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Update on Into the River by Ted Dawe
PEN Matters
 - Freedom of Speech: Into the River
NZ Bookshop Day news
NZ Bookshop Day: seeking authors!
NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants
NZSA member Tom Brooking joint winner of Ernest Scott Prize
Winner of 2015 New Voices Emerging Poets Competition
Clippings from the Internet
 - Salman Rushdie On Magical Realism, Twitter And His New Novel
 - Can you pick the quotes from Ted Dawe's banned novel Into the River?
2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies
The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Waterfront Writing Centre
Digital Files
 - 10 Writing Tips for Great Social Media Posts
 - Twitter Marketing Strategies for Writers & Authors
Comic / Graphic News
 - Panel beaters: the comic book tech revolution is here
Winners Published
Videos & Podcasts Available from 2015 Auckland Writers Festival
New Zealanders at War residential workshop - MKWC
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

This week we say goodbye to our fantastic intern Jordan Ginsberg, who has spent the last 6 weeks assisting us with our social media and website development. Jordan has been a great member of the National office team, but is now off home to the Bay area, San Francisco, and a job with Adobe! We wish him well and many thanks for his help.

A reminder that we have two NZSA awards with deadlines in October - the NZSA Auckland Museum Research Grants and the LIlian Ida Smith Award.
Enjoy this weeks e-news.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

Update on Into the River by Ted Dawe


One of our members Ted Dawe (who is also an NZSA Waitangi Day Honouree 2014) has been in the news this week over the decision by the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, QC, to issue an Interim Restriction Order banning the sale or distribution of his award-winning novel for teenagers Into the River. To read the media release from our president Kyle Mewburn click here.

Here's Ted Dawe's thoughts on the issue and a Guardian article. It's making news around the world because it's such an odd thing for the NZ Film and Literature Board of Review to do. Our PEN representative Dana Wensley has also commented on the issue in her regular PEN update below.

PEN Matters


Freedom of Speech: Into the River

The interim ban of Into the River has renewed interest in freedom of speech in New Zealand. Freedom of speech is an issue that is constantly with us. In a country which ranks 6th in world press freedom, and in which many authors experience a freedom to write that (until now) has been taken for granted, the ban reminds us that we need to be vigilant in supporting writers and the goals of PEN.

PEN (NZ) works to support writers both within NZ, and beyond our borders. The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN monitors between 700-900 cases globally of writers imprisoned for their work each year.

This year PEN(NZ) endeavored to gain support for writers, such as Aron Atabek, currently serving a prison term for writing The Heart of Eurasia.

We issued requests for ‘empty chairs’ at literary events, and support for writers and freedom of speech for Courage Day (which is called the Day of the Imprisoned Writer overseas) held on 15th November.

In the upcoming weeks, as the Film and Literature Board of Review considers its ban, let’s take time to remember the bloggers in Bangladesh, the journalists in Nauru, and the 1144 journalists killed since 1992 (statistics provided by the Committee for Protection of Journalists).

Any restriction on freedom of speech is a concern for PEN. Let’s hope this renewed interest following Into the River mobilises support for PEN and its activities both in NZ and globally.

PEN (NZ) is a voluntary limb of the New Zealand Society of Authors, and anyone wanting to become involved and offer assistance is greatly appreciated.

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

NZ Bookshop Day to be held on Saturday, 31 October

Celebrating local bookshops in our community
The first ever NZ Bookshop Day – Your Place, Your Bookshop is to be held on Saturday, 31 October in unique and vibrant local celebrations among 175 bookshops taking part from Invercargill to Whangarei. 

Booksellers NZ’s chief executive Lincoln Gould says, “Our aim is to celebrate the unique place bookshops have in New Zealand life and their place in our communities. As well as a place to browse over the book table and buy a book, bookshops also provide a welcoming space for everyone in a community. We have some wonderful bookshops here in New Zealand – let’s get all Kiwis out and enjoying their bookshops on NZ Bookshop Day.

“There will be hundreds of fun events in bookshops all around the country. These include talks by authors, children’s activities and treasure hunts, competitions and giveaways, discussion groups, book readings as well as some quirky surprise events. More

NZ Bookshop Day: seeking authors!

Bookshops are keen to have authors in store on NZ Bookshop Day - Saturday October 31. Whether it be a book signing, launch of a new book, a reading, or just dropping in for a chat and an opportunity for book buyers to meet their local authors. This is a great day for authors to connect with their local bookshop. The day has been established to celebrate the great local bookstores in New Zealand.

