• The Results of the NZSA Christchurch Branch Heritage Literary Awards

    The winners of the Heritage Literary Awards were announced on Thursday 24th October 2019 at St Michael’s and All Angels in Christchurch. This event was organised by NZSA Canterbury as part of the Christchurch Heritage Week supported by the City Council, Scorpio Books and Wily Publications Ltd. The Mayor, Lianne Dalziel attended and presented the prizes […]

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  • CLNZ/NZSA Writers’ Award 2019 has been won by Christchurch writer Rebecca Macfie

    Rebecca Macfie has won the $25,000 Writers’ Award for her biography of Helen Kelly – the first woman to lead the New Zealand labour movement. “Helen Kelly modernised the union movement and took a special interest in improving worker health and safety. The biography is in the capable hands of an experienced journalist and author.”– […]

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  • Kiwi kids can read their local cricket team to victory this summer

    The Super Smash Reading Challenge brings together two favourite Kiwi summer pastimes: cricket and reading. Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly NZ Book Council) has joined forces with New Zealand Cricket’s T20 summer tournament to get kids reading more books over the holidays.The Super Smash Reading Challenge is a new interactive website. Primary and intermediate-aged children […]

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  • Tavita Nielsen-Mamea named as 2020 Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence

    Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce the appointment of Tavita Nielsen-Mamea as the Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence for 2020. Tavita’s first play Au Ko Tuvalu played at the 2019 Wellington Fringe Festival, where it was awarded Outstanding Ensemble and Tavita the Most Promising Emerging Artist. It […]

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  • RESOLUTION: THE DEMOCRACY OF THE IMAGINATION MANIFESTO

    RPRESENTED BY Presented by Jennifer Clement, PEN International President Per Wästberg, Emeritus PEN International President and Chair of the Nobel Prize for Literature Eric Lax, PEN International Vice President Nayantara Sahgal, PEN International Vice President Ngugi wa Thiong’o, PEN International Vice President Paul Muldoon, PEN America Board Member ARGUMENT Within the history of PEN is […]

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  • Catherine Robertson named 2020 International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence

    Congratulations to NZSA member Catherine Robertson! Acclaimed novelist Catherine Robertson has been appointed the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2020. Ms Robertson’s fiction is celebrated for its witty, precise, and emotionally involving depictions of contemporary life. All six of her novels, which […]

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  • Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker prize 2019

    Judging panel break rules in choosing The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other as joint winners The judges of this year’s Booker prize have “explicitly flouted” the rules of the august literary award to choose the first joint winners in almost 30 years: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo. Booker judges split between huge event novel and obscure […]

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  • Lobbying for NZ writers – article reprinted from Reading Room

    OCTOBER 15, 2019 Updated 1 hour ago Mandy Hager is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, for adults and teens. Her work has won multiple awards and this year she received the Storyline Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. Her most recent book, […]

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  • Sunday Star Times and Stuff.co.nz Short Story competition opens – deadline Nov 8

    The much anticipated Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards are open for entry. A fixture on the writing scene since 1984, the awards have launched the careers of some of New Zealand’s most respected authors, including Eleanor Catton and Sarah Quigley. Some winners, like Barbara Anderson, Linda Olsson and Eleanor Catton, were unknown when they won, […]

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  • NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency Now Open for Applications

    NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency Now Open for Applications Applications are now open for a $5000 research grant and residency for writers wishing to work on a project that will utilise the resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. The grant also offers the recipient the opportunity […]

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  • Wellingtonian wins inaugural Sargeson Prize short story competition – congrats to NZSA members Sam Keenan, Elizabeth Morton, Kathryn van Beek & Xiaole Zhan

        Thursday 10 October 2019   Judge says short story writing in New Zealand is in excellent health.   Celebrating New Zealand literary talent, the inaugural Sargeson Prize was awarded last night – the country’s richest short story prize – with Wellingtonian Sam Keenan (NZSA Mentee 2016) taking out $5000 and first place in […]

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  • 2020 Calibre Essay Prize open for entries

    Click here to enter the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize Prize money: $7,500 Closing: 15 January 2020, 11:59 pm Judges: J.M. Coetzee, Lisa Gorton, and Peter Rose Entries are currently open for the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, worth a total of AU$7,500. The Calibre Essay Prize is open to all essayists writing in English. We seek […]

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