• Germany-Based Bookwire in 2020: Titles Up 11 Percent Over 2019 – The importance of digital

    Germany-Based Bookwire in 2020: Titles Up 11 Percent Over 2019 In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson February 8, 2021 The digital distributor reports a rise in audiobooks of 123 percent in 2020 over the previous year. Print-on-demand advanced 18 percent. In Cologne’s marketplace amid Germany’s ongoing lockdown, January 31. Image – iStockphoto: Thomas StockhausenKlingelhöfer: ‘Learning and Support’ By […]

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  • WORD CHRISTCHURCH EMPLOYS A FRESH PERSPECTIVE – Nic Lowe joins as Co-Director

     WORD Christchurch is pleased to announce the appointment of Nic Low as Programme Co-Director   Nic Low is a Ngāi Tahu author and arts organiser, originally from Christchurch, who has recently returned home after close to two decades in Melbourne. He will be sharing the role of curating this year’s WORD Christchurch Festival (25 – […]

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  • Applications open for Michael King Writer’s Fellowship 2021

    2 Feb 2021 Creative New Zealand is calling for applications from established New Zealand writers for the Michael King Writer’s Fellowship, valued at $100,000. The fellowship is awarded every two years to authors of any literary genre, who have already published a significant body of work, to support their work on a major project over two or more […]

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  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos steps down

    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has announced he is stepping down from his role as CEO later this year. The founder of one of the world’s best known internet names will be replaced by Andrew Jassy, the head of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Bezos will remain as Amazon’s executive chair, according to a statement. Bezos has been […]

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  • Barcelona’s Pontas Literary Agency Opens a Mentoring Prize for Authors

    The JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize comes with £1,000 and a contract at the Pontas Agency, and is geared to writers from ‘Black, ethnic minority, LGBTQ+, and working-class backgrounds.’ Submission Deadline: March 15 The Pontas Literary and Film Agency in Spain will have been in business for 29 years in May, and in a new announcement provided […]

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  • 2021 Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers in NZ – open for entries

    2021 Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers in NZ Call for Applications The Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers is once again seeking applications from New Zealand writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Now in its second year, the residency, co-founded by award-winning author Lee Murray and philanthropist Chloe Wright ONZM, offers the winning writer […]

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  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for 2021 awarded to publisher Julia Marshall

    Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa Julia Marshall has been selected as the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner, for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature, and will be presented with her medal and deliver the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy lecture on 28 […]

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  • Seeking a Wasafiri Editor at Large – closes Feb 11

    International Contemporary Writing By Wasafiri Editor on January 11, 2021 in Articles Our brand-new Editor at Large initiative welcomes applications from those interested in promoting local editors, writers, and arts organisations in their regions to collaborate with Wasafiri, and participate in Wasafiri’s editorial and production process. For the first year of the scheme, we are seeking applicants from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and New […]

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  • WE CAN BUILD A NEW UTOPIA – Arts Regional Trust

    Arts Regional Trust WE CAN BUILD A NEW UTOPIA. The Arts Regional Trust commissioned Rosabel Tan to speak with leading “architects of imagination” about how they’re reimagining Aotearoa’s post-Covid ngā toi arts and culture sector. It’s a confronting and radical conversation. Read here: https://bit.ly/3cbwx2R

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  • First Pages Prize open for applications

    The First Pages Prize supports emerging writers worldwide. To date, we’ve awarded US$18,000 in prize packages to 19 past winners. In 2020, NZ author Pip McKay won with the opening of her historical fiction, The Telling Time.   We welcome entries of the first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. […]

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  • Youth, Diversity and Vitality Reflected in Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist

    Books that explore issues of identity, domestic life, war, food, our natural world and our people are among the 40 works of poetry, prose and non-fiction longlisted for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards announced today. The works, selected from 179 entries, range from intimate to global in scale and traverse cultural, historic, artistic […]

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  • Three Authors’ Associations Address Status of Audible.com Talks

    A coalition of author organizations in the US and UK calls for more transparency from Audible to give authors ‘a true picture of how their income is being calculated.’ By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘We Will Continue Our Dialogue’ As we reported in late November, Audible‘s initial response to what writers called #Audiblegate was soundly rejected as inadequate […]

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