NZSA enews - 10 April 2015
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Planning your travel to the AGM?
NZSA e-article about GST and Books
Nominations for 2015 Prime Ministers Awards for literature now open
Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors
Congratulations to Jo Ann Hansen Rasch
Congratulations to Andrew Stiggers
Clippings from the Internet
 - How to have a successful book launch
 - Reedsy launches Behance-like profiles to let authors showcase their books
PEN Matters
 - Freedom of Expression: The case of Nabeel Rajab
 - Writers' Festivals: The 'Empty Chair'
Digital Files
 - Ethical issues in self-publishing: why you should care
Best New Zealand Poems 2014
The IIML revives the National Schools Poetry Award for 2015
Emerging Writers’ Residencies
Graphic / Comic news
 - Behance - showcasing creative visual talent
 - Anthony Browne: how I re-imagined Alice in Wonderland
Franklin Writers Group 2015
Members' Book Launches
Flash Fiction
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

Time to catch up on what's happening in your community of writers right now! Check out our new e-article about books and GST - we were going to put it in the next Author but it had so many good links that we thought it best to deliver to you today via the e-news.

Claire has sourced a couple of new benefits for you:

New Membership Benefits added

Deborah Shaw Editing and Proofreading.
Offers a 20% discount for NZSA members. More
Proofreading and Editing Service 
Charge for proofing and copy editing is $30 an hour (negotiable, depending upon what is involved). I offer members of NZSA a 20% discount. More

Read the full list of NZSA membership benefits here

All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

Planing your travel to the AGM?

Fri 22 May - Havelock North:     

5.30 - 6.30pm Registration and welcome drinks at Wardini Books

Sat 23 May - Havelock North:    

9:15am Registration for 9:30am AGM
1:15pm - 5pm Workshops
6:45pm Annual Dinner

Sun 24 May

Optional activities: Art Deco walks, wine tours and the Gourmet Farmers market.

Go here to register and to find out all details to do with the AGM and Sunday activities

NZSA e-article about GST and Books

Booksellers NZ and Retail NZ held a seminar last month about how international e-commerce is affecting New Zealand booksellers. Possible solutions were discussed along with how to bring about change.

Wellington Branch National Council member Philippa Werrry attended so that she could write a report for all members to ensure you can be up-to-date with this important issue.

GST Seminar Report e-article

Nominations for 2015 Prime Ministers Awards for literature now open


To recognise notable literary achievement by New Zealand writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature.


Nominees should be writers whose work has been acclaimed and acknowledged by their peers and the general public. This may be shown by (but is not limited to) the following:

·    having written a body of work that has received national acclaim;
·    having received a major fellowship, residency, book award and/or international recognition;
·    having shown leadership in the New Zealand literary sector.
·    Nominees must be a living New Zealand citizen or resident.

Go here for the nomination form and more information including the complete list of recipients to date.

Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors 

The Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors scheme is an annual $2,000,000 fund which is distributed to resident New Zealand authors who have met the criteria set out in the regulations and registered with the National Library of New Zealand prior to the closing date. The closing date for 2015 registrations is 30 April 2015.
Registration forms and further information can be found here

Send registrations and queries to:
          Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Coordinator
          PO Box 1467
          Wellington 6140
          Phone (04) 470 4528

National Library is part of the Department of Internal Affairs

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Congratulations to Jo Ann Hansen Rasch

Jo Ann Hansen Rasch was invited to celebrate World Poetry Day 2015 at the United Nations in Geneva in an event organised by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, in collaboration with the Sultanate of Oman, to promote cultural diversity in order to share traditions through poetry. She was one of fifteen poets invited and represented  New Zealand with two poems that she had written for the occasion. 

Congratulations to Andrew Stiggers

Andrew Stiggers (one of NZSA's Mentees for 2015) has been selected as a Finalist in the Tasmanian Writers' Prize 2015. His short story, "Island of Flowers", will be published in their anthology later in the year. More

Clippings from the Internet


How to Have a Successful Book Launch

(extract from article in

After spending countless hours writing, editing, and creating a book, it can be a rewarding experience for an author to celebrate their hard work, and can also be beneficial to have a book launch event to market and promote their book. As an author, this event gives you an opportunity to celebrate all the weeks, months, or even years that led to the publication of your book. If not organized and managed properly, however, book launch events can end up being extremely expensive and a waste of time. If done right, these events can provide crucial momentum. There are many tips for you to take into consideration to ensure a successful book launch. More

Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books

(extract from post by Romain Dillet on

Reedsy just launched author profiles on its website where writers can collect and showcase their work on a single page. This way, Reedsy provides a simple way to share your profile on the web, much like an link.

