• NZWG Seed and Seed Advanced Round 1 2021 OPEN

    Seed Grants Scheme for New Zealand Writers.  New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) and New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are excited to announce the continuation of the Seed and Seed Advanced grants pathways in 2021, with Round 1 now open. The NZWG Seed grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own. […]

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  • The 2021 International Booker Prize longlist announcement

    30 March, the judges of the 2021 International Booker Prize reveal the 13 novels longlisted for the prestigious award which celebrates the finest translated fiction from around the world. Complementing The Booker Prize for Fiction, the prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK […]

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  • MCH: $60 million Creative Innovation Programme Revealed

    Do you have a bold idea that could be a game-changer?   Find out how you can be involved in the first step of the Cultural Sector Innovation Creatives – by their name and by their nature – are innovators. That ability to see the world through a different lens and both find solutions and […]

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  • The Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival programme out

    New Zealand’s one and only official Booktown has lifted the cover on its latest festival, announcing a literary line-up of 99 presenters and 55 events.   The sixth Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival runs 6-9 May and promises to be a bestseller for all ages, including those who like some fish and chips with their author experience. “We […]

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  • Announcing Going West Festival’s ‘Different Out Loud’ Season: Video Collaborations between Poets and Filmmakers.

      Different Out Loud   Going West Festival announces a brand-new approach to celebrating live poetry with Different Out Loud, a collection of thoughtful video collaborations between Aotearoa poets and filmmakers. Themed around the word ‘coastal’, these integrated pieces by some of our best poets and finest screen artists will air online from 12 April 2021. […]

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  • Asia Pacific Writers Translators – Meridian now open for submissions from their members.

    Submissions Open Now! APWT have teamed up with Joao Roque Literary Journal on a special edition Asia Pacific of the Mind. Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts, announces the publication of Meridian, an anthology collaboration with the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators. Not an APWT member? Information on memberships available here: https://www.apwriters.org/become-a-member/ […]

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  • New Zealand’s richest short story prize launches with acclaimed writer Patricia Grace as Chief Judge for 2021

    The Sargeson Prize launches Thursday, April 1, offering New Zealand’s richest short story prize to local writers, with more than $8000 in prize money available across two categories.   Now in its third year, the competition is named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson and is sponsored by the University of Waikato. It was […]

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  • Kyle Mewburn continues on Episode 2 of NZSA Oral History Podcast

    “I’m writing for certain children, for what they need…I’m not trying to have a generic, bland thing.”   Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast continues with part 2 of Naomi Arnold’s 2020 oral history interview with Kyle Mewburn. Naomi and Kyle talk about the issues authors face, both on and off the page, and […]

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  • Call for submissions for poetry anthology

    ‘Up Flynn Road, across Cook Strait, through the Magellanic Cloud…’ the title of our planned poetry anthology is taken from the poem Meditations upon walking a Dog by Dean Ballinger. We are looking for unpublished travel poems that take the reader on journeys into the immediate neighbourhood, within New Zealand, overseas but also into imaginative spaces, […]

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  • Ōrongohau | Best New Zealand Poems 2020 tracks a tumultuous year

    31 March 2021   The latest edition of the online anthology Ōrongohau | Best New Zealand Poems is now live, featuring 25 poems chosen by New Zealand Poet Laureate David Eggleton. www.bestnewzealandpoems.org.nz. The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington has published the anthology annually since 2001, with support […]

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  • Playwrights b4 25 is back for 2021 – open for submissions

    For this 2021 competition, Playmarket is interested in writers under 25 who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays. Write about anything you like that matters to you in any way you like, for any kind of audience you like. In partnership with Auckland Live. […]

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  • Storylines celebrated the winners of its major awards at a special event in Auckland on Sunday 28 March

    2021 Storylines award-winners honoured At the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day, recipient of the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy Award for lifetime achievement in children’s literature, Julia Marshall, gave the 2021 Storylines Margaret Mahy lecture.Her lecture outlined the genesis of and influences on her publishing company Gecko Press, but more importantly, perhaps, looked at the […]

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