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PLR 2016 Update
NZSA Mentor Programme 2017 open
NZSA/Auckland Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced
Ockham NZ Book Awards Longlist
6 NZ novels longlisted for 2017 Intl Dublin Literary Award
UC Honorary Doctorate for Gavin Bishop
D’Arcy Writers’ Grants for 2017
Looking for an affordable author’s website?
Judges announced for the 2017 NZ Book Awards for children & young adults
Te Puna Women's Refuge Raffle - win a critique or edit
2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellows announced
CLNZ Distributions are on their way!
NZ Content Counts Education Awards 2016 - winners named
Michael King Writers’ Centre 2017 Residency Recipients Announced
The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems 2016 Announced
PEN NZ Action
Clippings from the Internet
Digital Files
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

We have no internet at the office today due to a broken modem. Claire is at the office sorting out technical help and I am working from home so we can get this enews bulletin to you. We hope to be back online by the end of today but it may not be until Monday.

Tech issues aside, it's fantastic to have our literary bulletin so full of good news announcements: writers either winning, being awarded, longlisted or paid - yay! We also have an update on the PLR issue many published writers are concerned about.

Best wishes for the weekend
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill at your National Office

PLR 2016 Update

I spoke to a key planning person at the National Library earlier this week and he agreed that, judging by the number of complaints they received, the administrative change made to the way they calculate the number of copies they hold for one title, is a problem. The PLR team are nutting out how to manage it and still ensure authors receive payment before the end of the year.
From the conversation I had, they are working on a solution that will ensure authors are not penalised by this administration change. I was also told that the solution will be applied to all registered authors, not just the authors that wrote in by 30 November expressing their dissatisfaction. National Library staff will call me as soon as there is more to tell and I will post an update at You can read more about this issue here.


NZSA Mentor Programme 2017 open for applications

The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme for 2017 seeks applications from writers and comic / graphic novelists looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback.

As part of our commitment to Creative New Zealand, we have again tagged 3 mentorships for emerging writers identifying as Maori, Pacifika, and Asian.

The writers and creators who gained mentorships in 2016 polished and refined their skills under talented mentors such as award-winning poet Elizabeth Smither, freelance publishing consultant, editor and manuscript assessor Geoff Walker and NZ independent comic creator Robyn E Kenealy. More

NZSA/Auckland Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced Laurence Fearnley

The New Zealand Society of Authors and Auckland War Memorial Museum are delighted to announce the recipients of the NZSA Auckland Museum National and Auckland Region Grants.

The National Grant goes to Dunedin writer Laurence Fearnley and the Auckland Regional Grant to Jenny Clay.

Laurence's winning proposal focuses on landscape and scent structured in such a way that each section responds to the traditional development and dry-down of perfume. November has been a double banger month for Laurence, who has also been awarded the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award 2016.

Laurence is looking forward to her time at Auckland Museum Library. “The research I undertake at the Auckland Museum will contribute towards a volume based on smell and landscape. The Auckland Museum research is crucial to this project and will form the center of the ‘base notes’ section. Specifically it will draw on the journals of naturalist and missionary Rev. Richard Taylor and the observations he made regarding scented plant material used by Māori in the creation of The Grand Māori Perfume.”  More

Photo 1: Laurence Fearnley / Photo 2: Jenny Clay

Ockham NZ Book Awards Longlist

Forty titles have made the coveted and highly competitive longlist; ten in each of the four Awards categories – Fiction (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize), Illustrated Non-Fiction, General Non-Fiction (the Royal Society of New Zealand Award for General Non-Fiction) and Poetry. The books were selected by four panels of specialist judges and were drawn from 150 entries.
Congratulations to all longlisted with special congratulations to NZSA members...

6 NZ novels longlisted for 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

6 from New Zealand  and 10 novels from Australia are among 147 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. 

Congratulations to writers of the 6 longlisted NZ entries: Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley, Chappy by Patricia Grace, The Antipodeans by Greg McGee (NZSA), The Legend of Winstone Blackhat by Tanya Moir, The Chimes by Anna SmaillInside the Black Horse by Ray Berard (NZSA). More

UC Honorary Doctorate for Gavin Bishop

Congratulations to children’s author, illustrator, educator and NZSA member Gavin Bishop, ONZM, who will receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater at the University of Canterbury’s Education, Health and Human Development graduation ceremony on Wednesday 14 December.

