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PEN Matters - Banned Book Week
NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants
Clippings from the Internet
 - From Schadenfreude to ringxiety: an encyclopedia of emotions
 - How good are you at judging a book by its cover?
International Translation Day: 30 September
Residency Applications for New Zealand Pacific Studio
Digital Files
 - The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead
 - 3 Key Takeaways from the New York Nielsen Children’s Book Summit
The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Waterfront Writing Centre
Book Launches
Comic / Graphic News
 - 2015 Ignatz awards celebrate cartoonists at forefront of the medium
 - LBCC 2015: Indie Creators Talk Shop
NZ Independent Book Festival– Auckland
2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies
Study a Master of Creative Writing at Massey University
University of Waikato/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2016
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

Planning for NZSA Book Week (26 Oct to 1 Nov) is underway at both national and branch levels. This is a great opportunity to promote NZ writers and your books, and to raise your profile as a professional writer in your own community. Read more below.

Two of our members volunteered to create a poster for the week and we are previewing them here for you. If you want a high resolution copy that you can print to A4 or A3 email National Office and we will get it out to you.

Read Our Stories poster designed by Nikki Slade Robinson
Flying Book poster designed by Tui Allen
Thank you Tui and Nikki.

Enjoy this weeks e-news.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

NZSA BOOK WEEK 26 Oct - 1 Nov

The National Council decided, in the absence of a National Book Month the NZ Society of Authors would instigate NZSA Book Week. The mission is to promote New Zealand writers and writing as much as possible in this concentrated time period.

Read NZ Buy NZ
Our Stories

The dates are set and plans are underway at a Branch level to create activity around Book Week and to work in with Booksellers on National Bookshop Day.

NZSA Book Week Oct 26 – Nov 1
Bookshop Day Saturday Oct 31

This is a grass-roots campaign. National COuncil have created posters and ideas - what happens is up to YOU the members. Get in touch with your Branch if you have an activity you would like to instigate or to find out how you can get involved with plans that are already underway.
Need ideas! Check out Central Districts action plan. You can also go to page 18 of NZ Author issue 302 for more ideas from Pippa Werry.

PEN Matters


Banned Book Week: Into the River

Banned Book Week is celebrated internationally this year from September 27th to October 3rd. The week has special resonance in New Zealand since the dates coincide with the interim ban of Into the River by Ted Dawe. Updates on the interim ban can be found on the Office of Film and Literature Classification website. The Classification Office has received correspondence about the ban and will be making submissions to the Film and Literature Board of Review. The decision on the interim ban is to be made by the Film and Literature Board of Review in October. The Board has issued separate advice about the interim ban. PEN (NZ) encourages correspondence to be directed directly to the Film and Literature Board of Review. Background material and a case study of the history of classification in relation to Into the River can be viewed here. PEN also contributes to Banned Book Week internationally. Librarians, teachers, writers, and students can access more information about banned books including information about censorship around the world here.

Here's an article Ted Dawe wrote for the Guardian kids section. Also see the Family First version of Into the River, below. NZSA's submission is on our home page of our website as is the PEN submission written by Dana Wensley.

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

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants

Application deadline 5pm Monday 5 October

Two RESEARCH grants available for writers and comic / graphic novelists offering a stipend and the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript.
  • One National Grant of $4,000 (supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland in addition to the stipend).
  • One Auckland Regional Grant of $2,500 for local writers.
Applicants for both grants need to be members of the NZ Society of Authors. Find out more

Clippings from the Internet


From Schadenfreude to ringxiety: an encyclopedia of emotions

(extract from article by Tiffany Watt Smith in the Guardian)
The sudden urge to kiss someone, the excitement of destroying something … many of these feelings you’ll have experienced without knowing they had a name.

It is not always easy to put a name to an emotion. Some really do wash the world in a single colour, such as the terror felt as the car skids, or the euphoria of falling in love. Some are much harder to grasp. Plan a surprise for a loved one and you might feel anticipation crinkled with glee and creased at the edges with a faint terror – what if they hate it? There are emotions that slip quietly past...More

How good are you at judging a book by its cover?

