NZSA enews - 22 May 2015
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2015 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship open
Auckland Writers Festival 2015 Breaks All Records

Congratulations to Fleur Beale ONZM
PANZ International Summit 2015
Congratulations to Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition winners
The 2015 NFFD Long List is here!
Sarah Broom Poetry Prize - 2015 Winner
Clippings from the Internet
 - Ghostwriters haunt our illusions about solitary authors
 - Fantasy must shake off the tyranny of the mega-novel
 - Legal and Illegal Commas
Graphic / Comic news
 - What is an image? That question has directed my entire life
 - Toronto Comic Arts Festival in the rearview mirror 
Franklin Writers Group 2015
CompleteMS Deadline One Week Away!
PEN Matters
 - Ananta Bijoy Das: Third Blogger Killed in Bangladesh
 - PEN: Focus on the Future
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

Woo hoo AGM weekend!
We will hold our AGM at 9:30am, The Lantern Gallery, Havelock North Community Centre, 30 Re Mata Road, Havelock North. There will be some voting going on so if you have an opinion and want to voice it, that's the place to be. Registration was required in advance for the workshops, but if you are just attending the Annual General Meeting you can register on you way in.

Interested in attending the AGM but can't be in Havelock North? We can accept a few Skype visitors so if you would like to be there remotely, email me.

And if you would like to send an apology, email me with your name in the body of the email.

Enjoy this weeks bulletin.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

Applications invited for 2015 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

Established and mid-career New Zealand writers are invited to apply for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2015.

The Fellowship is one of New Zealand's longest-standing and most prestigious literary opportunities. In 2015 it offers a residency of three months or more in Menton, France and an allowance of NZ$35,000 to cover return travel to France and living and accommodation expenses.

The support of the city of Menton enables a New Zealand author to work at the Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote during the latter part of her life.

Applications are sought from established writers across all genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, children’s fiction and playwriting.

Since it was established in 1970, there have been 45 recipients of this fellowship including Janet Frame, Michael King, Lloyd Jones, Witi Ihimaera, Vincent O'Sullivan, Bill Manhire, Ian Wedde, Elizabeth Knox, Dame Fiona Kidman, Jenny Pattrick, Ken Duncum and the 2014 recipient, Mandy Hager.
The Fellowship is an initiative of the Winn-Manson Menton Trust and is administered by Creative New Zealand.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 26 June, 2015
For application information: The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
To find out more about the Fellowship:

Congratulations to Fleur Beale ONZM

Biggest and best congratulations to WCBA and NZSA member Fleur Beale, who was awarded the ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature) in the New Year's Honours and will be presented with her honour at Government House.

Auckland Writers Festival 2015 Breaks All Records!

I was at the Festival and I can confirm that car parks were full, foyers were crowded, queueing started early for the keen and it was a huge event with an amazing list of guest speakers. Quite of few of the speakers were NZSA members. Here's the media release:

With more than 60,000 seats filled, and an estimated 20 percent increase in ticket issues, the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival has broken all records. For five days, people young and old flocked to the festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, to see more than 150 novelists, playwrights, song writers, scientists, historians, children’s writers, critics, editors, illustrators and poets from New Zealand and around the world . Auckland Writers Festival director Anne O’Brien says there is no greater sign of the health of this country’s books and writing culture than this stunning outcome. More

PANZ International Summit 2015:
a world wide perspective

José Borghino, Will Atkinson and Henry Rosenbloom brought their European, UK and Australian perspectives to the PANZ summit and left their audience, of more than 65 publishers with a wider understanding of those markets and current trends in books and publishing. It was a cracker of a conference, challenging, thought provoking and a chance to see opportunities as well as pitfalls in the world marketplace. More

Congratulations to Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition winners

First place: ‘Like Light’ by Janet Newman (Levin), Second:Piece of Sky’ by Kay Meyer (Eastbourne), Third: 'Till Death’ by Megan Frith (Takanini)
Highly Commended: ‘Yellow Heaven’ by Vivienne Bailey (Wellington), ‘Setting the Clock’ by Celia Coyne (Christchurch), ‘Good Looks’ by Febriani Idrus (Dunedin), ‘Mind Mapping’ by Linley Jones (Auckland), ‘The Nelson/Thompson Faction’ by Ren Kempthorne (Nelson), ‘Genesis’ by Eileen Merriman (Auckland), ‘Cobalt Blue’ by Hayley Solomon (Blenheim) 

The 2015 NFFD Long List is here!

