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Welcome to this week's enews

Yay, it's almost time for a summer break full of reading, relaxing and sun.

Thank you to you, our wonderful members, for a fantastic year.

We're closed until 11 January. The next Literary Bulletin will be Friday 29th January but you may receive some announcements from us before then. For example the Hachette Mentorship winner! 
Enjoy this week's news.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill
New Member Benefit: Wardini Books in Havelock North, Hastings is now offering a 10% discount for NZSA members!

Hachette Mentor Program update

With 55 applications for this exciting opportunity it is taking Hachette a little longer than expected to select the recipient. However, we will be able to make an announcement next week. 

Journalism not a crime. High court finds police search on Nicky Hager was illegal

Excerpt from Scoop. Wellington High Court judge Justice Clifford issued his judgement today on the legality of the police search of Nicky Hager's home on 2 October 2014.

The judge found that the search was illegal. He said that the Police had failed to disclose relevant information to the Judge who issued the warrant. As a result, he formally declared that the warrant was “fundamentally unlawful”. He also found that the search was therefore unlawful. Justice Clifford also expressed concerns about other aspects of the Police’s actions.

Mr Hager said he is very happy about the decision, for his family and because of the important principles it upholds. More

Judgment: Hager v Attorney-General

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced!


The New Zealand Society of Authors and Auckland War Memorial Museum are delighted to announce the recipients of the NZSA Auckland Museum National and Auckland Regional Grants.

The National Grant goes to Paolo Rotondo. Paolo is a screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker and actor who will be researching for his theatrical piece, Kororareka.
Paolo will use the NZSA Auckland Museum Grant to research the earliest interaction of Pakeha and Māori.
The judging panel said “his script outline shows a bold re-imagining of the northern port as it existed decades before the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi was ever signed. 

The Auckland Regional grant of $2,500 is awarded to two writers for their joint application 'Dear, dear, dear Papa'. Archaeologist David Veart and writer/researcher Lorraine Wilson have a project that will draw on the John Logan Campbell papers held at the Museum library.
The judging panel commented “the Veart and Wilson proposal promises to add a significant new chapter to the saga of John Logan Campbell, the so-called ‘Father of Auckland’ and to our understanding of Victorian children”. More

Te Puna Women's Refuge Raffle

Lesley Marshall is running her annual Christmas raffle. The prize is a critique (or the equivalent time in editing) in memory of Lesley's son, with funds to go to Te Puna Women's Refuge.
To enter, simply send a cheque (made out to Te Puna) to Lesley Marshall (Editline, 20 Beverley Cres, RD 9 Whangarei 0179), and she will put you in the draw. Alternatively, you can direct debit money into Te Puna’s account (Acc: 123101 0056429 00; name: Te Puna o Te Aroha Women’s Refuge) and let Lesley know what you’ve paid them so she knows how many chances to give you.  If an overseas writer wants to enter they can donate to their local refuge equivalent. You can contact Lesley by email.
The draw is on 20 December. The critique is for a novel or any similar piece of work, and the winner can send it any time in the next year, either on paper or by email. The costs for entries are as follows:
One chance = $20; 3 chances $30; 6 chances $40; 10 chances $50; 15 chances $60.

(This annual raffle is organised by NZSA's dedicated WIP (Writers In Prisons) Committee Coordinator Lesley Marshall and we are happy to promote such an important issue.)

Position Vacant - Programme Manager for new writers conference 

Find out everything you need to know to apply for this part-time position here

Turbine literary magazine - 2015

Global and local writing showcased in Turbine
New work from emerging and established writers, including the latest graduates of Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), features in online literary magazine Turbine
The 15th edition of the magazine showcases work by an array of New Zealand writers, such as Kerrin P. Sharpe, whose third collection rabbit rabbit will be published by Victoria University Press (VUP) in 2016.
It also features work from writers further afield, such as Irish poet Vona Groarke, and a new translation of a poem by Eugenio Montale—the 1975 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. More

Restructuring at Radio NZ impacting Drama Department

This week National Office sent a letter seeking a meeting with the Hon Amy Adams in her capacity as Minister of Broadcasting.
Some of our writers have alerted us to the fact that the Radio NZ Drama and Story Unit is about to lose funding and yet another staff member. At present we understand they are operating with 3 staff members in Wellington and 1 staff member in Auckland.
This will severely affect very many writers from many different genres throughout the country. It will mean decreased programming of dramatized NZ books, plays and short stories across the board.
The meeting has been requested to ask that funding to Radio NZ Drama and Story Unit be reviewed with a view to increasing it. It is not only the people working in Radio NZ who are affected but also NZ writers and the NZ listening and reading public. 