Of course it's hard. It's why the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" exists. Playjudgey is a micro game where you judge books by their cover and then match your results against the Goodreads ratings. Have a few minutes?

International Translation Day: 30 September

30th September is International Translation Day. This year PEN International marks the day by calling on PEN Centres around the world to translate the poem The Scourge of War by imprisoned Eritrean editor-in-chief and award-winning poet, Amanuel Asrat, into local languages. The poem, translated into English, can be found here. Please take time to mark International Translation Day by reading the words of one of our fellow writers.  

We would love a Te Reo translation. If a member can take the time to do it, get in touch with Jackie and she will send it to PEN International and put it on our website.

Would you love to take a few weeks or months to focus on a specific project?  

New Zealand Pacific Studio, a residency centre in an historic 1911 home in rural Wairarapa, offers writers and artists that space and time.
One of the few year-round residencies in the country to accept both NZ and overseas writers and artists, NZPS is located minutes from Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre ( complimentary entry for residents) and about 15 minutes from Masterton ( a complimentary pick-up/drop-off point.) NZPS has 6 unique workplaces - a clock-maker’s loft, visual art and writing studios, Scandinavian-style cottage complete with sauna - and a library of about 2,000 books.
  • Candidates are asked to provide a brief statement of their residency project and sample of their writing. 7 funded fellowships a year are offered throughout the year.
  • Self-funded and self-catering residencies are $300/week.     Enquiries for 2105/2016, please contact:

Digital Files


The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead

(extract from article by Alexandra Alter in the New York Times)
Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.

As readers migrated to new digital devices, e-book sales soared, up 1,260 percent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online. Print sales dwindled, bookstores struggled to stay open, and publishers and authors feared that cheaper e-books would cannibalize their business. More

3 Key Takeaways from the New York Nielsen Children’s Book Summit

(extract from article by Hannah Johnson in Publishing Perspectives)
Children’s books are boosting the global publishing industry. Here’s what you need to know to capitalize on this opportunity.
Despite modest growth or even decline in adult book sales in many countries, children’s books are selling well around the world. Why is this and what can publishers do to maximize this opportunity? At the second Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in New York on Wednesday, these (and many other) questions fueled the day-long discussion. More

The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Waterfront Writing Centre

Our next 30 Week Fiction Course begins on 29th  Sept 2015. Society of Authors members receive a 10% discount. The course is in its sixth year, and features many of NZ’s leading writers and editors as workshop leaders and mentors, including Fiona Kidman, Tessa Duder, Geoff Walker, Roger Hall, Owen Marshall, Chris Else, Sarah Laing, Elisabeth Smither and Judith White. Students receive one-on-one mentoring over the summer with an established Kiwi writer. Graduates regularly report that the most valuable aspect of the course is the close support of a group of like-minded start out writers. Many graduate groups go on meeting for years after the end of the course, so you get several years support for the price of one! Eighteen graduates of our 30 week fiction courses have gone on to publish novels or win prizes in national writing awards.

Intro to Creative Writing, starts 22 October, 6-8pm, eight weeks (or any time online). This course is intended to introduce you to skills that make writing so enjoyable. More detail...

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Book Launches

Saturday 10 October 2015 at 2pm. Feilding
NZSA members are invited to the launch of Dave Hayward’s latest historical novel War: a novel of the New Zealand Wars at The Rangitikei Club, 10-12 Bowen St, Feilding. Light refreshments provided.

6.30pm to 7.30pm Friday, 6 November. Auckland
NZSA members are warmly invited to the launch of Corrupted on the Cote d'Azur by Richard Donald. At Time Out Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Village, Auckland. More

Comic / Graphic News

2015 Ignatz awards celebrate cartoonists at forefront of the medium

(extract from post in Comics&Cola)
The big winner at the 2015 Ignatz awards was Sophia Foster-Dimino, who took home 3 'brick' trophies for 'promising new talent,' 'outstanding series' (for Sex Fantasy), and 'outstanding mini-comic', while Sophie Goldstein triumphed in both the 'outstanding graphic novel' and 'outstanding comic' categories with her dystopian sci-fi tale, The Oven.

