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Welcome to this week's enews

Last e-news came from Havelock North the day before our AGM. There was a warm ambience in the room and the meeting progressed without a hitch. Changes to the Constitution were approved with some tweaking along the way (detailed in the Draft AGM minutes) and the next day National Council were able to set new regions. Five regions instead of seven gives a leaner and more cost effective National Council. There's more about this in the body of the e-news.

The Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship opens today - this is earlier than in previous years so if you had it marked on your calendar from past years take note the new deadline is 24 August. Applications for the CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants (4 each valued at $5,000) will open in a couple of weeks time.

Enjoy this weeks bulletin.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship
2015 / 16 Open!

The NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship seeks applications from writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are members of the NZ Society of Authors and who are currently working on a new project.
This annual Fellowship is generously donated by Peter Beatson and provides the successful applicant with a stipend of $7,000.
In 2014 the fellowship was awarded to poet and novelist Emma Neale who used the fellowship to work on her new novel Billy Bird. The judges commented that Emma Neale’s project was ‘inventive, joyful and beautifully written’. More
Deadline for applications: 24 August 2015

Governance Update

At the 2015 AGM held 23 May, amendments were made to the Constitution allowing for fewer delegates on the National Council. This required a review of the regional boundaries so that there are 5 regions instead of 7. The 5 Regions are now, Northern Districts North Island, Central Districts North Island, Wellington and Districts, Central and Northern South Island and Otago / Southland.

This means Northland, Auckland and Hamilton fall into Northern Districts (NI) region and Canterbury and Top of the South fall into Central and Northern South Island Region. Bay of Plenty is now part of Central Districts (NI) except for Corromandel residents who are in Northern Districts (NI). All other Branches regions remain the same.

This does not change what happens at Branch level - it is relevant to the National Council. Each Delegate on the National Council represents one of the above regions. The next item in today's e-news is a call for nominations for National Delegates for the two changed regions.

A full report from the National Council meeting is here.

All of the 2015 AGM documents can be found on the members side of Here's a direct link - you'll need to log in to view them.

Interested in being on the National Council?

This is an exciting time of change in the literary sector and being on the National Council allows you to play a role in shaping our industry's future.

At the 2015 AGM amendments were made to the Constitution allowing for fewer delegates on the National Council. This required a review of the regional boundaries so that there are now 5 regions instead of 7.

With the new boundaries it is democratic to ensure all Branches in the region have chosen their Regional Delegate, so there is a need for two regional delegates’ elections; Northern Districts (NI) made up of Northland, Auckland and Hamilton Branches, and Central and Northern South Island made up of Top of the South and Canterbury Branches.

Members can nominate themselves or someone else, but to be eligible under the constitution nominees must be a Full Member of a Branch in the region.  To see if you are eligible to be a full member go here. If there is more than one nominee there will be an online vote.

Here is the job description and here is the process for an election should there be more than one nominee.

Key dates:
19 June - cut off date for nominations
26 June - distribute nominees' information for election if more than one nominee
10 July - online election period open for 14 days
23 July - voting closes at midnight
24 July - delegates announced
16 Aug - tentative date for National Council meeting (conference call)

You can nominate yourself or someone else by emailing the Chief Executive Jackie Dennis

Congratulations to Jennifer Beck

Congratulations to Auckland Branch member Jennifer Beck who was acknolwedged in the Queen's Birthday Honours with an Officer of the Order (ONZM) for her services to children's literature.

A former teacher and psychologist, Jennifer Beck is the author of more than 45 children’s books, many of which are still in print. She is the recipient of numerous prizes. Her picture book The Bantam and the Soldier won the Picture Book Category and the Book of the Year Award in the 1997 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and in 2006 she won the Children's Choice Award, voted for by more than 30,000 children throughout New Zealand. More

Here's a link to all Queens Birthday Honours for the arts

Congratulations to Kiri Petrie Ragg

Kiri is the recipient of a residency at the The Robert Lord Writers Cottage. The Robert Lord Writers Trust provides rent-free accommodation for writers in any genre who come to live and work in Dunedin. The writers live in the refurbished workman’s cottage administered by the Trust established by the late playwright Robert Lord.

