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Ockham Book Awards 2016 winners
Winner of the $10,000 Text Prize
Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant winner announced
International Markets for Your Books
Copyright and Fair Use developments in Australia
CompleteMS deadline!
Academy of NZ Literature
The Caselberg Charitable Trust Poetry Prize
National Poetry Day
Announcing the NFFD Long List!
2016 Booksellers NZ Conference
Looking for Overseas Writers Festivals?
NWF will bring you prestigious local and international speakers 
PEN Matters
   Report into Fruit Juice Industry Lands Blogger in Court
   PEN Issues: ‘Top Writers’ Radio Show
Auckland Writers Lounge
Clippings from the Internet
   George RR Martin: Game of Thrones characters die because 'it has to be done'
   Margaret Mahy's The Changeover adapted for film      
Digital Files
   Making Metadata Do More: Building Batches in Digital Printing  
Want to start a writing group?
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

Auckland has been a hot bed of activity and I must admit my head is still spinning a bit from all the events that started with the announcement of the Auckland Mayor Grant winner of $10,000. The Ockham book awards followed May 10, then the launch of the Academy of NZ Literature, the Gala opening of the Auckland Writers Festival and 3 intense days of meetings with visiting writers, sessions at the festival, networking events thanks to Creative NZ... and all the wine and canapes that go with these occasions. You can read about all these events in today's e-news. Truth is, I loved it, but this weekend is for a quiet time continuing my read of Coming Rain.  

Have an enjoyable weekend. Jackie & Claire

Ockham Book Awards 2016 winners

Much has been written about the book awards, celebrated 10 days ago. You can read the media release or go to the website to find out more.

We congratulate all of the shortlisted authors as well as the winners, as follows:

Fiction: Stephen Daisley Coming Rain (Text Publishing) $50,000
General Non fiction: Witi Ihimaera, Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood (Penguin Random House) $10,000
Poetry: David Eggleton  The Conch Trumpet (Otago University Press) $10,000
Illustrated Non-fiction: Aroha Harris, Atholl Anderson and the late Judith Binney  Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (Bridget Williams Books) $10,000

Best First Book Awards 
Illustrated Non-Fiction: Richard Nunns for Te Ara Puoro: A Journey into the World of Māori Music by (Potton and Burton). 
Poetry: Chris Tse for How to Be Dead in the Year of Snakes (Auckland University Press); 
Fiction: David Coventry The Invisible Mile (Victoria University Press)
General Non-Fiction: Melissa Matutina Williams for Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua (Bridget Williams Books).
Each Best First Book Award winner receives $2,500. 

The NZ Author winter edition, to be e-distributed Friday 27 May, carries an interview with fiction winner Stephen Daisley.

Winner of $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Brisbane’s Claire Christian is the winner of the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for BEAUTIFUL MESS (shortlisted as WASTE). A former high school teacher of Drama and Sex-Ed, Christian now works with teenagers as an arts facilitator, as well as being playwright and podcaster. More

Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant winner announced

Papatoetoe resident Grace Taylor has been awarded the second annual Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant.
Grace’s winning proposal was for City of Undone Darlings, a poetry collection intended for publication in paperback and as an e-book, and for performance. More

International Markets for Your Books

Calling all New Zealand self-published authors . . .
Do you have a book with international potential, but lack the time, resources or know-how to test the market? If so, I’d love to hear from you.
I offer a service to represent your book internationally. Over a nine-month period before and after the Frankfurt Book Fair I approach targeted publishers on your behalf, set up appointments, showcase your book at Frankfurt, and then advise on contracts.
I am calling now for books for Frankfurt 2016, and space is limited. All books will be considered, but non-fiction (especially health and wellbeing) and young children’s fiction are a focus this year.
If you’d like to discuss your book and my service, please email me on to arrange a free Skype call.
‘Linda’s familiarity with overseas publishing and her personal assertiveness when it comes to negotiating publishing contracts make her enormously helpful to her authors.’ Graeme Lay
‘Linda has been wonderful to deal with. Her knowledge, contacts and professionalism have been second to none.’ Ann Glamuzina 
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Copyright and Fair Use developments in Australia

Here is an open letter from Jackie French (AM) in response to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Australia’s intellectual property arrangements.

Theft and Failure of Economics 101. 

For 25 years I have worked as an author, supporting my family. Innocently, I had assumed that the royalties from these books would continue to support my husband and myself in our old age. Now, in my sixties, I have been told by the ill-named ‘Productivity Commission’ that ‘Writers rarely write for financial reasons,’ and I may only own my work for 15 years. If I had spent my time renovating houses, or investing in shares, I'd own them. So would my heirs. If you built a bicycle or a house, would you give it to anyone who cares to grab it, in 15 years’ time? Does Thomas Keneally have no moral right to Bring Larks and Heroes? Does Mem Fox no longer have a right to Possum Magic nor I to Diary of a Wombat? Will Malcolm Turnbull give away his investments when he has owned them for 15 years? How can we become his ‘clever country’ if inventions belong to the creator for such a short time? More

Here is a comment about the same Productivity Commission's report from Electronic Frontier Foundation - Defending Your Rights in the Digital World. 
Australian Productivity Commission Slams Protectionist Copyright and Patent Laws
Last month we wrote about a discredited industry report that spread misinformation about the supposed costs of Australia adopting fair use into its copyright law. That document, commissioned by media and entertainment giants, had been written in anticipation of a recommendation for the adoption of fair use by the Australian Productivity Commission, a government agency tasked with improving Australia's capacity for production and innovation. More

CompleteMS deadline!

