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NZSA welcomes Joan Rosier-Jones as President of Honour
CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants 2016
NZSA adds five writers to the Honours List
Residency Applications For New Zealand Pacific Studio
Finalists for the Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency
Diploma in Applied Writing – Study online
Radio New Zealand Drama department
Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication
Parashar Kulkarni Wins the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
NZ Centre for Investigative Journalism 2016 Conference
Sixth Caselberg International Poetry Prize, 2016
You are cordially invited to NFFD celebrations on June 22
Calling for Writers to Join New Writing Group in Pukekohe
New National Writers Forum explores the art, issues and business of writing
PEN Matters
  PEN NZ media release 13 June
 ‘Top Writers’ Radio Show
Clippings from the Internet
  Roald Dahl: the best gobblefunk words
  It's Bloomsday all Over the World
  Bloomsday quiz: how well do you know your Joyce?     
Digital Files
  ‘A Motivation To Go Forward’
  ‘Starting To Hit the Wall’: Digital Conference Focus on Publishing Rights 
Comic / Graphic Novel News
   Comics has lost its most relevant critic with Comics and Cola shut down
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

We all enjoyed our 82nd AGM held in Wellington last weekend. Our thanks to Wellington Branch who pulled it all together and to the members who came to the meeting - happy to report we had numbers well past the required quorum! The AGM dinner was also delicious and fun - Claire and I love meeting members!

Enjoy your weekend. Jackie & Claire

New Membership Benefit

Lighthouse PR - Specialist book PR firm Lighthouse PR is offering NZSA members a 10% discount on its hourly rate for the remainder of 2016. More

NZSA welcomes Joan Rosier-Jones as President of Honour

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) held their AGM Saturday 11 June and Joan Rosier-Jones was appointed President of Honour 2016 – 2017.

This position is awarded to a writer in recognition of their services to the Society and to the literary community.

Joan has a rich history with the New Zealand Society of Authors, engaging both at the National level and Branch level. She was Chair of the Auckland Branch from 1993-1995, President of the Society 1999-2001 and the NZSA representative on the Copyright Council (now WeCreate) 1998-2000. Joan was a member of the National Council as delegate for Central Districts from 2003 to 2011.

When authors became shareholders of Copyright Licensing, Joan was one of the first writer directors (with Gordon McLauchlan) on the board 1996-2004. She continues to share her wisdom on the NZSA Membership Advisory Committee, and is a mentor and assessor in our professional development programme funded by Creative New Zealand. Joan lives in Wanganui and tutors in writing. 

CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants 2016

Open for applications today! 

Assisting Writers’ Research Efforts with four grants of $5,000. Three of the grants are Open Research Grants and the fourth, the Stout Research Centre Grant, includes the $5,000 plus a valuable six-week residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre (SRC) at Victoria University of Wellington.  Find out more

Applications need to be submitted by 5pm 29 July 2016

NZSA adds five writers to the Honours List

Congratulations to Anne Holden, Witi Ihimaera, Paul Maunder, Fiona Kidman and Bernard Brown who were all honoured at the 2016 AGM dinner held in Wellington on Saturday. Each of these members joined in 1971, except for Anne who became a member in 1970.

Last year for the first time we honoured the loyal longstanding members who have been with the Society for 45 years or more. We will continue giving out this honour each year as it is so important their contribution is recognised and applauded. With the the ongoing support of our members we are empowered to fight for the rights of all writers.

Here's the honours list from last year: Marilyn Duckworth (joined 1959), Ian Cross LM (1959) , Maurice Gee (1964), Joy Cowley (1966), John Dunmore (1970), Alan Roddick (1970), Philip Temple (1970), Beverley Price aka Beverley Randell (1970), and James McNeish (1970).

