NZSA enews - 8 May 2015
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NZSA Youth Mentorships - Recipients Announced
Call for nominations for the next Poet Laureate
Gordon McLauchlan's opinion on Bauer Media contracts
Clippings from the Internet
 - Why are YA books about politics always dystopian?
 - New words from the new millenials via
Graphic / Comic news
 - Auckland Writers Festival Workshop: Comics 101 with Ant Sang
Weekend of Workshops, AGM meeting and dinner
Congratulations to Xie Hong
PEN Matters
 - Charlie Hebdo: World Press Freedom Day
 - Does freedom of speech include the right to offend?
 - Enoh Meyomesse: Thank you
Newly published writings by James Courage (1906–1963)
Writers invited to enter Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Award
James Patterson donates $100,000 to bookshops to get kids reading
New Monthly Podcast from the NZ Book Council
Sign up for CLNZ’s newsletter
CompleteMS Deadline Three Weeks Away!
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

Highlights of this e-news bulletin includes the names of this year’s 3 youth mentees who will be nurtured by an experienced writer for the rest of this year, Gordon McLachlan responds to Auckland Branch remit about investigating the Bauer Contracts, and a call for nominations for this year’s Poet Laureate and, on the subject of poetry, there is a call for submissions for a book entitled The Essential Lauris Edmond.

We tickle your attention one more time to encourage you to come along to the Writers Workshops in Havelock North, enjoy a dinner with fellow writers and pop into the AGM weekend 23 May. And, as usual, your one click link to writers' opportunities around the globe.

All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA 2015 Youth Mentorships - Recipients Announced

Winners have been announced for the NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2015. Three talented secondary school students will spend the next few months honing their skills and developing their craft under the mentorship of three of New Zealand’s finest professional authors.

The  2015 recipients are Madeline Dew from Opotiki College, Amelia Kendall from St Cuthbert's College in Auckland and Taylor Whitehead from Lawrence Area School in Otago. Amelia will be using her mentorship to work on a group of poems forming a mihi, while Madeline and Taylor will both be developing their novels.

The Youth Mentorship programme is part of NZSA's successful mentoring programme for writers and is supported by Creative New Zealand. More

Call for nominations for the next Poet Laureate

The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa is seeking nominations for the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award.

Poetry is a quintessential part of New Zealand art and culture, and through the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award the government acknowledges the value that New Zealanders place on poetry as a part of our national identity. More
Deadline for nominations: 6 July

Gordon McLauchlan's opinion on Bauer Media contracts

I contributed to newspapers and magazines for a number of decades and have lately been on a small committee reading contracts for NZ Society of Authors members seeking advice on terms offered by book publishers. It seems to me that the online discussion among freelance journalists on the issue of the Bauer Media contracts has been loose and unproductive. Preparing a standard contract is simply a waste of money and the reason I advised NZSA not to contribute.  Most of the clauses in the Bauer contract don’t matter a damn. For example, history shows that the indemnity clause doesn’t work for publishers and we are happy enough for members to sign it. I do so myself.

So, in my opinion, the issue comes down to copyright.  We have noticed an increasing demand from some small publishers – not the big commercial operators – that writers give their copyright away for nothing, and we believe this should be stoutly resisted as grossly unfair to professional writers. However, it is worth noting that newspapers have for many years been insisting regular contributors sign away their copyright, which makes it difficult for magazine freelancers to fight this latest bid on principle alone. But it should be fought. Copyright is a property and should be regarded as separate from the purchase of a one-off article.

The question is how best to roll back this claim by publishers that they are entitled to steal writers’ copyright. Any money collected for the standard contract would be better spent having a look at what legally constitutes a “fair contract”, or by finding out what the situation is in Britain, Australia and Europe and using that information to lobby for similar protection here.

Note from Jackie: The NZSA is part of the International Authors Forum Fair Contracts Group currently working to address unfair contract terms for the benefit of authors worldwide.

Clippings from the Internet


Why are YA books about politics always dystopian?

