• Writers killed makes chilling read

    Dana Wensley our PEN spokesperson wrote an article for the Otago Daily Times to draw attention to Courage Day held November 15. Dana reports on the erosion of freedom of speech globally, which is a worrying trend. More

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  • CLNZ Contestable Funding Round is open

    Writers are invited to apply to the CLNZ Contestable Fund. CLNZ is looking for projects that have clearly defined and measurable project outcomes that align with the Cultural Fund’s objectives, including projects that: • develop the professional skills of writers, including those who write for an education audience • seek to grow export markets for New Zealand […]

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  • Writers Island – New Podcast for Indie Authors Launching Books

    A new radio show (for podcast) for Indie authors on Radio Access in Wellington called “Writers Island” is starting soon. Organiser Peter King is looking for NZ indie authors who are launching to promote. NZSA members launching books are welcome to email Peter with their title, ISBN and a short book description. Recorded exerpts of five minutes […]

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  • NZ Book Week

    Book Week October 26 – November 1 New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) celebrates Book Week with a grass roots campaign. Facing a second year with no NZ Book Month, the NZSA has taken the initiative and is running a grass roots campaign with the message “Read NZ Buy NZ”. NZSA Book Week […]

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  • Celebrated children’s author William Taylor dies

    William Taylor, ONZM, the ‘grand old man’ of New Zealand children’s publishing, acclaimed author of richly comic novels for children and powerful fiction for young adults, died today (3 October) in Taumaranui, aged 77. Kyle Mewburn, president of the New Zealand Society of Authors says, “Bill Taylor was undoubtedly an icon of New Zealand literature. […]

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  • Submission to the Board of Review regarding the Interim Restriction Order placed upon Into the River written by Ted Dawe

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.), established in 1934, is the principal organisation for New Zealand authors. Referencing Part 3, Clause 20 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 the Chief Censor can be satisfied that our organisation, our members and New Zealand authors will be affected by the classification […]

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  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship – Recipient Announced!

    We are delighted to announce the winner of the Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2016 is award-winning Otago poet Michael Harlow.   Michael Harlow will be using his fellowship to complete a book of prose poems with the working title All the Pianos in the Wood. The selection panel were enormously excited by the high […]

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  • Banning of Ted Dawe’s book Into the River – media release

    Book’s banning ‘exceedingly troubling’   The decision by the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, QC, to issue an Interim Restriction Order banning the sale or distribution of Auckland author Ted Dawe’s award-winning novel for teenagers Into the River, is exceedingly troubling, says New Zealand Society of Authors President, […]

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  • National Flash Fiction Day: Winning Stories

    Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction publishes National Flash Fiction Day Winners Go here to read top stories by Frankie McMillan and Leanne Radojkovich and other highly commended stories, regional prize winners and also long-listed selections.  

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  • CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant recipients 2015

    Four compelling NZ writing projects awarded grants Strong research is crucial to convincing writing and the recipients of this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ)/New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Research Grants are four diverse and compelling writing projects. Open Research Grants of $5000 each were awarded to Heather McQuillan, Paul Moon and Philippa Werry. […]

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  • NZSA Mentor Programme

    For writers and comic book / graphic novelists who want professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. Applications for 2016 programme have now closed. Applications for the 2017 programme will open December 2016. More

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  • NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants Now Open for Applications

    The Auckland Museum and NZ Society of Authors are once again delighted to offer two RESEARCH grants for writers who want to utilise the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of their fiction or non-fiction manuscript.     This year’s grants comprise of: One National Grant of $4,000 supplemented […]

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