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NZSA CompleteMS 2015 - Recipients Announced!
Creative New Zealand funding for 2015/2016
Local publishers succeeding despite the odds
Australian Book Publishers Arts funding disrupted
2015 National Flash Fiction Day Competition Winners!
Congratulations to NZSA member Eileen Merriman
Hinemoana Baker to take up Berlin Writer’s Residency
Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding round now open
New Zealand Book Council recognised at the Cannes Lions
PAUL STEWART – Typesetting Services
Clippings from the Internet
 - Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain
 - Canadian Writers Working Harder while Earning Less
 - Live the lie: how narrative is used in crowdfunding
New Zealanders at War: A residential workshop for writers
Digital Files
 - Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling
Study the Diploma in Applied Writing - Online course
PEN Matters
 - Academic Freedom of Speech: Index of Censorship
 - Freedom of Speech: Nauru
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

Not sure about you but I'm pleased to be on the spring side of our shortest day.

One good thing about the cold weather is that it is easier to stay in doors and write. If you are working on a manuscript right now we have two opportunities that can help fund it - the CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants and the Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA CompleteMS 2015 - Recipients Announced!

We are delighted to announce this year's CompleteMS recipients.

Thirteen writers with manuscripts that include memoir, historical fiction, young adult fiction, mystery NZ fairy tales, supernatural romance and adult fiction have been chosen to receive a full manuscript assessment of the MS they submitted. The selection panel commented: "We were impressed with the quality of the applications and humbled by the amount of work that writers had put into the manuscripts". The selection panel was made up of writers Chris Else, Janet Hunt and Phillip Mann.

Congratulations to the 2015 CompleteMS recipients: Tui Allen, Adele Broadbent, Chris Carrell, April Chang, Greg Hall, Dave Hayward, Anne Kayes, Carrie Miller, Anne Moir, Amy Paulussen, Jenni Sands, Neil Shaddick and Judy Tindill. This year's manuscripts are as diverse as the regions these writers call home: from Wanaka in the south through Dunedin, Christchurch, Napier, Feilding, Thames, Hamilton, Papakura, Auckland, and up to Matakana.

CompleteMS Manuscript Assessments are offered by NZSA every year with the intent of fostering and developing emerging talent with the support of established practitioners. The NZSA has run a highly successful full manuscript assessment programme for writers since 1999 and it is supported by funding from Creative New Zealand.

Find out more about the CompleteMS recipients of 2015

2015/16 Estimates for Arts, Culture and Heritage  

This NZ Parliament select committee document was released yesterday. As lottery revenue declines the shortfall in Creative New Zealand funding is expected to be significant. The comments on literature in this document is as follows: "The minister said that it is a great shame that New Zealand Book Month and New Zealand Book Awards could not take place this year; these events could not be entirely publicly funded. Funding from Creative NZ and NZ trade and Enterprise in previous years supplemented commercial sponsorship. You can read the full report here.

Local publishers succeeding despite the odds


Small Publishers, Big Achievements

From Booksellers 2 Jul 2015: Booksellers know the big hitters of the publishing world, the major international players based in London, New York and other world capitals. But spare a thought for the small guys, the Kiwis who are successful publishing exporters or who believe enough in their books to take major commercial risk. 
The Read talks to Gecko Press, Potton & Burton, David Ling, Makaro Press and Bridget Williams Books, just some of our local publishers succeeding with their different ventures despite the odds.

Australian Book Publishers funding disrupted by changes to Arts Funding in Oz

From The Conversation July 2: Almost two months after the arts community discovered that A$104.7 million had been hived off the Australia Council’s budget and redirected to a new National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA), the draft funding guidelines have finally been released. Bearing in mind that the Australia Council’s first response to the sudden reduction in its budget was to suspend six-year funding for arts organisations as well as cancelling its June funding round, this announcement can hardly be described as premature. More

2015 National Flash Fiction Day Competition Winners!

Congratulations to NZSA members  Frankie McMillan of Christchurch and Leanne Radojkovich of Auckland who took top honours in this year's comp!

And to all Highly Commended writers and Regional Prize winners, too, posted on the NFFD Winners page, along with judges' comments.

All sixteen long-listed stories from this year's competition will be published in a special winter edition of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.

Congratulations to NZSA member Eileen Merriman

Congratulations to Eileen Merriman who has been been shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Award. There were almost 100 contenders for the longlist, that was then whittled down to 50, and then to a shortlist of 10.

The winning announcement, complete with the winning stories and names of all shortlisted and longlisted authors will be announced 15 July. More

Hinemoana Baker to take up Berlin Writer’s Residency

The 2015-16 Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer’s Residency has been awarded to Wellington-based writer, Hinemoana Baker (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa). Ms Baker will work on a new collection of poetry during her time in Berlin and attend poetry events in Poland and Belarus.

