• Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel 2019 – open for applications

    Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel are now open. The prize is open to writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand, and, thanks to a generous financial […]

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  • Leading Writers Feature in a Fortnight of Future-thinking at Going West Writers Festival

    New Zealand’s leading authors, poets, playwrights and musicians offer audiences a fortnight of fresh ideas, future-thinking, language and laughter at the 23rd Going West Writers Festival 1-16 September. The Festival Weekend’s Opening Night, voted By Metro as Best in Auckland last year, features the first New Zealand performance by Tu, the multimedia collaboration of musician […]

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  • NZ writers: ebook piracy website – sample TakeDown notice

    The NZSA is deeply concerned about a website, oceanofpdf.com, which makes available free copies of published books. Many Australian, English and NZ authors’ books are now or may be available for free download, particularly titles which are published internationally. It appears that this website is hosted in the United States. If you find your book is […]

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  • 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards shortlist announced

    Decades after Ngaio Marsh ruled as a ‘Queen of Crime’ on the global stage, her literary heirs are laying siege to the local throne with the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists named yesterday. There’s a strong showing from female storytellers, with women dominating the finalist list. Now in their ninth year, the Ngaio Marsh Awards […]

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  • It’s time to unleash the book in you!

    CLNZ $25,000 Writers’ Award 2018 – applications are open New Zealand non-fiction writers, including those who write for an education audience, are invited to apply for a grant of $25,000 from Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ). The CLNZ Writers’ Award is offered to writers of any genre of non-fiction, including education works. The award enables […]

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  • Authors’ fury at website offering free book downloads – writer’s beware!

    Authors including Philip Pullman, Robin Stevens and Maz Evans have reacted angrily to a new website offering free illegal downloads of their books. OceanofPDF.com has a US domain name and offers users free PDF or Epub downloads of many bestselling authors’ books, including eight Philip Pullman titles, 14 books by Malorie Blackman, 11 by Bali Rai […]

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  • Dr Anita Heiss – one of the NZSA National Writers Forum 2018 Keynote speakers

    Dr Anita Heiss, one of Australia’s best-known authors of indigenous literature is visiting Auckland from 21-23 September as a keynote speaker at the 2018 National Writers Forum. Organised by the New Zealand Society of Authors, this conference is the only national conference for writers from across the profession. Dr Heiss, who is an author, poet, […]

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  • Booksellers NZ Scholarship winners off to learn new tricks in Alberqueque, New Mexico

    Booksellers New Zealand is happy to announce that Pene Whitty, Manager of University Book Shop Canterbury and Ruth Bruhin, Manager of Poppies New Plymouth, are Booksellers NZ’s 2019 Winter Institute Scholars. This year’s 14th Winter Institute conference is being held in Alberqueque, New Mexico, from 22 – 25 January. Bruhin is looking forward to the experience, […]

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  • Ashton Wylie Finalist Works Unlock Secrets to a Better Life

    Poetry and mindfulness, mysticism, intuition,  the impact buildings have on our well being and our living relationship with the Earth, all feature in this year’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards finalist works, written by New Zealanders from all walks of life and from all over the country. The Awards’ judges’ convenor, Adonia Wylie, […]

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  • NZSA National Writers Forum celebrates writing from Oceania SEPTEMBER 21 – 23, 2018

    NWF 2018 John Marsden, Anita Heiss, Lani Wendt Young, Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Mandy Hager, Paula Morris, Pip Adam and Brannavan Gnanalingam are just some of the writers taking part in the NZSA National Writers Forum taking place from 21–23 September at the University of Auckland. They will be joined by writers, publishers, agents, editors, festival directors and a […]

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  • Commonwealth Prize Regional Winners: Samoa, Trinidad, UK, India, and Nigeria

    Taking on topics from mental illness to abortion, and from happiness to love, the Commonwealth Prize regional short story winners contend next for the overall award. Clockwise from upper left, the 2018 regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are Effua Traoré, Sagnik Datta, Kevin Jared, Lynda Clark, and Jenny Bennet-Tuioneto. Images provided by […]

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  • Emerging writers receive manuscript guidance

    NZ Society of Authors is delighted to announce this year’s CompleteMS recipients. Thirteen writers with manuscripts that span creative non-fiction, spec fiction, short stories, interview narratives, historical fiction, young adult (fiction and fantasy), poetry, alternative future fiction, adult fiction, and a legal drama have been chosen for the NZSA CompleteMS programme. This programme gives each writer a […]

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