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Welcome to this week's enews

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Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

New CLNZ Author Shareholding board member

National Council advertised within the membership for the position of second author representative on the CLNZ Board. 15 applications were received. Key considerations in the decision-making process were each candidate's governance experience, as well as their previous involvement with NZSA.

National Council is pleased to announce Dana Wensley has been appointed to the position. Her term will commence at the first meeting in 2016. Dana was one of three short-listed candidates interviewed for the position. Kyle Mewburn said: "We were delighted by the number and quality of the applications. This is the first time the position has been advertised and we were impressed with the breadth of experience within our membership. In the end it was a very tough decision, but we are confident Dana will be a great asset to the CLNZ Board as well as offering a strong voice on behalf of authors."

Dana replaces Tony Simpson whose term concludes at the end of this month. Tony has represented the author shareholding from May 2011 to December 2015 and has contributed to the board during a time of enormous change for technology and publishing. The National Council thank him for all his work and commitment. Dana joins Vanda Symonds on the Board.

The wrap-up on Book Week

NZ Book Week saw a week-long celebration of our authors and stories in centres all around New Zealand. Signings, launches, workshops and social gatherings took place throughout the week. Serious discussions about the future of the industry stood alongside fun-filled activities such as book character fancy-dress events.

"It was great to see collaborations between booksellers and authors," says NZSA Vice-President Anna Mackenzie. "Our industry can only thrive if all sectors within it are doing well."

Book Week had no budget what-so-ever and a very short lead in time. "With more lead in time next year it would be great to see more events happening, more authors speaking out, more libraries and bookshops coming on-board. Perhaps our publishing industry might like to get involved.

"The week was a tribute to our industry as a whole, and places the focus on the big picture of what we hope to achieve - bringing story to New Zealanders, and New Zealand stories to the world."

Bookshop day was also a success - read more about that here.
Animation from the WeCreate Sector Valuation Launch event now available to view online

Two weeks left to apply to the CLNZ Contestable Fund

If you’re wanting to develop your skills as a writer or are working on an innovative writing project and need some financial support, think about applying for CLNZ contestable funding.

Guidelines and forms are available here
Start your application now, the deadline is 20 November.

2015 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards -  update

The 2015 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges have requested additional time to make their longlist decisions. They report being overwhelmed, due to the 18 month’s worth of entries received, and are anxious to  give each book careful attention.
The 2015 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlist will be announced publicly on Thursday 26 November.  

Book Council contracted to administer NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has today signed a contract with the New Zealand Book Council to administer the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2016.
The New Zealand Book Council will take over administration from Booksellers NZ, although the latter will remain involved through membership of the Book Awards Trust and by providing financial support. More

Why you should attend the IBBY Congress, 18-21 August 2016 

To all writers and illustrators in New Zealand, particularly of literature for children and young people.
We would like to invite all children’s writers and illustrators in New Zealand to attend the IBBY Congress to be held in Auckland next year. At this biennial event, you will get to rub shoulders with writers, illustrators, publishers, children’s librarians and other children’s literature experts from around the world. It is your opportunity to hear about what is going on in the world of children’s literature and to be inspired by the good things happening around the world. 

New Zealand writers will be honoured in a display of award winning books from the Book Trust Awards, New Zealand Post Book Awards, the Lianza Awards and the Storylines Notable Books from the past few years. There will be an exhibition of NZ children’s illustrators’ work showcasing the breadth and talent from a wide range of work. 

You could be one of our writers or illustrators selected to speak at an ‘Authors’ Breakfast’; to sell and sign copies of your books. More

Anna Jackson awarded 2015 Menton Fellowship

The fellowship is one of New Zealand's oldest and best-loved literary awards. It provides NZ $35,000 and the opportunity for a New Zealand author to live in Menton, France for three months. With the support of the city of Menton, Anna Jackson will be able to work at the Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote during the latter part of her life.

Jackson plans to work on a new collection of pastoral poetry, during her time in Menton. She says, “My second collection of poetry was The Pastoral Kitchen, published in 2001. I would like to start again with the pastoral, but I imagine this new collection taking it into some more surprising and darker places, travelling along metaphysical paths as well as the brambled and boggy paths of the real world".

“The Menton Fellowship will provide perspective for thinking about New Zealand in relation to elsewhere, and for thinking about place both metaphorically and very literally.” More

The Book Council catches up with NZSA member Ella West

How does Ella West feel to be the Children's Choice YA winner of this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults? What are her thoughts on NZ Bookshop Day and NZ Book Week? Read our Five Quick Questions with Ella West.

Who would Ella West haunt if she was a ghost? Which writers is she jealous of? What's her favourite short story? Read Ella's responses to the Book Council's literary questionnaire, inspired by Katherine Mansfield.

Only 70,000 needed to secure the Menton Fellowship Residency

It’s official. Kiwis love literature - and many generous New Zealanders have come together to ensure that a coveted overseas opportunity for writers is able to continue.