As a reminder, Reedsy unbundles the good old publishing company and provides all the services you need to self publish a book. The startup helps you find an editor, copy editor and cover illustrator to turn your draft into a book. More

PEN Matters


Freedom of Expression: The Case of Nabeel Rajab

PEN views freedom of expression as a basic human right.  When it is denied, PEN assumes a pivotal role in representing those whose rights have been challenged. In this issue we highlight the case of writer and human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.
On April 2nd, Nabeel Rajab was arrested at his home in Bahrain. He was charged with spreading false rumours, after publishing tweets and a piece in the Huffington Post exposing ill-treatment and collective punishment in Bahrain’s Central Prison. The piece linked to his arrest can be viewed at Into Bahrain’s Jaws of Hell.
PEN International calls on the Government of Bahrain for the immediate and unconditional release of Nabeel Rajab and all those currently detained in the Kingdom of Bahrain solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to free expression. More

Writers' Festivals: The ‘Empty Chair’

The Mapua Literary Festival has kicked off the year by featuring an ‘empty chair’ for imprisoned poet, Aron Atabek (Kazakhstan). PEN is pleased to see writers’ festivals in New Zealand honouring writers in other countries who do not enjoy the freedoms we do, and so often take for granted.
PEN would like to see other festivals in New Zealand picking up the lead by featuring an ‘empty chair’. For more details contact PEN NZ Spokesperson Dana Wensley.

Digital Files

Ethical issues in self-publishing: Why you should care

(extract from post on backstorywriting)
It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think about ethics on a daily basis — at least not consciously.  But every once in a while we see, read or hear something that makes us think that something is not quite “right.”  Something about it makes us feel that it’s just wrong.  That something might be perfectly legal, but still doesn’t feel right.  That’s your own internal ethical compass telling you to look at the issue more closely. The problem is, often when we ought to see something as not quite right, we don’t even notice.  Self-publishing comes to mind. More

Best New Zealand Poems 2014

Best New Zealand Poems, published by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), brings together 25 poems rich with place and locality, selected by New Zealand’s Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan.

Here's a link to Vincent O'Sullivan's introduction and the poems - many wirttten by fellow NZSA members including Kevin Ireland, Elizabeth Smither, Owen Marshall, Emma Neale, Joanna Preston, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Dianh Hawken, Caoilinn Hughes, Helen Rickerby, Kerrin P Sharpe.

The IIML revives the National Schools Poetry Award for 2015: Crowdfunding appeal

In 2003 Bill Manhire set up the only national poetry competition for high school students in Aotearoa. Last year the IIML had to cancel the Award through a lack of funds.

The IIML have just launched a fundraising campaign to help revive this important literary event for young writers, which each year has attracted more than 300 poets from across the country. They are not starting from scratch and already have some support from Creative New Zealand. But they still have a large shortfall. More

Emerging Writers’ Residencies 

Ongoing Call-out, until 23 August 2015

NZ Pacific Studio invites applications from emerging writers of all kinds for accessible self-funded Winter writers’ residencies. Making its cosy Saiko Writer’s Studio more accessible, NZ Pacific Studio seeks to support emerging and younger writers, and offer a congenial and inspiring place in which to work.
With its own open fire and view out double French doors to a Woodland garden, a loft library offering over 2000 books, and opportunities to meet and chat with other national and international artists and writers, this is an attractive opportunity.
To apply, e-mail us with information about yourself and a brief description of what you would like to work on at NZ Pacific Studio, along with excerpts of, or links to, your work, and we will respond quickly.
Find out more about this special offer. 
Enquiries and applications to: Programme Manager, NZ Pacific Studio www.