Rounding out the winner's roster were Emily Carroll, Jillian Tamaki, Eleanor Davis, and Lilli Carre. It was, I believe, the first time in the awards 19 year history that all the winners were women. More
For more articles on the this year's Ignatz awards see these articles in the Washington Post and

LBCC 2015: Indie Creators Talk Shop With Jody Houser, Josh Trujillo, Jacon Semahn, Gavin Hignight & Bryant Dillon

(Posted by Michele Brittany)
“It is one-hundred percent possible to self-publish,” said Fanboy Comics Managing Editor and Co-Founder Barbra Dillon as she opened the hour-long panel “Indie Creators, Unite! How to Make Self-Publishing a Reality” at last weekend’s Long Beach Comic Con. More

NZ Independent Book Festival– Auckland

12 pm – 4 pm Saturday, 3 October & 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 4 October.

Come and meet authors who’ve travelled from all parts of New Zealand to meet readers, just like you.  These authors have independently published or self-published their stories into print and e-books.
Books on offer cover all genres and ages ranges.  Chat to enthusiastic authors, download their e-books or buy the print copies and have them personally signed. Got a manuscript hiding in the drawer? Bring it along and chat to literary businesses who can assist with turning your dream of publishing into a reality. 

Entry is free to the public. There is outdoor entertainment and a fully licensed cafe’ on the premises. On both days there are free talks held in the Nielsen Seminar Room. With plenty of free parking right outside the door there’s no reason not to be there.  For more information refer to our website:
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Applications open for 2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies

The Michael King Writers’ Centre invites applications from New Zealand writers for four supported residencies in 2016, with stipends ranging from $8,000 to $30,000.
The residencies are at the Michael King Writers’ Centre which is based in the Signalman’s House, a heritage villa on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport.
The residency programme aims to support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing. Projects can be in a wide range of genres, including non-fiction, fiction, drama and poetry. Previous resident writers include Man Booker prize-winner Eleanor Catton, who wrote the final draft of her novel The Luminaries at the centre, and Rachel Barrowman, whose biography of Maurice Gee was published in July to critical acclaim. More
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Use your passion for writing to transform yourself and the world through an intense exploration of language.


Whether you’re a professional writer wanting to enhance your skills or simply looking for a degree that will appeal to your passion for language our 180 credit Master of Creative Writing could be for you. This selected entry course puts you side by side with some of New Zealand’s leading authors including Thom Conroy and Bryan Walpert. You’ll produce your own pieces of creative writing, challenge your creative energies and discover new ways to unlock ideas and connect with your readers. From poems, to short stories, scripts and creative non-fiction this course will ignite your intellect and imagination to new levels.
Graduate Jillian Sullivan, author of Parallel, credits her Master’s for her success as a professional writer, “The knowledge I gained has been hugely beneficial not only when producing my own creative writing, but also when working with others on their writing. As an editor, manuscript assessor, and teacher at the Highlights Foundation in America, I’ve been able to bring my knowledge through into these roles and help other people develop their skills.”
Find out more

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University of Waikato/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2016

The University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January.  The emolument is currently $52,000 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.  The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction.  The appointment will be made on the basis of a proven record of publications of high quality.
The Writer is required to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award.  There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose of which is to give the Writer the freedom to write.  It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University.  The Writer will be able to make use of the Michael King Writers’ Retreat in Opoutere for a period of up to two weeks (market value $3,000).
Enquiries can be made to Dr Sarah Shieff, email:
Closing date: 23 October 2015  
Vacancy number: 350270
To apply, visit

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Asia/NZ Co-commissioning Fund October 2015

Creative New Zealand is calling for applications from New Zealand artists or practitioners who wish to create new work for national and international presentation in Asia. The Asia/NZ Co-commissioning Fund supports the commissioning of new contemporary work of high artistic merit for presentation in both New Zealand and at least one of our six target territories in Asia – China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore or Taiwan. More
Deadline for applications 19 October

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


The Quiet Room - Wellington

24 September - 3 October Bats Theatre, Wellington
Short Sharp Script 2. Full programme
This won Plays for the Young (Teens) in 2014 and every ticket sold raises money for Canteen.