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has sent a writer to Menton every year since 1970 - to the villa where Katherine Mansfield once wrote some of her best work. Following a reduction in corporate sponsorship, the Winn Manson Menton Trust recognised that the Fellowship was at risk and teamed up with the Arts Foundation of New Zealand to secure it. Fundraising efforts over the past year have been well supported by literature lovers across New Zealand. It is now looking likely that it will be saved – but there is still a way to go.

Campaign Chairman, Keith Ferguson, says that they are now very close to reaching the $800,000 target with $730,000 raised, “we are proud of our success to date, but still require generosity to get across the line.” When $800,000 has been raised, the Arts Foundation will manage the residency, including selecting the recipient and announcing them at the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards. The Capital sum will allow the residency to continue to be awarded biennially without corporate backing. More

Call for entries for Grimshaw Sargeson fellowship

Applications for the 2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship are now open.

In its 28th year, the fellowship is a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers, both here and overseas, the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time, providing an annual stipend of $20,000 and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland. More

Call for photos

During Book Week there was a social media campaign to upload photos of your booksheves showing books by New Zealand writers, like the one here.

We are always looking for photos we can use for our website and photos of books are great. So if you have one you would allow us to use, or can take one, send it to Claire here. Thank you!

NZ Poetry Society News

New Zealand Poetry Society elected a new committee at the AGM and they were pleased to see members from outside Wellington becoming involved.
The new committee is:
Lonnard Watkins ~ President
Laurice Gilbert ~ Vice-President
Anna Hudson ~ Secretary
Susan Haniel ~ Committee Member
Gus Simonovic ~ Committee Member

Clippings from the Internet

Amazon opens its first physical book shop

Comic / Graphic News

The Comics Artist Challenge

Can the power of graphic storytelling be communicated in one comic panel? A few intrepid artists accepted the NY Times challenge.

Trish Brooking wins Betty Gilderdale Award

The 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service in the field of children’s literature has gone to Dunedin academic Trish Brooking. More

Digital Files

'Binge-watch' declared 2015's word of the year

(extract from article in the Guardian by Alison Flood)
“Binge-watch” has been named word of the year by Collins, after our relentless consumption of shows such as House of Cards and Breaking Bad led its usage to increase by 200% last year.

Lexicographers at Collins monitor word usage across all media, picking out both new words that are gaining traction with the public, and established words enjoying greater use. “Binge-watch”, which was used in the 1990s in reference to DVDs of complete series, came to prominence in 2010, said Collins, but has “very much come to the fore” in 2015 following a sea change in the way we watch television. More

PEN Matters

PEN Marks 34th Day of Imprisoned Writer

Sunday November 15th is PEN’s 34th anniversary of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer. In New Zealand it is great to see NZSA Branches working in conjunction with libraries to mark the day (known in New Zealand as Courage Day).
Courage Day is part of an ongoing programme by PEN to monitor and campaign on behalf of the hundreds of writers who are persecuted, harassed, attacked and imprisoned around the globe.
A number of specific cases are highlighted this year. In October three empty chairs were featured at the PEN International Congress in Ottawa. Two of the chairs symbolised imprisoned writers Raif Badawai and Amanuel Asrat. The third chair, for Juan Carlos Argenal Medina, stood empty in his honour following his murder outside his home in Honduras in December 2013. PEN International continues to call for justice following his murder. More
It is not too late for branches to get involved. Further details of what you can do are contained on the NZSA website.

Bangladesh Government: Failing Bloggers

Jennifer Clement, the newly appointed president of PEN International, has strongly criticised the Bangladesh government for its ‘colossal failure’ to protect the rights of Bangladeshis to ‘express themselves freely, without fear’.
Her statement follows the death of secular publisher Faisal Arefin. Three others were seriously injured in the attack. This is the fifth assassination this year.  More  


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

Book Launches

Launch of Kia Kaha's Christmas Cheer - Christchurch

6pm, Monday 9 Nov. The Cathedral Grammar School Staff Room
NZSA members are invited to the launch of Clare Erasmus's new book. This is the latest adventure of an endearing little personality named Kia Kaha the Cathedral Mouse, who currently lives with his friends in the awe-inspiring Transitional Cathedral of Christchurch.

Book Launch - Auckland

11 am, Sat 21 Nov, Massey Community Library , corner Don Buck Road & Westgate Drive, Massey, West Auckland
Flaxroots Productions invites NZSA members to the launch of Backwards Into the Future, a New Zealand novel by Bronwyn Elsmore. All welcome.



Entries Now Open. Always wanted to tell the world about your amazing film or tv idea? Here is your chance!!!
Send SPADA your pitches for pre-selection. Finalists for THE BIG PITCH will be able to pitch their idea to an industry panel at this year’s SPADA Conference during The Great Screenrights’ Lunch on Thursday the 12th of November at the Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington. The winner will receive an International Travel Prize from BCD Travel to an International Market or Festival AND a Complimentary Registration to the 2016 SPADA Conference. More

Storylines Notable Book Awards 2016

Call for Entries - FINAL REMINDER 
This is a call for submissions to the Storylines Notable Books 2016, for books published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Books must be submitted by 30 November 2015. Please let your networks know so no-one misses out on the chance to submit their entry to the Awards. More
Deadline 30 November

