• 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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  • Talofa Lava Selina!

    Selina Tusitala Marsh is your new Poet Laureate. New Zealand Poet Laureate Award acceptance speech Read on National Poetry Day, 25 August 2017, Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland book launch of Tightrope (Auckland University Press). I accept this award on behalf of the ten-year-old at St Joseph’s in Otahuhu who found a word to rhyme with monocle […]

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  • Four New Zealand writing projects awarded grants – CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant recipients 2017

    Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) are pleased to announce that Research Grants have been awarded to four New Zealand writers. The judging panel noted that “the successful projects tackle important and interesting topics, and the standard of entries this year was very high.” Four Open Research Grants […]

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  • National Schools Poetry Award celebrates New Zealand’s poets of the future

    National Schools Poetry Award celebrates New Zealand’s poets of the future Zora Patrick, a year 12 student of Wellington High School, has won first place in the 2017 International Institute of Modern Letters’ (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award, with her poem ‘Dampening’. Zora receives a prize of $500 and the opportunity to attend a poetry […]

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  • TODAY IS NATIONAL POETRY DAY

    The 20/20 Poetry Collection – list of poets and poems Poetry gifted to the nation on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day www.nzbookawards.nz/national-poetry-day/calendar-of-events/ Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrates 20 years on Friday 25 August and gifts to the nation, inaugural online poetry Collection 20/20. The 20/20 Collection features poems by many of New Zealand’s best […]

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  • Two in a Row! Time Out Bookstore Wins Again

    After a wonderful year of sales, during which they were finalists in the International Bookstore of the Year competition at the London Book Fair, it is perhaps no surprise to see Time Out Bookstore win Nielsen Bookshop of the Year again in 2017. Their staff member Cait Kneller was also awarded Young Bookseller of the […]

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