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Pens and PJs NZSA youth writing group
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The NZ Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc shares its audio history! Oral histories of writers from the 1970s on, notable recorded lectures and workshops
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Archive – letters and submissions
PEN International, Writers in Prison
PEN International and advocacy on behalf of writers whose freedom of speech and expression are threatened
Courage Day and the Empty Chair campaign
Read local buy local
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Sustainability in publishing industry
Ministry of Education, licensing and rights
NZSA Mentor Programme
Giving beginning/emerging writers the opportunity to work closely with an experienced writer as their mentor
NZSA Kaituhi Māori Mentorship Programme
Giving emerging writers who whakapapa Māori the opportunity to work closely with an acclaimed Māori writer as their mentor to hone their tuhituhi ability and, in the process, evolve and refine a work toward a publishable state
NZSA Kupu Kaitiaki Programme for Kaituhi Māori
A programme pairing emerging kaituhi Māori with a skilled te reo Māori practitioner & literary assessor to offer valuable feedback on a manuscript written in te reo Māori
NZSA Youth Mentor Programme
Giving emerging writers who are senior secondary school students mentoring support. With the aim to nurture, encourage, inspire and develop emerging writers with the support of established authors through the mentoring process.
NZSA StartWrite writing sample and synopsis assessment programme
An excellent opportunity for writers who want to get an appraisal for part of a manuscript. Writers can send in a piece of writing, up to 6,000 words (for poetry up to 20 pages), and a one page synopsis.
NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme
The aim of the programme is to provide writers with that essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication.
Featuring writers and industry professionals offering virtual workshops on topics such as self-publishing, romance writing, poetry, structure, short stories, pitching, contract advice, dystopian writing and the business of writing.
NZSA Writer Toolkit
Take modules on craft, industry and life as a writer. Whether you’re starting out, mid-career or established. Available to do in your own time.
NZSA Regional Roadshows
Each one-day conference offers local writers access to professional development, masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions taught by experienced writers from across Aotearoa.
NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize
Annual and open to published and unpublished authors who are invited to enter manuscripts written across genres ie fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama or children’s writing, to be judged within the criteria set by Laura Solomon, for new writing with a ‘unique and original vision’.
NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship
Annual award open to (NZSA member) writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are working on a new project.
Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel
Open to published and unpublished authors who are invited to enter manuscripts of adult fiction. The manuscript must be unpublished and not on submission to another publisher.
CLNZ|NZSA Research Grants
Annual grant for New Zealand writers that provides assistance to writers wishing to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.
CLNZ|NZSA Writers Award
Annual grant providing financial support for writers wishing to devote time to a specific project, and to cover reasonable research expenses relating to it.
NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award
Provides the successful applicant with an award of $3000 to assist them towards completion of a specific project.
NZSA Membership Benefits
Your NZ Society of Authors membership gives you access to a wide variety of benefits.
Members Only Advice
Info and links to members only advice and information.
Logging on and managing your profile
NZ Author Magazine
Current issue and archive of previous issues
Current issue and archive of previous issues
Latest books by NZSA Members
The New Books Bulletin is a monthly e-release showcasing published writing in the quarter of their release
NZSA Logo for Members
Health and safety compliance
For NZSA events including covid 19 policies
Members Only Contract Info
Resources for assessing contracts
New Books Bulletin submission
Current members of the New Zealand Society of Authors can submit one book per monthly issue. Information submitted must be correct and proofed. Please check before submitting.
Most popular resources
Quick links to our top pages
All about assessments/assessors, structural editing, copy editing, editors, proofreaders and more
Written a book? - information about the publishing landscape and links to NZ publishers
Once your book has been assessed, edited, designed and is going to press you can market it.
Local writing groups by region
Some useful links to resources
NZSA Live! Tessa Duder, 2022 Janet Frame Address
Posted on 2 June 2022
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