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NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award 2016
NWF early bird tickets close Sunday night!
Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2016 / 17
Dundee International Book Prize 2016 shortlist
Finalist Authors’ Tour for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Got a book to promote during Book Week 20016? 
HarperCollins announce new NZ Publisher
Words on Wheels
PANZ Endorses National Library Digital Deposit of Electronic Publications
Eunoia Publishing acquires Steam Press Ltd
Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication
35th IBBY Congress, Plenary Session Tickets available
Live Canon’s Literary Treasure Hunt
PEN Matters
   Second political journalist killed in Brazil in less than four months
Worldwide Reading Against Populism
Clippings from the Internet
   It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar
   4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform
Digital Files
   Tom Abba on Defining Unknown Narrative Formats
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

We are delighted with the number of tickets sold to date for the NWF and many of them to NZSA members so it may well be the largest gathering of NZSA members at one time ever! That works well for my desire to create a sense of community amongst writers. As per below notice, early bird tickets close Sunday night.  Once you have a ticket you can enter the Perfect Pitch Competition or go in the draw for Live Live Editing!

Enjoy your weekend. Jackie & Claire

NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award 2016 - open

The $3,000 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for authors of poetry, literary or imaginative fiction has run biennially since 2008. It came about thanks to a gift from the Janet Frame Literary Trust and its aim is to support a mid-career or established writer.

This prestigious award, the last in a series of five, is now open for applications. More

Deadline for applications 28 October 2016

NWF early bird tickets close Sunday night!

NZSA members get preferred pricing and the best value ticket is the early bird option - BUT early bird closes Sunday night 31 July. Members Early Bird $235 (student $180) / Full Price $275 (student $200). This includes morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch and Saturday party drinks and canapes as well as all the sessions on offer with local and international speakers.

Two workshop sessions are limited to 30 participants and cost a little extra - tickets to these sessions are selling fast so don't delay if a hands on writing workshop interests you. 

Travel: Best plan is to buy a cheap air ticket when you see them promoted.
Dates/times: Registration for NWF will open at 8am and the first session is 9am sharp Sat 17 Sept. The forum will finish by 4:30pm Sun 18 Sept.
Accommodation: Special rate for NWF delegates at the Langham is $185 including WiFi. Click here for instructions on how to book.  The Langham is an easy 1km walk from the University of Auckland venue.

Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2016 / 17

Reminder - Deadline for applications 5pm, 15 August

This award is open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are currently working on a new project. With our grateful thanks to Peter Beatson this award occurs annually and provides the successful applicant with $7,000. It is envisaged that the award will be given to a mid-career or senior writer. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with another literary grant. More

Dundee International Book Prize 2016 shortlist

Congratulations to NZSA member Majella Cullinane who has achieved the shortlist for the Dundee International Book Prize with The Life of De'Ath. 

The shortlist for this year’s Dundee International Book Prize has been drawn from three continents, taking in New Zealand and Scotland’s most northerly tip.
From hundreds of entries, ten authors will battle it out for a publishing deal with Freight Books, a £5000 cash prize, and a week’s protected writing time in Dundee. More

Finalist Authors’ Tour for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Kiwi schoolchildren will be inspired to read, draw and develop their creative writing skills by 25 passionate and entertaining authors and illustrators in this year’s Finalist Authors’ Tour for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Finalist Authors’ Tour runs nationwide from Monday, 1 August to Monday, 8 August.

The authors taking part in the tour are Kat Merewether, Nikki Slade-Robinson (NZSA), Kyle Mewburn (NZSA), Elizabeth Pulford (NZSA), Jane Bloomfield (NZSA), Sophie Sears, Aaron Topp (NZSA), David Hill (NZSA), Linley Wellington & Rebecca Beyer, Kate De Goldi, Sarah Johnson (NZSA), Bob Kerr (NZSA), Stacy Gregg, Steve Gurney, Maria Gill (NZSA), Kate Wilkinson, Helen Kerridge, Donovan Bixley, Patricia Grace, Brian Falkner, Gillian Candler, Fleur Beale (NZSA), Kawata Teepa, Fraser Williamson, and Bernard Beckett. More

Got a book to promote during Book Week 2016? Final call out!

