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Interested in becoming more active in the literature sector?
Copyright Licensing NZ - new format for AGM
David Hill named Massey's 2016 Literary Artist-in-Residence
The Strange Sagas Children's Short Story and Illustration Competition
Top of the South Writers are going on Air!
Congratulations to Wellington Branch member Wes Lee
Congratulations to NZSA member Jenni Odgen
Free Creative Action Plan
Robbie Burns Fellowship open for applications
AUP Wins London Book Fair International Excellence Award
Director appointed for City of Literature Dunedin
Residency applications for NZ Pacific Studio
NWF - Programme Manager on board
Upcoming Writers Festival!
PEN Matters
    Germany Authorises Prosecution of Comedian for Broadcast of ‘Insulting’ Poetry 
    Censorship in the Pacific
Clippings from the Internet
    Writers Beware - exposing the scams and schemes of the publishing world
Comic / Graphic Novels
    Eisner award nominees: Oscars of the comics world is no boys' club
Digital Files
    Google Books wins 10-year copyright fight with authors
Want to start a writing group?
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

It is an interesting news week for members - regional activity from Top of the South and Christchurch and considerable good news stories for members having success with their writing and their writing career.

A reminder also that if you are considering submitting an application for this year's CompleteMS (full manuscript assessment) the deadline is 5pm, 27 May. Still plenty of time to give your manuscript another pass before you work on your application and get it in! 

Have an enjoyable Anzac weekend. Jackie & Claire

Interested in becoming more active in the literature sector?


Nominations are open for a position on the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) National Council.
To be on the National Council you need to be a published author living in a region that is open for nominations for a delegate.  You also need to be a member of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc).

Go here for all the information you need to get involved.

Nominations close 9.00am 26 April. 

NZ Society of Authors National AGM


Come! To both the AGM and the dinner. Wellington Branch promise a fun evening with fellow writers. But you do need to book.

So pop this date in your diary, make your travel plans and email Catherine Robertson to let her know you are coming.

Saturday 11 June
AGM 2pm at Toi Poneke Arts Centre
Literary Dinner 6pm at Preservatorium $35 per person (limited space so book early).

Also, watch out for your Branch AGM. Top  of South's is 7 May, check Branch newsletter for details.

Copyright Licensing NZ - new format for AGM

On the subject of AGM's, you are also invited to attend the Copyright Licensing AGM this year. 

CLNZ is hosting an open forum at its Annual General Meeting for authors and publishers so you can hear more from the Directors and Chief Executive about the company and its business strategy. Take advantage of the opportunity to gain more insight and ask any questions.
The date for the AGM is 5th May 2016 and will be held in AucklandIf you would like to attend email or phone Ann Sprosen on 09 486 6250 or

David Hill named Massey's 2016 Literary Artist-in-Residence

Congratulations to New Plymouth author, reviewer, NZSA member and arts critic David Hill - who will be Massey University's literary Artist-in-Residence for 2016.  Hill takes up the town-gown position in late April, and will be living at the Square Edge Community Arts Centre on the Square until mid-July.

Co-sponsored by Massey University and the Palmerston North City Council, the visiting artist programme is a unique opportunity to support community engagement between artists in creative writing, theatre, and the media arts, which includes film-making. Read the full press release

The Strange Sagas Children's Short Story and Illustration Competition

NZSA's Christchurch Children's Literature Hub is running a Canterbury-wide short story and illustration competition open to all 6-12 year olds in the area. It's dyslexia-friendly with great prizes, awesome judges and the winners also win books for their school or home-school library.

The prize-giving on 13th May includes a launch, games, dressing up and a reading by author Michelle Clark McConnochie from the latest book in her trilogy - The Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers. Find out more

Top of the South Writers are going on Air!

On Saturday 23 April, Top of the South radio show - Top Writers -will broadcast on Fresh FM. The programme will air at 9.10am Saturday, 0040 Monday, and Tuesday at 1pm - all New Zealand time. After broadcasting the shows will also be available on podcast from Fresh FM.
Fresh FM is a community radio station which broadcasts across the Nelson/Tasman region on 104.8, Eastern Golden Bay on 95.0 and Blenheim on 88.9. They also operate a low powered FM transmitter covering inner Nelson city areas on 107.2.
The show will endeavour to provide talks, information on workshops, competitions and much more. 

Congratulations to Wellington Branch member Wes Lee

Wes Lee has been shortlisted for The Remember Oluwale Prize in the UK. The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize, in partnership with Leeds BigBookend Festival, Fictions of Every Kind, and Remember Oluwale was launched to honour the life and death of David Oluwale. 

Congratulations to NZSA member Jenni Odgen

Jenni Odgen has won gold in the Australia/New Zealand ficiton section of the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS) for her first novel A Drop in the Ocean. Over 2,750 independent authors and publishers participated in the 19th annual, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. More

Free Creative Action Plan

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Robbie Burns Fellowship open for applications

Otago University invites applications for this annual, 12-month Fellowship providing an office in the English Department and not less than the minimum salary of a full-time university lecturer. The fellowship aims to encourage and promote imaginative New Zealand literature and to associate writers with the University.
Open to writers normally resident in New Zealand who have established by published work, or otherwise, that their writing would benefit from their holding the Fellowship. More
Deadline for applications is 1 June

AUP Wins London Book Fair International Excellence Award

Auckland University Press have won the London Book Fair International Excellence Award for Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year against strong competition from shortlisted publishers Higher Education Press (China) and Teseo (Argentina).