We are helping Booksellers identify writers who would love to be involved. You could also use the store on the day to run a seminar or an event.

If you have a current or recent title available in bookshops, or perhaps a classic and are willing to pop into your local bookstore on October 31 please email us. The Bookshop will then contact authors on that list to make an arrangement. If you have emailed us from our last e-news there is no need to email again as we have given your names to Booksellers already.

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants

Application deadline 5pm Monday 5 October

Two RESEARCH grants for writers and comic / graphic novelists offering a stipend and the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript.
  • 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. Find out more

NZSA member Tom Brooking joint winner of Ernest Scott Prize

University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts, in conjunction with The Australian Historical Association, is excited to announce the joint winners of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize are Alan Atkinson (The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3: Nation) and Tom Brooking (Richard Seddon, King of God's Own: The Life and Times of New Zealand's Longest-Serving Prime Minister).  Congratulations Tom! More info

Winner of 2015 New Voices Emerging Poets Competition

Congratulations to Ria Masea on winning New Voices with her poem, ‘Native Rivalry’. Ria receives a publishing offer from Blackmail Press, Potroast, Ika and Otoliths. Ria holds a BA from the University of Auckland, and is currently studying towards a BCA at MIT.

Runner up this year was AUT Masters in Creative Writing graduate, Georgina Monro for her poem, ‘Student Nurse’. Additionally there were two Highly Commended entries, ‘Murmur’ by Sahanika Ratnayake and ‘Colour me true’ by Michelle Chote.  More info

Clippings from the Internet


Salman Rushdie On Magical Realism, Twitter And His New Novel

(extract from article by Claire Fallon in Huffpost)
Salman Rushdie -- he of the devilish eyebrow quirk, gossip column romances with stunning socialites, and long-established place in the modern literary canon -- has a new novel hitting bookstores this week for the first time in nearly a decade. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights follows his 2012 memoir, Joseph Anton, and his 2010 young adult novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, but it's a full plunge back into his most familiar métier. More

Can you pick the quotes from Ted Dawe's banned novel Into the River?

(extract from the Guardian)
The Guardian have put together a quiz to test whether readers can find the quote from Into the River when paired against quotes from classic works. (Warning: this quiz contains explicit language). More

Applications open for 2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies

The Michael King Writers’ Centre invites applications from New Zealand writers for four supported residencies in 2016, with stipends ranging from $8,000 to $30,000.
The residencies are at the Michael King Writers’ Centre which is based in the Signalman’s House, a heritage villa on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport.
The residency programme aims to support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing. Projects can be in a wide range of genres, including non-fiction, fiction, drama and poetry. Previous resident writers include Man Booker prize-winner Eleanor Catton, who wrote the final draft of her novel The Luminaries at the centre, and Rachel Barrowman, whose biography of Maurice Gee was published in July to critical acclaim. More
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The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Waterfront Writing Centre

Our next 30 Week Fiction Course begins on 29th  Sept 2015. Society of Authors members receive a 10% discount. The course is in its sixth year, and features many of NZ’s leading writers and editors as workshop leaders and mentors, including Fiona Kidman, Tessa Duder, Geoff Walker, Roger Hall, Owen Marshall, Chris Else, Sarah Laing, Elisabeth Smither and Judith White. Students receive one-on-one mentoring over the summer with an established Kiwi writer. Graduates regularly report that the most valuable aspect of the course is the close support of a group of like-minded start out writers. Many graduate groups go on meeting for years after the end of the course, so you get several years support for the price of one! Thirteen graduates of our 30 week fiction courses have gone on to publish novels or win prizes in national writing awards.

Intro to Creative Writing, starts 22 October, 6-8pm, eight weeks (or any time online). This course is intended to introduce you to skills that make writing so enjoyable. More detail...

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Digital Files

10 Writing Tips for Great Social Media Posts

(extract from
It’s hard to keep up with the latest techniques for social media posting, isn’t it?

In the constantly changing world of best blogging practices, it seems we’ve just learned how to craft the short and sassy snippet posts when a growing trend appears urging longer posts for more engaged reader experience.  But take heart, crafting a longer post can be expertly achieved without too much effort and will pay handsome dividends. More 

Twitter Marketing Strategies for Writers & Authors 

(extract from
If you’d rather not think of your Twitter marketing strategy as “brand building,” you can think of it as audience building, readership building, relationship building, or whichever other synonym for “getting more people listening to me” that you prefer. 

