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Hachette Mentorship Program - applications open 10 October
Janet Frame Memorial Award - deadline 28 Oct
NZSA Auckland Museum Research Grants - deadline 28 Oct
Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize Results!
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
The D’Arcy Writers’ Grants for  2017
2016 NZ Book Council Lecture - invitation
NZ Bookshop Day is Saturday, 29 October
Nominations open for NZSA Waitangi Day honours
Christchurch writing workshops 
New Writing Group
PEN Matters
   International Translation Day: Poet Dareen Tatour
Clippings from the Internet
   An essay on poetry and the shared imagination
   The Nature of Double Standards
Digital Files
   How to Make the Most of Goodreads Giveaways
   GST on purchase of digital services
Death by Deadline
Digital Publishing Guide and The Business of Writing booklets updated!
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

Enjoy today's e-news, almost themed by both poetry and essays.

From  Monday 10 October until Friday 4 November Claire is away in London visiting family. We have Ann McDonell working with us part-time to help but it is possible it will take a little longer to respond to queries that go to the office@ email address. So please don't fret if you don't get an immediate response. Between Ann and I we will respond as quickly as we can.

Jackie & Claire

Hachette Mentorship Program - applications open 10 October

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), in association with Hachette Australia, are once again offering the opportunity for one writer to work on a new draft of their completed manuscript under the mentorship of Hachette Australia.

Now in its second year, this initiative is for writers of fiction, non-fiction or young adult fiction who have progressed a manuscript beyond first draft, but require the objective view of an experienced publisher to provide constructive critiquing for that manuscript. More

Apply between 10 October and midnight 13 November

Janet Frame Memorial Award - deadline 28 Oct

The New Zealand Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial award of $3,000 has run biennially since 2008, thanks to a gift from the Janet Frame Literary Trust, to support a mid-career or established writer. This award is open to authors of poetry, literary or imaginative fiction. 

Find out more about the award here   

Application deadline 28 October

NZSA Auckland Museum Research Grants - deadline 28 Oct

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.
Find out more about the research grants here     Application deadline 28 October

Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize Results!

The $500 First Prize in the 2016 Caselberg Trust International poetry competition has been awarded to Leslie McKay, of Maruia Valley, for her poem Bold Feral and Tender.

This year’s judge, former Poetry Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan, chose the winning work from nearly 300 entries. Second Prize of $250 went to Auckland poet and NZSA member Riemke Ensing for her poem At the Caselberg House in Broad Bay, celebrating the work of artist Anna Caselberg.

Another six poems were highly commended by the judge: Agreement on this day by Paula Clare King; Learning my partner’s language, by Michaela Keeble; Milking, by Jillian Sullivan; Sure-footed, by Kerrin Sharpe (NZSA); Clearing out my Parents’ House, by Lynne Kohen (NZSA); and The comfort of stories, another entry by Riemke Ensing. Congratulations to all. More

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is now open to poets around the world. This prestigious prize is worth a total of AU$7,500. The overall winner will receive $5,000 and a print by the great artist Arthur Boyd, who collaborated with Peter Porter. Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English. Full details about how to enter and eligibility criteria can be found on the Australian Book Review  website  

Deadline for entries is 1 December 2016
Australian Book Review – one of the country’s foremost cultural magazines – publishes writers (and reviews books) from around the world. The Porter Prize complements ABR’s impressive commitment to poetry. In addition to publishing reviews, essays and new poems in each issue, we offer the online, open-access States of Poetry anthologies and Poem of the Week. We welcome submissions from poets via
Subscribe to ABR Online and enter a poem in the Porter Prize for the special price of just $55.
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The D’Arcy Writers’ Grants for  2017


Winning Essay will be published in North South Magazine

Applications for the 2017 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants, in association with North & South magazine, for essays of 10,000 to 12,000 words on New Zealand life and culture will close on Friday, October 28. The grants will no longer be residential, but will be increased to $5000 each and the winning essays will be published in special sections of North & South magazine.

Applications should be sent in Word format to They must include a reasonably well developed synopsis of the proposed essay, plus a full biographical note, including references to, and some examples of, previously published work.

The successful applicants will be announced on Monday, November 28. The judging panel will be writer  Gordon McLauchlan (chair); Virginia Larson, editor of North & South; Jackie Dennis, New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN Inc); writer Hamish Keith; and writer Bruce Ansley.

The writer will, of course, retain copyright and moral rights for the work but the Committee will hold the publishing right.

Any inquiries should also be sent to

2016 NZ Book Council Lecture - invitation


Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale in 4 Tales. Delivered by Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Friday 11 November, 6pm
RSVP: This is a free event, but spaces are limited. Please email to secure your seat
This event is brought to you by the New Zealand Book Council in partnership with the National Library of New Zealand.

NZ Bookshop Day is Saturday, 29 October

Quirky events, author readings, competition and fun times for bookshop lovers
This year’s NZ Bookshop Day – Your Place, Your Bookshop to be held on Saturday, 29 Octoberpromises to be a cracker of a day for all Kiwis who enjoy their local bookshops.