Book Week 22 - 28 Oct / Bookshop Day 29 Oct

We have  been communicating with Booksellers and Public Libraries NZ to create opportunities for our members to promote their books during Book Week and on Bookshop Day. We're going to supply them with a list of members with recently published books that are available in bookshops and libraries and they are going to use the list as a reference for authors that they can contact to include in events they are planning. They will use postcodes to find authors in their vicinity. If you would like to be added to that list, here's the form. 

Book Week 2016 - participation form

It is solely the choice of the book shop or library and NZSA has no influence in the selections they make. However we are very pleased to be able to create this opportunity for our members. Here's a call out Booksellers about Bookshop day.

HarperCollins announce new NZ Publisher

Alex Hedley will be HarperCollins Publishers new New Zealand Publisher, replacing Finlay Macdonald who departed for a role outside publishing. Alex has been the General Non-fiction Publisher at Penguin Random House New Zealand for the last four years and is also a photographer and author in his own right.  
James Kellow, the CEO of HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand, says: “HarperCollins is totally committed to the New Zealand market. As befits our heritage as New Zealand’s oldest publisher, we want to provide New Zealand readers with quality Kiwi stories that reflect their lives, culture and experience." More

Words on Wheels

NZ Book Council have partnered with the Marlborough Book Festival Trust to bring the Words on Wheels (WoW) writers’ tour to Marlborough. WoW takes some of our finest writers and illustrators on a week-long road trip, providing rural communities with the opportunity to engage with New Zealand authors and illustrators. Events are free or low-cost to encourage greater access for locals.

Five leading New Zealand writers and illustrators: Barbara DeLeoCharlotte GrimshawGreg McGeeGavin Bishop and Donovan Bixley are taking part in WoW 2016.

PANZ Endorses National Library Digital Deposit of Electronic Publications

Alongside sending legal deposit copies of physical books to the National Library, publishers have been required under the National Library Act of 2003 to also deposit Electronic Publications. But for over a decade, while the ebook market has exploded and digital publishing in education has grown, most New Zealand publishers have not done so.

Some just didn’t know but many more were concerned about the lack of specificity about security and file control. Would the files be available at any library? How could we be sure a user or contractor wouldn’t find a way to download the files and put them on piratebay? So for a number of years now, the Publishers Association has engaged with the National Library to try to address publishers' concerns. 
To read the full article in the PANZ newsletter
To read the National Library operating practice document

Eunoia Publishing acquires Steam Press Ltd

In other publishing news, Eunoia Publishing has acquired Steam Press Ltd, New Zealand's speculative fiction publisher.

To celebrate they are running a world-wide science fiction short story competition - details can be found below via Death by Deadline and under Opportunities on our website. Log in first.

Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication

This is a new one-off course offered at the Creative Hub to those with a Masters of Creative Writing, those who have published a book of fiction, and graduates of a Creative Hub Thirty Week Fiction/Memoir course.

This course features:
  • Manuscript development by NZ’s leading fiction editors
  • Sessions by successful published writers
  • Student work will be discussed on a weekly rotational basis using group session feedback chaired by Creative Hub director John Cranna
  • Coverage of available scholarships, mentoring and bursaries
In the last three years, 20 Creative Hub graduates have published books, or won prizes in national or international writing awards.

Dates: August 2nd - 26th October 2016
Course Length: 12 weeks, weekly on Tuesdays 6-9pm
Location: The Creative Hub, Auckland waterfront

Course Workshops:
  • Geoff Walker – Former publishing director, Penguin Books
  • Harriet Allan – Current Fiction publisher, Penguin/Random House
  • Fiona Sussman – Novelist
  • Ann Glamuzina – Novelist
  • Rosetta Allan – Novelist
  • Mark Broatch – Books and Arts Editor, NZ Listener
  • Jackie Dennis – CEO, New Zealand Society of Authors
To find out more about this course, its workshops and enrolment please visit:
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35th IBBY Congress, Plenary Session Tickets available

Members of the public interested in hearing leading figures from the world of children's literature can purchase tickets to four selected events that are part of the 2016 IBBY International Congress.
Tickets for the following plenary sessions are available on the Storylines website. Ticket numbers are limited. There will be no door sales; if you wish to attend you must purchase in advance. Read more and buy tickets here.

