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NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2016 - Open for Applications
Submissions open for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards
University Book Shop Establishes New Zealand Writers Residency
Pitch Perfect competition
Do You Create Copyright? Have Your Voice Heard
Auckland Writers: Cloud Ink Press invites you to a screening of the film Pride
Unleash the Power of Poetry - National Poetry Day
Writing New Zealand: People, Politics, Place
Writing Group seeks new member - Auckland
ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
PEN Matters
  No Gold for Brazil: Uncovering Brazil’s Freedom of Speech Track Record
NZSA StartWrite Service: kickstart your next project!
Clippings from the Internet
  12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime
Digital Files
  11 Ways to Overcome Marketing Dread
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

Just arrived in the office is the updated, newly printed booklet Digital Publishing Guide written by Martin Taylor. This is the first NZSA booklet published perfect bound and it looks fantastic and is full of information about how to publish your book online. If this  interests you, you can purchase a copy here for the NZSA members discounted price of $16 (non-members $20).
Date for Diary  
The Janet Frame Memorial Address will be the evening before the NWF, Friday 16 September. It will be delivered by Joan Rosier-Jones, our President of Honour
Start time: 5:00. Venue: Whare Wānanga, level 2, Auckland Central Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland.

Enjoy your weekend. Jackie & Claire

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2016 - Open for Applications

Two WRITERS RESEARCH grants are now open for applications for writers working on a project that can utilise the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. These grants are offered by the Auckland Museum and NZ Society of Authors and can be used for fiction and non-fiction projects.
The NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2016 grants comprise:
  • One National Grant of $4,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.
  • One Auckland Regional Grant of $2,500 for writers from the Auckland region. 
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 28 October 2016. Find out more here.

Submissions open for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Books published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016 will be considered.
There are two submission dates. Please observe the guidelines for sending your entries in two tranches, which are in place to ease of sending to judges.
  • Submissions of titles published between 1 January 2016 and 31 August 2016, open on Monday 1 August and close 5pm Monday, 5 September 2016
  • Submissions of titles published between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016, open on Tuesday 6 September and close 5pm on Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
Find out more

University Book Shop Establishes New Zealand Writers Residency

New Zealand’s first writing residency, the Robert Burns Fellowship, was established in 1958 in Dunedin marking the bicentenary of the birth of Robbie Burns. Now, 58 years later and to mark their seventy years of bookselling, Dunedin’s University Book Shop has created another New Zealand first with a bookshop-based annual residency for emerging writers.

'This residency is a very exciting new initiative which will provide emerging writers with an invaluable opportunity to develop new work,' says Otago’s Kyle Mewburn, President of NZ Society of Authors.
Applications are accepted until 20 August 2016. The award recipient will be announced on 1 September. More

Pitch Perfect competition open now

Interested in writing an article for National Geographic, or The Spin Off? Or do you have a manuscript you would like Text Publishing, Penguin Random House, Upstart Press, Allen & Unwin or BWB books to read? Then you need to enter the Pitch Perfect competition! You can enter once you have purchased a ticket to NWF, deadline is 22 August. Each of the 7 winners get a one-on-one session with the editor or publisher they pitched to.

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.

Do You Create Copyright? Have Your Voice Heard

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) wants to find out how copyright is used amongst the creative sector.

If you are a copyright holder, copyright user/licensee or copyright contributor in the creative sector, you are invited to participate in a survey. It’s important that MBIE gets as many responses as possible to get a good picture of copyright use in NZ.  The survey will explore areas such as general awareness of copyright, the different ways that people use their works and people’s experiences with protecting their works.

Survey participation is entirely voluntary and all responses will be kept strictly confidential.  No personally identifiable information will be used in any reports of this data. The link for the online survey is here

The survey will be open for responses from 8 August to 19 August 2016


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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Auckland Writers: Cloud Ink Press invites you to a screening of the film Pride

Held at the Lido cinema on the 25th of August at 6.00pm with shared drinks from 5.30 onwards.

The featured movie: Pride. A 2014 historical comedy-drama in which a group of gay and lesbian activists supporting striking Welsh miners in Thatcher's Britain are hampered by discrimination for their efforts.  
Pride was screened in the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.

