• Catriona Ferguson appointed as Managing Director of AWF

    The Auckland Writers Festival has announced the appointment of our new Managing Director, Catriona Ferguson. Catriona is an integral part of Aotearoa’s literary community, bringing over 20 years of experience and knowledge to the Festival. Formerly the Director of the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu and Chief Executive Officer of Read NZ Te […]

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  • NZSA members receive New Year’s Kings Honours

    We congratulate the four NZSA members who have received Kings Honours: David Hill, Susan Battye, Harriet Allan and Jodi Wright.   We also acknowledge and congratulate Pacific journalist Barbara Dreaver and Hana O’Regan. Barbara Dreaver has been a publisher of Pacific Books (Cook Islands Press) and Hana O’Regan has supported NZSA in the Canterbury region, […]

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  • US Lerner Publishing Group acquires local children’s book publisher Gecko Press

    December 19 Wellington-based Gecko Press finds a new home at Lerner Publishing Group Lerner Publishing Group has announced the acquisition of Wellington publisher Gecko Press, an award-winning, internationally-focused publisher of curiously good books for children. Gecko Press, 18 years old, has developed an international niche market for handpicked picture books, board books and chapter books for […]

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  • 2023 Prime Minister Award recipients: Linda Tuhiwai Smith (non-fiction), Lee Murray (fiction), and Tusiata Avia (poetry).

    A writer of speculative fiction, a scholar of indigenous studies, and a poet, performer and children’s book author are the recipients of the 2023 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. All three have had international recognition and awards, as well as being celebrated at home. This year’s recipients are: Fiction: Lee Murray – an award-winning […]

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  • Hinemoana Baker selected as 2024 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

    20 December 2023  Poet and performer Hinemoana Baker (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga, Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Kāi Tahu, England, Germany) has been announced as the 2024 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow, and will be residing and writing in the Cottage from July to December 2024. Baker will be using her six […]

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  • The 2023 edition of Turbine | Kapohau has landed 

      This year’s issue of Turbine I Kapohau, the annual online literary journal of the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML)—Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o te Ao, is now live. The journal showcases new fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry from the 2023 Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing workshops at the IIML, as well as […]

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  • Cloud Ink Press is now open to submissions for 2024

    Cloud Ink Press is now open to submissions for 2024 Cloud Ink Press is now open to considering submissions of adult or young adult fiction from New Zealand writers who are citizens or permanent residents – until 20 February 2024. We are looking to publish novels which have a New Zealand flavour but will also […]

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  • The Philippines and Central Otago feature in prize-winning writing

     Adam Foundation Prize   An essay collection exploring a family’s life between Aotearoa and the Philippines and a poetry collection embedded in the landscapes of Central Otago have been awarded the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing and the Biggs Family Prize in Poetry by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) for 2023. Examiners […]

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  • Manchester Writing Competition 2023 winners revealed as Tracey Slaughter and April Yee

    8th December 2023 Manchester Poetry Prize and Fiction Prize awarded to best unpublished writing Tracey Slaughter and April Yee have won the 2023 Manchester Writing Competition, the UK’s biggest awards for unpublished writing. Poet Slaughter took home the Manchester Poetry Prize, and Yee was awarded the Manchester Fiction Prize at a gala awards ceremony on Friday […]

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  • University of Auckland Masters of Creative Writing class Sampler

    Attached below is a year’s sampler of work by the graduating Masters of Creative Writing cohort (2022–23). There are 12 writers: one poet, one essayist, one story writer and nine novelists. The group includes Anna Woods, winner of this year’s Sargeson Story Prize, and Rachel Paris, who won the Phoenix Prize for best creative portfolio. […]

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  • Psychological thriller wins inaugural Phoenix Prize

    5 December 2023 A pacy psychological thriller set in contemporary Sydney has won the inaugural Phoenix Prize for its author Rachel Paris, a Master of Creative Writing student from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Arts. Rachel is an NZSA member. The Phoenix Prize recognises a University of Auckland Master of Creative Writing (MCW) manuscript […]

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  • Playwright and novelist Renée dies in Wellington aged 94

    Mākaro Press  11 12 202 Released by Renée’s publisher, Mary McCallum (Mākaro Press and The Cuba Press); her agent, Playmarket Director Murray Lynch; and Renée’s eldest son and literary executor, Christopher Taylor. Renée (Ngāti Kahungunu) ONZM (1929 –2023) has died peacefully in Wellington, on the evening of 11 December 2023, aged 94. She was one of […]

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