June 22 at the National Flash Fiction Day […]

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  • Authors need protection from online pirates, Philip Pullman claims

    Online book piracy is an “offence against moral justice” that “any decent Government” should protect authors from, the writer Philip Pullman has said. Mr Pullman, the president of the Society of Authors, criticised Britain’s lax copyright laws that are failing to tackle the “increasingly prevalent” number of websites where novels are downloaded for free without […]

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  • PEN AMERICA – Defending Journalistic Freedoms

    SIGN NOW: End the harassment and surveillance of journalists. Defend press freedom at our southern border. The Trump administration’s targeting of journalists has reached a new level. Recent reports from the U.S.-Mexico border—and leaked documents from a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower—indicate that US government agencies have been tracking and monitoring over 50 individuals, mostly […]

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  • Struggling Writers

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/lately/audio/2018688863/struggling-writers From Lately, 10:20 pm on 29 March 2019 Listen duration8??:58? Listen The plight of the struggling writer is not new, neither is getting any easier according to a new report by Copyright Licensing New Zealand. The Writer’s Earnings in New Zealand report revealed that, on average, writers earned 31% of their personal income, or around […]

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  • NZSA Submission to Tomorrows’ Schools Review

    March 2019 NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (PEN NZ INC)                         Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa Background on NZSA: The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa was established in 1934 and is the principal organisation representing and supporting New Zealand writers. We are a membership-based organisation, representing nearly […]

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  • NZ: How journalists can improve diversity in the media

    http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/nz-how-journalists-can-improve-diversity-media-10316 Item: 10316 Thursday, March 28, 2019 OPINION: By Michael Andrew, of Pacific Media Watch AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The New Zealand mainstream media has done two things in the past fortnight – it’s shown just how good it can be with excellent reporting of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. And it’s shown […]

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  • A report that looks at how New Zealand writers earn from their writing has again revealed that very few are able to make writing their full-time career.

    27 March 2019  The Writers’ Earnings in New Zealand report, undertaken by Horizon Research and commissioned by Copyright Licensing New Zealand in conjunction with the NZ Society of Authors, NZ Writers’ Guild and Playmarket, follows on from the same research project completed in 2016.  As in 2016, respondents were a mix of fiction, non-fiction and […]

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  • ALL MEMBERS Your chance to have a say to the Issues Paper that will inform the Copyright Act review.

    21 March 2019 New Zealand content and the ability to protect your rights as a writer are key issues in the current copyright act review. Take this opportunity to shape the future of our country’s copyright law. The New Zealand Copyright Act is in the early stages of review and is currently open for public consultation. […]

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  • A message from Creative NZ

    Kia ora t?tou katoaAs – Salaam – Alaikum   The hate, gun violence and crimes directed against the faithful at the Masjid al Noor and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch have left us bewildered, feeling vulnerable, struck to the core. We have had to accept that an act of terrorism hasbeen inflicted on our people […]

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  • The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2019 programme is out!

    9-12 May We’ll throw you four days of terrific talk across 36 events, with a cast of over 60 participants. We’re thrilled to welcome eight overseas guests ? bestselling Irish novelist John Boyne (pictured); BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip-hop artist and author Akala; charisma-blessed English writer/performer Rebecca Vaughan (back for a third time, no […]

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  • Auckland Writers Festival 2019 programme

    The Prime Minister, Jeff Tweedy, Sir Antony Beevor among Stellar 2019 Auckland Writers Festival Line-up The 20th Auckland Writers Festival programme launches today, revealing a line-up of more than 200 events featuring over 230 globally acclaimed public intellectuals and much-loved literary stars offering conversation, laughter, ideas and inspiration for audiences of all ages from 13 […]

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