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Welcome
NZSA StartWrite - subsidised service open for submissions
Storylines National Festival Story Tour
NZSA Youth Mentor Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers
Regional Culture and Heritage Fund - open for applications
Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors 2017
Call for Papers for the Dan Davin Short Story Symposium
PEN
  When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide
2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards
Clippings from the Internet
  Frankfurt Book Fair Releases Facts and Figures from 2016
  500,000 people at a literary festival: we cross live to Jaipur, India
Comic / Graphic News
  The 20 comics to watch out for in 2017
Digital Files
  Amazon launches £20,000 prize for self-published ebooks
  Top 10 Trends in Reading and Book Apps for Children
  Agency pricing didn’t restrain Amazon; it strengthened them
Death by Deadline
Opportunities
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin


This week we open the NZSA Youth Mentor programme - this is open to applications from 15yr to 18yr olds (they don't have to be NZSA members). We also now have the NZSA StartWrite subsidised service open for submissions from NZSA members for 2017.

All your opportunities and literary events can be found at authors.org.nz - although we have featured a few high profile ones here today. 

All the best
Claire Hill and Jackie Dennis at your National Office

NZSA StartWrite - subsidised service open for submissions


For writers and comic / graphic novelists who want to get an appraisal of a portion of writing up to 6,000 words.
  • Writers should send in a section of work up to 6,000 words, and a one page synopsis.
  • Comic / Graphic novelists need to send in a synopsis and up to ten pages of finished work.
This is an excellent opportunity to get an appraisal of part of your work at an early stage.

Manuscripts are appraised by experienced authors and assessors in a one to two page report. They will also answer up to three specific questions that the writer may submit with the chapter and synopsis.

The subsidised charge for this excellent service is usually either $40 or $45. More

The subsidised StartWrite service is made possible thanks to funding from Creative New Zealand

Storylines National Festival Story Tour


For 23 years, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust has celebrated an annual Festival of New Zealand’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators with six family-focused days in Northland, Auckland, South Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. It also has produced two “story tours” for Auckland/South Auckland and Northland, aimed at encouraging hundreds of thousands young people to develop a love of books. More

NZSA Youth Mentor Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers 


Three secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills.

Applications for the Youth Mentorship Programme open 3 Feb and must be submitted by 31 March.  More

Regional Culture and Heritage Fund - open for applications


The call for applications to the second round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF) opened on 31 January 2017.  Subject to the calibre of applications received, around $12 million is available for possible distribution to qualifying projects. Minister Barry’s media release can be read here.

The deadline for receipt of RCHF Round 2 applications at the office of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017.  Funding decisions will be announced in the middle of the year. More

Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors 2017

 





An annual $2,000,000 fund distributed to resident New Zealand authors who meet the criteria set out in the Regulations. 

Register between 1 January and 1 March 2017 at:
http://natlib.govt.nz/publishers-and-authors/public-lending-right-for-new-zealand-authors
 
Any queries to:
Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Coordinator
PO Box 1467, Wellington 6140
Email PLR@dia.govt.nz
Phone (04) 470 4528
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Call for Papers for the Dan Davin Short Story Symposium 1-3 Sept 2017


The Dan Davin Conference on the New Zealand Short Story – its traditions and departures – will be held in September.

The conference is an opportunity to celebrate Southland-born author Dan Davin as one of the fathers of the modern New Zealand short story, and the development of the New Zealand short story to today. More

PEN International


When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide


This week the line between free speech and hate speech was thrust to the fore when the University of California at Berkeley cancelled a speech by the ultra-right movement’s Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Breitbart News. Scheduled to speak at campus, Yiannopoulos’ speech was cancelled after protests and concerns that police could not guarantee security at the event.

Protestors gathered with signs stating that ‘Hate Speech is not Free Speech’ in response to Yiannopoulos, whose comments have been criticised as racist, misogynist, and anti-Muslim.

U.S. President Trump waded unto the debate with a tweet “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

Hate speech and free speech have an uneasy relationship. Last week, New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy was reported as asking for police to ‘record hate crime statistics to combat racism’.