(extract from article by HannahLoveBook in the Guardian)
...if politics is always presented as dystopia, what impact is that having on young people?... Take Divergent, or The Hunger Games, both hugely successful series with a film-based franchise to boot, yet both of these governments are portrayed as totalitarian, repressing the populations they rule over. And these aren’t the only ones: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano and the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie all portray their political leaders as deranged in the sense of being highly oppressive and depriving their populations of free will. More

New words from the new millenials via

(extract from article on
In our latest update to the dictionary, we added more than a thousand new and modified definitions including gaming words like esports, permadeath and completionist, terms to prepare you for the 2016 (US) elections like slacktivism, and gender-related terms agender, bigender, and gender-fluid. More

Graphic / Comic news

Auckland Writers Festival Workshop: Comics 101 with Ant Sang

The Auckland Writers Festival is fast approaching, with a great line-up of local and international writers in attendance to discuss their work. There is also an opportunity for budding writers to take part in exclusive writing workshops and receive guidance and advice from some of the most experienced authors around.

The Comics 101 Workshop is taking place on Friday 15th of May, and will be lead by acclaimed cartoonist Ant Sang - author of the graphic novels The Dharma Punks, Shaolin Burning and designer of the hit TV series Bro' Town. More

Weekend of Workshops, AGM meeting and dinner

If you would like to make a late registration for the AGM and / or the Workshops, the planning committee can accept late registrations until Thursday 14 May. Please send your registration form (downloaded from or - both Word and PDF forms are available) to 

Apologies can be sent to

Congratulations to Xie Hong

NZSA member Xie Hong's short story The End of the Game appeared in magazine World Literature Today, Volume 89 No. 3, May 2015, it was translated from Chinese by Jicheng Sun and Hal Swindall. More

PEN Matters

Charlie Hebdo: World Press Freedom Day

Since the January 7th attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, eleven interior ministers from countries in the European Union (including France, Britain and Germany) have called on Internet service providers to remove online content ‘that aims to incite hatred and terror’.  In response, PEN centres around the world have issued a declaration calling on governments to uphold their international obligations to protect freedom of expression and freedom of speech. The declaration, timed to coincide with World Press Freedom Day (marked on May 1st)  called for governments to create a safe environment for the exercising of rights of authors and journalists. Signatories to the declaration called for particular attention to be placed on threats to freedom of expression in the form of governments restricting freedoms in the name of terrorism and security. The full declaration can be viewed here.

Does freedom of speech include the right to offend?

The parameters of freedom of speech will be debated in Auckland on May 13th when heavyweights (including The New Yorker’s media correspondent Ken Auletta and UK investigative journalist Nick Davies) debate the constraints on the right. The debate is part of the Auckland Writers Festival. More

Enoh Meyomesse: Thank you

The award winning writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse has been released from Kondengui Prison in Cameroon. Imprisoned for almost three and a half years, he has been the focus of PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme for some time. In 2014 Meyomesse was featured in PEN’s annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer. PEN wants to thanks all those who have written letters of support for Enoh Meyomesse over the term of his imprisonment. His poetry, including those poems written in prison, can be viewed here.

I THANK YOU by Enoh Meyomesse

I thank you
you through whom my name has continued
to boom like a monumental drum
in the ears of these people
I thank you
you who have continued
to place my thinned-out face
in the entrails of the daily papers
of these people
I thank you
you who have continued
to reveal my nameless ordeal
to the entire world-
Excerpt from ‘Jail Verse: Poems from Kondengui Prison’ translated by Ruth Clarke.

Newly published writings by James Courage (1906–1963)

Courage Day is the New Zealand name for The International Day of the Imprisoned Writer, celebrated 15 November. James Courage and his grandmother, Sarah Courage, were persecuted for their writing. They lived at Seadown, Amberley. New Country brings together seven of James Courage’s virtually unknown stories and plays. James wrote what is thought to be NZ’s first published gay novel. More

Writers invited to enter Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Award


Writers working in the mind, body and spirit genre have 3 weeks to go to enter their published book to the 2015 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award.

Entries may be adult fiction, non-fiction or poetry and will have been published between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.
The Award, now in its 12th year carries a $10,000 prize.
Entries close on 31 May 2015.
Submission forms and entry details are available from or from The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust office, phone: 0800 367 242, e-mail:

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James Patterson donates $100,000 to bookshops to get kids reading

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is giving bookstores in Australia and New Zealand up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives to get children reading. The total prize pool available is $100,000.