You’re signed up for Twitter and ready to hit “Tweet” for the first time. But what do you write? 

Comic / Graphic News


Panel beaters: the comic book tech revolution is here

(extract from article by David Barnett in the Guardian)
Readers have been promised a revolution in graphic storytelling ever since the dawn of the internet, but this week’s launch of Alan Moore’s Electricomics offers the first glimpse of a new beginning for digital comics. More

Winners Published

CLNZ/NZSA Grant Winner Heather McQuillan - Rubies in the Dust

Rubies in the Dust- voices from Afghanistan is a collaborative project between Tariq Habibyar (Aida Children’s Fund) and Christchurch author and recent recipient of a CLNZ/NZSA study grant, Heather McQuillan.

A philanthropic project to guide young readers with stories about hope, courage, and the value of education. Their goal is free distribution to children in Afghanistan, which requires the book to be translated into Persian. For more information or to learn how you can support the project, click here.

Flash Fiction Winners

The special winter issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, features the winners of the 2015 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Please go here to enjoy the top sixteen stories, selected by this year's judges Owen Marshall and Fiona Kidman from hundreds of competition entries.

Videos & Podcasts Available from 2015 Auckland Writers Festival

A selection of video recordings is now available online including our opening Gala Night, David Walliams, Carol Ann Duffy, Tim Winton, Ben Okri, Sir Peter Williams, Helen Garner, David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald, Nick Davies, Amy Bloom, Alan Cumming, Anthony Horowitz and our 2015 Honoured NZ Writer C.K. Stead who has now been announced as New Zealand's Poet Laureate for 2015 - 2017.
Watch Online  Podcasts



D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies on Waiheke Island - deadline extended

Deadline now 30 September
Applications are open from writers for two three-month residencies on Waiheke Island during 2016, to write essays of 10,000 to 12,000 words on NZ life and culture. Email applications to (preferred). Post to: D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies, PO Box 2320, Shortland St, Auckland 1140. More 

Young and Hungry Playwrights' Initiative

Deadline 12 October
Aimed at 15-25 year-olds, five or six plays will be selected to write a first draft, three will be developed with the help of a professional script advisor.  Contact Diana for submission form & guidelines. More info 

2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship

Deadline for submissions 15 October.
Winner will be "writer in residence" at SmokeLong for 4 quarterly issues, each with one flash by the winner.  Winner will also receive $500 and be able to participate in online writing workshops.  Candidates must have never published in SmokeLong or published book-length work.  More info

Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards

Deadline 14 October
The Michael King Young Writers Programme invites entries for the 2015 Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards. Open to all senior secondary students (Yr 11-13) across the Auckland region, with prizes for poetry and prose. Entry form and conditions are available on the Michael King Writers’ Centre website.

NZ Queer/Rainbow Poetry Anthology

Submission deadline is 15 October
Unpublished poems sought for a proposed new collection of NZ Queer/Rainbow poetry. The quality of poetry read at the last Pride Festival sparked this call for the queer community to show heart, soul, fire, humour and clarity through their poems. Obscurity and intelligentsia not recommended. Seven to ten poems per person, with no more than 3500 words in total. Submit your works via email.  No guarantees of publication but all poems will be assessed by a judging panel.  

Call for Submissions - Poetry Anthology

Submission deadline 30 October
There has already been a wide range of responses to the earthquakes  – from moving to darkly comic, from passionate to offbeat and quirky. Local poets and editors Joanna Preston and James Norcliffe are currently gathering such material and would be interested in receiving work that might be appropriate. Submissions accepted via email to either Joanna or James. More info

2016 Residency at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba, Canada

Deadline 13 November
3-month residency (6 September to 6 December) to provide mentorship, host readings, and lead an informal writing workshop. Chosen candidate will receive a salary of $15,000 CAD & rent-free accommodations. Electronic submissions are accepted via email  More info

Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition

Deadline 10 December
Irish Imbas Books has launched the world’s first global short story competition for Celtic mythology. First prize $500, Second prize $250, Third prize $100. Looking for the best short stories based on (or derived from) Celtic mythology from the Celtic diaspora all over the world. More

2015 Books-For-Film Competition

Final deadline 31 December (monthly deadlines preceding)
Accepting true story/nonfiction books, unpublished, completed and partial manuscripts and book proposal pitches only.  Applications are accepted online in PDF format only.  More info 

Executive Life Coaching Scholarships for Playwrights

Set and realise your playwriting goals. Apply in writing to Murray Lynch with your C.V and a one page submission outlining your goals and why you would benefit. 

