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NZSA receives Creative NZ Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment Funding!
Position Vacant: CLNZ Writer Board Member
NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award
NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship
NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants
Romance Writers NZ Conference discount!
NZ Bookshops benefit from James Patterson bookshop grant
Kiwi charity connects rural Northland schools with celebrated NZ children’s poet
Congratulations to Anna Smaill! - Man Booker Prize Longlisted
Congratulations to the Franklin Short Story Competition Winners!
Clippings from the Internet
 - Publisher finds that writers' influences are mostly male
 - Deconstructing Amazon’s #haveKINDLEwillTRAVEL Ads
New Zealanders at War residential workshop - MKWC
Digital Files
 - How Google Translate app squeezes deep learning onto a phone
Comic / Graphic News
 - Iranian artist Farghadani, who drew parliament as animals, sentenced to 12+ yrs
NZ Independent Book Festival – Auckland
Festival of words and ideas returns to Raglan
PEN Matters
 - Te Reo Māori: PEN Declaration on Linguistic Diversity
New Membership Benefit
Book Launch
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

We are delighted to be a recipient of the Creative New Zealand Kahikatea Investment Programme securing our Professional Development Programmes for 2016 and 2017, a contribution to infrastructure costs for our advocacy work and some funding towards some regional activities. You can read more about it below.

Following the AGM, there has been a change of boundaries for the regions from which the National Council delegates are drawn. This caused an election process in the newly formed Northern Districts region. Now that that election is over and Tui Allen was voted in as their regional delegate we have a complete National Council. You can read about your National Council  here.

The above link is to our old website. We are uploading information to our new website and testing it right now. In the coming months it will be launched and members will have the opportunity to refresh their profiles or create a new one. If you are considering updating your profile, hold off for a few weeks as the new ones are easier to manage and better looking!
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA part of Creative NZ Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment Programme for 2016 & 2017


Creative New Zealand announces 2015 investment funding

Media release from Creative NZ 31 July

The Arts Council has committed a further $10.5 million to 26 arts organisations in its latest multi-year investment funding round. 

Arts Council Chairman, Dr Dick Grant says the Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) and Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) investment programmes were established in 2012 to ensure New Zealand’s arts infrastructure was intentionally strengthened and enriched.  “These programmes provide funding for between one and five years and account for more than half of Creative New Zealand’s funding of the arts.”
He says, “We are looking for a very deliberate and complementary mix; leadership organisations that fill key roles in our arts ecology and development organisations that foster diversity and exploration. I believe we are getting the balance right. Internationally and at home our arts offering demonstrates both quality and vibrancy.”   More

Literature recipients from this round are:
Arts Development Investments - Toi Uru Kahikatea: NZ Society of Authors, Auckland University Press, Victoria University Press, Otago University Press, Bridget WIlliams Books, Penguin Random House, Randell Cottage
Arts Leadership Investment - Toi Totara Haemata: The Book Council

Position Vacant: CLNZ Writer Board Member

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is jointly owned by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ).

The Board comprises 6 Directors – 2 appointed by NZSA. This appointment process is being undertaken by NZSA, in consultation with CLNZ, to find a suitable candidate from within our membership to replace a current director whose term on the Board is due to end in December 2015. The new appointee will attend their first CLNZ Board meeting in February 2016, having completed an induction process prior to that date. The appointment will be for a three year term with the potential for a second 3 year term. There are five board meetings and one planning meeting each year, held in Auckland. If the new appointee lives outside of Auckland travel and accommodation expenses are covered. The appointee will receive a per annum fee of $7,864 adjusted at the beginning of each calendar year by CPI.

Please email to request a copy of the Director Candidate Requirements and the Boards Directives.

Applications are open until 24 August.

NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award

Now open for applications!

The $3,000 award is to assist writers of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, comic / graphic novels and drama for adults and children. Applicants need to be aged 35 years and over, working towards completion of a specific project, and members of the NZSA.

Applicants are expected to be either in the early stages of their writing career, or someone for whom opportunities to fulfill their potential have been limited.