Live Canon’s Literary Treasure Hunt

Take a virtual journey through English poetry, finding hidden clues…
If you’d like to make sure you read more/some poetry in August, revisit old favourites and discover new poets… then join in our treasure hunt through the treasure troves of English verse in August. You can take part from anywhere. And while those around you are all hunting Pokemon on their iphones, hide in a library, chill on a sun lounger, curl up in bed, or pretend to be hard at work at your desk… and find the answers to our clues, hidden in poems. More

PEN Matters

Second political journalist killed in Brazil in less than four months

As international media attention intensifies on Brazil and its preparations to host the Olympic games from next week, the fatal shooting of political journalist João Miranda do Carmo highlights the horrific risks that such reporters face, PEN International said today.
Do Carmo is the second political online journalist to be killed in Brazil in less than four months. Three political bloggers were killed in the country last year.
PEN is profoundly saddened by these killings,’ said Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International.  ‘We urge the Brazilian authorities to act swiftly to protect journalists and punish those who threaten and attack them.
Editor of news website SAD Sem Censura (Santo Antônio do Descoberto Uncensored), Do Carmo was shot dead outside his home in Santo Antônio do Descoberto, Goiás state, near the capital Brasilia, on the night of 24 July. According to reports, at least two men drew up to his house in a car and shouted his name; when the journalist appeared, they shot him multiple times in the chest before driving off. He died immediately.

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

Worldwide Reading Against Populism

The International Literature Festival Berlin (ilb) is organizing a ‘Worldwide Reading Against Populism’ on September 7th.

Populism describes a political position that aligns itself with the prevailing emotions, prejudices and fears of a population, and uses these to define an agenda promising simple and quick solutions to all problems.

Some argue that populism is part of the inherent logic of politics, that it is present in some measure in all society, and can be a force for good. That may be, but history shows that populist feeling can quickly be manipulated by unscrupulous leaders, on the left and right wing, to ugly ends. More


If one of our members would like to organise participation on behalf of PEN NZ please contact 

Clippings from the Internet

It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar

True rage — the kind that results in personal jabs and expletive spews — seems only to arise from a handful of topics. Most are maddening because they pertain to complex issues, laws and beliefs that actively cause harm: gobbling up natural resources, supporting certain political candidates who bad-mouth women and immigrants.

But there are also those divisive subjects that, puzzlingly, manage to rouse anger in spite of being totally unimportant. Dietary preferences (#TeamBread). Fantasy football picks. And the most corrosive rage fuel: grammatical choices. More 
Extract from article by Maddie Crum in the Huffington Post

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform

For some writers, building a strong author platform comes naturally, but for others, this extroverted activity of networking takes a lot of work. Whether it feels comfortable or not, the reality is that an author’s work needs to reach the right community of readers to be successful. This means that one of the most important aspects of marketing your book is building relationships with people who will promote your work. More
Extract from article in Digital Book World

Digital Files 

Tom Abba on Defining Unknown Narrative Formats

“I think that a reader’s experience of narrative is probably universal,” says Dr. Tom Abba, “but I absolutely believe that the medium that’s being used to tell that story has a fundamental influence on how it is told.” More
Extract from article by Hannah Johnson in Publishing Perspectives

Death by Deadline

29 CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants. More
30 Word Up - Residency Programme (Morocco). More
31 The Proverse Poetry Prize. More
31 Mini-MOLP - Postcard from the Park. More
31 Hagley Writers' Institute National Poetry Day Competition. More
31 Taking Flight - submissions open. More

1 2016 Emerging Poets Competition (Auckland). More
1 Plays For The Young Competition. More
1 NEW VOICES - Emerging Poets Competition. More
5 NZWG Unproduced Script Competition 2016. More
15 Steam Press short SF story competition. More
15 Wardini Books' Poetry Competition (Hawke's Bay Region). More
15 Creative Connections Residency 2017 - Dunedin. More
15 Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship. More
19 Grey District Library Poetry Competition. More
22 Space and Time Poetry Competition for Children. More
22 Online Poetry Competition (Nationwide). More
25 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More
26 Ika Creative Writing Prize. More
29 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. More
31 Takahē Poetry Competition 2016. More
31 Mini-MOLP - Last Words Monologue. More
31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. More

1  Hawke's Bay Shorts Competition. More
12 Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2016. More
15 100 West Corsicana 2017 Residencies for Artists & Writers. More

30 The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition. More

3  The 2016 Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing. More
21 Novel Fair 2017 Application Deadline. More
27 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More

Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. 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 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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