Sixteen stories have been selected by judges Owen Marshall and Fiona Kidman from the 320 entries received this year. The Long List can be found here. Congratulations to the writers of these fine flashes. Please note stories are listed alphabetically by title. Authors will not be named until after the Short List and Winners have been selected. Feel free to share the link we have provided -- but please do not contact or tag the judges personally. The 2015 winning stories, including all long-listed flashes, will be published, as is the NFFD tradition, in a special winter issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.

Sarah Broom Poetry Prize - 2015 Winner

Wellington poet Diana Bridge was announced as the winner of the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize at the Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday 17 May. Bridge has published five collections of poems, the latest of which, aloe & other poems, came out in 2009. She was awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award in 2010, for her distinguished contribution to New Zealand poetry, and her essay, "An attachment to China" won the 2014 Landfall essay competition. More

Clippings from the Internet


Ghostwriters haunt our illusions about solitary authors

(extract from article by Camilla Nelson in The Conversation)
Ghosts are the shadowy forces behind some of the publishing world’s greatest sensations. Reading the literary pages lately, you could be forgiven for thinking that this spectral army is on the rise.

Recently there’s been an outcry over internet identity Zoella’s recent ghost-written chick lit novel – a novel that was expected to be so popular that it had to be launched from a secret location. More

Fantasy must shake off the tyranny of the mega-novel

(extract from article in the Guardian by Damien Walter)
If, like me, you haven’t had the chance to catch up with John Gwynne’s ongoing four-book series The Faithful and the Fallen, then you might have greeted the news he’s landed a “six-figure deal” for another three novels with a shrug. But the arrival of yet another writer “in the tradition of George RR Martin and David Gemmell” has set me thinking about how the fantasy genre found itself overrun by multi-volume novels. Money talks, of course, and ever since Tolkien laid down the basic three-part formula, his vision has gradually expanded into the multi-volume moneyspinners of today. More

Legal and Illegal Commas

(article by Geoffrey Pullum in the Chronicle)
One of the commenters on “Dumb Copy Editing Survives” last week said something that worried me. My topic was the contrast between sentences of the sort seen in [1a] and [1b] (I prefix [1b] with an asterisk to indicate that it is ungrammatical):
[1] a. We are none of us native or purebred.
     b. *We are, none of us, native or purebred.
What the commenter said was: “If I read the erroneous version, I would have still taken away the exact same meaning. I’d just think there were too many commas.” More

Graphic / Comic news

What is an image? That question has directed my entire life

(extract from article by Chris Randle in the Guardian)
She studied with Matt Groening and quietly redefined the comic book. Now, at 60, Lynda Barry is still transmitting her unique perspective to her students. Did you ever adore a teacher? The type who managed to be candid and encouraging? That’s what the comic artist Lynda Barry is like. Teaching is the cartoonist’s day job now; she discontinued her long-running strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek some years ago. But Barry’s long, ebullient paragraphs sound natural in the classroom. More

Toronto Comic Arts Festival in the rearview mirror

(extract from article by Brigid Alverson in Robot6)
Toronto Comic Arts Festival organizer Christopher Butcher opened the 2014 show by announcing the “unspoken theme” of that year’s show was spotlighting work by women creators. “Then,” I noted at the time, “Butcher did something truly amazing: He introduced a panel of three women that was not titled ‘Women in Comics.'” This year’s festival continued that theme, showcasing a diverse group of artists and spreading that diversity across the breadth and depth of the show. In fact, the first thing I noticed when I looked over the schedule was there was no “Women in Comics” or “LGBTQ Comics” panel...More

Franklin Writers Group 2015

National Short Story Competition

Sponsored by
BK’s Counties Motor Lodge.
Café Kaos.  Pukekohe. 
1st prize $300.  2nd $200   3rd.  $100.   Junior (13 -17 years inclusive) $100.
Open to New Zealand residents.
Closing date for entries June 22nd.
Maximum of 1500 words, original fiction, not previously published.
Entry fee $5 per adult story. $2 junior.
An award ceremony will be held at the Pukekohe Library on Saturday July 25th
One nights accommodation for winner provided by BK’s Counties Motor Lodge.
Judging by Bronwyn Elsmore.
For conditions and entry form email:  or or from

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CompleteMS Deadline One Week Away!