Plan is for Officers of the Canterbury Branch to meet with Amy Adams as soon as we can schedule the meeting. We will also contact Radio NZ directly.

2015 CLNZ Contestable Fund Investments Announced

Now in its second year and with funds available increased to $60,000 the 2015 CLNZ Contestable Fund will this year make investments into seven projects that demonstrate writing and publishing or education sector growth and development.
The projects receiving funding contributions are:
Anna Mackenzie $5,500          Writing
Janice Marriott $3,800            Writing
Kelly Ana Morey $20,000        Writing
Keri Hulme $1,250                  Writing
Publishers Association of NZ  $15,000 Sector development
Bridget Williams Books           $10,000 Publishing
Huia (NZ) Ltd                         $4,000  Education           

More info

2016 IBBY International Honour List

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) New Zealand is pleased to announce that the following New Zealand titles will be included in the 2016 IBBY International Honour List. 

Writing: Mandy Hager Singing Home the Whale, PenguinRandomHouse.
Illustration: Vasanti Unka The Boring Book, PenguinRandomHouse.
Translation (Te Reo): Kawata Teepa  Ngā Kī, Huia.
Translation (English): Julia Marshall Detective Gordon: The First Case, Gecko Press.

Heritage Books Awards 2015 - Winners announced

Congratulations to:
Book: A Bloody Road Home by Chris Pugsley
Short Story: Alpha Crucis by Sandra Arnold
Essay (Joint): Consequences of a Road not Travelled by Jill McCaw
                     I’ll be Back before You Know it by Robin McElrea
Poem: I’ve always like to Ride in Trains by Karen Zelas

Canterbury Poets’ Collective news

There has been a decision to discontinue The Poem in The Press. It's mainly due to realignment to be closer to the Dominion Post in terms of layouts and content.
(It has been pointed out that a point of difference might be more appropriate than “realignment”!)
You can write letters to the Press if you feel strongly about this. The last poems have been scheduled for December 11 and December 18.

Inaugral Headland Prize and Frontier Prize Awarded

New Zealand-based literary e-journal, Headland, has announced the recipients of the 2015 Headland prize for best story, and 2015 Frontier Prize for best story by an unpublished author:

2015 Headland Prize is awarded to NZSA member Kathryn van Beek (pictured) for 'Frangipani', Issue 2 ($200).
2015 Frontier Prize is awarded to Caoimhe McKeogh for 'Lemon', Issue 4 ($100).

Van Beek is “thrilled and honoured” to be the inaugural Headland Prize recipient, noting: “I may be better known for my rescue kitten Bruce than for my short stories, but I’ve been writing fiction in a serious kind of a way for the past two years. More

NZSA Top of the South Branch Writers’ Retreat

18-20th March 2016
Come and write, and meet with other writers, in the secluded setting of Mount Richmond Estate, Rai Valley, Marlborough.
Enquiries to Dave Briggs no later than 31st Jan 2016.
For more details go here

International Authors Forum 10 principles for fair contracts

The NZ Society of Authors participated in the International Authors Forum fair contracts initiative. I am pleased to be able to share with you a one page overview of the main issues agreed to be applicable to writers in most countries. If you have been offered a publishing contract this is a good reference tool for you.

IAF's 10 principles for fair contracts

2016 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition

This national short story competition is organised by NZSA Top of the South branch and sponsored by Nelson’s Page & Blackmore Booksellers. The judge this year is Tina Shaw, who is the author of several novels, for both adults and children. Her short stories have been published in many anthologies, literary journals and magazines, and she has received various awards.