Celebrating the vibrancy and uniqueness, and the vital role they play in our communities, 170 bookshops from Whangarei to Invercargill will hold special – and quirky – events, author readings, competitions and draws, as well as delightfully fun times for readers and booklovers of all ages and stages. More

Nominations open for NZSA Waitangi Day honours

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) gives out Waitangi Day Honours each year to recognise writers who have had outstanding achievement in the previous calendar year. 

NZSA is now calling for nominations for the January 2017 honours list. To nominate a writer use this form.

The writer you nominate must have:

  • had outstanding success on the international stage, such as a listing or win in a major international award; and / or
  • made a significant contribution to advancing NZ literature

The achievement needs to have happened in 2016.

Christchurch writing workshops 

Canterbury Branch is hosting a weekend of free writing workshops running on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October at South Library. They have an impressive line-up of speakers including Mandy Hager, Nicky Hager, Sarah Laing, Rachel McAlpine, Rachel O'Connor, Harry Rickets, Jillian Sullivan and Brian Turner. These workshops are possible thanks to funding from Creative New Zealand. Scroll down the e-news to see the flyer.

New Writing Group

We Love to Write - a new writing group with a focus on romance writing is starting up in the Warkworth area. To read more about this group plus other new writing groups, log in to our website and go to Writing Group Starting Here and Now  

International Translation Day: Poet Dareen Tatour

In the world of writing we sometimes forget the importance of the translator. The translator is the silent link between one world and another. They form a bridge between cultures, and without them the work of many poets and writers in prison around the world on PEN’s Case List would not be assessable to the English-speaking world.

September 30th marked International Translation Day, and the Assembly Delegates of PEN (gathering for the 82nd International Congress), observed the occasion by translating and reading work by the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour.

Tatour is currently under house arrest in Israel, where she faces charges of supporting a terrorist organisation and several counts of incitement to violence in connection with her poetry and social media activity.

At the heart of Tatour’s case is a translation of her poem, ‘Qawim ya sha’abi, qawimhum (Resist, my people, resist them).’ She alleges the poem is a legitimate protest against crimes committed by Israeli settlers and soldiers occupying Palestinian land. Her defence argues that her arrest is fuelled by a mistranslation of the poem, with the prosecution not allowing Tatour’s defence team to present an alternative translation of the poem from Arabic into Hebrew.

In a statement from PEN:
“Translation and translators are fundamental part of PEN’s freedom of expression and literary work. PEN’s Girona Manifesto specifically underlines the importance of translation in protecting and advancing freedom of expression and linguistic rights.”

PEN Centres from around the world translated Tatour’s poem, A Poet Behind Bars, the day she received her indictment. You can read the English translation below here.

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



An essay on poetry and the shared imagination, featuring Hall & Oates, Emily Dickinson, The Shining and Kierkegaard


A Belief in Ghosts: poetry and the shared imagination

I. The Materiality of the Imagination
Let’s start first with a question: What do you think about the imagination? Is it a place that you go in your mind to create new ideas freely? Is it a place you fear? Is it both?
People often talk of the imagination as if it is one thing for everyone, a place without context, a specific, singular landscape that we all go to, on our own. This kind of talk sometimes makes people feel that if they don’t have immediate access to this single place, they can’t engage in imaginative thinking, which disempowers infinite possible new ways of seeing the world. More   Extract from article by Dorothea Lasky in JstorDaily

The Nature of Double Standards: A Book’s Award Stirs Controversy

Amid rising calls for diversity in publishing—and for more even-handed recognition of excellence—many awards programs today come under scrutiny for issues of fairness, inclusion, balance. Here’s an interesting case of pushback that has followed author Andrea Wulf’s honor from the Royal Society. Born in India and raised in Germany, Wulf lives and works in London. More  Extract from article by Dennis Abrams in Publishing Perspectives

Digital Files 

How to Make the Most of Goodreads Giveaways

Authors looking to boost book promotion efforts should consider incorporating a presence on Goodreads. It’s an established site filled with potential to really boost book marketing plans. In fact, some authors have elevated this to an art form and have become Goodreads rock stars. (If you need tips on best practices, read this article.) Once you’ve established yourself on Goodreads, adding Goodreads giveaways to your marketing plan is a solid next step. More  Extract from article by Penny Sansevieri in Digitalbookworld

GST on purchase of digital services

GST Move Good for Big Kiwi Tech Firms But Government Still Missing Out on Revenue
New legislation requiring international firms to charge GST when selling digital services to New Zealanders has now come into force. Here's a take on what this means from Fairfax.

Death by Deadline

7   Headland submission. More
17 Michael King Writers’ Centre Residencies 2017. 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
28 D'Arcy Writers Grants 2017. More
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More

1  Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017. More
4  Randell Cottage Writers Residency. More
4  Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant. More
13 Hachette Mentorship Program. More

1 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. More
20 Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest 2017. More
Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More



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Christchurch Writing Workshops

Digital Publishing Guide and The Business of Writing booklets updated!  

We have recently published updated editions of the Digital Publishing Guide, written by Martin Taylor and The Business of Writing. You can purchase these at the shop. Booklets are $16 for members ($21 full price). To access the discount log in to the website first.

Events / Book Launches / Workshops


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Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

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Writers on Radio and TV

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