Final reminder for NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme. You have one week before the application deadline on 29 May. More
CompleteMS is supported by Creative New Zealand and is open to members of NZSA.

PEN Matters

Ananta Bijoy Das: Third Blogger Killed in Bangladesh

PEN International is saddened to report the murder earlier this month of Bangladeshi writer, editor and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das. The third secular blogger to be murdered for his writings by religious extremists in Bangladesh this year, PEN calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to swiftly and impartially investigate his death and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. Marian Botsford Fraser, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee commented: ‘There is a deepening pattern of violence against writers and journalists in Bangladesh, who appear to be targeted solely for the peaceful expression of their views. The authorities must take urgent steps to bring those responsible to justice, and ensure that others who may be at risk are adequately protected.’
Das wrote blog posts that criticised aspects of Islam and also of Hinduism, as well as a poem eulogising Bangladeshi secular writer Taslima Nasreen, who fled to Europe in 1994 after threats to her safety.

Please add your name to an open letter addressed to the government of Bangladesh calling for an investigation into these deaths. The full text of the letter can be read here where you can also easily add you name.

PEN: Focus on the Future

PEN (NZ) was recently asked to nominate three top issues for PEN International to focus on in the upcoming years. The issues identified  as needing priority attention were;
  1. The arbitrary imprisonment of writers for exercising their right to freedom of expression
  2. Combatting the use of trumped-up criminal charges to restrict the right to freedom of expression
  3. Combatting impunity for killing writers
Other issues- such as how freedom of expression will respond to particular forms of ‘hate speech’- are also looming on the horizon. PEN International will collate responses from PEN centres around the world and use this as a guide to planning for the future challenges to freedom of speech worldwide.
For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at 



A month of micros

National Flash Fiction Day announces a month of micros — stories up to 100 words —  in June in anticipation of our June 22 events, prize-givings and celebrations. We will feature a micro a day beginning June 1, leading up to June 22, so we are looking for 22 excellent micros for this month of mad fun. Selected micros will appear each day on the Micro Madness page, here, beginning June 1.
Writers can send as many micros as they wish, but we will limit postings to one selection per author. Submissions Guidelines: Send stories, previously unpublished, up to 100 words, excluding title. No theme, no fee. More
Deadline: 31 May NZ Time Zone (UTC + 12)

M Literary Residency Programme 2015-2016

The M Residency was established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities. The intent of the Residency is to provide space and time primarily for writing and location-specific research. It is not to be used as a base for travel for research or leisure. More
Deadline: 12 June

Unproduced Feature Film Script Competition 2015

For unproduced feature film scripts, new scripts that the writer still holds the rights to, and is being run as part of the Script Writer Awards New Zealand. This represents an awesome opportunity for those who are members of the NZWG with new scripts: Get attention and get people excited about you as a writer. More
Deadline: 1 August

Except for NZSA initiatives, opportunities will appear here once and can then be found in Death by Deadline (here and on our website).

NZSA members get very generous discount of $300, making registration $499



In Conversation: Roger Hall and Arthur Meek

4pm, Sun 24 May, Michael King Writers’ Centre, Summit Rd,Devonport
Roger Hall is NZ’s most successful playwright, best known for comedies with a social bite. Arthur Meek is one of the most exciting new voices in NZ theatre. Join Roger and Arthur for a relaxed conversation over a glass of wine. Places will be limited. More

Murder in the Library at Cambridge Library

6pm, Tues 26 May
Come along to hear 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award longlistee Tina Shaw (The Children's Pond) and #1 bestselling crime writer Julie Thomas (Blood, Wine & Chocolate). The discussion will be moderated by true crime expert Scott Bainbridge (The Bassett Road Machine Gun Murders, The Missing). Refreshments from 6pm followed by the panel discussion with audience questions. All welcome.

