First up, here is a Report from the National Council meeting held 15 March.
We were delighted to announce the NZSA Mentees for 2015 earlier this week. Claire has been busy matching mentee to mentor and they should all be complete early next week. Applications are open for Youth mentorship so if you know anyone aged between 15 and 18 who would enjoy taking a step up in their writing, point them in the direction of our website for more information.
You'll notice we have changed to a larger font size, it's bound to make reading about all that is going on in the New Zealand Literary community a little easier.
All the best Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill
Seeking members who write in Te Reo or Pasifika language
In 2016 the NZSA will be offering professional development for writers wanting to write in Te Reo or Pasifika languages.
To be able to do this we are seeking experienced authors who can be mentors, assessors and workshop presenters for writing in Te Reo and Pasifika. All our mentors, assessors and workshop presenters are paid for their work.
If you believe you have the skills and are interested in finding out more email our Chief Executive Jackie Dennis.
Congratulations to NZSA members Philippa Werry, Janine Williams and Melanie Dixon shortlisted for the Joy Cowley Awards and the Tony Fitzgibbon Award. The shortlisted writers are:
Congratulations to 2015 Joy Cowley Award Shortlist
Lachlan’s Lines by Emma Cameron
Harvey The Humpback Has Hiccups by Lisa Grace
Witch’s Cat Wanted, Apply Within by Joy Halloran-Davidson
This Is Where I Stand by Philippa Werry
Seaside Countdown by Janine Williams
Congratulations to 2015 Tom Fitzgibbon Award Shortlist
Barking Mad by Tom Moffatt.
Doll’s House by Katie Furze.
Medar by Sharon Manssen.
Weatherall Legacy by Melissa Brady.
Witch Catcher by Melanie Dixon.
Storylines is holding a ceremony this Sunday 3.30pm to present all of their awards for 2015. The venue has been changed to King's School, Remuera - due to numbers.
Nominations close 31 March for NZSA President
2015 is an election year at the New Zealand Society of Authors and nominations are now open for the role of President.
If you would like to nominate a member for this position, keep in mind they need to be a full member, the nomination must to be seconded, and I need to receive it by midnight on 31 March. Please send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Mewburn has been president for the past 2 years. He has been nominated again for the term 2015 - 2017 and has confirmed he is happy to continue in the role.
Not interested in Presidency but still would quite like to get involved in Branch Affairs or National Council? Get in touch with National Office or your Branch Chair, we'd love to hear from you!
Congratulations to NZSA member Raewyn Peart
Shortlist announced for 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize
Raewyn Peart's book Dolphins of Aotearoa is one of the five titles that have been shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. The five titles are:
Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney, Aroha Harris (Bridget Williams Books)
The Wandering Mind by Michael Corballis (Auckland University Press)
Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes (Victoria University Press)
Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with New Zealand Dolphins by Raewyn Peart (Craig Potton Publishing)
Manuka: the Biography of an Extraordinary Honey by Cliff Van Eaton (Exisle Publishing)
The judges were Professor Jean Fleming, Professor Ken Strongman and Dr Rebecca Priestley.
The winning author(s) will receive a cash prize of $5,000 at an announcement as part of the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2015. More
Congratulations to NZSA member Kate Mahony
Congratulations to Kate Mahony who received an Honorable Mention for her story The Journey in the 2015 Fish Publishing Short Story Contest. Kate's story is one of 11 that will be published in the Fish Anthology launched at the West Cork Writers Festival in Bantry, Ireland, in July.
Fish Publishing is an independent publishing company based in the West of Ireland. It was started in 1994 by Clem Cairns and Jula Walton with the ambition to encourage and promote new writers.
I'd also like to congratulate our members who made the shortlist and the long list, well done!
Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton begin their NZ Children's Writers in Residence
Congratulations to NZSA members Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton on being awarded the University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writers in Residence. A joint project will see Jennifer Beck, from Auckland, and Robyn Belton, from Dunedin, take up the six-month University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence from 2 February – to 31 July, with Jennifer staying at the Robert Lord Writer’s Cottage for her three-month portion of the residency.
Robyn and Jennifer are planning to jointly produce a picture book set in WW1. With its beginning and ending in Dunedin, the story is based on a former Otago Boys High School student, Alexander Aitken, who fought in that war. More
National Poetry Day returns for its 18th year – Registrations now open!
