• NZSA Mentor Programme 2018

    For Writers! Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright or graphic novelist. The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme for 2018 seeks applications from writers and comic / graphic novelists looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. The writers and creators […]

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  • New Zealand Society of Authors / Auckland Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced 

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Auckland War Memorial Museum are delighted to announce the recipients of the NZSA Auckland Museum National and Auckland Regional Grants. The National Grant goes to Marlborough writer Joan Norlev Taylor whose winning proposal focuses on articles and books relating to the lives of European settlers particularly women in […]

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  • Experienced judging team appointed as entries open for 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      As entries open for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced a very experienced panel of judges.   National Library schools facilitator Jeannie Skinner will convene the English language panel, which also includes author Maureen Crisp, reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair, author […]

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  • Northland Author Urges Switch To Digital As Novel Launched

    Whangarei author Michael Botur is urging authors nationwide to become more digitally savvy – especially short story writers. Botur launched his first novel ‘Moneyland’ this week (free downloads available for one week at https://nzshortstories.com/moneyland-novel/ ). The novel is a dystopian sci-fi aimed at readers 15-25, and follows the decay of a community of high schoolers […]

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  • Thirty-four excellent kiwi kids’ books ripe for reading – The Sapling’s picks

      Children’s book website The Sapling has released its inaugural Best Books List over the past week, listing 34 homegrown books that cover every reading interest and genre published in New Zealand. ‘Since launching in March, we have read or paid others to read almost every single book published in New Zealand. While even we […]

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  • NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award – Recipient Announced!

    We are delighted to announce the winner of the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2017 – Palmerston North writer Paula Harris. With 87 entries for this award, the selection panel of Lee Murray and Paddy Richardson had a tough time deciding on a winner. Palmerston North poet Paula Harris, will use the award to work on […]

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  • 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist Announced

      Forty books traversing the cultural, historic, artistic and social landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand have made the longlist for the prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, announced today. Ten books are longlisted in each of the four awards’ categories – fiction, general non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and poetry.  Together, they offer riches from both literary […]

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  • 2017 Costa Awards – shortlists announced

    2017 Costa book awards shortlists   Novel Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate) Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus) Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press)   First novel The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt) Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker) Eleanor Oliphant is […]

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  • Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing prize for 2017

    The winner of the $5000 Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing prize for 2017, Amy McDaid, has written poetry and short stories since she was small, but not pursued writing seriously until now. Awarded to the student who has produced what judges feel is the best body of work within the year-long Master of […]

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  • LEADING PUBLISHER KEVIN CHAPMAN TO JOIN MASSEY UNIVERSITY PRESS BOARD

      One of this country’s most experienced and successful publishers has joined the Editorial Board of Massey University Press. Kevin Chapman has worked in book publishing for over thirty  years, in New Zealand, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He has worked in general trade publishing and book packaging, and prior to starting Upstart […]

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