Fijian-born Kiri Petrie Ragg will work on her second novel Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful set in the worlds of New Zealand art and architecture. “It explores the loss of creativity, the artist’s fear of eroding passion,” Kiri says. "It’s a question I find fascinating.” Her debut novel, Korolevu, set in pre-independence Fiji was published in 2014 by the University of the South Pacific and she is now looking forward to being in the unfamiliar landscape of the south, to be stimulated, to take stock, to absorb the artistic and architectural influences of Dunedin, where everything will be new.

Clippings from the Internet


Let's talk about genre”: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation

(extract from the
The two literary heavyweights talk about the politics of storytelling, the art of the swordfight and why dragons are good for the economy.
Neil Gaiman’s New York Times review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel began a debate about the borders between fantasy and literary fiction. For a special issue guest-edited by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer​, the New Statesman brought the pair together to discuss genre snobbery, education, and why books are still important. More

From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love

(extract from the Guardian)
Dialect terms such as yokeymajig or whiffle-whaffle; all-time favourites like cochineal, clot or eschew; antiquated phrases such as ‘playing the giddy ox’ … leading writers on the words they cherish. More

Improving a Print Book By Converting it Into an Ebook

(extract from article by Benjamin Denckla in Publishing Perspectives)
Normally, I create ebooks from sources. By “sources” I mean the computer files that were used to create the paper book. So, I thought I might learn something by creating an ebook edition of an older book for which no such sources exist. I came across From Verse to Worse while researching some family history. L. H. Tennyson was briefly married to my grandmother’s stepbrother’s widow. More

Google v old-fashioned legwork - how to research a novel

(extract from article by David Nicholls in the Guardian)
Writing One Day, Nicholls used places in Edinburgh he knew well. But in researching Us he made use of Street View to zoom around cities he had never visited. Not all authors know their settings at first hand, so what is the secret of creating a convincing sense of place? More

Mixing Bowl Memories


A One-day Memoir Writing Playshop

Celebrate Food and Life 

Sunday, June 28. 9.30am to 4pm, Parnell, Auckland.
Recalling kitchen memories with Lindsey Dawson is a wonderful way to light a fire under your passion for writing. So much love and learning happens around tables and bench tops. Remembering your dad’s wicked whitebait fritters, or your former lover's spicy ways with prawns, helps you write tales that are good enough to eat.
The day is great for kick-starting a memoir, adding oomph to a blog or just encouraging your pen to fly.
Food is the metaphor - but the real ingredients are stories from your life. 
The writing exercises are fast and flavoursome, interspersed with good things to eat on the day… and plenty of laughter.
For info or to book, email   
Or see or check out her video
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Digital Files

Publishers Win High Court Support in Fight Against Infringement

The UK Publisher’s Association has successfully gained an order to have that country’s five main internet service providers block consumer access to websites promoting the online theft of ebooks.

Investigations found at least 80 per cent of the reportedly 10 million ebook titles on seven offshore websites were infringing copyright and almost a million takedown notices had been issued to the sites. The sites make substantial sums of money from referral fees and advertising, with none of that income returning to publishers or authors.

The UK Publishers Association Chief Executive, Richard Mollet, said: “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement." Read the media release here.

PEN Matters

China: Governments Make Bad Editors

PEN’s American Center has released a new report on censorship in China. The report, Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship, highlights China’s censorship programs, and aims to increase awareness of the freedom of expression violations in China. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports at least 44 writers currently in prison. Using the slogan, ‘Governments Make Bad Editors’ the campaign includes a ‘Shadow Expo’ during BookExpo America to counter state sponsored propaganda in China. more

PEN LGBTQI Resolution: Pen-Outwrite

PEN has launched an online platform featuring writers and short films from LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) communities and writers around the world:  Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights protects the right to free expression. PEN believes that sexual and gender minorities’ right to freedom of expression should be universally respected and protected by governments as part of their international obligations. more
For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at 

Study the Diploma in Applied Writing – Online course

NorthTec, Northland’s largest tertiary provider

Gain the skills to take your writing to the next level. NorthTec tutor and award-winning author, Diana Menefy, leads a team of veteran writers and editors to ensure you have all the support you need to excel.
"We are all passionate about writing and about passing on our skills to our students," says Di. "Between us, we have a wide range of skills and experience and many students have taken these and gone on to be published."