The highly popular and eclectic National Poetry Day will be staged for its 18th year on 28 August 2015. A varied programme of events around the country will celebrate poetry in its many forms and engage with writers and readers at all levels. More
Clippings from the Internet
Book reviewing meets journalism:
(From Booksellers: Talking to the editors of the books pages)
Twenty-first-century book reviewing is a strange beast. The advent of the internet has brought with it an ease of self-publishing; an assumption that digital content should be free; the shrinkage of paid column inches; the ability to instantly comment and share; and a swing away from formal literary criticism and towards reviews as customer feedback (a la Amazon). As readers, we are still generating and consuming book reviews by the truckload (check out Goodreads). But where does professional book reviewing fit within our Kiwi media culture?
Elizabeth Heritage spoke to some key media gatekeepers: Mark Broatch, Books and Culture Editor at the New Zealand Listener; Michelle Hurley, National Books Editor at Fairfax Media; Helen Speirs, Books Editor at the Otago Daily Times; Louise O’Brien, co-editor of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa; and Linda Herrick, Books Editor at The New Zealand Herald. More
Joanne Harris attacks Clean Reader app for replacing words in novels
(extract from article by Roisin O’Connor in the Independent)
The introduction of a new app that allows readers to swap explicit language with "cleaner" words has incurred the wrath of authors who believe it encourages censorship.
Clean Reader was designed to remove words deemed offensive from any book in electronic format, regardless of whether the writer has given their permission, and swap them with versions that are more appropriate for children.
Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and Blackberry Wine, wrote a blog post attacking the app and questioning its apparent "strong Christian bias" as exclamations such as "Oh my God!" which would become "oh my goodness” and "Jesus Christ" which is edited to "geez". More
Your sternest but best editor is almost always the one you sleep with
(extract from article by Arifa Akbar in the Independent)
“Shakes, cold sweats, anxiety, dizziness –yes, it’s almost time to let my wife see my new book. At which point, it ceases to be perfect...”: Ian Rankin’s tweet this week, on the apprehension felt by any writer, however seasoned, on handing a just-finished manuscript to their first, most formative reader: the other half. Rankin elaborated further on his wife’s indispensable, if unforgiving, role in the story’s revision: “All the plot-holes I can’t see, the clunky constructions and repeated phrases and tropes – they’re about to be pointed out...” More
Franklin Writers Group 2015
National Short Story Competition
BK’s Counties Motor Lodge.
Café Kaos. Pukekohe.
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.
The 2015 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s InternationalPoetry Prize
Entries are now open for the second year of one of the world’s richest poetry prizes.
1st Prize $15,000
2nd Prize $5,000
Administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), the prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere and marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination.
Prize entries may be submitted until 29 May 2015. The prize will be announced in September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Please register and enter at the website: www.canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize
Important details: All poems entered for the prize must be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines. Each entry is AUD$20. There are discounts for students. Closing date: 29 May 2015.
Pikihuia Māori Writer Awards now in 20th Year!
The Māori Literature Trust and HUIA Publishers have been organising this unique, and increasingly popular, biennial contest since 1995 producing award-winning Māori writers in all genres.
The Māori Literature Trust now invites Māori writers of novels, short stories and film scripts to send your work in for the 2015 competition! In the following categories, the winner will receive a cash prize of $2000 and two highly commended finalists in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 each:
Writers in New Zealand have been requested by PEN (International) to offer support for colleagues in Honduras, USA and Malawi. Countries in which PEN reports writers are either in prison, on trial on charges of insult or defamation, fear retaliation for reporting on certain matters, or fear state surveillance and attacks for exercising freedom of assembly.
With a review of the human rights records of these three countries scheduled to be undertaken in May 2015, this is a crucial time for concerns about attacks on writers in these countries to be raised. Full reports of allegations are available from PEN (International), which requests letters be sent to New Zealand’s representative in Geneva. For more information contact NZSA's PEN Spokesperson Dana Wensley.
Aron Atabek: ‘Empty Chair’ at Mapua Literary Festival
21 March was World Poetry Day. PEN celebrated this occasion by directing public attention to the imprisonment, murder and general harassment of poets, writers and journalists around the world. One of the poets whose cause was focused upon by PEN was Aron Atabek (Kazakhstan). We are pleased that the upcoming Mapua Literary Festival (28th-30th March) is featuring Aron Atabek, with a ‘empty chair’ event and a poem specially written for PEN(NZ) by Aron Atabek from prison.