The residency allows an established writer to work on an approved project for up to eleven months in Berlin, Germany and covers travel to and accommodation in Berlin, a monthly stipend and incidentals.

Previous recipients are Sarah Quigley, Tina Shaw, Kapka Kassabova, Philip Temple, Tim Corballis, Lloyd Jones, Sir James McNeish, Kate Camp and Ian Wedde.

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding round now open

Members of the public are invited to apply to the current funding round of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust before applications close on 30 September 2015.

The Trust is also seeking expressions of interest from experienced writers and researchers to produce histories of New Zealand’s commodity merchants and churches.

The Trust chairman, Mr Peter Chin, urges people to spread the word about these projects and to encourage writers, researchers, historians and film-makers to submit expressions of interest for them.  “These groups are an important part of New Zealand’s social history, which needs to be documented for future generations,” says Mr Chin. To find out more and obtain an application form for funding, please visit the Community Matters’ website: or phone 0800 824 824.

New Zealand Book Council recognised at the Cannes Lions

Advertising agency Colenso BBDO in partnership with The New Zealand Book Council scooped three silver lions in the Outdoor category for their Books Shape the World campaign at the Cannes Lions.

These prestigious awards recognise and award the year’s most exciting creative ideas across 16 categories, covering everything from traditional print and film communications to technology and product design. 

“Our mission is to get New Zealanders reading more, and reading more often. We are delighted that we are now spreading the word internationally and inspiring people everywhere to enjoy all that a great book has to offer.” said Catriona Ferguson, CEO of the New Zealand Book Council. 

The three posters are available to download from the New Zealand Book Council.




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Clippings from the Internet

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain

(extract from article by Richard Lea in the Guardian)
The novelist Kamila Shamsie measures out her life as an author in chapters, punctuated by a familiar ritual.

“Usually at the end of writing every chapter I’ll print out and read aloud,” she says. It’s something she’s been doing since university, she continues, citing the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali, who told her “there are things the ears pick up which the eyes don’t”. As she sits on the lookout for repeated words, unexpected clunks or unwanted dissonances, it “feels like listening”. More

Canadian Writers Working Harder while Earning Less

(extract from report by The Writers’ Union of Canada)
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has released today a summary report from its latest income survey of Canadian writers. Devaluing Creators, Endangering Creativity contains the very bad news that writers in Canada are making 27% less from their writing than they were making in 1998 (when last surveyed to this extent). What’s more, a full 45% of those surveyed indicated they are working harder in order to earn that lower amount. More

Live the lie: how narrative is used in crowdfunding

(extract from article on
The saturation of the internet with crowdfunding campaigns is forcing project creators to resort to narrative tricks to lure in potential backers – and we're falling for them. Oscar Schwartz scours the playbooks of digital marketing gurus to explain why some crowdfunding campaigns fare better than others.

This a story of two stories. The first is about Bianca. Bianca is homeless. She is nineteen, has three children with a man who is now in jail, and she is pregnant with her fourth. The second story is about Kurt, or Dave, or Zack – their stories are different, but only superficially so... More
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.
Places are limited.  Applciations close August 2. For the full media release go here.
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:       

Digital Files

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

This is an excerpt from John Lasseter’s presentation at “The New Audience: Moviegoing In A Connected World,”

It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker. I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what technology can do to the cinematic storytelling.

What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen. Then it went and every step of the way a new technology started being added — sound, color.

What happens is the film grammar of storytelling evolves and changes as well. The technology goes directly with the evolution of the storytelling. More

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"We are all passionate about writing and about passing on our skills to our students," says Di. "Between us, we have a wide range of skills and experience and many students have taken these and gone on to be published."

This fully online course starts 20 July 2015. Find out more.

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PEN Matters

Academic Freedom of Speech: Index of Censorship

Academic Freedom of Speech has been put under the spotlight in the latest issue of Index of Censorship magazine. Education is important to enable citizens to engage in debates, challenge ideas, and discover new avenues of thinking. Academics have traditionally enjoyed freedom of speech, but recent events have challenged this notion.
Index on Censorship magazine’s latest issue explores current threats faced by students and academics, from governmental, economic and social sources. Academics from across the globe have signed a statement supporting academic freedom, a list of signatories and the latest issue of Index on Censorship can be viewed at

Freedom of Speech: Nauru

The issue of freedom of speech in Nauru came under question at the 50th Otago Foreign Policy School held last weekend. At the venue for the discussion of foreign affairs issues, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully was asked how many journalists have gone to Nauru since it has imposed a non-refundable $8000 visa fee on visiting reporters.  It is understood that no journalists have visited the island since the fee was imposed. The loss of civil liberties for those seeking asylum, and the suspension of five opposition MPs from Nauru’s legislature (after accusations of spreading misinformation to international news outlets) have raised serious questions about freedom of speech in the country. more 

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



The Next Stage Festival of New Work 2015

Auckland Theatre Company’s Literary Unit is calling for submissions of full length plays, either original works or adaptations, for its annual national festival of new work.
The Next Stage is one of the most well-resourced professional play development processes in New Zealand. Selected plays receive a 10 day workshop followed by a season of 2 public presentations 13 - 15 November 2015. More
Deadline 24 July

New Zealand Book Council/Creative New Zealand International Festival Travel Fund

Objective: the purpose of the fund is to showcase New Zealand writing talent overseas by supporting the attendance of New Zealand writers to a range of key international writing festivals and events.