Pictured: Paul Maunder at 2016 AGM Dinner

Residency Applications For New Zealand Pacific Studio - celebrating its 15th birthday this 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 $300/week.     Enquiries for 2106/2017, please contact:
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Finalists for the Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency in Association with The Spinoff Award

Jesse Mulligan (RNZ) will announce the winners of Surrey Hotel Residency live on air today! The announcement will include the winners of two newly created runner-up awards.

Special congratulations to all NZSA members who have reached the finals. Finalists are: Tina Shaw, Kelly Dennett, Antony Millen, Callum Gentleman, Laura Irish, Ashleigh Young, Delaney Mes, John Summers, Naomi Ferguson, Fifi Colston. More

Diploma in Applied Writing – Study online

NorthTec, Northland’s largest tertiary provider 

Want to improve your writing skills? Study online! Our tutors, all published authors or experts in their field, are passionate about writing and devoted to passing on their knowledge.

NorthTec offers diplomas at level 5, 6 and 7. Courses start 25 July 2016.
Find out more online
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Radio New Zealand Drama department

In February we wrote a letter to the Chief Executive of Radio New Zealand expressing our concern about reduced funding to the drama department and the consequent loss of staff. We did not get a response so followed up with a second letter in May.

The purpose of the letters was to ensure our national broadcasting service continues to offer quality radio drama from books and plays written by New Zealanders and that the creators are paid fairly for the use of the original and adapted works. We also wanted to discover if the cuts to the drama department are solely the result of the ‘fund freeze’ or if it is the direction RNZ would be taking regardless of available funds.

We have not had a written response yet but Kyle Mewburn, President of NZSA, received a call from RNZ to let us know that RNZ is taking a new approach to radio drama and changes will soon be announced. We look forward to the announcement.

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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Parashar Kulkarni Wins the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Parashar Kulkarni is the first Indian writer to win the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story Cow and Company. Set in colonial India in the early 1900s, it is a story about four men in search of a cow as part of an advertising campaign for chewing gum. More

NZ Centre for Investigative Journalism 2016 Conference - upcoming 

Sat 9 Jul – Sun 10 Jul
Massey University, Wellington

The focus of this conference is to build and practice new investigative skills. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from some of NZ's experts in a variety of workshops. More

The Caselberg Charitable Trust 
Sixth Caselberg International Poetry Prize, 2016

Judge: Vincent O’Sullivan
First Prize $500, Second Prize $250, and up to 5 Highly-Commended
For information on how to enter, please go to
Competition open 1 June to 31 July 2016
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You are cordially invited to NFFD celebrations on June 22

National Flash Fiction Day celebrations, occur 6-8pm in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Judges Elizabeth Smither and James Norcliffe will attend the events in Auckland and Christchurch, respectively, and former NFFD judge Mary McCallum will present prizes in Wellington.

Read the 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Short List here. More information at the NFFD website.


CLNZ have launched a new $25,000 award for non-fiction writers, as part of their revised Cultural Fund investment plan. The Award enables the successful applicant to devote time to a specific writing project.

The new $25,000 CLNZ Writers’ Award will be made available to one writer each year for the next three years and features broad and inclusive criteria to allow writers across the full range of non-fiction genres, including those with an educational focus, to apply.

We encourage non-fiction writers across all genres to consider applying for this award.

Applicants must submit details of a planned project to a selection panel and applications must be received by 4.00pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced at the New Zealand Society of Author’s National Writers Forum to be held in Auckland on 17th and 18th September 2016.

