• CompleteMS – open for applications

    Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript that is ready to take to that next level? Apply now for the NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme – a programme that provides writers with essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication. The NZSA CompleteMS manuscript assessment programme is now open […]

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  • Massey University and Square Edge Visiting Writer 2019 to work on Topical True Story

    Massey University and Square Edge Visiting Writer 2019 to work on Topical True Story Massey University’s School of English and Media Studies and Square Edge Community Arts are excited to be hosting award-winning nonfiction author Pip Desmond as the Visiting Artist for 12 weeks from March 2019. Desmond will be working on the true story […]

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  • Entries open for the 2019 Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest

    There’s only a few weeks to submit entries for this year’s Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest. The prize money has been increased this year: a first prize of $1000 is offered for the winning story, $500 for the runner-up and $500 for the best entry by a promising young writer under 25. • Stories must […]

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  • Otago University Press to move to ‘co-publisher’ model

    Otago University Press is moving to a new management model in what is thought to be a New Zealand industry first. The position of publisher, currently held by Rachel Scott, is to become a job-share position. Ms Scott will continue as co-publisher, working three days a week. New co-publisher Vanessa Manhire will work two days […]

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  • Nominations are open for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

    Nominations are now welcome for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. Creative New Zealand is inviting nominations for writers who have made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature in the categories of non-fiction, poetry or fiction. Writers can also nominate themselves. $60,000 is awarded in each genre. Those nominated must be New […]

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  • The NZBooklovers.co.nz 2019 Book Awards

    ?NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2019 A Change of Key by Adrienne Jansen (Escalator Press) Crystal Reign by Kelly Lyndon (Remnant Press) Fishing for M?ui by Isa Pearl Ritchie (Te R? Aroha Press) Grandzilla by Lisa Williams (Crummer Road Press) This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House) A Year at […]

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  • US Publishers Slam Controlled Digital Lending as Infringement

    In a growing controversy over ‘controlled digital lending’ and the Internet Archive’s handling of copyrighted material, the Association of American Publishers joins complaints from authors’ organizations. Headquarters of the Internet Archive on Funston Street in San Francisco. Image: Internet Archive press photo, Katie Barrett By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson AAP: ‘Denigrating the Incentives’ of […]

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

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  • 2019 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards

    2019 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards

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  • Two writers receive NZSA Waitangi Day Literary Honours

    Two writers making waves on the international scene have been awarded Waitiangi Day Literary Honours by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). This year’s recipients are Samoan/Maori writer Lani Wendt Young, and Scottish-born crime writer Liam McIlvanney who now lives in Dunedin. “The selection of Lani Wendt-Young and Liam McIlvanney as recipients of the 2019 […]

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  • MANDY HAGER WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS STORYLINES MARGARET MAHY MEDAL

    Multi-award-winning Wellington-based author Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. Best-known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mandy Hager has also written fiction and non-fiction for younger children, and for educational programmes. In 2017 she […]

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  • Manus Island detainee wins major Australian Book Award

    Detained Manus refugee wins Australia’s richest literary prize Behrouz Boochani … wrote his award-winning book bit-by-bit via text messaging and Whats App from Papua New Guinea… An Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won Australia’s most valuable literary prize for a book he reportedly wrote using the online messaging […]

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