The Lilian Ida Smith Award is offered by NZSA thanks to a bequest from Lilian Ida Smith, a music teacher of Wanganui who had a keen interest in the arts. Lilian left part of her legacy to the NZSA to 'assist people aged 35yrs and over to embark upon or further a literary career'.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 30 October 2015

For more information about the Lilian Ida Smith Award 2015

NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship

Deadline for  applications is 5pm, 24 August

The NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship seeks applications from writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are members of the NZ Society of Authors and who are currently working on a new project.
This annual Fellowship is generously donated by Peter Beatson and provides the successful applicant with a stipend of $7,000.   More

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants

Opens for Applications on Monday 3 August

The Auckland Museum and NZ Society of Authors are once again delighted to offer two RESEARCH grants for writers who want to utilise the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of their fiction or non-fiction manuscript.
This year’s grants comprise of:
  • One National Grant of $4,000 (supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland in addition to the stipend).
  • One Auckland Regional Grant of $2,500 for local writers.
Applicants for both grants need to be members of the NZ Society of Authors. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 5 October 2015.
Find out more

Romance Writers NZ have generously offered NZSA members a discounted rate of 18% for the Friday and weekend conference only, for bookings made between 31 July and 14th of August.


A donation scam has been circulating among NZ authors, indicating that there is an ongoing fundraiser with the goal of auctioning off your donated goods to provide new sports equipment and other programs to underprivileged kids at local schools.  Be watchful for emails from either or, as these are the addresses known to be associated with the scam. 

NZ Bookshops benefit from James Patterson bookshop grant

These grants were secured thanks to their inspired ideas to get children reading.

Wardini Books in Havelock North will be instigating a trading card scheme. Children will be rewarded with trading cards for a variety of ‘events’ including finishing their first chapter book, completing a series, writing a book review or attending a book club. Hedleys Bookshop in Masterton will use their grant to employ a dynamic Children’s Book Ambassador to connect with children throughout the community via their local school. Paper Plus Northlands and The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington will also be recipients of a James Patterson grant. (Pic is of Wardini Books team). More at Booksellers website

Congratulations to Anna Smaill! - Man Booker Prize Long-listed


New Zealand poet and novelist Anna Smaill, who is heading to Christchurch for WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View programme in the Christchurch Arts Festival, has just been long-listed for the Man Booker prize for her superb novel The Chimes.

The novel is set in a dystopian future where music has replaced the written word, and people's memories are wiped every evening. It is written using exquisite language and tense plotting. More

Congratulations to the Franklin Short Story Competition Winners!

Winners: 1st - Eileen Merriman (NZSA Auckland), 2nd - Jeff Taylor (NZSA Hamilton), 3rd - Anna Granger (Tuamaranui). Commended equally: Jan Fitzgerald (Napier), Susan Frame (NZSA Dunedin), Bruce Costello (North Otago). Junior: Jacinta van der Linden (NZSA Kaitaia). Local prize: Mike Carter (Onewhero). Judges Comments

Clippings from the Internet


Publisher finds that writers' influences are mostly male

(extract from article in the Guardian by Alison Flood)
An Irish publisher has stoked the flames of the gender debate currently running in the literary world, revealing that when it asked writers submitting their manuscripts to name their literary influences, just 22% of names cited were female. More

Deconstructing Amazon’s #haveKINDLEwillTRAVEL Ads

(extract from article by Roger Tagholm in Publishing Perspectives)
Amazon is using the Summer reading season for one of its biggest ever advertising campaigns in the UK. It has taken the new, jaw-stopping, giant, digital screen at London’s Waterloo station — most recently used for Jurassic World — to promote the Kindle as the passport to a life of global travel and indefinable “cool.” More
New Zealanders at War
Writing War
A residential workshop for writers
New Zealanders at War: Writing War will cover all aspects of writing about war: research, the resources available, the ethics and the issues. With leading writers of New Zealand history, it will include sessions on writing military history, social history, the experience of Māori and Pacific Island people, war in fiction, drama and art, writing about war for children, and writing about the things we might prefer to forget.
Speakers include leading international military historian Chris Pugsley, Damien Fenton from Massey University, Gavin McLean from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, historian and archaeologist David Veart, Puawai Cairns from Te Papa, art historian and author Jenny Haworth, oral historian and author Megan Hutching, peace activist and author Maire Leadbetter, social historian Te Awhina Arahanga and publishers.
Places are limited.  Applciations close August 2. For the full media release go here.
When:            Saturday October 24 to Monday October 26, 2015 (Labour weekend)
Location:        Vaughan Park Retreat and Conference Centre, Auckland
Cost:               Workshop including all meals and single accommodation $595 incl GST
                      Twin accommodation $550 incl GST

For an application form, full programme details and speaker profiles, please go here or email:     

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Digital Files

How Google Translate app squeezes deep learning onto a phone

(extract from google research blogspot)
The Google Translate app now does real-time visual translation of 20 more languages. So the next time you’re in Prague and can’t read a menu, Google have got your back. But how are they able to recognize these new languages?