A full set of criteria and application forms are available at'-Award/
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Calling for Writers to Join New Writing Group in Pukekohe

One of our NZSA members is starting a new writing group in the Pukekohe area. To find out more info on the group and get contact details, log in to our website and go to writing group starting here and now

New National Writers Forum explores the art, issues and business of writing

PEN Matters

PEN NZ media release 13 June: 

PEN NZ condemns the continuing ban by the Fijian government of Television New Zealand Pacific Affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver. PEN views the continuation of this ban as an indication of the ongoing erosion of freedom of expression in the Pacific. New Zealand currently ranks 5th in the world in the latest World Press Freedom Index. This is well ahead of Australia, which ranks 25th out of 180 countries. New Zealand should take its place as leader in the Pacific on the World Press Freedom Index, to make a clear stance in favour of Barbara Dreaver and the other journalists currently banned from Fiji. In the last year there has been a marked erosion worldwide in freedom of expression. More

‘Top Writers’ Radio Show

‘Top Writers’, a show which interviews authors from the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, features a PEN section hosted by Dana Wensley. The show begins with freedom of speech issues, focusing the lens on one author each session. This Saturday, the show discusses Behrouz BOOCHANI, who has been incarcerated on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea for almost 3 years. Boochani is one writer out of the 1054 writers currently on PEN’s Case List. An Iranian national, in his native Iran, Boochani worked as a journalist for several newspapers. Since his detention on Manus Island Boochani has been documenting human rights violations, which he passes on to the Humanitarian Research Partners (HRP), who in turn pass the information on to the United Nations and its relevant agencies.
With the demise in freedom of speech in the Pacific voices like Boochani, are a valuable link to what is going on in the region. The show airs on Fresh FM. More

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

Roald Dahl: the best gobblefunk words

Did you know Roald Dahl invented 500 words and character names, from the Oompa-Loompas and whizzpopping to the less well known humplecrimp, lixivate and zoonk? Susan Rennie, chief editor of The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, takes us on phizz-whizzing tour of the most scrumdiddlyumptious words. More
Extract from article in the Guardian by Susan Rennie

It's Bloomsday all Over the World

Did James Joyce’s Ulysses take place merely in Joyce’s imagination, or did any of it actually happen at all? Perhaps that sounds like a silly question, but it’s one that you can disappear down the rabbit hole trying to answer. Did the people who appear in the author’s landmark modernist novel actually exist? The answer: perhaps. Or, to put it another way: yes. Or another: no. More
Extract from article by Karl Whitney in Lithub

Bloomsday quiz: how well do you know your Joyce?

Take the Guardian quiz

Digital Files 

‘A Motivation To Go Forward’

The rise of mobile devices–smartphones and tablets–presents a fascinating, perplexing challenge for publishers. Digitization of media transports the book from the printed page onto a screen, placing it adjacent to every and all other media. How well the book can get along with its new neighbors is an important question. More
Extract from article by Chris Kenneally in Publishing Perspectives

‘Starting To Hit the Wall’: Digital Conference Focus on Publishing Rights

The rising importance of a mindful, purposeful, aggressive approach to rights management in publishing was phrased many ways during the course of Monday’s conference, Rights and Content in the Digital Age, organized by Publishing Perspectives in the Grand Hall at New York University’s Kimmel Center. More
Extract from article by Porter Anderson in Publishing Perspectives

Comic / Graphic Novel News

Comics has lost its most relevant critic with Comics and Cola shut down

Zainab Akhtar announced she was shutting down her Eisner-nominated website Comics & Cola in March. The reason was not the usual ones — no money in it, moving on, life changes. It was something much more troubling and dangerous. More
Extract from blog by Heidi MacDonald in the Beat

Death by Deadline

17 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. More
12 International Bath Flash Fiction Award. More
24 RWNZ Scholarship 2016. More
30 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30 Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ fourth annual poetry competition. More
30 Mini-MOLP - Sonnet for the Solstice. More
30 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Europe) More

18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More 
29 CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants. More
31 Mini-MOLP - Postcard from the Park. More
31 Taking Flight - submissions open. More

1 Plays For The Young Competition. More
1 NEW VOICES - Emerging Poets Competition. More
15 Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship. More
25 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More
26 Ika Creative Writing Prize. More
31 Takahē Poetry Competition 2016. More
31 Mini-MOLP - Last Words Monologue. More
31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. 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



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Events / Book Launches / Workshops


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

Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

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Writers on Radio and TV

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