• Announcing the shortlist for the NZ Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition – Canterbury Branch

    The New Zealand Society of Authors Canterbury Branch, announced today the shortlist for the annual  NZ Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition.   The competition pulled in entries from all around the country. Dame Fiona Kidman judged the novels, Jim McAloon the nonfiction books. The poetry was judged by Gail Ingram and Sally Blundell, the […]

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  • Josephine Wilson’s Extinctions wins 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

    Australia’s most prestigious literary award has been bestowed on Josephine Wilson for Extinctions, published by UWA Publishing. In a year when the Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is fitting the 2017 winning novel should address the themes of ageing and survival. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author Miles […]

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  • 2017 Pikihuia Awards Winners announced

    The winners for the 2017 Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers were announced last week at Te Wharewaka o Poneke in Wellington. The 2017 Pikihuia winners and authors whose stories are included in HUIA Short Stories 12.   This year the Pikihuia Awards received over 130 entries and judge Whiti Hereaka was appreciative of the large […]

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  • Jillian Sullivan wins NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship!

    Central Otago writer Jillian Sullivan is the recipient of the NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2017. Jillian will use the fellowship to work on a collection of creative non-fiction essays (including poetry) set in Central Otago and with a strong conservation base. The $7,000 fellowship is awarded each year to a mid-career or senior writer to […]

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  • NZ POLITICAL PARTIES – ELECTION 2017

    WHAT WILL THE POLITICAL PARTIES DO FOR NEW ZEALAND’S LITERARY SECTOR? In June our National President, Siobhan Harvey, penned a letter to the leaders of all major and minor political parties, copied also to ministers with responsibility for both Business and Culture portfolios. We sought detail on their policies on issues pertinent to writers, authors […]

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  • Congratulations Rhian Gallagher

    Robert Burns Fellow 2018 Rhian Gallagher’s work is a moving blend of unique perspectives and poetic craft that creates subtly haunting effects. Her first book of poems Salt Water Creek, published in London, was shortlisted for the 2003 Forward Prize for First Collection.  In New Zealand, she won a Canterbury History Foundation Award in 2007, […]

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  • Randell Cottage Writer’s Residency – Applications open

    Applications are now open for the 2018 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend of $22,000 and six months’ rent free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. Built in Thorndon in 1867, the Cottage has been painstakingly restored and is close to the National Library, the Turnbull Library […]

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  • Northland writer crowdfunds young adult novel

    Northland writer crowdfunds young adult novel A Whangarei writer is trialling crowdfunding to get a young adult novel published independently. Author Michael Botur launched a Boosted campaign for the sci-fi dystopian thriller ‘Moneyland’ on August 15 to raise a target of $3000 to print copies of the book which will ideally be sold and read […]

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  • Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition 2017 results

    Judging comments. Thanks to all those who entered, including non prize winners.  Without your support there would be no competition. Thanks to the support of ‘E Local’ magazine we had a pleasing increase in local entries There was a good range of subjects and writing styles, rather less of the errant husbands and revenge seeking […]

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  • 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced

    Prize-winning authors are among the twelve judges of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, joining journalists, academics and commentators charged with the task of selecting this country’s finest books of the year. The Illustrated Non-Fiction category will be judged by Professor Barbara Brookes, whose A History of New Zealand Women won this category of […]

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