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CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants - application deadline 29 July
Got a book to promote during Book Week 20016?
The 2016 CLNZ Contestable Fund: $75,000 Ready and Waiting
Te Papa Press forms partnership with Massey University Press
Time Out Bookstore awarded Bookseller of the Year!
2016 National Poetry Day Competitions
Telling Stories - Workshop
Te Papa Tupu Incubator for Writers Kicks off for 2016
Sixth Caselberg International Poetry Prize, 2016
Lotteries Award to restore and repair the South Otago crib of ‘people’s poet’ Hone Tuwhare
NZ Heritage Writing Competition
Word Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival Programme
Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication
NWF earlybird tickets open next week
Word Tower honours Patricia Grace

PEN Matters
   Book Club Members Released
   Potential Travel Restrictions for Officials Involved with Human Rights Abuses

Two job opportunities: Creative NZ and Playmarket
Update on revenue for Creative New Zealand
Farewell to member Brigid Barrer

Clippings from the Internet
   That Long, Rocky Road: Why Is Dystopian Fiction Evergreen?   
   Trends in Man Booker Winners: Male and Middle-Aged in Third Person
Digital Files
   Here's Why E-Book Sales From Major Publishers Are Plummeting

Storylines 2016 writers’ awards – deadline reminder
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

Many of us are experiencing wild winter weather but, with today's e-news you can snuggle down and catch up with what is happening in writing communities near you. Enjoy your weekend. Jackie & Claire

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CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants - application deadline 29 July

  • 3 Open Research Grants of $5,000 each
  • 1 Stout Research Centre Grant, which includes funding of $5,000 and a six-week residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University Wellington.
The grants support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to those writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.

The CLNZ/NZSA Stout Centre Research Grant is based in Wellington; the other three grants are the CLNZ/NZSA Open Research Grants.
More info and application forms

Got a book to promote during Book Week 20016? 

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.

The 2016 CLNZ Contestable Fund: $75,000 Ready and Waiting for Writers and Publishers

Copyright Licensing New Zealand has committed a minimum of $60,000 per annum, between 2015 and 2017, to be made available to writers and publishers from a dedicated Contestable Fund. CLNZ is pleased to announce that in 2016, $75,000 is available.
Inviting applications for 2016 Contestable Funding. More
Application deadline is 5pm, 16 September 2016
Application form and guidelines are available at

Te Papa Press forms partnership with Massey University Press

Te Papa Press is joining forces with Massey University Press under the leadership of one of New Zealand’s most respected book publishers, Nicola Legat.
An agreement signed today by Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis and Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey will see the publishers work together to produce books under two separate imprints: Te Papa Press and Massey University Press.
Massey University Press will provide the publishing infrastructure, with Nicola Legat being the publisher for both imprints. Te Papa will retain a full-time in-house editor. More

Time Out Bookstore awarded Bookseller of the Year!

Congratulations to Time Out Bookstore (Mt Eden, Auckland) who were awarded Bookseller of the Year at the 2016 New Zealand Book Industry Awards!

2016 National Poetry Day Competitions

National Poetry Day Competitions are listed here. With six regional competitions and one online competition open nationwide, there's a chance for everyone to put pen to paper and unleash the power of poetry for National Poetry Day this year!

Submission dates and entry details vary. Winners announced across the week of National Poetry Day (26 August 2016).

Telling Stories

Life writing and memoir workshop run over 4 alternate Saturdays with
Dame Fiona Kidman and leading guest writers.

Venue: Upstairs at the Thistle Inn, Mulgrave Street, Wellington

Dates: 6 August, 20 August, 3 September, 17 September

Te Papa Tupu Incubator for Writers Kicks off for 2016

Congratulations to the six aspiring Te Papa Tupu writers beginning their six months of writing incubation. Each from a different part of New Zealand, this year's writers are:
Pere Durie, Papamoa (mentored by James George); Lauren Keenan, Wellington (mentored by Reneé); Steph Matuku, New Plymouth (mentored by Whiti Hereaka); Shirley Simmonds, Levin (mentored by Tina Makereti); Terri Tetau, Ashhurst (mentored by Whiti Hereaka); Tahlia Tini, Auckland (mentored by Paula Morris). More


The Caselberg Charitable Trust

Sixth Caselberg International Poetry Prize, 2016


Closing date for the 2016 Caselberg Poetry Competition is 31st July.
(First Prize $500, Second $250)

The Judge this year is Vincent O’Sullivan.

For all the information you need, please go to
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Lotteries Award to restore and repair the South Otago crib of ‘people’s poet’ Hone Tuwhare

Lotteries Award to help establish the first writers’ residency in the home of a Maori writer
The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust has just been awarded $100,000 by the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee to restore and repair the South Otago crib of ‘people’s poet’ Hone Tuwhare (1922 – 2008).
Trust Chair Dr Noel Waite says, “the Trust is delighted that, with the support of Lotteries, we can preserve Hone’s former home as a vital first step in developing a new writers’ and artists’ residency.” More

Word Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival Programme

Tim Flannery (Aus)
David Levithan (US)
Caitlin Doughty (US)
Roger Shepherd (NZ)
Tusiata Avia (NZ)
Ivan Coyote (Canada)
Alok Jha (UK)
Steve Hely (US)
& Many More
Go here for the programme

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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NWF early bird tickets open next week

We have almost finalised the programme ready for when ticket sales open next week. NZSA members get preferred pricing and the best value ticket will be the early bird option - BUT we have a limited number of early bird tickets and they will end 31 July unless sold prior. We have priced the ticket as low as we possibly can as we want as many writers as possible to come to NWF. We will alert you as soon as tickets are on sale.

