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Welcome
CompleteMS deadline approaching!
Scam!
2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Regional Winners
CLNZ $25,000 WRITERS’ AWARD
Congratulations to the 2016 Text Prize Shortlistees
The Caselberg Charitable Trust International Poetry Prize 2016
New book award named after esteemed historian
Educational copyright exceptions news from Canada
Interested in travelling to Auckland for the NWF? 
Bookshelves: backstage, on display and at home
Upcoming Writers Festival and Publishers Conference
Wellington apartment available for short term rental
Update on the Marrakesh Treaty
PEN Matters
   Narges writes about “becoming a wife, a mother, a human rights activist, and now a prisoner”
Clippings from the Internet
   Enid Blyton's cliff hangers 'would not have worked today because of mobile phones'
   The Hugo Awards: George RR Martin, Vox Day and Alastair Reynolds on the prize's future   
Comic / Graphic Novels
   Walking Around The Great British Graphic Novel Exhibition Of Old London Town  
Digital Files
  Leveraging YouTube: Bloomsbury Pairs Authors and Booktubers 
Want to start a writing group?
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin


We congratulate new regional delegates, Vanda Symon (Otago Southland) and Kathleen Gallagher (Central & Northern South Island). Vanda and Kathleen's positions on the National Council will be ratified at the AGM 11 June. Congratulation also to Anna MacKenzie (Central Districts) and Philippa Werry (Wellington & region) who each stood for re-election and were returned to the Council unopposed for another two-year term. Tui Allen (Northern Districts, North Island) is also on the Council as is our President Kyle Mewburn. You can read about each of them here.

Have an enjoyable weekend. Jackie & Claire

CompleteMS deadline approaching!


If you would like to submit an application for this year's CompleteMS - a full manuscript assessment - the deadline is 5pm, 27 May

Here’s what two of our writers had to say about their 2015 CompleteMS assessment.

“An assessment can pick up a manuscript, give it a shake-up and a new eye and give a writer a different direction and a boost for their work.”

“If any writer is harbouring doubts about where to take his/her manuscript, the CompleteMS programme provides a handy compass.”

Find out more

Scam!
 

For the last 4 weeks we had a link to an Inkitt! competition. We were emailed by them directly and believed this was a legitimate competition as they responded to our email queries. Sorry members but it seems this is a well-disguised scam.

Read about the Inkitt story here on the Writers Beware blog. Get in touch with National Office if you have communicated with them and are concerned.

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Regional Winners


Congratulations to NZSA member Tina Makereti who has been chosen as the Pacific regional winner of the Commonwealth Prize for her short story Black Milk.

The five winning regional stories cover very different subject matter: coming of age in New Zealand, a culture in twilight, an advertising campaign for chewing gum in 1920s India, love and guilt in South Africa, and a tale of life and work exuberantly told in the language of Trinidad. More

CLNZ $25,000 WRITERS’ AWARD


CLNZ have launched a new $25,000 award for non-fiction writers, as part of their revised Cultural Fund investment plan. The Award enables the successful applicant to devote time to a specific writing project.

The new $25,000 CLNZ Writers’ Award will be made available to one writer each year for the next three years and features broad and inclusive criteria to allow writers across the full range of non-fiction genres, including those with an educational focus, to apply.

 
We encourage non-fiction writers across all genres to consider applying for this award.

Applicants must submit details of a planned project to a selection panel and applications must be received by 4.00pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced at the New Zealand Society of Author’s National Writers Forum to be held in Auckland on 17th and 18th September 2016.

A full set of criteria and application forms are available at http://www.copyright.co.nz/Awards/CLNZ-Writers'-Award/
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Congratulations to the 2016 Text Prize Shortlistees


Five manuscripts have been selected from 297 entries to make up the 2016 shortlist for the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.

In 2016 Text is thrilled to have received the second-highest number of entries ever, including more than double the number of 2015 entries from New Zealand, and a large increase in entries for younger readers.

Special congratulations to Sarah Bainbridge who, besides being a Kiwi, was mentored by Paula Morris as part of the 2014 NZSA Mentor programme. More

The Caselberg Charitable Trust 
Sixth Caselberg International Poetry Prize, 2016


Judge: Vincent O’Sullivan
 
First Prize $500, Second Prize $250, and up to 5 Highly-Commended
 
For information on how to enter, please go to www.caselbergtrust.org
                                                           
Competition open 1 June to 31 July 2016
 
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New book award named after esteemed historian


A new book prize – The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction - will be presented at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Auckland Town Hall Tuesday evening 10 May.
 
The award, named in honour of the late historian, Dame Judith Binney, brings the total of Best First Book awards being presented to four, the other three being The Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry, The Hubert Church Award for Fiction and The E H McCormick Award for General Non-Fiction. More

International Authors Forum asks Canadian Ministers to remedy damage to authors’ rights and incomes due to educational copyright exceptions      


The International Authors Forum (IAF) - a network of 56 organisations representing over 600,000 individual creators worldwide – has written to Government Ministers in Canada. It asks them to take action to undo the damage to Canadian authors by a change to Canada’s copyright law in 2012. More 

Interested in travelling to Auckland for the NWF? 



National Office is looking into group bookings for members of Branches outside Auckland to travel to the National Writers Forum to be held at University of Auckland.