In short: deep neural nets. Neural nets have gotten a lot of attention in the last few years because they’ve set all kinds of records in image recognition. Five years ago, if you gave a computer an image of a cat or a dog, it had trouble telling which was which... and the amazing part is it can all work on your phone, without an Internet connection. Here’s how. More

Comic / Graphic News

Iranian artist Farghadani, who drew parliament as animals,
sentenced to 12+yrs

(extract from article by Michael Cavna in Washington Post)
ATENA FARGHADANI has just been sentenced for, in effect, drawing Iranian leaders as monkeys and cows. Given the absurd ruling, perhaps she should have drawn the rule of draconian law, and her legal proceedings, as a kangaroo court instead.

Farghadani, a 28-year-old Iranian artist and activist, rendered visual judgment last year, lampooning members of her nation’s parliament over their vote to restrict contraception and ban certain birth-control methods — just one of her works satirizing the government. More

(For the experiences of another Iranian cartoonist read the graphic novel An Iranian Metamorphosis by Mana Neyestani)

NZ Independent Book Festival– Auckland

12 pm – 4 pm Saturday, 3 October & 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 4 October.

Come and meet authors who’ve travelled from all parts of New Zealand to meet readers, just like you.  These authors have independently published or self-published their stories into print and e-books.
Books on offer cover all genres and ages ranges.  Chat to enthusiastic authors, download their e-books or buy the print copies and have them personally signed. Got a manuscript hiding in the drawer? Bring it along and chat to literary businesses who can assist with turning your dream of publishing into a reality. 

Entry is free to the public. There is outdoor entertainment and a fully licensed cafe’ on the premises. On both days there are free talks held in the Nielsen Seminar Room. With plenty of free parking right outside the door there’s no reason not to be there.  For more information refer to our website:

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Festival of words and ideas returns to Raglan  

Word Café Raglan is set to brighten the end of winter for Raglan residents and visitors, with a stellar line-up of New Zealand writers, illustrators, photographers and other book-related people.

To be held at the Raglan Town Hall from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August 2015, the festival aims to celebrate and foster local talent, alongside bringing top authors and illustrators from further afield into the town.

Highlights of the festival will include recipient of the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship Mandy Hager; true crime writer and well-known TV presenter Scott Bainbridge; popular children’s author Dawn McMillan; and editor of Arrival travel magazine Latesha Randall.

Saturday night’s keynote speaker is James George, who as well as being an award-winning author and creative writing teacher, is the current chairperson of the writers committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa – Māori Arts New Zealand.

Weekend passes are now available at the early-bird price of $70. Tickets to individual sessions are also available. 
To find our more and book tickets, email or visit

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PEN Matters

Te Reo Māori: PEN Declaration on Linguistic Diversity

As Māori language week draws to a close, it is time to reconsider our commitment to Te Reo Māori. Since 1978 PEN has advocated strongly in favour of linguistic diversity, playing a leading role in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights (1996). The Declaration, which proclaims equality of linguistic rights, considers collective and individual dimensions of linguistic rights to be inseparable.

On the 40th Anniversary of the first Māori Language Week, it is concerning to hear experts such as Dr Timoti Karetu (the first Māori Language Commissioner) and Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, voice concerns for the future of Te Reo Māori in this country. In 2011 PEN developed a 10 point document as a tool to defend and promote linguistic rights around the world. The Girona Manifesto states that linguistic diversity is a world heritage that must be valued and protected.

For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at 

New Membership Benefit

Bellbird Words Proofreading, Editing and Writing Services - 15% discount for NZSA members. Qualified proofreader and editor, journalist, English scholar and published writer. Contact Patricia Bell: 021 048 0538



D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies on Waiheke Island

Applications are now open from writers for two three-month residencies on Waiheke Island during 2016, to write essays of 10,000 to 12,000 words on New Zealand life and culture. Applications emailed to are preferred. The postal address is: D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies, P.O. Box 2320, Shortland St, Auckland 1140. Click here for more info.
28 August 2015


'At the Edge' Sci-fi & Fantasy Anthology 

Award-winning duo Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray are looking for original science fiction stories, preferably with some connection to Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific.  Click here for more info.   
Deadline is midnight, Friday 31 July.

Writer in Residence 2016: Submissions Welcome

Writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry, NZ art, biography, history, music, society and culture, are eligible to apply for the Victoria University of Wellington Writer in Residence position.  The appointment will be for twelve months from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017, with a salary of NZ$50,000, and will be made subject to Creative New Zealand funding.  Click here for more info
Deadline is 30 September 2015

Children's & YA writers - Storylines Trust Awards

1.  The Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text, open to published and unpublished writers, sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand.   
2.  The Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a manuscript for a children’s novel, open only to previously unpublished writers, sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand. 
3.  The Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a YA novel, open to both published and unpublished writers, sponsored by Walker Books Australia. (Note: this award now open to all eligible writers: changed from previous years.)
More info here.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October

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

Book Launch


Book Launch: The Bold Ship Phenomenal

4:30pm, Sat 16 August, Raglan Town Hall, Bow St, Raglan
Author: Sarah Johnson, Artwork: Deborah Hinde. Flat Bed Press is launching Sarah Johnson’s new children’s junior fiction novel, The Bold Ship Phenomenal, as part of the Word Café Raglan writers and readers festival. Please join Sarah for a celebratory glass of wine, then stay on to enjoy the festival speakers and an open mic night. 