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. Booking instructions here. The Langham is a 1 km walk from the University of Auckland venue. 

We still have some great speakers to announce when we reveal the programme next week, but to find out about the ones we have already announced go to  

Word Tower honours Patricia Grace

An iron sculpture inscribed with a quote from Patricia Grace's 1986 novel, Potiki, has been unveiled in Titahi Bay, Porirua.

The sculpture is part of the Porirua Writers Walk and honours the award winning author, who calls Porirua home.

PEN Matters


Book Club Members Released

PEN International reports welcome news. The Angolan Supreme Court has conditionally released writer Domingos da Cruz and 16 activists jailed alongside him in Angola. The group, known as the ‘Luanda Book Club’ were arrested in June 2015 and sentenced to between two to eight year’s imprisonment in March 2016. The charge was ‘preparatory acts of rebellion’ and ‘criminal conspiracy’. More.

Potential Travel Restrictions for Officials Involved with Human Rights Abuses

The U.S. Congress has introduced a bill that has the potential to change the face of freedom of speech issues. PEN America reports that the Azerbaijan Democracy Act (H.R. 4264) would deny U.S. visas for high-level Azerbaijani officials involved in human rights abuses. The bill, if passed, would also cover their immediate family members and individuals with whom they have close financial ties.
It will be a significant step to hold Azerbaijan accountable “for its escalating crackdown on journalists and human rights defenders”, according to PEN American Center.
The bill was introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), Smith, who chairs the Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. It was presented during the Commission’s hearing on the persecution of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova.
“While brave journalists like Khadija languish behind bars, the officials who put her there should not be allowed to travel freely,” said Karin Deutsch Karlekar, director of Free Expression Programs at PEN. More.

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

Two job opportunities: Creative NZ and Playmarket

Creative New Zealand is looking to recruit a new Project Manager for the Auckland Diversity Project. Please find links to the job ad and position description here and attached.
This is a fixed term role based in Auckland and is for 20 hours per week. Deadline for applications is Monday 25 July 2016.

Playmarket Script Advisor
You will have a passion for and extensive experience of dramaturgy, knowledge of New Zealand playwrights and playwriting, and the New Zealand theatre environment and its key personnel. You will be in charge of reading and assessing client scripts and competition submissions. You will be advising and encouraging playwrights of differing levels of experience. You will be Playmarket’s liaison person in Auckland. You are achievement and customer focused and have an eye for detail.
The position is full time, based in Auckland and commences late October 2016. Applications close 5 August 2016. For a job description please contact Murray Lynch here

Update on revenue for Creative New Zealand

A further increase in forecast revenue from Lotto NZ profits means that Creative New Zealand expects to receive about $30 million in the 2015/16 financial year from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (NZLGB).

This latest forecast is an increase on last month’s update and a $3.7 million increase on the forecast we communicated in March. Our revenue from the NZLGB is now on a par with the forecast we received at the beginning of the financial year.

Forecast revenue from the NZLGB for the 2016/17 financial year remains at $28.67 million. More

Farewell to member Brigid Barrer

Brigid Barrer passed away on Wednesday 6 July, in her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was a regular attendee at Auckland Branch meetings and we were saddened to learn of her passing. 

Brigid wrote poetry and she enjoyed getting involved. She guested at Rhythm and Verse, read at Poetry Live, Auckland Writers Festival and Inside Out. She also assisted with during Fringe festival 2013 and read at Alleluya and the Gala opening.

Clippings from the Internet

That Long, Rocky Road: Why Is Dystopian Fiction Evergreen?

In the Young Adult (YA) section of the store, the shelves are groaning with dystopian novels, the worlds they depict often far worse than reality. Yet during the Cold War when the world lived within three or four minutes of total annihilation, dystopian stories such as John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids (Penguin, 1951) or John Christopher’s The Tripods (Simon & Schuster, series beginning in 1967) didn’t seem to dominate the retail scene in the same way. More
Extract from article in Publishing Perspectives by Mark Piesing

Trends in Man Booker Winners: Male and Middle-Aged in Third Person

FlipSnack commissioned VerveSearch’s Matt Lindley to put together some numbers from more than 40 years of Man Booker Prize data to come up with some interesting statistics:
  • Gender: Sixty-six percent of Man Booker laureates are men.
  • Age: The average age of the winning author is 49.
  • Numbers of books published: The average Man Booker winner has published seven titles. 
    Extract from article in Publishing Perspectives. More

Digital Files 

Here's Why E-Book Sales From Major Publishers Are Plummeting

Book publishers are winning in their quixotic war against their own electronic books as sales dropped 11% last year, according to a new report from the industry’s leading trade group.

Electronic books tend to be more profitable for publishers because they cost less to create and distribute, and they aren’t subject to returns from bookstores. But with Amazon dominating the e-book market, publishers have seen reining in e-book sales as a way to curb the online giant’s influence over the market. More
Extract from article by Aaron Pressman in Fortune

Storylines 2016 writers’ awards – deadline reminder

The deadline for Storylines’ three awards for new manuscripts is approaching.  Manuscripts for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award, the Storylines Tessa Duder Award and the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award must be postmarked not later than 31 October 2016.

For aspiring illustrators the deadline for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for new illustrators is 30 November 2016. For eligibility and other information, go to the Awards pages on Storylines website. 

Death by Deadline

15 Residency Programme - Portugal. More
15 CLNZ Contestable Fund. More
18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More
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 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
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. 

  • Opportunities are displayed in calendar or list form (together with events). 
  • Opportunities are only visible to members! To see opportunities on the website you need to log in using your email address and website password.
  • 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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