Writers on Monday - Wellington

28 September, 12:15-1:15pm at Circa Theatre, Wellington
Short Sharp Script 2. Full programme

IP Spring Season 2015

Wed, 30 Sept, from 6pm. Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington
An evening of readings hosted by Dr David Reiter, Publisher, and talented authors
on tour throughout New Zealand! Featuring Jeremy Roberts, David P Reiter, Mark Pirie, Keith Westwater, Tim Jones. More

Poetry in Performance - Canterbury

6.30pm Wednesday's 30 Sept to 18 Nov. CPIT Lecture Theatre, 5 Madras St, Christchurch
Canterbury Poets Collective. More

Murder in the Court: Ngaio winner revealed

5pm, Sun, 4 Oct. Court Theatre, Christchurch
THE NGAIO MARSH AWARD, in association with WORD Christchurch and The Press, is pleased to reveal that whodunit and who-won-it will be announced at a great event at the Court Theatre. 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  

Titirangi Poets

2pm to 4pm, Sat 10 October at the Titirangi Library
Special Guests:  Janet Charman, an Avondale poet published by AUP,  Bill Sutton, who organised the Napier Poetry Conference,  Judith McNeill, a singer from the Kaipara Hills.  MC : Amanda Eason. Poets from the floor welcomed.

Big Screen Symposium

10 - 11 October. University of Auckland, Auckland
Jane Campion will be joining the Big Screen Symposium this year. Find out More.
Early bird tickets are on sale now until midnight, Friday 18 September.

Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

7pm, 14 October at One2One Cafe, 121 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby.
All welcome, music guest, koha entry. For more info email or see facebook inside.out open mic. (Once a month on the second Wednesday. Upcoming dates for 2015: 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 December.)

Nelson Reader and Writers Festival

17 to 26 October, Nelson
From circus to comedy, hip-hop to jazz, theatre to dance, a programme to suit a whole range of tastes. Including Gavin Bishop in conversation 10.30am, 17 October at the Granary Festival Cafe. More


6:30pm, 13-17 October at BATS in Wellington
Bubblelands is a crazy, colourful and whimsical tragicomedy about a fish and a crayfish who meet... in the fishtank of a Chinese restaurant. More info  Support the show  Media Release

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland. Featuring Guest Poets each week. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

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

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More 

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


30 Collinson's Short Story Competition More
30 Writer in Residence 2016. More
30 Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding. More


2 NZSA Central Districts Short Story Competition (Open & School Student categories). More
2 2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies More
5 NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants. More 
7 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards More
6 $1000 Poetry Prize. More 
12 Young & Hungry Playwrights' Initiative More
14 Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards. More
15 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship More
15 NZ Queer/Rainbow Poetry Anthology
19 Asia/NZ Co-commissioning Fund October 2015. More
23 University of Waikato / Creative NZ Writer in Residence More
30 NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2015. More
30 Young-Adult Unpublished Novel Prize. More 
30 Call for Submissions - Canterbury Poetry Anthology More
31 Storylines Trust Awards for Children's & YA writers. More
31 Flash Frontier - November (NZ issue) Theme: sky More


13 2016 Residency at University of Manitoba 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


10 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More
     Magic Oxygen Literary Prize. More 
31 2015 Books-For-Film Competition More


10 Submissions for Landfall 231, May 2016 More
31 OBhéal Five Words Poetry Competition. 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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