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I have been watching with interest reports about the Australian Government's plans to shift A$104.7 million from the Australia Council (similar to our Creative New Zealand) to create a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts. Only problem is this Programme is to be run out of the Ministry of the Arts so funding decisions will no longer be at arms length. Small and medium size arts organistions like the Australian Society of Authors could find their funds cut. There is now going to be an enquiry into this following a petition titled “Australians for Artistic Freedom”. More

We are amazed by the number of events we have been notified about for this fortnight's e-news. Events are happening up and down the country so check out that segment of the news to see if there is a literary event in your neighbourhood.

Enjoy this weeks bulletin - and hey, why not turn up at one of the listed events.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA Oral History Project - Stage 3 gets green light

We are very excited to announce that the Ministry of Heritage and Culture has given us funding to do a third round of Oral Histories about the Society. The funding will allow us to conduct 8 new interviews to add to the seventeen already completed.

The first set of interviews were conducted in 1999 and the second set in 2005. 

Deborah Shepard is our interviewer for stage three. She comes with a wealth of experience having conducted over 100 oral history interviews in the course of research for an MA, PhD and three of her books. Deborah has had articles published in Oral History in New Zealand, NOHANZ and 61 of her oral history interviews are held at the New Zealand Film Archive. She won an Award in History for her book Reframing History: A History of New Zealand Cinema and spoke about her experience at an Oral History Conference in Waikato in 1997. Thank you to all who showed interest in working on this project, it was a very impressive list of names!

We are in the process of selecting the most suitable 8 writers to interview. We will prioritise writers that have contributed to NZSA/PEN and the advocacy work that it does. These interviews will supplement the archival information on NZ Literature already held in the National Library's research collections, thus improving the resource for educational (academic) work, biography and literary exhibitions and broadcasts.

Seeking two National Council Regional Delegates

Nominations close midnight tonight

Northern Districts (NI) - Auckland/ Northland/ Hamilton
Central and Northern South Island - Top of the South / Canterbury

There have been changes to the regional boundaries which has prompted an election for the delegate in Northern Districts (NI) made up of Northland, Auckland and Hamilton Branches, and Central and Northern South Island made up of Top of the South and Canterbury Branches.

Members can nominate themselves or someone else, but to be eligible under the constitution nominees must be a Full Member of a Branch in the region.  If there is more than one nominee there will be an online vote.

Here is the job description and here is the process for an election should there be more than one nominee.

Key dates:
19 June - cut off date for nominations midnight tonight
26 June - distribute nominees' information for election if more than one nominee
10 July - online election period open for 14 days
23 July - voting closes at midnight
24 July - delegates announced
16 Aug - tentative date for National Council meeting (conference call)

You can nominate yourself or someone else by emailing the Chief Executive

Acclaimed author to receive $100,000 Michael King Fellowship

This year’s $100,000 Michael King Writer’s Fellowship has been awarded to non-fiction master, Dr Martin Edmond, winner of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction and author of some 30 publications and screenplays.  

Edmond, who holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts, plans to use the fellowship to research and write a biographical study of four expatriate New Zealanders who played notable roles in world affairs between 1876 and 2005 and yet are little-known in their home country. More

NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme makes the news

Taylor Whitehead from Lawrence Area School is one of the three youth mentees who won a place in our Youth Mentorship Programme 2015. Taylor is being mentored by  poet and novelist James Norcliff and here is a link to a wonderful article in the Otago Daily Times where Taylor talks about her writing and mentorship.

Registrations are now open for TINDERBOX 2015


Tinderbox is a professional conference for new and established children’s writers and illustrators. It will be held at St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington, from 2 – 5 October.
Tinderbox aims to shed light on new writing and illustration practices, inform about current practices and practitioners, and foster and energise its delegates. To view the full programme and to register please visit us online at  For more information email us at or join us on Facebook: tinderbox2015.
Organised by the Wellington Children’s Book Association, PO Box 1242, Wellington.

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2015 Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards attracts wide industry support

Publishers and the wider book trade have swung in behind the prestigious New Zealand Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards.
Between them, Book Tokens Ltd, Copyright Licensing New Zealand, Booksellers NZ, Nielsen Book and sponsor publishers Penguin Random House, Hachette, Scholastic and Potton & Burton, as well as all publishers who have finalists in the awards, have contributed $60,000 to ensure that the awards go forward. On top of that is the very welcome ongoing support of Creative New Zealand.  A private benefactor, the Fernyhough Education Foundation, has also pledged support.  More

‘Kiwi vernacular’ strong in Book Design

The PANZ Book Design Awards 2015 has 30 finalist titles over seven categories – best design in illustrated books, children’s books, cookbooks, educational titles and best cover, plus best typography and best non-illustrated book. The prestigious award for best book is chosen from all the category winners.