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

14 & 21 September, 12:15-1:15pm at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington
The Next Page 1 & The Next Page 2 and Short Sharp Script 1. Full programme 

An Evening With Joe Bennett

7:30pm, Thursday 24 September at Addington Raceway & Events Centre
Join one of Christchurch’s favourite writers, Joe Bennett, for a drink and an evening of story as he talks about his first novel, inspired by the rumour of a man living in a condemned luxury hotel in the red zone after the earthquakes of 2011. More info  Tickets 

Going West Books & Writers Festival 2015

11-13 September at Titirangi Memorial Hall, 500 Sth Titirangi Rd 
Tickets now on sale. More info  Facebook 
Fri 11 Sept, 7-10pm. Gala Opening: Poetry & Prose performance with Harry Ricketts, Stephanie Johnson, Tanya Batt, Glenn Colquhoun & Graeme Gash. More info 
Sat 12 Sept, 8pm. Panui Going West Festival Poetry Slam 2015: All new & established poets are encouraged to participate! First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500, Third Prize: $300. More info  Press Release 

Titirangi Poets

12 September, 2-4pm at the Titirangi Library
Guest poets Richard von Sturmer & Iain Britton with music from Jim Langabeer & MC Piers Davies. 

AUT Writers Information Evening - Writers Together 2015 (WT15)

Thurs 17 September, 6pm-8pm at WT1211, WT Building, Wakefield St, Auckland.
WT15 is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the Master of Creative Writing and join a community of budding and established creative writers.  More info

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

Live Poetry @Circadian Rhythm

8pm, Wed, 23 September
The Octagon Poets Collective invites you to Circadian Rhythm Café, St Andrews St, Dunedin. This month our guest readers are Cilla McQueen, David Eggleton and Holly Painter. MC is Sue Wootton. We’re expecting a big crowd, so please limit your open mic reading to one poem only, so that there is time for everyone who wants to read. See you there!

IP Spring Season 2015

Wed, 30 Sept, from 6pm. Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington
An evening of readings hosted by Dr David Reiter, Publisher, and talented authors
on tour throughout New Zealand! Featuring Jeremy Roberts, David P Reiter, Mark Pirie, Keith Westwater, Tim Jones. More

Murder in the Court: Ngaio winner revealed

5pm, Sun, 4 Oct. Court Theatre, Christchurch
THE NGAIO MARSH AWARD, in association with WORD Christchurch and The Press, is pleased to reveal that whodunit and who-won-it will be announced at a great event at the Court Theatre. 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  

Big Screen Symposium

10 - 11 October. University of Auckland, Auckland
Jane Campion will be joining  the Big Screen Symposium this year. Find out More.
Early bird tickets are on sale now until midnight, Friday 18 September.

Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

7pm, 14 October 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: 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 December.)


6:30pm, 13-17 October at BATS in Wellington
Bubblelands is a crazy, colourful and whimsical tragicomedy about a fish and a crayfish who meet... in the fishtank of a Chinese restaurant. More info  Support the show  Media Release

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland. Featuring Guest Poets each week. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

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

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More 

Greenbean Novel Fair 2016

20 February at Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
The Greenbean Novel Fair aims to introduce up-and-coming and debut writers to top publishers and literary agents. More info     Website

Death by Deadline


13 Collinson's Short Story Competition More
20 Heritage Week Writing Competition More
30 D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies on Waiheke Island. 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
2 2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies More
5 NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants. More 
7 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards More
6 $1000 Poetry Prize. More 
12 Young & Hungry Playwrights' Initiative More
14 Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards. More
15 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship More
15 NZ Queer/Rainbow Poetry Anthology
30 NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2015. More
30 Young-Adult Unpublished Novel Prize. More 
30 Call for Submissions - Canterbury Poetry Anthology More
31 Storylines Trust Awards for Children's & YA writers. More
31 Flash Frontier - November (NZ issue) Theme: sky More


13 2016 Residency at University of Manitoba More
29 Build Your Own Blog New Writer Scholarship More
30 Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize More
30 Flash Frontier - December (international issue) no theme More


10 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More
     Magic Oxygen Literary Prize. More 
31 2015 Books-For-Film Competition 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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