This fully online course starts 20 July 2015. Find out more.

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NZ Society of Authors Central Districts Branch            

  • The Open Category will be judged by Dame Fiona Kidman. The School Student Category will be judged by Shirley Corlett.           
  • Open Category: First prize $400, second prize $200, third prize $100. School Student Category: First prize $200, second prize $100, third prize $50.  
  • Open Category entries must be between 1000 and 3000 words long. School Student Category entries must be between 400 and 1500 words long.
  • Entrants in both categories must be normally resident within the Central Districts Branch (NZSA) region. i.e., Central Plateau, East Coast/Poverty Bay, Hawke’s Bay, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Whanganui. More
  • Deadline 2 October

National Flash Fiction Day Short List

Congratulations to :

A Field Guide for Lost Girls — Frankie McMillan, Christchurch
Bother, said Prue — Fiona Lincoln, Wellington
Everyone We Expected — Hayden Pyke, Hamilton
Feeding the Lions — Celine Gibson, N. Otago
First fox — Leanne Radojkovich, Auckland
Indian Summer — Louise Miller, Auckland
Something to remind her — Gill Ward, Kapiti
The House on Riselaw Street — Frankie McMillan, Christchurch
The Last Syrah — Mary-anne Scott, Central Districts
The Pet — Anna Granger, Ruapehu
The winners will be announced June 22 at events in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. More



NZWG Seed Grant 2015 - Round TWO

Good luck to all of you polishing up those script samples and other submission materials with hope in your hearts for a feature film of your own one day! More
Deadline 12 June 12pm

Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships

Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowships are for promising writers and journalists to travel and live overseas. The intention is for the recipient’s horizons to broaden and shift so that their writing is enhanced. To be eligible for a Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship requests must be for:
- immersion within another culture by living and/ or working for the benefit of the applicant’s writing
- travel outside of New Zealand
- travel between 1 January and 31 December in the year following the year of application.
- travel of up to six months’ duration. More
Deadline 31 July

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Now in its eighth year, the Prize is an internationally renowned award presented by Aesthetica Magazine that enables emerging and established writers to showcase their work to new, international audiences. More
Deadline 31 August

Except for NZSA initiatives, opportunities will appear here once and can then be found in Death by Deadline (here and on our website).


Poetry 101: Introduction to Writing Poetry

10.30 to 12.30 pm, Saturdays, June 20th to July 18th (five sessions)
Fitzgerald Room, Lincoln Event Centre

This is the class for those of you wanting to get a good grounding in how poems are put together. We’ll look at some of the basics of what poems are, what they do, and what all the bits are called. A fun, supportive class, designed to spark creativity and ground participants in the basics of writing poetry. Lots of poems, lots of exercises and lots of discussion. It’s particularly aimed at beginners, but should be useful for anyone who wants to brush up on their technical knowledge. More
Enrolments close June 12

Unusual Forms

10.30 to 1.30 pm, Saturdays, August 8th to September 5th (five sessions)
South Christchurch Library

A workshop looking at some of the more strange, weird and wonderful types of formal poetry that there are out there. No sonnets or villanelles or ghazals this time round. Instead we’ll be looking at things like glosa, sijo, byr a thoddaid, and other not-well-known forms. Again, should be fun! More
Enrolments close August 1



Writers on Mondays: A special launch invitation

5.30 to 7.30pm, Mon 8 June, BATS Theatre Bar, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
Join us to celebrate the programme release for our upcoming winter reading series! Writers on Mondays runs from 13 July - 28 September and is a weekly cultural bright spot through the colder months. Hosted by Te Papa at their stunning 4th Floor Marae, this popular lunchtime event is a chance to hear new writing and creative insights from some of our most distinguished writers, as well as brand new voices and special international guests. We have a cracking line-up for the 2015 programme and can't wait to share it with you - along with a special short taster to whet your appetite. We'd love to see you at the launch at the BATS Theatre Bar, 5.30pm on 8 June. The first glass of bubbles is on us, so we advise prompt arrival!