The PANZ Book Design Awards, celebrating the best in Kiwi book design, will be presented at a ceremony held on 16 July at the Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central, Auckland.  All shortlisted book images and ticketing information are on view at

Films based on Books NZIFF 2015:
Titles on the big screen

Now well  into its fifth decade, the New Zealand International Film Festival is a popular annual event for audiences and film-makers alike.

This year NZIFF have 15 films based on books and a further nine with firm literary connections. Here is an early sneak peak at the titles. Screening dates and venue confirmations are yet to be published but will be available from the festival website three weeks in advance of opening night in your region. More.

Busting to write for the big screen
but not sure where to start?

Beginner’s Guide is a popular two day workshop designed to demystify the nuts and bolts of screenwriting. Screenwriting has much in common with other forms of creative writing but it has a distinct form and language.  In just one weekend you will learn everything you need to know before starting your screenplay - AND gain insight into how film and TV projects are put together.

Facilitator Kathryn Burnett is a screenwriter and script consultant with over 20 years experience in the film and TV industry.
Taking place on 22 and 23 August. Earlybird tickets now on sale
Register HERE - Beginners Guide to Screenwriting | Auckland

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Clippings from the Internet

The 10 Commandments of Email Etiquette

(extract from article by Ilene Strizver in creativepro)
Gone are the days when we relied upon the telephone and the mail service for most communications. Today’s digital world relies heavily on email to make things happen in the world of business and commerce. There are many unspoken guidelines for email communications that are not only smart practices, but good manners as well. Here are my top ten recommendations for professional (and in many cases, personal) digital communications. More

Single or Double Spaces Between Sentences?

(extract from article by Ilene Strizver in creativepro)
Should you put one word space between sentences or two? This question continues to be hotly debated between people in personal, professional, and educational settings, as well as in blogs, newspapers, online news resources, and even dinner parties! But for designers (or anyone setting typography as opposed to just “typing”), it should be a non-issue: double spaces between sentences does NOT have a place in professional typesetting. In fact, it is considered a serious type crime and a sure sign of an amateur. Here’s the scoop. More

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

(extract from article by Iain S Thomas in the Huffington Post)
Here's what I believed when I was trying to get my first publishing deal: There is a cabal of writers and publishers purposefully keeping me out. Every successful writer is part of this cabal. They know who I am and they hate what I write because it is too good and they feel threatened by me and my work. I'm just too brilliant. Too edgy. Too innovative and new. More

Comic and Graphic News

Survey: What’s the Life of a Comic Artist Like?

(extract from sktchd)
Over the past month, 186 artists anonymously responded to questions from SKTCHD about who they are, what they do, how much they earn, which publishers they had the best experiences with, and much more in an attempt to provide a clearer picture as to what their lives are like. More

Digital Files


How A Simple Metadata Fix Can Double Book Sales

(extract from article by Edward Nawotka in Publishing Perspectives)
“I’m evangelizing for metadata, currently I’m trying to create awareness among publishers about metadata for marketing,” says Ronald Schild, CEO of MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH, which is the technical and digital subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. “There is a saying in the market that metadata is the new bookseller. I wouldn’t say that is 100% true, but if you look at the online catalogs with millions and millions of books it becomes increasingly difficult for a publisher to market the one book they want to market. The only way to achieve that is to spend a lot of money on advertising or to get the metadata right.” More

Study the Diploma in Applied Writing – Online course

NorthTec, Northland’s largest tertiary provider

Gain the skills to take your writing to the next level. NorthTec tutor and award-winning author, Diana Menefy, leads a team of veteran writers and editors to ensure you have all the support you need to excel.
"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

Write Against Impunity: PEN

Writers in Latin America have joined forces to protest the killing of journalists, writers, poets, and bloggers in the region. The resulting work, Write Against Impunity, is a diverse offering from respected writers such as Luisa Valenzuela, Gioconda Belli, and Sergio Ramirez. Write Against Impunity crosses a numbers of genres, and includes poetry, stories, and essays. The unifying link between all authors is their shared solidarity with writers under attack in the region. In May, PEN concluded a sixteen centre summit (PEN Summit of the Americas) to highlight the grave dangers to writers in Latin America. An open letter from John Ralston Saul (International PEN President) to all PEN members detailing the event and other PEN activities is available here.
For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at 