Writers on Monday - Wellington

The Talking Cure or Chiming In: Anna Smaill & Tim Corballis

12:15pm, 3 August at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington/Creative New Zealand 2015 Writer in Residence Tim Corballis shares the stage with fellow novelist Anna Smaill.

Picture This: John Reynolds & Sarah Laing

12:15pm, 3 August at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington
This session celebrates the illustrators who bring so much to the life of books.
Full programme

Book Buzz

5.30pm to 8pm, Friday 7 August. Board Room, Christchurch South Library, 66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Open-Mic Readings & Book Launches. Everyone welcome. FREE (optional koha). Just come and listen, or read your work to others in a friendly environment. Help us celebrate and support our local writers. More

NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Finalist Authors’ Tour

Monday, 3 August to Friday, 7 August
Twenty passionate and entertaining authors, excited children, more than 70 events, and a ton of fun and inspiration mark this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Finalist Authors’ Tour. During the Tour thousands of children and young adults from all over the country will meet and mix with awards-finalist authors and illustrators in bookshops, libraries and schools. Promoting the fun of books and reading, this year’s Tour will inspire children to read and enjoy new books, as well as encouraging a new generation of writers and illustrators. More

Titirangi Poets

Saturday 8 August, 2-4pm
Titirangi Poets will be hosting an open afternoon at the Titirangi Library with special guests: Auckland Branch Chair Kirsten Warner & David Merritt with Amanda Eason M.C.

Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

7pm, 12 August at One2One Cafe, 121 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby.
All welcome, music guest, koha entry. For more info email or see facebook inside.out open mic. ( Once a month on the second Wednesday. Upcoming dates for 2015: 12 August, 9 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 December.)

The Human Condition

7pm, 14 August, Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden, Auckland
This poetry reading will feature five very different contemporary NZ poets: Michele Leggott, inaugural NZ Poet Laureate,  (2007-2009), Jack Ross, Editor of Poetry New Zealand, Makyla Curtis, Senior Editor of Potroast, Lisa Samuels, highly regarded American/NZ writer, poet, critic, Iain Britton, poet. More

Writers’ And Publishers’ Forum in Picton

14 to 16 August
The second Writers’ and Publishers’ Forum will be held at Picton Little Theatre, Dublin Street, from 14 – 16 August. The object of the forum is to enable writers to share their work with other writers and the public while expanding their skills by learning from each other and discovering what specialist publishing services are available. More

Auckland Zinefest

21 to 29 August, various central Auckland venues
A community festival celebrating zines and all things DIY. 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


2 to 5 October. St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Tinderbox is a professional conference for new and established children’s writers and illustrators. The conference aims to shed light on new writing and illustration practices, inform about current practices and practitioners, and otherwise foster and energise its delegates. More

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

4 August Featuring Guest Poet: ILA SELWYN
8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland  More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

13 to 15 November, National Library, Molesworth St, Wellington.  More

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More

Death by Deadline



31 'At the Edge' Sci-fi & Fantasy Anthology. More
31 Writing For The Freelance Anthology Series. More
31 CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award More


01 Unproduced Feature Film Script Competition. More
03 2015 Emerging Poets Competition. More
14 Animal Laureate: The 2015 Page & Blackmore Poetry Competition. More
16 Creative Connections Residency 2015. More
23 Emerging Writers’ Residencies. More 
24 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2015. More
28 D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies on Waiheke Island. More
28 Headland - Submissions for Issue More
28 NZ Book Council/Creative NZ International Festival Travel Fund. More
31 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. More


30 Writer in Residence 2016. More
30 Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding. More


2 NZSA Central Districts Short Story Competition (Open & School Student categories). More
5 NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants. More
6 $1000 Poetry Prize. More
30 NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2015. More
30 Young-Adult Unpublished Novel Prize. More
31 Storylines Trust Awards for Children's & YA writers. More


30 Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize More


Magic Oxygen Literary Prize. More


10 Submissions for Landfall 231, May 2016 More
31 OBhéal Five Words Poetry Competition. 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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