• Judges announced for 2024 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      12 DECEMBER Public and school librarians, teachers, booksellers, award-winning authors and illustrators, as well as passionate advocates of te reo Māori and te ao Māori, make up the two panels appointed to judge entries in the 2024 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.   Wānaka secondary school and public librarian Maia […]

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  •   2024 SARGESON FELLOWS ANNOUNCED: Meager & Shapiro

    8 December 2023 New Zealand writers Josie Shapiro and Zoë Meager have been awarded the prestigious 2024 Sargeson Fellowship. Both Shapiro and Meager are NZSA members and we celebrate their achievement.   The fellowship is a national literary award that for the past 36 years has offered published New Zealand writers the opportunity to focus […]

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  • UK Trade bodies launch joint updated industry statement on professional values

    The UK Publishers Association,UK Society of Authors, UK Booksellers Association and UK Association of Authors’ Agents have relaunched a document,  updated by representatives of the industry associations in consultation with their memberships. A number of new organisations have also endorsed the statement, including the Association of Illustrators, the Translators Association, Publishing Scotland, the Independent Publishers […]

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  • The 2023 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition winners have been announced by the NZSA Auckland Branch

    PRESS RELEASE – 7 December 2023 The 2023 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition winners have been announced by the NZSA Auckland Branch today. ‘The short story genre is alive and thriving in New Zealand.’ So said renowned author Graeme Lay on Saturday, when he announced the 2023 winners of the annual short story competition named […]

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  • Innovative IPEd and VenX partnership connects authors with professional editors

    The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is excited to announce an innovative new partnership with VenX that will connect aspiring authors with professional editors. The partnership ensures self-published authors have access to expert and experienced editing – the often hidden, yet essential part of the publishing process. With the self-publishing market growing, IPEd CEO Karen […]

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  • Graeme Lay featured on new episode of NZSA Podcast

    Episode four of our new season of the NZSA Oral History Podcast is out today! Graeme Lay is the author of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction and many many shorter works. If you write short stories you might have read one of his, or entered the New Zealand Society of Authors Graeme […]

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  • Writers Guild Strike settlement – key wins

    WRITERS GUILD STRIKE – USA   Key victories include a 5% increase in minimum wages, improved residuals for streaming, and protections against AI exploitation.   Writing Rooms Standards – A minimum of three writers for shows up to six episodes and up to six writers for series of 13 episodes or more – standards crucial […]

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  • The Michael King Writers Centre announces 2024 Residencies

    1 December 2023 This year’s Michael King Writers Centre residency selection panel once again had their work cut out for them with the highest number of applications ever received for the 17 residencies planned across 2024. There were 141 applicants totalling 538 individual applications across all of the available categories. A continuing trend is the […]

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  • Changes to Public Lending Right and Legal Deposit – National Library updates

    Changes to the PLR registration system National Library is updating the software platform behind the Public Lending Right for Authors (PLR) registration system. The changes are expected to improve the registration experience for authors, enhance data integrity and reduce administrative burden on our team – thereby increasing speed for the process. The first basic update will […]

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  • NZSA Mentor Programme 2024 – open for applications

    For Writers! Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright. The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2024 seeks applications from writers looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. The NZSA Mentor Programme is designed to give beginning or emerging writers who demonstrate potential […]

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  • Ngaio Marsh Award winners 2023

    2023 Ngaio Marsh Award winners Presented at a special Ngaios-WORD Christchurch event and pub quiz MCed by Kiwi crime queen & NZSA President Vanda Symon. Congratulations to the 2023 winners: – Best Non-Fiction: MISSING PERSONS by Steve Braunias – Best First Novel: BETTER THE BLOOD by Michael Bennett – Best Novel: REMEMBER ME by Charity Norman

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  • JUDITH BINNEY FELLOW & Writing Awards Announced 2024

    JUDITH BINNEY FELLOW 2024 Dr Marco de Jong Dr Marco de Jong is a Pacific historian and lecturer at the AUT Law School. He was raised in Tāmaki Makaurau with ties to Papa Puleia in Sāmoa. Marco’s work details the history of the environmental movement in the Pacific Islands with a particular focus on anti-nuclearism, […]

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