If you are planning to submit an application for this year's CompleteMS - a full manuscript assessment - the deadline is 5pm, 27 MayFind out more


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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Academy of NZ Literature

Eminent writers Patricia Grace, Eleanor Catton and Witi Ihimaera are just a few of the big literary names associated with an ambitious initiative launched by award-winning NZ author Paula Morris this week.
A senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Auckland, Dr Morris has created the Academy of New Zealand Literature, (ANZL) which she envisions as “promoting, supporting and sustaining” a community of New Zealand’s best writers. Read the complete media release. Academy of NZ Literature website

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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The 26th of August is National Poetry Day and the organisers are building a nationwide calendar of events to celebrate poetry in New Zealand. Now is your chance to come up with something cool to do and tell them about your plans. Register your event(s) and apply for seed-funding before 5pm on the 24th of May. 

Find out how to run an event here. If you have any questions, get stuck for ideas, or need help locating poets, contact your friendly national coordinator, Miriam Barr, by emailing 

Announcing the NFFD Long List!

The 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Long List has been posted at the NFFD site. 51 stories selected from more than 500 entries. 

Judges Elizabeth Smither and James Norcliffe will attend the events in Auckland and Christchurch, respectively, and 2013 NFFD judge Mary McCallum will present prizes in Wellington. All NFFD events take place Wednesday, June 22. 

2016 Booksellers NZ Conference

The Booksellers NZ Conference is on Saturday 2 July, and Sunday 3 July. With keynote speaker Steve Bercu from Austin, Texas; and other events including Exisle Press' Maggie Eyre, and author Graeme Simison, this is going to be a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and meet others in the trade. More

Looking for Overseas Writers Festivals?

We have searched the web (so you don't have to!) to find these useful and travel inspiring festival databases.

Writers Conferences and Writers Festivals in the USA

Bookish things to do with children in the UK summer

Literary Festivals in the UK and Europe

Australian Writers Festivals

NWF will bring you prestigious local and international speakers 

The NWF will bring you prestigious local and international speakers to share their knowledge, their ideas and their experience.

It is a two day intensive where writers will talk, learn and share information about the craft of writing and the business of getting published – traditional and indie, print and digital. 
The forum will report on the current New Zealand writing and publishing environment and explore the prospects for writers in the new democracy of the digital world.

Email Jackie if you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting.

PEN Matters


Report into Fruit Juice Industry Lands Blogger in Court

Blogger and British rights activist, Andy Hall, has been charged with criminal defamation, and offences under the Computer Crimes Act. Hall, facing a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, has investigated the fruit juice industry in Thailand and published a report which details alleged abuses of migrant workers committed by the Natural Fruit Company Limited. The report, published by Finnwatch in 2013, reportedly details interviews with migrants who suffered labour rights abuses, from poor working conditions to child labour. Natural Fruit has denied the allegations. more

PEN Issues: ‘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 examines self-censorship and the plight of Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, after the publication and trial surrounding her novel, The God of Small Things. 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

Auckland Writers Lounge

The Play’s the thing – turning social issues into drama

The first in a series of free lunchtime session to be held every Monday from 13 June to 18 July. More (including PDFs of A3, DLE and Bookmark).

When: 12pm - 1pm, 13 June
With: Roger Hall, Elisabeth Easther and Albert Belz
Host: Michelanne Forster
Venue: Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium

Clippings from the Internet

George RR Martin: Game of Thrones characters die because 'it has to be done'

George RR Martin, renowned for killing off major characters unexpectedly in his bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted for TV as A Game of Thrones, has said that stories in which only the extras die are “such a cheat”. More   
Extract from article by Alison Flood in the Guardian

Margaret Mahy's The Changeover adapted for film

Margaret Mahy's best selling Young Adult novel The Changeover is being made into a movie, which will be presented to potential buyers at the upcoming Cannes market. The novel has been adapted for the screen by Stuart Mackenzie and will be directed by MacKenzie and Miranda Harcourt. The star studded cast includes award winning British actor, Timothy Spall (famous for many roles including his recent depiction of J.M.W Turner), Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless and Charlie Heaton.
From The Arts Foundation news

Digital Files 

Making Metadata Do More: Building Batches in Digital Printing

Metadata may not only be how your titles are categorized, tracked, and marketed: It also can tell a printer how to print the book a reader has just ordered from a retailer — and get it out the door. More
Extract from article by Porter Anderson in Publishing Perspectives

Death by Deadline

21 New Bird Writing Anthology seeks submissions More
22 Te Papa Tupu Writing Incubator. More
27 NZSA CompleteMS assessment programme. More
31 The NZ Poetry Society’s Annual International Poetry Competition. More
31 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Hong Kong or UK) More
31 Atlas – new medical literary journal call for submissions. More

1  Robert Burns Fellowship. More
1  University of Otago College of Education/Creative NZ Children's Writer in Residence 2017. More
17 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. More
12 International Bath Flash Fiction Award. More
30 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Europe) More

18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More 
31 Taking Flight - submissions open. More

31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. More

27 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More



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Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

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Writers on Radio and TV

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