The Shark Party Vs. Cut + Paste

Sun 31 May, 3pm
Join us at The Dowse for a talk by Janet Colson, author of the acclaimed novel, The Shark Party, as she reflects on the exhibition Cut + Paste and the art of collage in relation to writing her novel. Proudly supported by Paper Plus Lower Hutt. More

Sadism or Satire?: Rethinking Freedom of Speech after Charlie Hebdo

Wed 3 Jun, 11.30 - 1.30pm Prince Albert , 113 Nile Street, Nelson.
The limits of freedom of speech after Charlie Hebdo will be explored in a lunchtime seminar hosted by the Top of the South branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. PEN (NZ) Representative, Dana Wensley, will be discussing freedom of speech following allegations that Charlie Hebdo crossed the line between satire and sadism. PEN’s historical interest in representing writers will be examined, and its direction for the future explored. More

Writers on Mondays: A special launch invitation

5.30 to 7.30pm, Mon 8 June, BATS Theatre Bar, 1 Kent Tce
Join us to celebrate the programme release for our upcoming winter reading series! Writers on Mondays runs from 13 July - 28 September and is a weekly cultural bright spot through the colder months. Hosted by Te Papa at their stunning 4th Floor Marae, this popular lunchtime event is a chance to hear new writing and creative insights from some of our most distinguished writers, as well as brand new voices and special international guests. We have a cracking line-up for the 2015 programme and can't wait to share it with you - along with a special short taster to whet your appetite. We'd love to see you at the launch at the BATS Theatre Bar, 5.30pm on 8 June. The first glass of bubbles is on us, so we advise prompt arrival!

National Flash Fiction Day

6 - 8pm, 22 June, Level 2, Central City Library, Auckland
Join us for an evening of flash, emceed by Graeme Lay. Winners of the 2015 NFFD competition will be announced, prizes awarded and winning stories shared. Guest speakers include award-winning writers Trisha Hanifin, Rachel Fenton, Patrick Pink, Elizabeth Morton, DR Jones and Steve Charters. Food and Auckland regional prize sponsored by NZSA. More

22nd Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF)

1 to 4 July, Tokyo International Exhibition Centre
The Tokyo International Book Fair will take place later this year and we have confirmed that individual authors will be very welcome to exhibit at or visit the show. The minimum booth space is 5 sqm (2.5m x 2m). For more information email
Show information: BrochureFloor PlanParticipation CostContract Form2014 Post Show Report 

NZ ComicCon 2015

17 to 19 July. Wellington
NZ ComicCon will feature numerous events throughout Wellington City, and turn the Capital into Geek central for three incredible days and nights. More

Whanganui Literary Festival

12 to 20 September. Whanganui
A week-long celebration of writing, beginning with a Fringe Festival on September 12 2015. The main festival weekend will be from Friday 18 September to Sunday 20 September. More

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland
Open Mic as usual. Koha at door. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

To be held in Wellington in November
NZ's poetry community is invited to register interest. More

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More

Death by Deadline


22-24 May NZSA AGM - Havelock North

29  NZSA CompleteMS. More
29 The 2015 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30  Flash Frontier. June Issue. Themed Shadows. More
31  Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award (published). More
31  Bridport Prize. More
31 The International Proverse Prize. More
31 Freerange Little Prints - submissions. More
31 A month of micros. More
31 The Pikihuia Awards 2015. More


01 Robert Burns Fellowship. More
01 Children's Writer in Residence. More
01 Playmarket’s Brown Ink - Maori and Pasifika Playwrights. More
01 Playmarkets Asian Ink - New Zealand Asian Playwrights More
01 SHORTCUTS Track 2. More 
12 M Literary Residency Programme. More
15 Narrative Prize for short story, poem etc. More
22 Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition. More
25 Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry. More
30 The Essential Lauris Edmond. More


20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
31 Writing For The Freelance Anthology Series. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award More


01 Unproduced Feature Film Script Competition. More
23 Emerging Writers’ Residencies. More 


6 $1000 Poetry Prize. More


30 Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize More

A list of all those important deadlines can be found on NZ Literary Calendar. If you wish to change the look of the calendar so that it appears in list format then click on Agenda on the top right hand corner of the calendar.

Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

Latest Nielsen Bestseller reports: Bestsellers Chart - fiction, non fiction, adults, children & Independent Booksellers Top 20

Writers on Radio and TV

Click here to see the lineup for upcoming Books on Radio New Zealand National.

Here's a direct link to Books on Saturday Morning

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