The group booking requires 10 people all travelling on the same flights and staying at the same hotel. Your Branch will need confirmation of all travellers names by 10 June with a deposit of $55.

The programme will not be launched by that date but we will release some aspects of the programme to members who are interested closer to that date.. Members will also get a discounted NWF ticket - we have yet to finalise ticket cost but it will be around $220 for early-bird members. Email Jackie if you are interested.

Bookshelves: backstage, on display and at home

 
This week, inspired by Bookshelf by Lydia Pyne, which is part of the new 'Object Design' series from Bloomsbury, Elizabeth Heritage from Bookseller's the Read investigates bookshelves, their commercial and aesthetic value, and the special places they occupy in booky people’s hearts.  More

Upcoming Writers Festival and Publishers Conference


Auckland Writers Festival

  • READ THE WORLD - Tuesday 10 May to Sunday 15 May
  • Bringing local and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists and public intellectuals together with audiences to explore ideas, share stories and experience brilliant conversations. 
  • Read the online programme here


PANZ International Conference 2016: Local Publishing, Global Thinking

Wellington apartment available for short term rental


Available mid July to mid December, 2016 in Abel Smith St (Aro Valley end), Wellington: one-bedroom apartment with large lounge, fully furnished including kitchenware, wi-fi and landline. Eight minutes to downtown. No smokers, no pets, excellent for quiet single writer. If interested, email: vivplumb@gmail.com or leave message on voicemail for Viv Plumb: 04-3853527.

Update on the Marrakesh Treaty


All submissions on the Marrakesh Treaty discussion document can now be viewed on MBIE’s website here: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/intellectual-property/copyright/marrakesh-treaty/submissions-received
 
A press statement can be viewed at: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/more-books-visually-impaired-step-closer
 

PEN Matters

 

Narges writes about “becoming a wife, a mother, a human rights activist, and now a prisoner”
 

Have you ever considered writing a letter on behalf of a journalist, held in prison with a never ending trial being held behind closed doors?

Have a read of journalist Narges Mohammadi's (pictured) manifesto and consider appealing on her behalf. She is charged with “spreading propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”. More 

To find out how to become part of the New Zealand letter writing team for Writers in Prison contact Lesley Marshall

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

Clippings from the Internet


Enid Blyton's cliff hangers 'would not have worked today because of mobile phones'


It was a world of shady characters and dastardly villains where adult rescue could only be summoned, if at all, from an isolated phone booth on a country lane.
How much simpler, and duller, life would have been for the Secret Seven and Famous Five if Peter, Janet, George or Julian had mobile phones or tablets. More
Extract from article by Hannah Furness in the Telegraph


The Hugo Awards: George RR Martin, Vox Day and Alastair Reynolds on the prize's future


You might think handing out awards for the best science fiction writing of the year would not be, ahem, rocket science. But you’d be wrong.

The Hugo awards are the Oscars of the science fiction and fantasy genres, and the 2016 shortlist is announced on Wednesday. The winners will be revealed at the annual World Science Fiction convention (Worldcon), this year in Kansas City in August. It should be a grand day for the nominees – and for most of them it will be. But a shadow looms over the Hugo awards, one that howls like a pack of puppies. More
Extract from article by David Barnett in the Guardian

Comic / Graphic Novels

Walking Around The Great British Graphic Novel Exhibition Of Old London Town. More

Digital Files 


Leveraging YouTube: Bloomsbury Pairs Authors and Booktubers


Bloomsbury’s Cindy Loh, Vice President and US publisher of children’s books, has acquired the world rights to Because You Love to Hate Me, a unique collection of short stories from some of the biggest names in YA publishing and on YouTube.

Bringing together 13 YA authors and 13 influential “booktubers” on YouTube, Because You Love to Hate Me will pair one booktuber with one author to write stories from the points of view of famous villains. The anthology, with contributions from New York Times bestselling authors and booktubers with a collective reach of more than a million subscribers, will be edited by Grammy-nominated YouTube star and Georgetown graduate Ameriie. More
Extract from article by Dennis Abrams in Publishing Perspectives

Death by Deadline


May
19 Fast fibres poetry 3 Call for submissions. More
19 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. More
21 New Bird Writing Anthology seeks submissions More
22 Te Papa Tupu Writing Incubator. More
27 NZSA CompleteMS assessment programme. More
31 The NZ Poetry Society’s Annual International Poetry Competition. More
31 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Hong Kong or UK) More
31 Atlas – new medical literary journal call for submissions. More

June
1  Robert Burns Fellowship. More
1  University of Otago College of Education/Creative NZ Children's Writer in Residence 2017. More
17 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. More
12 International Bath Flash Fiction Award. More
30 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Europe) More

July
18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More 
31 Taking Flight - submissions open. More

August
31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. More

October
27 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More

Opportunities

 

The Calendar of Opportunities is found on our website. 

  • Opportunities are displayed in calendar or list form (together with events). 
  • Opportunities are only visible to members! To see opportunities on the website you need to log in using your email address and website password.
  • To find opportunities in your area, visit your branch page.
  • Beware! The listing appears on the deadline date.

Events / Book Launches / Workshops

 

Events are found on our website

  • You can see Events in calendar or list form (together with opportunities). 
  • To find all events and book launches go here.
  • To find events in your area, visit your branch page.

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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