Graphic / Comic news
Dylan Horrocks: Our Man in Hicksville
- Comics Alternative Interview
Listen to the podcast with Dylan about his latest book and the New Zealand comics scene, past and present, with Dylan demonstrating himself to be one of its most ardent enthusiasts.
Asking whether Amazon is friend or foe is a simple question that is complicated to answer
This item was posted by Mike Shatzkin in the Shatzkin Files Blog.
I’ve been invited to join a discussion entitled “Amazon: Friend or Foe” (meaning “for publishers”) sponsored by the Digital Media Group of the Worshipful Company of Stationers (only in England!) and taking place in London next month. I think the answer must be “both”, and I suspect that my discussion-mates — Fionnuala Duggan, formerly of Random House and CourseSmart; Michael Ross from Encyclopedia Britannica; and Philip Walters, the moderator for the conversation, will agree. This is a simple question with many complicated answers. I am sure that Fionnuala, Michael, and Philip will introduce some perspectives I’m not addressing here.
The first thoughts the question triggers for me are three ways I think Amazon has profoundly changed the industry. More
The Best Hashtags for Indie Authors in 2015
This item is was posted by Gary McLaren and is taken from his blog where he reveals some of the most useful hashtags for indie authors.
For those not familiar with hashtags they are essentially a keyword beginning with the “#” character. When someone writes a tweet they can include a hashtag to make it easier for people interested in that topic to find their tweets. For example I might include the hashtags #publishing or #writing in my tweets. If someone searches for #writing at Twitter they will see all of the recent tweets which include that hashtag. It’s a great way to follow any topic and a good way to find people to follow on Twitter. More
The LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2015 Finalists
Congratulations to the finalists in these book awards with special mention to the NZSA members who are featured on this list. Finalists include:
LIANZA Young Adult Finalists
I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale (NZSA) – Penguin Random House, The Red Suitcase by Jill Harris – Makaro Press, Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager (NZSA) – Penguin Random House, Recon Team Angel: Vengeance by Brian Falkner – Walker Books, Night Vision by Ella West (NZSA) - Allen and Unwin
Elsie Locke Nonfiction Finalists
The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland – Makaro Press, A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris (NZSA) – Walker Books, Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke - Potton & Burton Publishing, Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster by Debbie McCauley – Mauao Publishing, New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill (NZSA) and Marco Ivancic – New Holland
Esther Glen Junior Fiction Finalists
Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley – Scholastic, The Volume of Possible Endings (A Tale of Fontania) by Barbara Else (NZSA) – Gecko, Conrad Cooper's Last Stand by Leonie Agnew - Penguin, Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent (NZSA) – Scholastic, Letterbox Cat by Paula Green (NZSA) – Scholastic
Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori) Finalists
Ngā Kī by Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan and Kawata Teepa - Huia, Hui E! by various authors - Huia, Tūtewehi by Fred Te Maro - Huia, Kimihia by Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson - Huia, An early Te Reo Reading Book Series by Carolyn Collis - Summer Rose Books
Congratulations to all of the publishing houses, authors, and illustrators! More
PANZ Summit & Booksellers Conference
Both open for registration
Publishers Association NZ
Early Bird registration is open for the PANZ International Summit to be held 14 May 2015. Intenational speakers include; Jose Borghino, Policy Director, IPA, Will Atkinson, MD of Atlantic Books and formerly Sales and Marketing Director of Faber and Henry Rosenbloom, Founder and Publisher, Scribe. The complete programme will be issued shortly: Here's the registration form.
