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Welcome to this week's enews

Welcome to this weeks e-news. It's shorter. Our new website is where events and opportunities are now hosted and constantly updated. However opportunitites are compiled especially for you, our members and are not public to all so you will need to be signed in to find them. Once you are logged in use it as an opportunity to populate you profile with information. We've given detailed instructions in this e-news on how to do it.

Have you recently started on a new work and want to check you are on the right track? We have a few subsidised StartWrite Assessments left. This service gives feedback on one chapter of your manuscript, and it's non-competitive. Send in your synopsis and chapter sample (up to 6000 words) this weekend and we'll fire it off to an assessor pronto.

Enjoy this weeks e-news.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA Mentor Programme 2016 - Open for Applications!

An opportunity for writers, poets, playwrights, comic book writers and graphic novelists to grow their skills under the guidance of a mentor!

The programme seeks applications from writers and graphic novelists who are looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback.

This year, as part of our commitment to Creative New Zealand, we have tagged 3 mentorships for emerging writers identifying as Maori, Pacifika, and Asian.  

NZSA already has an impressive list of writer and comic / graphic novel mentors listed on our website. But keep an eye out for a second release of available mentors within the next few weeks. 

The NZSA mentorship programme is made possible thanks to funding from Creative NZ and is open for applications until 9 February 2015. To find out more

Enter the draw for a Full Manuscript Assessment

But be quick! This opportunity closes Wed 23 Nov 11.45pm 

Two NZSA members can have their completed manuscript assessed by an NZSA assessor at no cost to the entrant. To enter the draw, you just need to tell us what being a member of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN Inc) means for you. Entrants comments may be used as a testimonial on our new website. 

To qualify to enter the draw, you must agree to these criteria:
  • Be a paid up member of NZSA (PEN NZ Inc).
  • All fiction and non-fiction (in all genres) will be considered.
  • Your manuscript can be up to 100,000 words – word count must appear on the MS. We cannot accept entrants for any manuscript that is longer than 100,000 words.
  • Only one entry per NZSA member
  • Enter by 11.45pm on Monday 23 November 2015
  • Allow your comment to be used as a testimonial on the NZSA website
Do you meet and agree the criteria? Now, just fill out the entry form on our website! 

The quest for outstanding books for children and young adults begins!

Submissions are now open for the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Publishers are invited to send in their books for consideration.
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (merged from late 2015 with the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards) promote excellence in literature for children and young adults and provide recognition for the best books in six categories - plus Children’s Choice awards - published annually in NZ.
The six categories are: Young Adult Fiction, Junior Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Book, Illustration, Te Reo.
The awards are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and administered by the New Zealand Book Council. More
  • First submission deadline: 11 Dec 2015 (books published 1 April 2015 – 30 Nov 2015)
  • Second submission deadline: 26 Feb 2016 (books published 1 Dec 2015 – 31 Mar 2016)

How to update your writer profile on our new website!

The new website is live and looking good. Every NZSA member has a writer profile on the new website, it is up to you to update your profile and you will find the tools and process are more flexible and easier to use than our old site.

To update your writer's profile (in Our Writers) on the website:
  • Click on Login/My Account top right corner of the opening page. Your login is your email address. If your old website password doesn't work you may need to choose a new one by clicking on 'lost your password'.
  • Click on ...edit your password and account details.

You will now be able to (looking from top to bottom when you are looking at your profile update page:
  • Add a profile photo for yourself
  • Add any contact info that you want visible to the public
  • Add a blurb
  • Highlight the genres that you work in
  • Highlight your skills
  • Add the title, description, and image for as many of your books as you would like to display.
If you had a profile active on the old website, you should find that your photos and profile info have been moved to the new website, but you may have to tweak them by adding book titles etc.

We encourage you to have a writer profile on our site. This is a good opportunity to promote yourself and your writing. We are happy to help you with this during office hours should you encounter any issues.

NB: If you are an associate or full member, the membership subscription price showing in your website account may be $142 or $144. This is an error, annual membership renewal remains at $120 for full and associate members. If your membership is due to renew, just pay $120 via online banking or cheque as you usually do. We will let you know as soon as we have sorted the website issue.

NZ teachers help select best educational resources for 2015

2015 CLNZ Education Award winners named 


Locally relevant, New Zealand content has won the vote of teachers around the country as well as awards from a panel of education experts. The recipients of the 2015 CLNZ Education Awards were announced at a ceremony in Auckland last night.

The CLNZ Education Awards are a celebration of the excellent resources New Zealand companies have recently released in the New Zealand education market. In 2015, classroom teachers from across New Zealand joined forces with a judging panel of education experts to add their choice of the best resources to the judge’s selection of award winning educational resources. More

Central Districts Short story competition results!

Congratulations to:

First:  Hayley Solomon (Whanganui), “The Chosen One”
Second:  Tony Chapelle (Palmerston North), “Islands” 
Third:  Anthony Ivan Millen (Taumaranui ), “Aukati”
First: Sophie Thirsk (St Matthew’s Collegiate School, Masterton), “The Grandpa Walker” 
Second: Katherine Spencer (New Plymouth Girls High School, New Plymouth), “The Waiting Game”
Third equal: Madeleine Forest (Wairarapa College), “To Enter?”
Third equal : Kadie Wilson (Freyberg High School, Palmerston North), “Over the Equator”

Go to NZSA website to read the full list including 'highly commended'.

Congratulations! The Winner of the 2015 NZ Bookshop Day Best Promotion is ...