The US author, who made the announcement in Sydney, believes that there are far too many children at risk of living their lives without books and is concerned that this translates to a world ‘run by the self-centred, the short-sighted and the glib. The apathetic and the narrow-minded.’ More

New Monthly Podcast from the NZ Book Council

The New Zealand Book Council will enhance its support of the country’s reading and writing culture with a new monthly podcast. Talking Books will dissect both the latest releases and enduring classics, with input from New Zealand’s top writers, journalists, academics and newsmakers. With a primary focus on New Zealand writing and writers, the podcasts will provide an important addition to the national arts discussion.

The first edition of Talking Books is hosted by novelist (and NZSA Wellington Branch Chair) Catherine Robertson, and features writer Rachel O’Neill, author Pip Adam and book critic Guy Somerset. Catherine and her guests explore the unlikely links between two hot New Zealand releases, The Chimes by Anna Smaill and Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave. Listen here. More

Sign up for CLNZ’s newsletter

Copyright Licensing New Zealand wants to let you know what it’s up to – including what’s happening with the funding programmes run through the CLNZ Cultural Fund – and keep you up-to-date on copyright related issues for authors and publishers.  To sign up for the CLNZ quarterly e-newsletter email


Titirangi Poets

Saturday 09 May 2 pm to 4 pm at the Titirangi Library.
Special Guests Roger Horrocks & Sam Sampson.  Music by Donna Dean.
MC Amanda Eason.  Please bring and read your poems in the Round Robin."

An Evening of stories with Regi Carpenter

7.30pm, 13 May, Orange Studio, 1063 Ferry Road, Christchurch
Internationally acclaimed storyteller Regi Carpenter is visiting Christchurch for one night only. An engaging and inventive performer, Regi will be telling tales of wit and wisdom that will keep you on the edge of your seat, or have you crying with laughter. It is being organised by The Story Collective. There will also be performances by local writers. All in all a very enjoyable evening. Tickets: $15/$10. More

An evening with Vincent O'Sullivan

7pm, Thurs 14 May, Freeman's Dining Room, 47 London St, Lyttelton
Join the New Zealand Poet Laureate and a harbour of poets for an evening.Free
Poets include Vincent O'Sullivan, Bernadette Hall, James Norcliffe, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Kerrin P. Sharpe, Marisa Cappetta, Ciaran Fox, Roger Hickin. More

Sarah Broom Prize - Announcement of Winner

Sunday 17 May, 1.30-2.30pm, the Auckland Writers Festival, Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, Auckland.
The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize aims to make a substantial ongoing contribution to supporting poetry in New Zealand. The value of the prize is $12,000 in 2015.
We are delighted to announce the three finalists in the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize this year: Diana Bridge, Ashleigh Young and Alice Miller. The three finalists will read in a free session. Vona Groarke will announce the winner at this event. More

Poetry @ Circadian Rhythm

8pm, Wed, May 20, St Andrews St, Dunedin,
The Octagon Poets Collective presents guest readers, Michael Harlow and Louise Wallace. Louise is this year’s Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago. Your host for the night will be Lynley Edmeades. Please bring only one poem for open mic so that everyone can be included.

Vona Groarke Visits Wellington

12.15 to 1.15pm, Thurs 21 May. City Gallery
Acclaimed Irish poet Vona Groarke (hosted by the IIML) will be reading her poems and talking about her work, with Cliff Fell. One of Ireland's most versatile and gifted new generation poets, Vona Groarke is the author of six collections of poems. Her work has been noted for its powerful music and formal accomplishment, 'energised by uncertainties' and recognized with many prizes. More

Fallout: the Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Season runs 20-30 May, Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
Two blasts disturb the winter night and a ship lies submerged in Auckland Harbour. A ship dedicated to peace.  Thirty years later New Zealanders remember the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, and the effect this act of international terrorism had on their lives.
Auckland NZSA member Bronwyn Elsmore’s play has its World Premiere at Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD. Brought to you by Last Tapes Theatre Company and The Large Group. Bookings

Murder in the Library at Cambridge Library

6pm, Tues 26 May
Come along to hear 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award longlistee Tina Shaw (The Children's Pond) and #1 bestselling crime writer Julie Thomas (Blood, Wine & Chocolate). The discussion will be moderated by true crime expert Scott Bainbridge (The Bassett Road Machine Gun Murders, The Missing). Refreshments from 6pm followed by the panel discussion with audience questions. All welcome.