Entries to the competition are restricted to the first 125 received. For an entry fee of $20, each story will be given feedback from an experienced writer. The judge will provide a written assessment of the ten short-listed stories. The top three entries receive book vouchers from Page & Blackmore to the value of: First, $250; Second, $100, Third, $50. To find out more and download the entry form.
Closing Date 1 April

First Ruapehu Writers Festival

Tickets are available for the first Ruapehu Writers Festival, to be held at Ōhakune from 17-20 March 2016.
The festival is being co-organised by Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor and 2016 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, Dr Anna Jackson of Victoria’s School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies. Other co-organisers are her husband and Tuatua Café owner Simon Edmonds, and poet and publisher Helen Rickerby.
Dr Jackson says the festival will be a long weekend of readings, talks, panel discussions, a workshop, a poetry slam and some more unusual events such as a literary waterfall walk, a bike ride and a pony trek. More

Clippings from the Internet

How do I love thee? Let me Instagram it

Extract from article by Huma Qureshi in the Guardian. Mobbed at signings, followed by millions and topping the bestseller lists: Instapoets such as Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur and Tyler Knott Gregson are poetry’s new superstars, publishing their love poems and haiku on social media. But are they any good? 

In 2013, Lang Leav self-published a small debut poetry collection, Love & Misadventure, online. Two years later, she was meeting her fans on a book tour in the Philippines. “It was insane,” she says. “The organisers had to limit each signing to 500 people per session … and I was being escorted by armed guards.” Many queued for hours, some camping out overnight for a chance to meet her. More

Comic / Graphic News

The Poetics of Mental Disorders in Modern Graphic Novels

Extract from article in Comicosity. In the last twenty years, comics and graphic novels have become more complex and have developed a language that expresses more about problematic issues such as mental illness. Even though we have many previous references to insanity and the sociopathic in characters like The Joker, in Batman: The Killing Joke, or Rorschach, inWatchmen, these characters are largely stereotypes and have become emblematic in reference to madness. More

Margaret Atwood Writing a Series of Graphic Novels

Extract from article in the New York Times. Margaret Atwood, who has written poetry, children’s literature and fiction and nonfiction, is adding another genre to her repertoire: graphic novels. Dark Horse Comics will publish “Angel Catbird,” written by Ms. Atwood and drawn by Johnnie Christmas, in the fall of 2016. More

Digital Files

STM Publishing Continues to Drive Revenue, Innovation

Extract from article in Publishing Perspectives. Research published earlier in the year from International STM and Outsell valued the STM publishing market at approximately $25 billion, plus $10 billion in additional journal revenues. The number of published articles was also reported to be growing by 3.5% per year to stand at 2.5 million articles. The United States was suggested to lead the way with 36% of published articles with China said to publish 6%. It was also highlighted that since the beginning of journal publishing 350 years ago, the growth had been around 3 to 4% per annum. More

Penguin Random House announces new e-Book terms for libraries

From USA Library Journal - December 3rd. Penguin Random House today announced a new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries working with approved ebook vendors in the United States and Canada. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House. More

PEN Matters 


PEN Concern for Journalist: Australia’s Offshore Detention Centre

Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani has been detained in Australia’s offshore Immigration Detention Centre for the last two years.
Boochani wrote for, and published, the Kurdish magazine Varia (Werya) where he promoted Kurdish culture and language. While in detention on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Boochani  has continued to write and publish articles in Kurdish publications. His latest installment is a book written while in detention on his life at the centre. You can read his first installment here. And his poetry here.
Please share his case with others through social media and send letters of appeal to:
Iranian Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Wellington 
PO Box 14733, Kilbirnie, Wellington
The Black Kite
Over Manus Island,
a black kite flies.
A few youths –
still with energy
to bear the difficulties
of this prison camp  –
made it.
The black kite flies,
a messenger of freedom
for us, the forgotten prisoners.
It circles
higher and higher
above the camp,
above the beautiful coconuts.
Our eyes follow its flight,
it seems to want to tear its rope.
It breaks free,
dances towards the ocean,
flies far and again farther
until no one can see it.
The youths stare into the empty sky
after their impossible dream.
Behrouz Boochani. Translation by Ali Parsaei and Janet Galbraith

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


Through a poet's eyes: Dunedin, City of Literature

Three days of inspirational fieldwork followed by a two day poetry workshop. 25-29 January 2016. A poetry immersion week designed to nourish your creativity and hone your craft, whatever your current level of experience. Tutored by Sue Wootton. More

Opportunities / Death by Deadline

Opportunities can now be found on our new website. 

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  • To find opportunities in your area, visit your branch page.

Events / Book Launches


Events can now be found on our new website

  • 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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