• New Years Honours for NZ Literature 2020

    New Year Honours: 2021 31 Dec, 2020  For full list see the NZ Herald The 2021 New Years Honours are out today. Here is the list of writers and literary sector figures honoured in this year’s awards. Many congratulations to all those who received recognition. ORDER OF NEW ZEALAND (ONZ) Distinguished Professor Dame Mary Anne […]

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  • LITERARY EXCELLENCE FROM AOTEAROA’S QUEER WRITERS SHOWCASED IN SIXTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL February 10-14, 2021

    samesame but different LGBTQIA+ Literary Festival February 10-14, 2021 Aotearoa’s only LGBTQIA+ literary festival, samesame but different returns for its sixth year as part of the Auckland Pride Festival, with an entirely free programme for the first time ever! In 2021, the festival will be a year of firsts. Thanks to Proud Centres, the main […]

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  • Genre-defying work wins 2020 Adam Foundation Prize

        17 December 2020 A genre-defying work that examiners describe as being “of great significance” has been awarded the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) 2020 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing. Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangatahi, Tsawout First Nation, Coast Salish) is a takatāpui multimedia artist and writer. She […]

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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 2020 – writer Safia Archer. With 78 entries for this award, the selection panel of Ivy Alvarez and Michelle Elvy had a tough time deciding on a winner. Safia Archer, will use the award to work on her memoire. Safia Archer […]

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  • Calling for Submissions – Middle Distance VUP Jan 11 – March 1

    Middle Distance: Long Stories of Aotearoa New Zealand Edited by Craig Gamble  14TH DEC 2020  CRAIG GAMBLE Middle Distance emerged, like many good things do at VUP, from our daily morning coffee meeting. We were discussing our literary magazine Sport, and thinking it might be time for it to evolve into something new. Middle Distance is part of a new […]

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  • gDm- GRIMDARK OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS Jan 25 – Horror writing

    ANNOUNCEMENT: OPEN SUBMISSIONS FOR #27 COMING SOON!   DECEMBER 16, 2020 The horror and grimdark genres are like the two cousins who sneak away from parties to set fire to things. These genres often go hand in hand, such as in books like The Aching God by Mike Shel or The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. These […]

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  • Turbine | Kapohau 2020 a varied and vital record of these strange times

    17 December 2020 The latest Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington graduates feature alongside new and established writers in online literary magazine Turbine | Kapohau 20.   The online journal is designed by Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auahua o Te Ao—International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) alumna Rachel O’Neill, with te reo Māori guidance from Anahera Gildea. […]

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  • Cloud Ink Press is now open for submissions for the 2021 ‘Fresh Ink’ anthology – until 28 February 2021

    The year 2020 has been – among many significant experiences – the year of the Coronavirus. What are we as both individuals and as collective society to make of the wider and deeper effects, beyond the health crisis itself? How can writers and storytellers, across multiple forms, address the human aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, […]

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  • Scam email warning

    16 December 2020 We have had reports of fraudulent emails being sent today purporting to be from the New Zealand Society of Authors, typically with the subject “THE NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF AUTHORS” (in all-caps). For your own safety, please do not click any links in emails from us saying “access document here” or leading […]

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  • Arts Four Creative Residency Programme 2021

    Calling for applications now This programme is designed to support four artists practising in a range of artforms to create new work, build connections with each other, and engage with local arts communities and audiences across a 12 week residency from May to July 2021 at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora in Ōtautahi […]

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  • NZ Poetry Society 2020 Anthology – on line launch Dec 16 5pm

    2020 Anthology Launch The New Zealand Poetry Society is launching the NZPS 2020 Anthology “Stay Well Here“ on Wednesday December 16 from 5.00 pm. This year it is a virtual launch and you can join in on Facebook by clicking on this link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1511056835753640 The password will be posted there on the day. You […]

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  • Barack Obama receives PEN America Voice of Influence Award 2020

    Barack Obama and the Freedom to Write   PEN America’s Virtual Gala this week was a celebration of the power of words. As part of the ceremony, President Barack Obama received the PEN America Voice of Influence Award for “the power of his soaring words, the promises he has unlocked in our nation, and the […]

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