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Nothing like a summer break to refresh, energise and renew enthusiasm  - especially when you see all the Opportunities on offer for writers at the start of this new year. Scroll down and see what's there for you.

This bulletin we announce the two talented writers who get to write a new draft of their manuscript under the mentorship of Hachette Australia. We've included a summary of the dates for all the awards, grants and professional development opportunities we have on offer this year and to see the bestsellers for 2016 scroll down to the Neilsen BookScan.

All the best.
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill at your National Office

NZSA / Hachette Mentor program recipients announced

For the second year in a row the depth of New Zealand writing talent impressed Hachette Australia so much it was decided that not one but two writers should be given the opportunity to work on a new draft of their manuscript under Hachette Australia's guidance.   

Congratulations to Heidi North-Bailey (pictured at right) and Linda Bennett (pictured at left) who will both be mentored during 2017, receiving constructive critique of their manuscript from an Hachette editor. The resulting manuscripts may be considered by Hachette for publication within 6 months of the writers delivering their new drafts.

Hachette had a challenge choosing between the 41 applications. Six manuscripts, authored by Linda Bennett, Patricia Donovan, Heidi North-Bailey, Andrew Stiggers, and Rebecca Wixon were shortlisted and when it came to the crunch Hachette decided to extend the mentorship to two of the shortlisted authors. 

Hachette publisher Sophie Hamley commented that “With so many wonderful entries it took me some time to choose these two writers – the longlist started at about twenty entries, and crafting a shortlist was difficult when there was such a depth of talent and range of stories.”

Read more about Heidi North-Bailey and Linda Bennett here.

This program is proudly presented by Hachette Australia in partnership with The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.)

NZSA Mentor Programme - application deadline 3 Feb!

The deadline is looming for applications to the NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2017.

We are seeking applications from writers and comic / graphic novelists looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. The programme runs between April and November 2017.

This year, as part of our commitment to Creative New Zealand, we have again tagged 3 mentorships for emerging writers identifying as Maori, Pacifika, and Asian.

The writers and creators who gained mentorships in 2016 polished and refined their skills under talented mentors such as award-winning poet Elizabeth Smither, freelance publishing consultant, editor and manuscript assessor Geoff Walker and NZ independent comic creator Robyn E Kenealy.

The NZSA Mentor Programme is open for applications till 5pm, 3 February 2017. To find out terms and conditions and how to apply.

This Mentorship Programme is made possible thanks to funding from Creative New Zealand

Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors 2017


An annual $2,000,000 fund distributed to resident New Zealand authors who meet the criteria set out in the Regulations. 

Register between 1 January and 1 March 2017 at:
Any queries to:
Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Coordinator
PO Box 1467, Wellington 6140
Phone (04) 470 4528
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Members on the New Years Honours List 2017

Congratulations to Paula Green and Phillip Mann for being appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

Paula Green MNZM for services as a poet and to literature and Phillip Mann MNZM for services to literature and drama.

2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards

Writers working in the Mind Body Spirit genre have until 31 March to enter the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards.

There are two award’s categories, one for Books and another for Unpublished Manuscripts. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize.

Spokesperson for the Trust, Adonia Wylie, says the judging panel is looking for fiction or non-fiction works that have the potential to uplift and enhance people, relationships and society.
“It is extremely pleasing to reward talented established and emerging writers. We very much look forward to reading this year’s entries.”

The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre.

For the Book category, works must be published between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Shortlisted writers will be announced mid-July and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland in August, 2017.

Submission forms and entry details are available from
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Exciting new anthology from Cloud Ink Press

We invite New Zealand writers (either living in New Zealand or overseas) to submit work for the Cloud Ink Anthology, to be published in print form in mid 2017. 