An evening with poet Ivy Alvarez

Thursday 11 June, 6.30 pm. St Heliers Library, 32 St Heliers Bay Road, St Heliers, Auckland
Ivy featured at the Auckland Writers Festival in 2015 and will be reading from her new collection Disturbance. Born in the Philippines, Ivy grew up in Tasmania and has lived in Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, and Wales. She now resides in New Zealand. This is a free event. Bookings essential.  More

BIG Peace Poetry Jam @ Poetry Live!

Tuesday 9th June 8pm @ Thirsty Dog, K Rd, Auckland
Celebrating the Anniversary of Nuclear-Free Aotearoa
Featuring poets from the Poems4Peace project: Antia Arlov, Peter Brown, James Crompton, David Hoyne, Peter Le Baige, Sally Louise, Maris O’Rourke, Ruth Osborne, Vaughan Rapatahana, Vanessa Rare and Beverley Teague.

Poetry @ Circadian Rhythm Café

Wednesday June 17, 8pm. St Andrews St, Dunedin.
The Octagon Poets Collective presents guest readers: Jenny Powell and Jocelind Dunford. Host for the evening will be Kay McKenzie Cooke. Please bring a poem, if you have one, for open mic.

National Flash Fiction Day

6 - 8pm, 22 June, Level 2, Central City Library, Auckland
Join us for an evening of flash, emceed by Graeme Lay. Winners of the 2015 NFFD competition will be announced, prizes awarded and winning stories shared. Guest speakers include award-winning writers Trisha Hanifin, Rachel Fenton, Patrick Pink, Elizabeth Morton, DR Jones and Steve Charters. Food and Auckland regional prize sponsored by NZSA. More

22nd Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF)

1 to 4 July, Tokyo International Exhibition Centre
The Tokyo International Book Fair will take place later this year and we have confirmed that individual authors will be very welcome to exhibit at or visit the show. The minimum booth space is 5 sqm (2.5m x 2m). For more information email
Show information: BrochureFloor PlanParticipation CostContract Form2014 Post Show Report 

NZ ComicCon 2015

17 to 19 July. Wellington
NZ ComicCon will feature numerous events throughout Wellington City, and turn the Capital into Geek central for three incredible days and nights. More

Whanganui Literary Festival

12 to 20 September. Whanganui
A week-long celebration of writing, beginning with a Fringe Festival on September 12 2015. The main festival weekend will be from Friday 18 September to Sunday 20 September. More


2 to 5 October. St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Tinderbox is a professional conference for new and established children’s writers and illustrators. The conference aims to shed light on new writing and illustration practices, inform about current practices and practitioners, and otherwise foster and energise its delegates. More

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland
Open Mic as usual. Koha at door. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

To be held in Wellington in November
NZ's poetry community is invited to register interest. More

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More

Storylines appoint new Executive Officer

Gillian Wess has been appointed as the new Executive Officer for the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust, taking over from Amy Mansfield. Gillian, currently of Christchurch but moving shortly to Auckland, has a strong background, both in UK and New Zealand, in publishing, public relations, marketing, in the arts/cultural industries, along with extensive experience in management, fund-raising and strategic planning.  She has two daughters.  

Death by Deadline


12 NZWG Seed Grant 2015 - Round TWO. More
12 M Literary Residency Programme. More
15 Narrative Prize for short story, poem etc. More
22 Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition. More
25 Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry. More
26 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. More
30 The Essential Lauris Edmond. More


20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
20 Narrative Seventh Annual Poetry Contest More
31 Writing For The Freelance Anthology Series. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award More


01 Unproduced Feature Film Script Competition. More
23 Emerging Writers’ Residencies. More 
31 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. More


2 NZSA Central Districts Short Story Competition (Open & School Student categories). More
6 $1000 Poetry Prize. More


30 Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize More

A list of all those important deadlines can be found on NZ Literary Calendar. If you wish to change the look of the calendar so that it appears in list format then click on Agenda on the top right hand corner of the calendar.

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 to see the lineup for upcoming Books on Radio New Zealand National.

Here's a direct link to Books on Saturday Morning

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