Graphic / Comic news

Behance - showcasing creative visual talent

Behance, which was acquired by Adobe in 2012, is the leading online platform to showcase & discover creative work. The creative world can update their work in one place to broadcast it widely and efficiently. Companies explore the work and access talent on a global scale. Behance's mission statement is 'Take Creative Control - In 2006, we set out to put control into the hands of countless creative professionals suffering from inefficiency, disorganization, and careers at the mercy of bureaucracy.' More

Anthony Browne: how I re-imagined
Alice in Wonderland

(extract from article by Anthony Browne in the Guardian)
What’s it like to illustrate a book already known for its iconic illustrations? Alice in Wonderland, originally drawn by Sir John Tenniel, was first published 150 years ago; here Anthony Browne describes his new surreal take on Alice. Look out for the primates! More


Titirangi Poets

2pm to 4pm, Sat 11 April, Titirangi Library
Guest Poets Wystan Curnow & Leilani Tamu with songwriter Desah. MC Amanda Eason. Please bring your poems to share during the Round-Robin.

Poetry @ Circadian Rhythm

Wednesday April 22, 8pm at Circadian Rhythm Café, St Andrews St, Dunedin
The Octagon Poets Collective presents another night of live poetry this time with a strong trans-Tasman flavour. Our guests will be Australian poet Coral Carter and NZ/Aust poet Jennifer Compton. MC will be Genevieve Scanlan.  We’re expecting this to be a big night. Seats will be at a premium. Be early. Give your name to Genevieve early, if you want to read at open mic. Sleep in the next morning.

Janet Frame Trust Celebration

7pm, 1 May. Burnside Homestead, 527 Burnside Road, Elderslie
The 10th birthday of JFEST- the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust will be celbrated at Burnside Homestead. Come to night of poetry, celebration and 1930's supper. Hear Vincent O'Sullivan, Owen Marshall and Sue Wootten. $25 or $20 for Friends.

Janet Frame Memorial Address - Daphne de Jong

12noon, 7 May, Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Central Library
NZSA President of Honour Daphney de Jong will deliver this years Janet Frame Memorial Address at a free lunchtime event during the Dunedin Readers and Writers Festival 5-10 May.

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
Guest Poet: Simone Kaho
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

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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Members' Book Launches

Launch of Eraserbyte by Cat Connor

Cat Connor (and the Admins) Invite you to join them for 
Drinks, nibbles, cake, and The launch of Eraserbyte. More. Hosted by Upper Hutt Library. RSVP
6:45 PM - Friday April 10. Rotary Room, Upper Hutt Library,
844 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt


‘Bones in the Octagon’ Carolyn McCurdie’s first collection of poetry, published by Makaro Press

This book is one of the Hoopla 2015 series that features three poets. Joining Carolyn will be other Hoopla 2015 poets Jennifer Compton and Bryan Walpert and publisher Mary McCallum of Makaro Press. All are welcome but please book
Will be launched in the Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library at 5.30pm, Wednesday April 22.

If you have a book launch coming up and would like us to publicise this for you, please send details to If you have a new book, send a jpg of the cover and a brief synopsis to and we will put it in the monthly ChapBook.


Tools for Storytelling: Online or Face-to-Face (Dunedin)

This 8 weeks course delivered face to face or online weekly will be useful for anyone who aims to write compelling fiction. Students who are already working on a novel or novella will have the option of submitting an extract of their work that will allow focus on the relevant topic. Face to face course starts Tuesday 21st April 2015 and finishes 9th June 2015. 7pm-9pm, 45 Sutherland St, Dunedin. Online starts 20 April. Fees $450 incl GST payable by Wednesday 15th April. Members of NZSA get 10% discount. More

Writing Your Life: Online or Face-to-Face (Dunedin)

This 8 week face to face or online course is for those who have an interest in writing about personal history for publication, or for their own satisfaction Each session of this course will be based on a theme: eg: a childhood memory, places, family and significant life events. Face to face course starts Thursday 23rd April 2015 and finishes 11th June 2015. 10.30 am-12.30 pm, 45 Sutherland St, Dunedin, Tuesday. Online starts 20 April. Fees $450 incl GST payable by Thursday 16th April. Members of NZSA get 10% discount. More

Building Characters: This day will focus on finding and creating compelling characters and hearing them speak. (Dunedin)

Saturday 21st March. 402 High St, Dunedin. 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
Tea and coffee provided, bring your own lunch. $50 incl GST payable by 18th March. More

Real Life: This day is a taster on writing about real lives, either your own or your family stories.  (Dunedin)

We will focus on stimulating your memory and ways of looking at the past and how to make your stories have meaning for readers.
Saturday 18th April. 402 High St, Dunedin. 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
Tea and coffee provided, bring your own lunch. $50 incl GST payable by 15th April. More

Poetry Workshop

2 May. Burnside Homestead, 527 Burnside Road, Elderslie
There are limited places available. Please phone Lynley at the house on 434-2300 or email her to register. $35 or $25 for Friends.

