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Fiona Kidman on receiving NZSA Honour!
Non-profit organisations contribute $6 billion to NZ economy
Front Line Medical Staff Finalists in Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards
2016 Finalists: PANZ Book Design Awards
Kickstart Writing Workshop
Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition Results
National Flash Fiction Day Winners
Northland Flash Fiction Prize Awarded
Winners of 2016 Playwrights Association NZ 10-Minute Play Competition
Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication
Government in knots on GST
NZIFF - Films with literary connections
Voting in Australian election?
Diploma in Applied Writing - Study online
New Writing Group in Albany!
Write Stuff - New Writing Group in Franklin Area seeks members
Information to help with travel plans to Auckland for National Writers Forum
PEN Matters
  Murder of Journalist: United States
  Shakespeare and Censorship: ‘Top Writers’ Radio Show
Clippings from the Internet
    The State of the Book Business in the USA, UK and Canada: A Trans-Atlantic View
    80 Tools for Writers in 2016
Digital Files
    Launching a book via the Kindle Direct Programme (KDP)
Writers’ Weekend: 15 July – 17 July
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV
   Karen Goa's novel My Father’s Ears is being broadcast on RNZ

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

Plenty to celebrate this sparkling midwinter's day with winners announced for short story, flash fiction, 10 minute plays and shortlists for the Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards and the PANZ Book Design Awards.

Enjoy your weekend. Jackie & Claire

Fiona Kidman on receiving NZSA Honour!

I am very appreciative of the honour bestowed on me by the NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) at the Annual General meeting. I was overseas at the time and sad that I was not able to attend the meeting and the dinner that followed. But I do want to say that it means a lot to be acknowledged by the organisation that I have been part of for so many years and which has been a central part of my life.

The people who were honoured at the same time have played important parts in that writing life. Paul Maunder and I were the two winners of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Television Writing the same year that I joined PEN NZ Inc; Paul won the Under 25 section, and I was in the Over 25's - well over! I met Witi Ihimaera the same year and our friendship has never wavered; indeed, while I was away we appeared together at literary functions in London, as we have done many times in New Zealand. Anne Holden was an inspiration to me, a woman writer who had made it into publication. I have valued her friendship greatly. Bernard Brown has been a staunch friend and advisor to many writers and his generous donation of time is a huge gift. I am proud to be in such great company.

May I also offer my congratulations to Joan Rosier-Jones on becoming the President-of-Honour.
Fiona Kidman 

Non-profit organisations contribute $6 billion to NZ economy

Non-profit institutions contributed $6 billion (2.7 percent of the total) to New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the year ended March 2013, Statistics New Zealand said on 27 June 2016. More.

Front Line Medical Staff Finalists in Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

Works by a head and neck surgeon, a retired chest physician and a midwife are among the finalists of the Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards announced today. 
There are ten finalists, five in each of the two categories - for published works and unpublished manuscripts. Each category winner receives a $10,000 prize. 

Book Category Finalists: Louise Beker (NZSA), Her Eight Limbs of Love; Adrian Harrison, Creating Now; Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill, The Paranormal is Normal; Kelvin Cruickshank, Soul Secrets; Tony Michael Martin, A Sense of More Than

Manuscript Category Finalists: Clement McGrath, Yoga of Relationships; Judith Hoch, The Soothsayer; Kathy Fray, Oh God - What the Hell Do I Tell Them; Kerryn Fisk, The Waka Taua; Linda George, Living in the Big Picture. Media release here.

2016 Finalists: PANZ Book Design Awards

The shortlist has 30 finalists over seven categories: best illustrated book; best non-illustrated book; best children’s book; best educational book; best cookbook; best typography; and best cover. The sought-after award for best book is chosen from the category winners.

The PANZ Book Design Awards will be announced on 28 July at the Maritime Room, Auckland Viaduct. The PANZ Young Designer of the Year will also be announced at the awards ceremony. View the shortlisted book images here. For more information visit the website.

Kickstart Writing Workshop
(31 July)

Ready to get that new writing project up and running? 

Maybe you're juggling a couple of ideas but can't seem to decide which one to commit to.  

This supportive writing workshop smashes procrastination.  It is a fun, time-efficient way to get that idea out of your head and just start.  

Come spend a designated writing day with me - and I will help you focus your idea and get started. 

Grab your earlybird discount now                  Tutor: Kathryn Burnett

"Just finished my first novel and I continued to use some of the stimulating techniques you taught me whenever I felt blocked or bored. I don't think I would have even attempted to write a book, without the help I received via your classes." Jane Kline - New Writer

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Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition Results

Congratulations to Page & Blackmore short story competition winners and Highly commended!