Email PEN spokesperson Dana Wensley at PEN@nzauthors.org.nz for any issues to do with Freedom of Expression and Writers In Prison co-ordinator Lesley Marshall if you would like to be part of the Writers in Prison letter writing team.

2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards


Writers working in the Mind Body Spirit genre have until 31 March to enter the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards.

There are two award’s categories, one for Books and another for Unpublished Manuscripts. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize.

Spokesperson for the Trust, Adonia Wylie, says the judging panel is looking for fiction or non-fiction works that have the potential to uplift and enhance people, relationships and society.
“It is extremely pleasing to reward talented established and emerging writers. We very much look forward to reading this year’s entries.”

The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre.

For the Book category, works must be published between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Shortlisted writers will be announced mid-July and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland in August, 2017.

Submission forms and entry details are available from www.bookawards.awct.org.nz
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Clippings from the internet


Frankfurt Book Fair Releases Facts and Figures from 2016

Citing especially strong response to its Literary Agents and Scouts Center and to the Business Club offering, Frankfurt Book Fair found 90 percent of its exhibitors to be players in purchasing decisions.

In its release this week of the annual Facts and Figures information prepared for each year of the fair’s operation, we learn that FBM was attended by 278,023 visitors—172,296 of them in the publishing trade, and 105,727 or 38 percent members of the public. More


500,000 people at a literary festival: we cross live to Jaipur, India


Half a million people attended last week’s literary festival in Jaipur, India. Half a million!

There was anti-Muslim debate, a famous author described Trump as America’s “dick pic”, and police roamed around in camel-coloured berets. More.
Extract from article by Sam Gaskin in the Spinoff.

Comic / Graphic News

The 20 comics to watch out for in 2017


It’s easy to forget, in among all the blockbuster superhero adaptations and the new mainstream adoration for everything caped and muscly, that comic books are currently in the middle of a golden age.

From noir to the surreal, cross-country bike rides to post-apocalyptic animal tales, 2017 promises to be another fine vintage, from studios big and small. More. Extract from article by Zainab Akhtar in the Guardian.

Digital Files


Amazon launches £20,000 prize for self-published ebooks

 
Online retailer Amazon UK has taken on big awards such as the Man Booker and Costa Book Awards by launching its own literary prize – for self-published ebooks. 

The Kindle Storyteller Prize carries a cash award of £20,000. The prize is open to any author who publishes their book through Kindle Direct Publishing between February 20 and May 19 this year. More


Top 10 Trends in Reading and Book Apps for Children


Children's book researcher Elisa Yuste shares the latest concepts and trends in reading apps for kids in the coming year. More. Extract from article by Porter Andersen in Publishing Perspectives.

 

Agency pricing didn’t restrain Amazon; it strengthened them


Many, if not most, of the people in publishing houses I know have what they feel is a pretty clear picture of the changes we’re seeing in the business. There seems to be a strong consensus that the ebook share is leveling off or diminishing as opposed to print. And there is an enthusiasm about what is characterized as a vibrant and growing independent sector. And stronger print, too many (if not most) people (even inside the industry) figure, means stronger brick-and-mortar and a lessening of the power of Amazon.

But data is really elusive and confusing in our business. Nobody really counts everything in the same way with the same time periods and methodology. More. Extract from post in the Shatzkin Files.

Death by Deadline


February
3  Text Publishing Prize. More
3 Creative NZ Quick Response Grant. More
14 Cloud Ink Anthology. More
17 International Art and Design Publishing Prize. More
28 Sponge. More
28 Poems in the Waiting Room competition More

March
1  Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency. More
10 Creative NZ Arts Grant. More
10 Berlin Writer's Residency. More
10 Michael King Writer’s Fellowship. More
10 Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary. More
31 Writer of the City of Gaz. More
31 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Mind Body Spirit Literature Awards. More

April
1  Page & Blackmore Short Story competition. More

May
19 Kindle UK Storyteller Award. More

August
31 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. 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

 

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

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