The Shark Party Vs. Cut + Paste

Sun 31 May, 3pm
Join us at The Dowse for a talk by Janet Colson, author of the acclaimed novel, The Shark Party, as she reflects on the exhibition Cut + Paste and the art of collage in relation to writing her novel. Proudly supported by Paper Plus Lower Hutt. More

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 

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

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

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland
Guest Poet: Simone Kaho
Open Mic as usual. Koha at door. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

To be held in Wellington in November
NZ's poetry community is invited to register interest. More

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More

CompleteMS Deadline Three Weeks Away!

Planning on applying to the NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme? You have three weeks before the application deadline on 29 May. More
CompleteMS is supported by Creative New Zealand and is open to members of NZSA.



2015 Romance Writers Conference Scholarship Open

The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust is offering a scholarship to the Romance Writers of NZ annual conference, Love Thrills, August 29-30, 2015 in Auckland.
2015 Prize: RWNZ Conference fees (Friday Workshop and Weekend Conference, plus cocktail party). If the winner is not currently a member of RWNZ, their prize will include a one-year membership subscription, since only members can attend the Weekend Conference. The winner will also receive $150 contribution toward expenses. More
Deadline: Midnight (NZ time) 16 May

Freerange Little Prints - call for submissions

Freerange Press is calling for submissions for original, imaginative and interesting children’s books, based around our journal topics, which explore themes responding to life for an urbanized humanity (the city, politics, design, art, pirates). We want to make books that both kids and adults love, that encourage a shared reading experience, as well as exploration and discovery. More
The first round of submissions closes on 31 May.

$1000 Poetry Prize announced

International Writers' Workshop NZ Inc (IWW)  is delighted to announce that due to an ongoing bequest from the Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust the Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems will take place again later this year. The competition is for a cycle or sequence of poems that has a common link or theme and is open to current and honorary members of IWW.  More
Last day for new members to join IWW to be eligible to enter - June 16.
Closing date for entries - October 6.

Call for submissions to 'The Essential Lauris Edmond'

Dear poets, writers & friends of Lauris Edmond, We are writing to a wide range of New Zealand poets, other writers and friends of Lauris Edmond as a first stage in the compilation of a book entitled: The Essential Lauris Edmond. More
Deadline: 30 June

Writing For The Freelance Anthology Series

We’re inviting the nation to submit true stories for the Freelance Anthology Series. Do you have a story to tell for the first two – Home Affront: Women’s Experience of Domestic Invasion, and Popping the Cherry: New Zealanders First Experience of Sex? More.
Deadline: 31st July

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

Death by Deadline


16  2015 Romance Writers Conference Scholarship. More

22-24 May NZSA AGM - Havelock North

29  NZSA CompleteMS. More
29 The 2015 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30  Flash Frontier. June Issue. Themed Shadows. More
31  Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award (published). More
31  Bridport Prize. More
31 The International Proverse Prize. More
31 Freerange Little Prints - submissions. More
31  The Pikihuia Awards 2015. More


01 Robert Burns Fellowship. More
01 Children's Writer in Residence. More
01 Playmarket’s Brown Ink - Maori and Pasifika Playwrights. More
01 Playmarkets Asian Ink - New Zealand Asian Playwrights More
01 SHORTCUTS Track 2. More 
15 Narrative Prize for short story, poem etc. More
22 Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition. More
25 Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry. More
30 The Essential Lauris Edmond. More


20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
31 Writing For The Freelance Anthology Series. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award More


23 Emerging Writers’ Residencies. 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, childrenIndependent Booksellers Top 20

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* Please note lifetime starts December 2008 or from publication date if published after December 2008

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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