Hourglass Literary Magazine

Competition for: best short story, best essay, best poem. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed. More
Deadline 31 December

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2015

Submissions are now being accepted for the seventh William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. More
Deadline: January 29, 2016 

The Tasmanian Writers' Prize 2016

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme. The competition, now entering its seventh year, is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of the prestigious Tasmania 40°South magazine. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500, and the winning entry will be published in Tasmania 40°South. More
Deadline 31 January

Poems in the Waiting Room 2016 Poetry Competition

The 2016 poetry competition will be judged by Pat White. 1st prize $175, 2nd prize $150, 3rd prize $125, The UBS Dunedin best unplaced Dunedin poet prize $75 book token. More
Deadline 29 February

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



Hear Janet Colson and Rudy Castaneda

2.30pm Sat 7 Nov. Gallery 20 Mahara Pl, Waikanae
Hear Janet Colson and Rudy Castaneda talk abuot art, contemporary New York, and 1960s California and get a fascinating glimpse into the writing of these two insightful novels from Escalator Press.

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland. 
Featuring Guest Poets every week.  More
Nov 10 is Miriam Barr who co-ordinates National Poetry Day  

Titirangi Poets

2pm to 4pm, Sat 14 Nov. Titirangi Library.
Poets from the floor welcomed. Special guests: Murray Edmond and Scott Hamilton. We shall be saluting Courage day for poets and writers in prison because of their writings.

Poetry in Performance - Canterbury

6.30pm Wednesday's till 18 Nov. CPIT Lecture Theatre, 5 Madras St, Christchurch
Canterbury Poets Collective. More


Waiheke Literary Festival

13 to 15 November, Waiheke Island
The Waiheke Literary Festival began as the Waiheke Book Festival in 2007 and takes place in spring each year on Auckland’s Waiheke Island, a popular tourist destination and home to a vibrant creative community. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

13 to 15 November, National Library, Molesworth St, Wellington.  More

NZ Poetry Conference - Discussion and Sinagalong

Sat 14 Nov, 2pm. National Library, Wellington
Shaky Places: 14 New Zealand poems set to music for choirs. Attending: Felicia Edgecombe with keyboard, Rachel McAlpine, Riemke Ensing, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman and possibly Robert Sullivan. More

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More 

True Stories Told Live – Waiting

6pm, Sat 14 Nov. City Gallery Wellington
Let our master storytellers entertain and inspire you at the New Zealand Book Council’s cabaret-style storytelling event, True Stories Told Live. Susanna Andrew, Emma Barnes, Tracy Farr, Puawai Cairns and Max Rashbrooke will share tales on the theme of waiting. This is unabashed storytelling, totally unscripted, where anything can happen. True Stories Told Live is part of LitCrawl 2015. We ask a small Koha for entry. More

Concert: Shaky Places Premiere

Sun 15 Nov 4pm. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street, Wellington
Shaky Places: 14 New Zealand poems set to music for choirs. Poets: Jenny Bornholdt, Bub Bridger, Lauris Edmond, Riemke Ensing, Marewa Glover, Dinah Hawken, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire, Rachel McAlpine, Gregory O’Brien, Robert Sullivan and Brian Turner. Composer: Felicia Edgecombe. Tickets: $20. Selling steadily, so get them soon. Order from or Ticketek. More

So, You’re Writing Your First Feature…?

5.30pm to 7pm, Wed 18 Nov, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington
For our last Wellington Writers’ Room of 2015, we bring you the most popular discussion from our Auckland Writers’ Room series. Writers Briar Grace-Smith, Max Currie and Emily Perkins get together with Ken Duncum to discuss the experience of writing a first feature film.  $5 koha appreciated (includes a glass of wine). Drinks 5:30pm, talk 6-7pm. More

Hear Janet Colson and Rudy Castaneda

5.30pm Sat 28 Nov. Wardini Books, 16 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
Hear Janet Colson and Rudy Castaneda talk abuot art, contemporary New York, and 1960s California and get a fascinating glimpse into the writing of these two insightful novels from Escalator Press.

Greenbean Novel Fair 2016

20 February at Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
The Greenbean Novel Fair aims to introduce up-and-coming and debut writers to top publishers and literary agents. More info     Website

Death by Deadline


6  Randell Cottage Writers Residency More
9  NZSA Hachette Mentoring Program More
13 2016 Residency at University of Manitoba More
20 CLNZ Contestable Fund More
29 Build Your Own Blog New Writer Scholarship More
30 Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize More
30 Flash Frontier - December (international issue) no theme More
30 Storylines Notable Book Awards. More 


1 "The Wallace Arts Trust Prize” short fiction contest. More
10 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More
     Magic Oxygen Literary Prize. More 
15 Best New Zealand Poems More
31 Hourglass Literary Magazine. More
31 2015 Books-For-Film Competition More


1  Competition for Song, Story and Essay. More
10 Submissions for Landfall 231, May 2016 More
31 OBhéal Five Words Poetry Competition. More


29 Poems in the Waiting Room 2016 Poetry Competition. More

A list of all those important deadlines can be found  in Opportunites. 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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