1st Place: Plan B by Monique Reymer (Ohaupo)
2nd Place: Dirty Old City by Sue England (Nelson)
3rd Place: Mocked by Susan Battye (Auckland, NZSA)

Highly Commended: Love and War by Vivienne Bailey (Wellington, NZSA); Civil Disobedience by Celia Coyne (Christchurch, NZSA); Ferry Tale by Lynne Kohen (Nelson, NZSA); Ten Minutes by Dawn Marshall (Christchurch); Fin’s Christmas by Jan Pryor (Carterton, NZSA); The Wedding Dress by Jan Pryor (Carterton, NZSA); Double Control Z by Lindsay Wood (Nelson, NZSA).

Judge for the 2016 competition was Tina Shaw.

National Flash Fiction Day Winners

2016 Winners! Congratulations to:
1st: Heather McQuillan (Photo on right, NZSA)
2nd: Nod Ghosh (Photo on left, NZSA)
3rd: Linda Moser

More details at the NFFD page, with Judges' Comments.
Congratulations also to the winners of this year's international Micro Madness series. Top prize goes to Heather McQuillan (NZSA), Christchurch.

Northland Flash Fiction Prize awarded

Congratulations to Sian Williams of Kerikeri who was announced as the winner of the Northland Flash Fiction prize at an event at the Kings Theatre Creative on Sunday. More

Winners of 2016 Playwrights Association NZ 10-Minute Play Competition

1st: Between the Aisles by Robert Gilbert, 2nd: A Much Bigger Story by June Allen, 3rd: New Zealander by Timothy Malcolm.

Full details, including finalists, synopses and adjudicator's comments here.

Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication

This is a new one-off course offered at the Creative Hub to those with a Masters of Creative Writing, those who have published a book of fiction, and graduates of a Creative Hub Thirty Week Fiction/Memoir course.

This course features:
  • Manuscript development by NZ’s leading fiction editors
  • Sessions by successful published writers
  • Student work will be discussed on a weekly rotational basis using group session feedback chaired by Creative Hub director John Cranna
  • Coverage of available scholarships, mentoring and bursaries
In the last three years, 20 Creative Hub graduates have published books, or won prizes in national or international writing awards.

Dates: August 2nd - 26th October 2016
Course Length: 12 weeks, weekly on Tuesdays 6-9pm
Location: The Creative Hub, Auckland waterfront

Course Workshops:
  • Geoff Walker – Former publishing director, Penguin Books
  • Harriet Allan – Current Fiction publisher, Penguin/Random House
  • Fiona Sussman – Novelist
  • Ann Glamuzina – Novelist
  • Rosetta Allan – Novelist
  • Mark Broatch – Books and Arts Editor, NZ Listener
  • Jackie Dennis – CEO, New Zealand Society of Authors
To find out more about this course, its workshops and enrolment please visit:
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Government in knots on GST

The New Zealand Government seems to be tying itself in knots over the collection of GST on small value goods including books bought from overseas online retailers, according to Booksellers NZ. Read the full article here.

NZIFF - Films with literary connections

The good folk at the New Zealand International Film Festival have sent out information about a wide variety of films they will be screening with literary connections, including the newly restored Chimes at Midnight, "the consensus choice for Orson Welles’ late-career masterpiece".  More

Voting in Australian election?

ASA’s cheat sheet.

The Australian Society of Authors has called for full restoration of Australia Council funds, and opposes the parallel importation of books and "fair use". ASA knows that many of their members remain deeply concerned. That’s why, with the Federal Election approaching this Saturday 2 July, they've prepared this cheat sheet, for those members who may be seeking arts policy information prior to going to the polls. Cheat sheet here.

Diploma in Applied Writing – Study online

NorthTec, Northland’s largest tertiary provider 

Want to improve your writing skills? Study online! Our tutors, all published authors or experts in their field, are passionate about writing and devoted to passing on their knowledge.

NorthTec offers diplomas at level 5, 6 and 7. Courses start 25 July 2016.
Find out more online
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Writing Groups

New Writing Group in Albany!

One of our NZSA members is seeking members for a new writing group in the Albany area. To find out more about the group and get contact details, log in to our website and go to writing group starting here and now

Write Stuff - New Writing Group in Franklin Area seeks members

Read the attached writers agreement for more information about this new group.

Information to help with travel plans to Auckland for National Writers Forum 

Travel: Best plan is to buy a cheap airticket when you see them advertised.
Dates/times: Registration for NWF will open at 8:30am and the first session in 9am Sat 17 Sept. The forum will finish by 4:30pm Sun 18 Sept.
Accommodation: I am close to finalising a special rate at a 5 star hotel one kilometer from the University of Auckland where NWF is being held. It will be $185 including WiFi. If that's too expensive there are other hotels in the area where you may get a better rate Some of you will be lucky enough to have friends to stay with. 
Web: and the brand new twitter hash tag: #NZWritersForum 

PEN Matters

Murder of Journalist: United States

The murder of Texas journalist Jacinto Hernández Torres has prompted a police investigation. Torres was found dead on June 13 from a gunshot wound in Garland, Texas. The 57-year-old reporter and photographer was a frequent contributor to La Estrella, the Spanish-language publication of Fort Worth newspaper Star-Telegram. His work involved reporting on stories of human trafficking and illegal immigration.
Torres was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1979. At least 77 print and internet journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2004, according to PEN International research, while another 11 have disappeared. Around 90 per cent of these cases remain unresolved.