Congratulations to Carole Beu and the great team at The Women’s Bookshop for winning the Best Promotion reflecting the essence of NZ Bookshop Day – “Your Place, Your Bookshop”. 

The judging was carried out by the entire team at Booksellers NZ.  It was a very close competition with the top contenders barely separable, as each had put a lot of effort and thought into unique, quirky, fun, engaging and community spirited events and celebrations.  The emphasis was not on size of events/celebrations but how well you reflected your place in your community. More

Clippings from the Internet


Does Anne Frank Copyright Extension Rewrite History?

(extract from Dennis Abrams blog on Publishing Perspectives)  The foundation that holds the copyright on The Diaries of a Young Girl by Anne Frank plans to extend it by adding her father as “co-author.” 

“When Otto Frank first published his daughter’s red-checked diary and notebooks, he wrote a prologue assuring readers that the book mostly contained her words, written while hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex of a factory in Amsterdam. More

Comic / Graphic News

Manga rows show why it’s still Japan’s medium of protest

(extract from article by Justin McCurry in the Guardian)
Next year’s G7 summit in the Japanese city of Shima has already been hit by controversy. However, the row is not over policy, but over the meeting’s official mascot, Aoshima Meg – a manga rendering of a teenage girl dressed as one of the area’s famed ama divers.

The city dropped the mascot last week after it had been denounced as sexist and an insult to the female divers – many of whom are in their 60s and 70s – who traditionally dive for pearls and abalone without breathing apparatus. More

Funded! Scoop Hits $50k PledgeMe Goal

Scoop reached their $50,000 crowdfunding target 34 hours before the campaign closed. This funding helps establish the Scoop Foundation Trust and enable Scoop to transition to a news organisation funded by accredited organisations and annual individual and corporate memberships. Scoop is the only New Zealand publication that has a developed funding model which is capable of sustaining non-advertising-funded quality and timely news and information services.  More

List of NZ's must-see Literary Destinations

(Extract from Booksellers) Journeys begin with intentions and, as the summer holidays fast approach, Kiwis think beach, bach, BBQ. The culture vultures among them will no doubt be contemplating life beyond the deck chair and the pages of their latest riveting novel, pondering where to get their next literary fix. 
With this in mind, The Read did a bit of cyber-rambling, found out a bit more about New Zealand’s first Booktown and checked in with some booksellers about the sort of traction they got from having literary connections. The result is a list of must-see literary destinations – ideal pit-stops for the literary community at large this summer. More     (Pic: The Terraces Literary Steps, Canterbury)

Digital Files

Indonesia’s AR&Co Sees Augmented Reality as the Future of Books

(extract from article by Mark Piesing in Publishing Perspectives)     AR&Co, an augmented reality (AR) startup founded in Indonesia, is “bringing the virtual into reality” of books, starting with the Bible.

Imagine parachuting out of a plane while lying on the living room floor, or cooking a dish and seeing precisely where to cut the vegetables, or opening the fridge and at one glance knowing the calories and the sell-by dates of all your groceries, as well as the option to order more. More

PEN Matters

Writers urge British Government to safeguard freedom of expression in India 

More than 200 writers including Nikita Lalwani, Henry Marsh, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Val McDermid have written an open letter to David Cameron calling on the British government to take action to safeguard freedom of expression in India.

The writers express grave concern over threats to freedom of expression in the country: More

French PEN condemns attacks on Paris

French PEN Club condemns with our utmost energy the cowardly attacks in Paris on the evening of Friday November 13th. Those barbaric events are a tragic echo of those of January 2015, which already brought mourning to France. It is again the ideals of Republic, Democracy, Secularity, Freedom, Equality and Fraternity that are the target of the attacks, through the abominable murders. It is also an attack to Freedom of Expression, as the concert hall The Bataclan is a cultural venue. We share the pain of the families and friends of the victims and we send them our condolences. More 


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

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MKWC 2016 Residencies Announced                    

The writers selected for the four residencies at the Devonport writers’ retreat are editor and researcher Hannah August from Wellington, Elspeth Sandys, predominantly a historical fiction writer also from Wellington, playwright, screenwriter, poet and short story writer, Briar Grace-Smith from Paekakariki and fiction writer and academic, Jenni Quilter, currently residing in New York. More

Book Launches

Launch of Matt Vance's Book Ocean Notorious - Christchurch

5.30pm, Thurs 26 Nov. Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch
NZSA members are invited to the launch of Matt Vance's latest book Ocean Notorious. Congratulations to Matt, who was a recipient of one of the 2014 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants! More

Launch of Entangled Islands by Serie Barford – Auckland

8–9.15pm, Tuesday 1st December, at Poetry Live, The Thirsty Dog, 469 K Rd, Auckland
Anahera Press invites NZSA members to the launch of Serie Barford’s new collection of poetry and short stories. Entangled Islands will be launched by Karlo Mila. All welcome. 

Book Launch of June Bowen's novel - Blenheim

June Bowen will be launching her novel Gone, Brother, Gone at Blenheim Public Library, 33 Arthur Street, on Wednesday 2 December at 7.30 pm.
The book launch is being hosted by The Friends of the Marlborough District Libraries. June will speak for about an hour on the process of writing and the path she followed which ultimately led to the publication of the novel.
The book will be available at $29.50 and she will sign copies for any who may like to purchase it. Question time will be followed by supper. More

Opportunities / Death by Deadline

Opportunities can now be found on our new website. 

  • Opportunities are only visible to members! To see opportunities/death by deadline you need to log in using your email address and member password.
  • To find opportunities in your area, visit your branch page.



Events can now be found on our new website

  • To find all events 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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