Proceeds from this screening will go toward publishing Cloud Ink Press' first novel: A Striking Truth, by Helen McNeill, which shares the context of an industrial dispute, this time in New Zealand's North Island in the 1980s where an entire town is drawn into the conflict when the paper mill's workers go on strike. 

Tickets for the movie night are $26 and include a complimentary glass of wine.
Come and meet the collective, mix, mingle, drink, talk about writers and writing and enjoy a good movie.       Facebook
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Unleash the Power of Poetry - National Poetry Day

Featuring 100 events around the country engaging thousands of Kiwis of all ages. From small towns to big cities, primary school classrooms to rest-homes, pubs to cyberspace this year’s events are some of the most creative and accessible yet.

National Poetry Day takes place on Friday, 26 August.
In Auckland experience the fusion of poetry and Buto performance art with FLOCK; read Haiku poems inscribed on boulders in Katikati; enjoy Poems for Pets and help raise some funds for New Lives Animal Rescue in Hamilton; go on a poetry crawl from morning till night in the Wellington region; checkout the Poetry Fridge Door in Nelson’s Elmer Library; enter the Hagley Writers’ Institute Poetry Competition to win the chance to have your poem turned into a Phantom Billstickers poster; help create a poem for Dunedin by Dunedin; or participate in one of the many other amazing events. Can’t get to an event? Then download Poems in Your Pocket   to read and share with friends or call or text The Poetry Phone to get your poetry fix ( ).
For more details, (including times, tickets etc) on all Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day events, go to

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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Writing Group seeks new member - Auckland

A long-established, tight-knit and committed critique group in Auckland is seeking a new member. Find out more on our website here. To look through the list of writing groups by region go here.

ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Read the full media release and see images of the books here

PEN Matters

No Gold for Brazil: Uncovering Brazil’s Freedom of Speech Track Record

With Brazil in the media following Olympic Games coverage, it’s a good time to consider its track record on freedom of speech. On July 24th João Miranda do Carmo was fatally shot outside his home. Miranda edited a local news website, SAD Sem Censura [Santo Antônio do Descoberto Uncensored] which reported on government corruption, crime, and issues of drug trafficking. He was also a candidate in local elections this year, standing for the Communist Party. He received death threats, and his shooting highlights the risks journalists face in Brazil. One person has been arrested in connection to his death, but PEN International urges Brazilian authorities to ‘continue their investigation until all responsible parties are located, prosecuted, and punished.’

PEN International reports that since 2004, 24 bloggers and print journalists have been murdered in Brazil. The majority of these murders remain fully or partially unsolved. more

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

NZSA StartWrite Service 
kickstart your next project!

StartWrite assessments offer a great opportunity to receive a chapter and synopsis assessment from a qualified assessor. As an NZSA member you can access this service at a heavily discounted rate - gaining invaluable insight into your writing project.

The subsidised StartWrite service runs through the year until all subsidised assessments have been used and there are currently plenty of subsidised assessment slots available. Find out more.

Clippings from the Internet

12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime

Are you someone who refuses to believe the theory that “print is dead”? Who always makes room in a suitcase for a paperback? Who finds it easy to spend more time at a charmingly ramshackle bookstore than a crowded tourist attraction? You're not alone. More

Digital Files 

11 Ways to Overcome Marketing Dread

I was with a group of authors the other day when the conversation took a turn toward marketing. The group was unanimous in the declaration that they loved to write but loathed to market their work. Whether they were self-published or worked with a more traditional publishing house, whether they sold most of their titles in digital or print format, they all said the same thing: they were aware that they should participate in marketing their own books but dreaded the chore. More
Extract from article in Digital World by Beth Bacon

Death by Deadline

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
20 Otago University Book Shop Writers Residency. 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 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
5  Ockham Book Awards (Jan to Aug 16 publications). More
12 Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2016. More
15 100 West Corsicana 2017 Residencies for Artists & Writers. More

28 Mental Health Media Grants. 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
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More

1 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. More
Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More



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Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

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Writers on Radio and TV

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