Closing date - 14th February

Entries can be prose, poetry, illustrated stories, flash fiction, or an extract from a longer work.  The maximum word limit per story is 5000 words.   Submissions must be previously unpublished.
For further details please visit our website at
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PEN International



Writers are abandoning PEN Russia. It is reported that Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, follows 30 other writers in leaving PEN to protest the expulsion from PEN Russia of journalist and activist Sergey Parkhomenko.
PEN’s strength has always been in its ability to bring writers together irrespective of culture, language or political opinion. PEN was founded on the idea that ‘no politics in PEN Clubs – under any circumstances’. Since 1921 PEN has stood since for freedom of expression, peace and friendship, not political debate.
Being apolitical is not an easy line to walk. In 1933 German PEN failed to protest against the burning of books in Nazi Germany and tried to prevent a Jewish author from speaking at the Congress in Dubrovnik. As a result, German PEN had its membership withdrawn. 
Now, we see a similar controversy in Russia. PEN Russia has issued a statement in its defense which can be read here.

Email PEN spokesperson Dana Wensley at for any issues to do with Freedom of Expression and Writers In Prison co-ordinator Lesley Marshall if you would like to be part of the Writers in Prison letter writing team.

Clippings from the internet

The Da Vinci Code code: what's the formula for a bestselling book?

From article by Danuta Kean in the Guardian. 
Sales figures for the most popular modern authors round up familiar suspects from Dan Brown to JK Rowling. Taken together, they hint at surprising sales secrets.

Steve Berry could be forgiven for asking himself every day what it takes to make a book a global bestseller. Back in 2003, the former lawyer published a novel that placed well-known myths in a conspiracy web to create a page-turning thriller.
Sound familiar? It should, except you’re thinking of Dan Brown and his flagellating priests in the multimillion seller The Da Vinci Code – not Berry’s tale of Nazis hunting Russian treasure in the barely known The Amber Room. More.

Pearson to sell its stake in Penguin Random House

From article in The Bookseller by Katherine Cowdrey and Lisa Campbell
Pearson intends to sell its 47% stake in Penguin Random House and will be issuing an "exit notice" to its joint venture partner Bertelsmann, which holds a majority 53% stake in the group. Bertelsmann has responded by saying it is "open" to increasing its share in the world’s biggest trade publishing group if the "financial terms are fair". More

Digital Files

DBW 2017 Opening Themes: The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data

From article by Porter Anderson in Publishing Perspectives.
The 2017 Digital Book World conference opened with calls for more data-driven decision-making, despite the inherently subjective nature of book publishing. More

Microsoft pilots ebook sales in Windows 10

From article by Danuta Kean in the Guardian.
Two years after Microsoft walked away from digital bookselling, a leak of its latest software has hinted that it may ready to try again.

In what may be a fishing exercise to gauge interest, a dedicated bookselling section features in a leaked build of the software giant’s Windows 10 update for phones.

News that the company may enter digital bookselling was welcomed by publishers, although senior figures said they not been approached to supply titles to the store. More.

NZSA dates for Awards, Grants and Professional Development 

Fri 27
StartWrite (one chapter and synopsis assessment) open until 28 on offer have been used
Feb Fri 3
5pm Fri 3
Youth Mentor Program opens
Adult Mentor Programme deadline 
Mar Fri 3
5pm Fri 31
CompleteMS opens
Youth Mentor Programme  deadline
May 5pm Fri 26 CompleteMS deadline
Jun Fri 9
Fri 23 tbc
Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship opens
CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants opens
Jul Fri 21
Fri 28 tbc
Lillian Ida Smith Award opens
CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants deadline
Aug Fri 4
5pm Fri 18
NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant opens
Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship deadline
Oct Mon 9
Fri 27
Mon 30 5pm
Hachette Mentorship opens
NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant deadline
Lilian Ida Smith Award deadline
Nov Mon 4 Nov
Fri 24 Nov
Hachette Mentorship deadline
2018 Mentorship Programme  opens

Death by Deadline

30 Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship. More
30 R A K Mason Writers' Fellowship. More
30 Kokako twice-yearly magazine of haiku, senryu, tanka, renga and related forms. Email
31 Catch our Drift More
31 Fish Short Memoir Contest More 

3  Text Publishing Prize. More
3 Creative NZ Quick Response Grant. More
14 Cloud Ink Anthology. More
17 International Art and Design Publishing Prize. More
28 Poems in the Waiting Room competition More

1  Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency. More
10 Creative NZ Arts Grant. More
10 Berlin Writer's Residency. More
10 Michael King Writer’s Fellowship. More
10 Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary. More
31 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Mind Body Spirit Literature Awards. More

1  Page & Blackmore Short Story competition. More



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