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The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
Jude Watson wins NWF early bird ticket draw
University of Waikato / Creative NZ Writer in Residence 2017
Write Well Award 2016 - recipients announced
Digital Convergence Bill captures online content
Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Course at The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Downtown Writing Centre
Anna Bowbyes Joins Massey University Press
2016 finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel
Retired engineer and yoga practitioner winners of 2016 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards
NZ Book Festival
Copyright & Contracts
Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards - Results
National Schools Poetry Award announced
2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced
Shake off the imposter syndrome
Writing New Zealand: People, Politics, Place
PEN Matters
   Freedom of Speech in NZ: Complacent Nation
Clippings from the Internet
   On Xie Hong, Master of Chinese Unreality
   ‘Credit the Artist’: Rising Star Sarah McIntyre
Digital Files
   Book publishers do not do SEO like the big guys do although they could
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

Today is a day to celebrate Poetry!

You can check this list of poetry events to find what's happening in your 'hood and pop out this evening to enjoy some poetry. My pick is to walk to the Gus Fisher Gallery around the corner from our office at 6:30 this evening to hear Divine Muses Siobhan Harvey, Jenny Bornholdt, Riemke Ensing, Maris O’Rourke, Vivienne Plumb and Gregory O’Brien.

What a great start to your weekend. 
Jackie & Claire

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship secured in perpetuity

For the past forty-six years, the Fellowship has enabled a selected New Zealand writer to live for up to six months in Menton, France. There, they have access to the writing room in Villa Isola Bella where one of New Zealand's most famous writers, Katherine Mansfield, once lived. The list of past Katherine Mansfield Fellows reads like a Who's Who of New Zealand literature. Each Fellow has benefited from this life-changing experience, which has resulted in an impressive array of award-winning books.

Under threat from a decline in sponsorship, the Winn Manson Menton Trust had an agreement with the Arts Foundation of New Zealand that if $800,000 could be raised, the Foundation would permanently invest the funds and manage the residency. The fundraising campaign, chaired by Wellington Financial Adviser Keith Ferguson, and managed by the Arts Foundation, reached its target this month! More


Applications invited for 2016 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

Established and mid-career New Zealand writers are invited to apply for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2016. More

Jude Watson wins NWF early bird ticket draw

Congratulations to Jude Watson, the Top of the South member who purchased an early bird ticket to the NWF. The cost of the ticket will be reimbursed thanks to a member who donated the ticket and prefers to remain anonymous.

Jude Watson is a freelance editor, who has only moved to Nelson this year after spending many years in Wellington. She is married with two children (13 and 12). She loves editing, receiving work from various publishing houses, manuscripts from writers and is also the editor for WOW this year. She is really looking forward to NWF and cannot believe how lucky she is to have had her name picked. Many thanks to the donor for such a prize.

University of Waikato / Creative New Zealand
Writer in Residence 2017

The University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January.  The salary on offer is $52,000 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.  The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction.  The appointment will be made on the basis of a proven record of publications of high quality.
The Writer is required to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award.  There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose is to give the Writer the freedom to write.  It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University.  The Writer will be able to make use of the Michael King Writers’ Retreat in Opoutere for a period of up to two weeks (market value $3,000).
Enquiries can be made to Dr Mark Houlahan, telephone 07 838 4466 extension 9189 email:
Closing date: 30 September 2016
Vacancy number: 360229
For more information and to apply, visit
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Write Well Award 2016 - recipients announced

Congratulations to Siobhan Harvey, whose piece of long fiction, Black Origami Birds, first published in Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now and Asian Literary Review 29, has been announced as one of the recipients of the 2016 Write Well Award 2016.

The story, about a wife grieving the loss of her Japanese husband in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes was nominated for the award by Griffith Review. Read more about the winners here.

Digital Convergence Bill captures online content


Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has today announced the Government’s plans to update the Broadcasting Act to better reflect today’s converged market. 
“The media sector is in a period of great change. New Zealanders are consuming content in completely different ways to even a few years ago,” says Ms Adams. More

Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Course at The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Downtown Writing Centre

Our next 30 Week Fiction / Memoir Course begins on 27th  Sept 2016. Society of Authors members receive a 10% discount. The course is in its sixth year, and features many of NZ’s leading writers and editors as workshop leaders and mentors, including Tessa Duder, Geoff Walker, Roger Hall, Owen Marshall, Elisabeth Smither and Judith White. Students receive one-on-one mentoring over the summer with an established Kiwi writer. Graduates regularly report that the most valuable aspect of the course is the close support of a group of like-minded start out writers. Many graduate groups go on meeting for years after the end of the course, so you get several years support for the price of one! Twenty graduates of our 30 week fiction / memoir courses have gone on to publish novels or win prizes in national writing awards in the last three years.
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Anna Bowbyes Joins Massey University Press

Anna Bowbyes is the new managing editor of Massey University Press. She succeeds Kimberley Davis, who has left to take up a position at Allen & Unwin. Anna comes to MUP from Penguin Random House; previously she worked at Random House New Zealand and before then Harper Collins New Zealand. Anna will be based at the MUP office at Massey’s Albany campus.