Shakespeare and Censorship: ‘Top Writers’ Radio Show

Radio show ‘Top Writers’ features a PEN section hosted by Dana Wensley. The show begins with freedom of speech issues, focusing the lens on one author each session. This Saturday, the show analyses the works of William Shakespeare, and discusses the recent trend that sees his works censored, 400 years after his death, to align with modern sensibilities. The show airs on Fresh FM. More

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

Clippings from the Internet

The State of the Book Business in the U.S. and Abroad: A Trans-Atlantic View

It’s been over a year since the Authors Guild (USA) launched the Fair Contract Initiative. During that time, their explorations of the inequities found in many standard book contracts prompted wide-ranging reflection on the state of book publishing—in the United States, but also in countries around the world.

On May 23, Nicola Solomon, head of the UK Society of Authors, and Siobhan O’Connor of the Writers’ Union of Canada—joined Authors Guild executive director Mary Rasenberger in New York City to discuss the state of book publishing around the world. The panel, “The State of the Book Business in the US and Abroad: A Transatlantic View,” was presented by the Authors Guild Foundation. More

80 Tools for Writers in 2016

For a curated list of writers tools, visit the Global English Editing blog which has compiled a useful list of current software available - along with links and price guide (many of the apps are free). The major categories covered are:
  • Writing
  • Brainstorming
  • Inspiration
  • Organisation
  • Productivity
  • Reference, Editing and Proofreading 
  • Publishing Your Work

Digital Files 

Launching a book via the Kindle Direct Programme (KDP)

Brian Johnson's website Marketing Easystreet offers a comprehensive discussion and explanation of the KDP programme, along with a very long list of useful links and sites that can be utilised for promoting a book. More

Writers’ Weekend: 15 July – 17 July

FEE REDUCED! Peria Valley, Northland

‘Write for Your Life plus The Dark Art of Poetry’

$295 covers accommodation and meals; you add a donation for facilitators, Sitara Morgenster and Linda Hansen. Numbers limited to 15. Arrive after 3pm 15 July; depart after 3pm 17 July.

Sitara helps you bypass the logical mind  to tap in to your own creative process, and explore writing as your means of unique expression. She brings more than 25 years of experience in writing, journalism and the art and science of inspiration.

Linda guides you to discover your poet’s voice and hear what it has to say. An author and poet with published writing in both genres in New Zealand and overseas, and several creative writing awards, also a writing teacher at tertiary level. See

Venue is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Tushita Ashram is a modern, tranquil sanctuary with shared communal areas and also places to write alone.

For information and booking, see or contact Damalaya, TAMS Administration, Tel. 021 208 3485

Death by Deadline

15 Residency Programme - Portugal. More
18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More
29 CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants. More
30 Word Up - Residency Programme (Morocco). More
31 Mini-MOLP - Postcard from the Park. More
31 Taking Flight - submissions open. More

1 Plays For The Young Competition. More
1 NEW VOICES - Emerging Poets Competition. More
15 Creative Connections Residency 2017 - Dunedin. More
15 Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship. More
25 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More
26 Ika Creative Writing Prize. More
31 Takahē Poetry Competition 2016. More
31 Mini-MOLP - Last Words Monologue. More
31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. More

12 Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2016. More
15 100 West Corsicana 2017 Residencies for Artists & Writers. More

21 Novel Fair 2017 Application Deadline. More
27 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More



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Events / Book Launches / Workshops


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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 for the lineup for upcoming Books on Radio New Zealand National.


Here's a direct link to Books on Saturday Morning



Karen Goa's novel My Father’s Ears is being broadcast on RNZ National, starting Monday 27 Jun at 10:45am (NZ time) for 10 episodes. It was adapted by Owen Scott and is read by Wellington poet and actor Michele Amas. You can listen on the radio or live

Click ‘National’ at the top middle, beside ‘Listen Live’. Each broadcast will also be available on demand for a short time afterwards.
And for a double Goa-dose, Bitten by the Bullet: Motorcycle Adventures in Rajasthan (co-authored with Steve Krzystyniak) is being re-broadcast on RNZ National Afternoons, Thursdays at 2:30pm. It’s read by the incomparable Jacob Rajan of Indian Ink Company and we’re up to Episode 7 this week (of 10).
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