Priority will be given to those applications that align with Creative New Zealand’s strategic initiatives, such as the Te Manu Ka Tau international visitors’ programme, and the Focus on Asia initiative, including New Zealand’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) in 2015. More
Deadline 28 August

Young-Adult Unpublished Novel Prize

Fish will publish, in July 2016, the winning novel. What are Fish looking for? A novel that is simply a great read, one that you cannot put down. Young-Adult fiction is defined as fiction that is aimed at readers aged 14 and over. The prize is open to writers of all ages from all countries. More
Deadline 30 October

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


Story Structure Workshop with James George (Christchurch)

Saturday 11 July 2015. Sydenham Room, City South Library, 66 Colombo St
10am to 1pm then 1.30pm to 4.30pm (bring your lunch or buy from the library café)
James focuses on story engineering for novels, including individual scenes and full length structure, and is a very popular and inspiring tutor on these knotty topics.

Cost: $30 for NZSA members. $40 for non-members. Seats will go fast so register now by emailing with your name and whether you are a member. 

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



Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

7pm, 8 July 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: 8 July, 12 August, 9 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 December.)

South Auckland Writers Meeting

1pm to 3pm, Friday, 10 July, Sir Edmund Hillary Library, 28 East St, Papakura
Free to attend, refreshments. For more info contact HANNEKE de GRAAF or ALTHEA BARR

Book Launch of Maurice Gee: Life and Work

by Rachel Barrowman at Unity Books, Wellington
6pm–7.30pm, Thursday 9 July. All welcome.

A Winter Reading, Four Poets

3.30pm Sat 11 July, Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch
Morgan Bach, Victoria Broome, Bernadette Hall and Kerrin P. Sharpe. Free

Titirangi Poets

2 to 4pm, Saturday 11 July. 500 Sth Titirangi Rd, Titirangi Library
Guest poets: John Adams and Ya-Wen Ho. Music: Hugh Clarkson. MC Piers Davies. Please bring your poems to share during the round robin. More

In Conversation with GUILLERMO ARRIAGA

Sun 12th July, 3pm-4pm, WG403, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT, Gov Fitzroy Place, Auckland
Script to Screen and the NZWG present a special discussion with award-winning Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Arriaga talks to Robyn Malcolm about his writing philosophy, craft, and process at this AUT hosted event. Arriaga is responsible for the stories of some of the most momentous films of recent decades. These include Oscar nominated 21 GRAMS, BAFTA and Oscar nominated BABEL, Cannes award-winning THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA and BAFTA winning and AMORES PERROS. Please RSVP to $10 koha

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

Marlborough Book Festival

24 to 26 July
Nine of NZs contemporary writers, and one documentary maker, will be interviewed by Marlborough personalities at beautiful venues in and around Blenheim. The writers coming are: Joy Cowley, Patricia Grace, Liam McIlvanney, Fiona Farrell, Nicky Pellegrino, Joe Bennett, Nicky Hager, Mike White and Judith Hunt, plus Judith Curran, producer of the documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard. Some events are expected to sell out quickly, so don’t delay! For the full programme and to buy tickets

Writers’ And Publishers’ Forum in Picton

14 to 16 August
The second Writers’ and Publishers’ Forum will be held at Picton Little Theatre, Dublin Street, from 14 – 16 August. The object of the forum is to enable writers to share their work with other writers and the public while expanding their skills by learning from each other and discovering what specialist publishing services are available. 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


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

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland
Tuesday 7 July A Matariki Celebration. Guest Poets:Shelly Davies and Kani Te Manukura
Matariki-themed open mic – bring your poems inspired by Matariki. Koha at door. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

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

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More

Death by Deadline



20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
20 Narrative Seventh Annual Poetry Contest More
24 The Next Stage Festival of New Work 2015. More
31 Writing For The Freelance Anthology Series. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award More


01 Unproduced Feature Film Script Competition. More
3 2015 Emerging Poets Competition. More
14 Animal Laureate: The 2015 Page & Blackmore Poetry Competition. More
23 Emerging Writers’ Residencies. More 
24 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2015. More
28 New Zealand Book Council/Creative New Zealand International Festival Travel Fund. More
31 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. More


30 Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding. More


2 NZSA Central Districts Short Story Competition (Open & School Student categories). More
6 $1000 Poetry Prize. More
30 Young-Adult Unpublished Novel Prize. 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

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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