2016 finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel

Congratulations to the finalists! Winners will be announced at WORD Christchurch. Read more.

The finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel are:
• INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE by Ray Berard (Mary Egan Publishing);
• MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher (Titan Books);
• TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press);
• AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin).

The finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel are:
• INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE by Ray Berard (Mary Egan Publishing);
• THE FIXER by John Daniell (Upstart Press);
• THE GENTLEMEN’S CLUB by Jen Shieff (Mary Egan Publishing); and
• TWISTER by Jane Woodham (RosaMira Books/Makaro Press).

Retired engineer and yoga practitioner winners of 2016 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust announced the winners of their Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards last Friday evening, at Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland.
Winning the Book Category prize of $10,000 is retired, Nelson-based communications engineer Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill with The Paranormal is Normal (Xcell Books). Scott-Hill’s book which uses “solid science” to claim the existence of reincarnation, the paranormal and immortality. He said that his 15-year journey to write the book had changed his beliefs.
Astrologer and yoga teacher Linda George from Wellington wins the Unpublished Manuscript Category with Living in the Big Picture. George’s manuscript looks to the hidden teachings of the ancient world to help us thrive in a chaotic modern world. She also won $10,000 in prize money and hopes that her win will lead to the publication of her manuscript.
The late Auckland businessman Ashton Wylie was a philanthropist with a wide range of interests, particularly in the area of personal development and positive relationships. The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up at Ashton's request and was named after him.
For the full list of winners and further information go to:
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NZ Book Festival

Put 5 November in your calendar for the 2016 NZ Book Festival, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, opposite Potters Park.

The registration $20 early-bird discount closes 31 August; however we’re extending this until 9 September for NZ Society of Authors members. 

Stands will be divided into genres making it easier for readers to find their favourites. Prices range from $50 to $125, with up to three authors able to share a stand at no extra charge. This is great for keeping costs down while still promoting yourself and your books. The event will be advertised on the Festival and author websites, FaceBook, community noticeboards, editorials in Ponsonby News and Verve Magazine, gorilla style advertising, community announcements on radio and council websites and cheeky postcards.

As well as authors, there’s a separate area for literary businesses giving writers the opportunity to ask questions. To support a local school’s fundraising; we’ve donated the venue’s kitchen for them to sell homemade goodies. 
To ensure you’re part of this great event, get your exhibitor form from us:
Get the application form
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Copyright & Contracts

  • We always get distressed when we hear about writers handing thousands of dollars over to questionable publishers. Keep an eye on a helpful list of dodgy publishers to avoid on Writers Beware here.
  • Looking for advice on contracts and copyright issues? The National Writers Forum offers a great session with international and NZ experts who’ll tell you how to protect yourself and your work (September 17). Read more
  • Read about the NZSA Members Consultancy Service here

Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards - Results

Julie Orr-Wilson of Clinton took top writing spot with her story Getting by without Language, winning the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award. 

Congratulations to all who were placed in these awards including NZSA members; Caroline Barron, Greg Chapple, Yvonne Van Dongen, and Diana Noonan. More

National Schools Poetry Award announced

New Zealand’s poets of the future celebrated in National Schools Poetry Award

A North Shore student is the 2016 winner of the International Institute of Modern Letters’ National Schools Poetry Award, which coincides with National Poetry Day.
Ioana Yule Manoa, a year 12 student of Northcote College in Auckland, won first place with her poem ‘History’. Judged by 2016 Creative NZ/Victoria University of Wellington Writer in Residence Anne Kennedy, the award has a prize of $500 and the opportunity to attend a poetry masterclass with Ms Kennedy and fellow poet James Brown at the IIML, home of Victoria University’s prestigious creative writing programme. Ioana’s school library receives a $500 book grant. The nine other gifted young poets who were shortlisted in the awards will also attend the masterclass.
Ioana says finding out that her poem had won was an amazing feeling. More

The winning poem and all the shortlisted poems are on the National Schools Poetry Award website 