The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate success in fourteen categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, cutting edge publishing, and groundbreaking initiatives in the industry. AUP director Sam Elworthy received the award at the LBF International Awards ceremony. More

Director appointed for City of Literature Dunedin

The Dunedin City Council has appointed Nicky Page as Director City of Literature. Ms Page is currently an Academic Manager in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago, managing academic administration, strategic projects and academic communications. 

Dunedin City Council Group Manager Arts and Culture Bernie Hawke says, “We are delighted to announce the appointment and are very much looking forward to Nicky taking up this important role. “Nicky brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the role which we hope will take the Dunedin City of Literature designation to the next level.” 

Ms Page says, “I’m really looking forward to working with our wonderful local writers, as well as the City of Literature collaboration group, libraries, University, bookshops, galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, and creative communities. More

Now celebrating its 15th year

Would you love to take a few weeks or months to focus on a specific project?  

New Zealand Pacific Studio, a residency centre in an historic 1911 home in rural Wairarapa, offers writers and artists that space and time.
One of the few year-round residencies in the country to accept both NZ and overseas writers and artists, NZPS is located minutes from Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre ( complimentary entry for residents) and about 15 minutes from Masterton ( a complimentary pick-up/drop-off point.) NZPS has 6 unique workplaces - a clock-maker’s loft, visual art and writing studios, Scandinavian-style cottage complete with sauna - and a library of about 2,000 books.
  • Candidates are asked to provide a brief statement of their residency project and sample of their writing. 7 funded fellowships a year are offered throughout the year.
  • Self-funded and self-catering residencies are $350/week.   
Enquiries for 2016, please contact:

NWF - Claire Mabey is programme manager 

We are so happy to have Claire Mabey programming the NWF.

Claire has worked in publishing and on arts and literary events for the past decade.  She is co-Director of LitCrawl in Wellington, and is Director of Tauranga’s escape! festival of literature and ideas, and recently worked on New Zealand Festival’s Writers Week as the Coordinator. Claire is an avid reader, occasional writer, and is passionate about working to promote New Zealand literature and art.

Contact Claire:

Date: 17 & 18 September
Location: University of Auckland

If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor find out more here.

Upcoming Writers Festival!

Auckland Writers Festival


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

PEN Matters

Germany Authorises Prosecution of Comedian for Broadcast of ‘Insulting’ Poetry 

Comedian Jan Böhmermann faces prosecution for reading a poem which screened on late-night German state broadcaster ZDF. The poem, which allegedly criticised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was aired on Neo Magazine Royal, a show hosted by Böhmermann. Section 103 of the German Criminal Code, makes it illegal to insult heads of state. Punishment for an offence under the law ranges from up to five years imprisonment or a fine. More

Censorship in the Pacific

Pacific Media Centre carries an opinion piece examining ‘open and silent’ censorship in Fiji.  Professor Wadan Narsey details the demise of freedom of speech in Fiji. Called the ‘silent censorship’, Narsey outlines what he calls the ‘invidious silent self-censorship’; which is ‘denying the public access to “alternative voices”’.  More. Self-censorship is a growing problem worldwide, which is increasingly hard to track down. In 2013, PEN America undertook an investigation into self-censorship in the United States. The report Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives U.S. Writers to Self-Censor can be read here

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

Clippings from the Internet

Writers Beware - exposing the scams and schemes of the publishing world

Writer Beware is an online resource whose mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.

A dedicated team of writers maintain and continually update the Writer Beware website (which is part of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website). The information on current and past literary schemes, scams, and pitfalls, is designed to help writers protect themselves from exploitation. The thumbs down list of publishers is a must read if you are beginning the search for a publisher. 

Comic / Graphic Novels

Eisner award nominees: Oscars of the comics world is no boys' club

The nominations are out for this year’s Eisner awards – rightly dubbed the Oscars of the comics world – and the watchwords this year seem to be diversity and variety.

There are a record number of female creators on the ballot, and almost all of the comics in the best new series category feature female protagonists. The grip of industry leaders Marvel and DC seems to be slackening, with many more placings for independent and creator-owned titles including Image, Dark Horse, Oni and Monkeybrain. More
Extract from article in the Guardian by David Barnett

Digital Files 

Google Books wins 10-year copyright fight with authors

The legal fight over Google’s effort to create a digital library of millions of book is finally over.
The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge from authors who had argued that the tech giant’s project was ‘‘brazen violation of copyright law’’ — effectively ending the decade-long legal battle in Google’s favor. More
Andrea Peterson, WASHINGTON (The Washington Post/The Boston Globe/Pacific Media Watch)

Death by Deadline

29 MANIFESTO. A political anthology. Call for submissions. More
30 10-Minute Play Competition 2016. More
30 The 2016 National Flash Fiction Competition. More

01 PEN International New Voices Award. More
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

1  Robbie Burns Fellowship. More
1  University of Otago College of Education/Creative NZ Children's Writer in Residence 2017. More
7  Inkitt Grand Novel Contest, win and get published (Berlin) More 
12 International Bath Flash Fiction Award. More
30 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Europe) More

18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More 

31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. More

27 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More



The Calendar of Opportunities is found on our website. 

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  • 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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