Booksellers NZ are excited to announce that registrations for the 94th BSNZ Conference & Business Meeting Day are open. ‘Changing Hearts and Minds: Future Proofing Your Business’ is the theme of this year’s conference and features a fantastic line up of speakers and panel sessions. This year the conference will be held on Sunday and Monday, 21 & 22 June 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland. The Nielsen Booksellers Industry Awards will follow the end of conference on Sunday, 21 June. Register here
Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival
5 to 10 May, Dunedin
Dunedin has a swag of top international and national authors converging on the city in May for the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. Fiction lovers will be spellbound by Bangladesh born, Zia Haider Rahman whose debut novel In the Light of What We Know has the literary world buzzing. Foodies can enjoy the culinary wisdom of Stephanie Alexander, Australia’s food queen and author of the Aussie classic A Cook’s Companion and news junkies can get a fix with British investigative journalist Nick Davies who uncovered the News of the World Phone Hacking Affair. More
Auckland Writers Festival
12 to 17 May, Auckland
One of the world’s most lauded and elusive literary greats, Haruki Murakami, will appear at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival which takes place from 13-17 May at the Aotea Centre. The biggest UK children’s author to debut this century, David Walliams of Little Britain and QI fame, and Dav Pilkey aka Captain Underpants will also appear the Festival. They join a heady line-up of novelists, poets, thinkers, scientists, historians, playwrights and children’s literary stars including: one of the world’s most influential medical writers Atul Gawande who will talk about his most recent work Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End; the Festival’s 2015 Honoured New Zealand writer C.K. Stead; Helen Macdonald, winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2014 with her stunning Memoir H is for Hawk; actor, writer, broadcaster, director, producer and musician Alan Cumming...More
The New Zealand Book Council and the Auckland Writers Festival are pleased to announce this year’s Great Kiwi Classic is Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame. Owls Do Cry will be celebrated in a special event Sun 17 May, 4.30pm, at the Aotea Centre.
Portrait Photography exhibition of 43 NZ authors - ChCh
An exhibition of portrait photographs of 43 New Zealand authors photographed by Maja Moritz in 2012 is currently showing at Linwood Library. The photographs are accompanied by texts and books from and about the authors including further information of their choice. More at Maja Moritz website and more at Linwood Library
Dates: 1 March - 30 April 2015
Place: Linwood Library, Te Kete Wānanga o Ihutai, 1st Floor Eastgate Mall, Buckleys Road, Christchurch 8062. Hours: Mon - Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat - Sun 10 am - 4 pm
Inside Out Open Mic for Writers
7pm - 10pm, Wed 8 April, One2One Café, 121 Ponsonby Rd
All prose/poetry/non-fic/memoir writers welcome to share open mic sheet at the door, 5 mins at the mic; guest musician: master tunesmith/musician Larry Killip; five word competition: tune - tease - paperclip - Puhoi - spot. Use these words in a sentence/poem <50 words long. Bring with you, email it or write one on the night. More - MC: Anita Arlov
Caselberg International Poetry Prize 2015 - Award ceremony
5.30pm, Thursday 9 April University Bookshop, 378 Great King St, Dunedin
Prize winning poets will read their poems, and judge Michael Harlow will talk about the 2015 entries, judging, and winning poems. Winning poets publications will be available on the night as will wine and refreshments. RSVP to email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
The Essentials of Oral History Research
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
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: Brochure, Floor Plan, Participation Cost, Contract Form, 2014 Post Show Report
Abstracting Oral History
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
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: Kirsti Whalen
Open Mic as usual. Koha at door. More
Words and Pictures
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
2015 NZ Poetry Conference
To be held in Wellington in November
NZ's poetry community is invited to register interest. More
12pm - 12.45 pm, Wed 15 April, Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington
A captivating yachting tale that’s not all plain sailing! More
If you have a book launch coming up and would like us to publicise this for you, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a new book, send a jpg of the cover and a brief synopsis to email@example.com and we will put it in the monthly ChapBook.
Writing your heart out with Deborah Shepard
An introduction to the art and craft of memoir writing. Memoir classes for beginner writers. Six classes starting April 21, 6 pm to 8.30 pm. Cost: $250 incl GST. Details can be found on the Michael King Writers’ Centre website
Sat, 18 April 9am - 4.30pm, Maungatapere School
Earlybird (until 1 April) NZSA Member $75, Non-Member $85. After 1 April: NZSA Member $90, Non-Member $100. Find out more and register at www.northwrite.co.nz
Except for NZSA initiatives, opportunities will appear here once and can then be found in Death by Deadine or our Calendar.
Death By Deadline
31 Fish Poetry Comp 300 word limit. More
31 Flash Frontier, stories of up to 250 words. More 31Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award (unpublished). More
31 Narrative Winter 2015 Story Contest. More
01 Playwrights b4 25. More
02 NZSA Youth Mentorship. More
07 "We" Society Poetry Competition. More
31The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. More
15 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition More 30 Closing Date for PLR Registrations More 30National Flash Fiction Day writing competition More
May 22-24 MayNZSA 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
31Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award (published). More 31 Bridport Prize. More
31 The International Proverse Prize. More
31 The Pikihuia Awards 2015. 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 31
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.
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