2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced

The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalists, librarians, curators, commentators and booksellers from around New Zealand.
For the first time, an international judge has also been invited to take a seat at the fiction ‘table,’ assisting the local judges of the Acorn Foundation Literary Award and taking the total number of judges to 13. The name of the international judge will be revealed early next year.
There are four Awards categories: The Acorn Foundation Literary Award (for Fiction), Poetry, General Non-Fiction and Illustrated Non-Fiction. The judges will also award a Best First Book Award in each category. A Māori language adviser will judge the Māori Language Award.
The judges will announce their longlist on November 22, 2016, and their shortlist on March 07 2017. More

Shake off the imposter syndrome

Shake off that imposter syndrome and participate in a conference with leading writers and thinkers - the National Writers Forum.
Unlike a writers festival this is an opportunity for writers to interact with experienced and celebrated writers – both local and international. Join in writing exercises, be inspired by New York Times best seller Chris Cleave, become an expert about digital publishing, hear from experts in the literature sector, or just check your manuscript is progressing as it should prior to publication.

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 a 1 km walk from the University of Auckland venue.

Writing New Zealand:
People, Politics, Place

A residential workshop for active writers
Vaughan Park, Long Bay, Auckland
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016
Aotearoa inspires powerful writing in all genres – the works inspired by our land and its people continue to shape and inform our nation. Delegates will be treated to a range of our finest writers who will share why New Zealand-inspired content matters.
The workshop is held at the beautiful Vaughan Park retreat over two stimulating days. The programme has been designed for experienced writers to hone their craft in a high-level intensive symposium style seminar.
Applications close on 15 September. Places are limited. For programme details and application form, please visit our web site or email:
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PEN Matters


Freedom of Speech in NZ: Complacent Nation

For those interested in free speech in New Zealand and its relationship with political institutions Complacent Nation by Gavin Ellis is a must read.

Ellis is senior lecturer in Media, Film and Television at the University of Auckland. A BWB Text, Complacent Nation sets out the ‘big picture’, drawing the reader along the path that leads to the ultimate conclusion, there are many ways freedom of speech can be eroded in society, and New Zealand has become complacent about the continuing erosion of the ‘right to know’ what the government is doing. As former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, Ellis' chapter on the decline of the news media in New Zealand should be compulsory reading.  

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


Accommodation for writers

Bedroom with private bathroom and desk. WiFi. Suitable for a quiet place to work or as a base for research in Auckland. Shared living areas with one writer in residence. $250 per week ($230 for NZSA members), incl GST. One week minimum.

Vacancies in September and October 2016 .
Apply or phone 09 445 8451.
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Clippings from the Internet

On Xie Hong, Master of Chinese Unreality

Extract from an article in the Literary Hub about NZSA member Xie Hong by Hal Swindall
Xie Hong was born in a small northern Guangdong Province town called Chongyang. Of Hakka ancestry, he was the son of an accountant and a housewife, and has two siblings. His childhood home was just a brick and earth bungalow, which was too small for the five of them. More

‘Credit the Artist’: Rising Star Sarah McIntyre

Illustrator, author, and campaigner Sarah McIntyre (@jabberworks) has proved a powerful voice for illustrators over the past 18 months. Struck by the frequency with which illustration in books was downgraded or ignored–uncredited on covers, left off sales charts, invisible amid prize nominations, and forgotten by reviewers–she launched a crusade to see illustrators properly recognized and rewarded. More
Extract from article by Alastair Horne in Publishing Perspectives

Digital Files

Book publishers do not do SEO like the big guys do although they could

Partner Pete McCarthy pointed me to an article a couple of weeks ago that also introduced me to a website called Viperchill and its gifted, self-promoting Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)/Marketing creator, Glen Allsopp. The linked post, which I strongly urge you to read, enumerates quite painstakingly the techniques used by 16 online media companies with a large portfolio of brands that enable them to dominate specific search results in Google across a very wide range of topics and categories. More
Extract from article by Mike Shatzkin in the Shatzkin Files

Death by Deadline

26 Ika Creative Writing Prize. More
29 Script to Screen - Story Camp Aotearoa. 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
2  Todd New Writer's Bursary. More

2  Creative NZ Arts Grant. More
3  NZWG Seed Grants Round 2. More
5  Ockham Book Awards (Jan to Aug 16 publications). More
12 Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2016. More
12 Creative Communities Arts Funding. More
15 100 West Corsicana 2017 Residencies for Artists & Writers. More

23 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. More
28 Mental Health Media Grants. More
30 University of Waikato / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2017. More
30 The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition. More

3  The 2016 Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing. More
5  Ockham Book Awards (Sept to Dec 16 publications). More
21 Novel Fair 2017 Application Deadline. More
28 NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants. More
28 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More
28 NZWG Seed Grants Round 3. More
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More

4  Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant. More

1 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. 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.
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Events / Book Launches / Workshops


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  • 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.


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