The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2015

Accepting entries of short stories between 2,000 and 4,000. The first prize will be £1,000 and publication, both online and in the Royal Society of Literature review. Any person in residence in a Commonwealth country is free to enter as many unpublished short stories as they choose for £5 per entry. More
Deadline 22 June

2015 Emerging Poets Competition

Proudly supported by The Divine Muses Poetry Reading and Penguin Random House New Zealand, the Emerging Poets Competition is now in its 4th year. In 2015, our judge is poet and novelist, Rosetta Allan, a former competition runner up. More
Deadline 3 August

Animal Laureate: The 2015 Page & Blackmore Poetry Competition

Enter Page & Blackmore Booksellers’ 2015 competition to celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 August. The winner will receive a gift voucher, and the winning poem and runners-up will be posted on Page & Blackmore’s website. More
Deadline Friday 14 August

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. 

The Essentials of Oral History Research (Auckland)

8.45am-4.30pm, 25 July and 15 August, Auckland    
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

Abstracting Oral History (Auckland)

8.45am-1pm, Sat & Sun 31 Oct and 1 Nov, (Auckland)
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

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


'Behind The Scenes' – Authors’ Talk In Nelson

2pm Sunday 21 June. Elma Turner Library, Nelson
Local authors and researchers Hilary and John Mitchell will talk about their researching and writing process, the 'behind the scenes' work that lead to their four volume work ‘Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: a history of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough’. This will be an opportunity to learn about some of the challenges in researching and writing. It is a Friends of the Nelson Library event. $2 entry charge.

Flash Fiction: The Twisted Hop, Woolston

June 22nd 6-8pm, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston
Come along to a free literary event compered by Morrin Rout. Sample the small but perfectly formed short short story. Listen to Owen Marshall (Judge) announce the NFFD competition winners and read from his own work. Readings from a variety of flash fiction authors, including past and present winners of the NZ National Flash Awards and the 2015 Regional Award. More

National Flash Fiction Awards, Wellington

7pm, Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St
As well as an awards announcement there will be an open mic for you to read your own flash fiction.  So come along with your stories, meet others, and read your flash fiction. More


National Flash Fiction Day, Auckland

6 - 8pm, 22 June, Level 2, Central City Library
Join us for an evening of flash, emceed by Graeme Lay. Winners of the 2015 NFFD competition will be announced, prizes awarded and winning stories shared. Guest speakers include award-winning writers Trisha Hanifin, Rachel Fenton, Patrick Pink, Elizabeth Morton, DR Jones and Steve Charters. Food and Auckland regional prize sponsored by NZSA. More

Nelson Live Poets Open Mic Night

6.45pm Monday 22 June. The Yurt at The Free House, Collingwood St
The next meeting of Nelson Live Poets will be dedicated to open mic performers, giving maximum opportunity for as many ‘guests’ as possible to take part.
For more information contact Mark Raffills on 027 2154 969 or Carol Ercolano on 03-545 0162.

Meet Deborah Shepard

6pm Tuesday 23 June. Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand, Takapuna
Biographer & teacher of memoir-writing Deborah Shepard talks about her book Giving Yourself to Life: A Journal of Pain, Hope & Renewal. $5/ $3, to book a place ph 09 890 4903 or email

Matariki Writers Event

27 June 2015, 9am – 4pm, Auckland Central Library
Do you have a story to tell?  Looking for inspiration?  Or just want to connect with a community of writers in a safe and creative space? Then join Te Hā ki Tāmaki Māori Writers group and Auckland Library for a unique and unforgettable experience, as we showcase the rising talent in Tāmaki and honour our shining stars, both past and present.  The theme is Matariki. 
The powhiri at 9.15am is followed by a writing workshop, an exciting line up of guest writers and poets, and an open mic session for any spoken word poets or storytellers.  The day includes tributes to Hone Tuwhare, including print and audio-visual displays and place readings.  All events are free and everyone is welcome. Nau mai, haere mai. Whatever your skill level or experience, haere mai.  We welcome you. More
To Register:  email, or call 307 7748

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: BrochureFloor PlanParticipation CostContract Form2014 Post Show Report 

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.)

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
Open Mic as usual. 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


22 Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition. More
22 The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2015. More
25 Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry. More
26 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. More
30 The Essential Lauris Edmond. More


20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
20 Narrative Seventh Annual Poetry Contest 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
31 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. More


2 NZSA Central Districts Short Story Competition (Open & School Student categories). More
6 $1000 Poetry 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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