2015 Hokianga Filmmaking workshop

10am Sat 2 May and 9:30am Sun 3 May Tuharangi Marae
Is there a story from your community that you would like to tell through film? Find out more about this workshop here.

The Essentials of Oral History Research (Wellington)

8.45am-4.30pm, 9 May and 6 June, Wellington    
Day One: Introduction to Oral History
An introduction to oral history methodology. How to plan an oral history project, choose the best equipment, achieve clear audio recordings etc. More
Day Two: Recording Seriously
Recording Seriously builds on Day One: Introduction to Oral History, reviewing work completed and covering in more detail interview techniques, project planning and technical, ethical, and legal issues. More

Abstracting Oral History (Wellington)

8.45am-1pm, Sat 4 & Sun 5 July, Wellington
The abstract is a comprehensive time-coded summary, which serves as a guide to the oral history researcher. Here is an opportunity to practice the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. More

Words and Pictures (Tauranga)

2 – 4pm, Course runs from February to September at Tauranga City Library, 
For Tauranga Writers, a series of workshops on Becoming a Children's Picture Book Writer. Contact Jenny Argante

Flash Fiction

Only one month to submit to National Flash Fiction Day’s 2015 competition!

Stories up to 300 words (excluding title) will be reviewed for the 2015 NFFD comp. Submissions are open through April 30. Writers may send up to three stories.  Details

2015 NFFD Judges’ interview

NFFD 2015 judges Owen Marshall and Fiona Kidman are interviewed by Rebecca Styles at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. They discuss the fine art of brevity, novel-writing, inspirations and other writers, here.


Flash Frontier June issue, themed shadows

A special New Zealand issue in honour of National Flash Fiction Day, June 22. Stories up to 250 words. Send your best by 30 May, 2015. More
Deadline: 30 May 2015

The Robert Burns Fellowship

The University of Otago invites applications for the Robert Burns Fellowship for the year 2016 from serious witers who are New Zealanders or normally resident in New Zealand.
The Robert Burns Fellowship is New Zealand's premier literary residency. It was established in 1958 by a group of anonymous Dunedin citizens to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Burns, and to perpetuate the community's appreciation of the part played by the related Dunedin family of Dr Thomas Burns in the early settlement of Otago. The Fellowship aims to encourage and promote imaginative New Zealand literature and to associate writers with the University. More
Applications close 1 June 2015

Children's Writer in Residence

The University of Otago invites applications for the Children's Writer in Residence for the year 2016 from writers who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and normally reside in New Zealand. More
Applications close 1 June 2015

Narrative Prize - USA

The $4,000 Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. More
Applications close 15 June 2015

Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry

After the success of the first edition of Fast Fibres Poetry, the Fast Fibres Collective, are producing a second edition broadsheet and chapbook of poetry to display the talents of Northland poets under the title Fast Fibres 2. We invite poets with a strong connection to Northland, born here, live here, lived here, to contribute a total of two or three poems for the broadsheet and the chapbook. We will accept printed poems but prefer poems sent as attachments in rtf or doc format. More
Deadline for receipt of poems is Thursday 25 June 2015.

Yarram Community Learning Centre

Open theme. Short stories (1,500-3,000 words) and poetry (8-48 lines) rhyming or free verse. Short story first prize $200, second prize $100. Poetry first prize $100, second prize $50. Entry fee $5 per story, $3 per poem. To request an entry form –  PO Box 212, Yarram, Vic, 3971;  or email: 
Closing date:  20 July, 2015

Death by Deadline



31  The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. More
15  Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition More
30  Closing Date for PLR Registrations More
30   National Flash Fiction Day writing competition More

May 22-24 May NZSA AGM - Havelock North

01  Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement 2015. More
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  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 
15 Narrative Prize for short story, poem etc. More
25 Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry. More


20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award 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

Do you know how well your book is selling?

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BookScan reports are competitively priced and a valuable tool in monitoring the effects of promotional campaigns, making business decisions such as ordering a reprint, or with scoping the potential for a new title in a specific subject area.
For more information please contact: Anna Hart phone 0800 447 029 or email: or visit our website
* Please note lifetime starts December 2008 or from publication date if published after December 2008

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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