The multiple award-winner is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts and was recognised in the 2013 New Year honours for his contribution to Literature with the awarding of an ONZM. More

D’Arcy Writers’ Grants for 2017

The judging panel has unanimously chosen two applicants for 2017 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants of $5000 each to write essays of 10,000 to 12,000 words on New Zealand life and culture.

The successful applicants are John Summers, of Christchurch, who will write about his grandmother, Constance Summers, a pacifist and the only woman in New Zealand jailed for protesting during World War Two; and Mandy Hager (NZSA), of Wellington, who will research and write an essay on ‘how the arts, as represented in education, media and entertainment are currently under attack in New Zealand’.
The judges are writer Gordon McLauchlan (chair); writer Bruce Ansley; Virginia Larson, editor of North & South; writer and critic Hamish Keith; and Jackie Dennis of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN Inc).

The judges agreed it was a very strong field of applicants which made choosing two winners a difficult task, but they believe the chosen writers will make a strong contribution to public discourse during 2017.

Photo: Mandy Hagar

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Judges announced for the 2017 NZ Book Awards for children & young adults

Librarian Pam Jones, educationalist Trish Brooking, authors Rachael King and Ben Brown, and reviewer Sarah Forster have been appointed judges of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. 

The judging team — expanded from the three of previous years — will deliberate over an expected 150 entries in five categories: Picture Book, Illustration, Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Young Adult Fiction. They will select five finalists, a winner in each category and then the overall winner, the Margaret Mahy Award for Book of the Year.  

In addition, Riki-Lee Saua, Anahera Morehu, Te Rangi Rangi Tangohau and Rongo Waerea have been appointed as judges for Te Kura Pounamu – the award that recognises and celebrates books written or translated into te reo Māori. This category winner is also eligible for consideration for Book of the Year. More

Te Puna Women's Refuge Raffle - win a critique or edit

Lesley Marshall (NZ PEN Writers in Prisons representative) is running her annual Christmas raffle for a critique (or the equivalent time in editing) in memory of her son, with funds to go to Te Puna Women's Refuge.

To enter, simply send a cheque (made out to Te Puna) to Lesley Marshall (Editline, 20 Beverley Cres, RD 9 Whangarei 0179), and she will put you in the draw. Alternatively, you can direct debit money into Te Puna’s account (Account: 123101 0056429 00; name: Te Puna o Te Aroha Women’s Refuge) and let Lesley know what you’ve paid them so she know how many chances to give you.  If an overseas writer wants to enter they can donate to their local refuge equivalent. Lesleys email is

The raffle will be drawn on 20 December. The critique is for a novel or any similar piece of work, and the winner can send it any time in the next year, either on paper or by email. The costs for entries are as follows:

One chance = $20; 3 chances $30; 6 chances $40; 10 chances $50; 15 chances $60.

2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellows announced

New Zealand poets Steven Toussaint and Gregory Kan have been awarded the prestigious 2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. This is the first time two poets have been the recipients of the fellowship.
The poets will have the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time, with each having a six-month tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland, and sharing an annual stipend of $20,000. More

CLNZ Distributions are on their way!


From CLNZ enews: CLNZ is committed to helping owners of creative content earn a living from their work. It's an exciting time of year as our fingers are now poised and ready to hit the "go" button, seeing a distribution total of 4.3 million dollars this month to authors and publishers for the copying of their works in New Zealand.

We are also excited that this distribution will be the first to roll out from our new WISE software, a cloud-based distribution system that integrates our licensing functions as well as incorporating other business software, such as the Xero accounting system. With these abilities, WISE streamlines our licensing distribution payments to rightsholders with greater efficiency and accuracy.

For more information on how CLNZ represents the rights of authors and publishers or to understand more about how we pay copyright owners, please see CLNZ website.

New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards 2016 - winners named

Recipients of the 2016 New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards were named at a ceremony held at Auckland’s Massey University in Albany last week. For the second year running, teachers from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s selection.
The awards celebrate the excellent resources New Zealand companies have recently released in the New Zealand education market. The finalists this year are a mix of digital resources alongside traditional texts - a reflection of the range of materials that our teachers are using in today’s classrooms. More

Michael King Writers’ Centre 2017 Residency Recipients Announced

Four writers selected for the residency programme at the Michael King Writers’ Centre next year will be bringing to life a variety of works including; literary fiction, a novella, non-fiction biography and a collection of poetry.
The award-winning writers selected for the four residencies at the Devonport writers’ retreat are short story writer and poet, Frankie McMillan (NZSA) from Christchurch, novelist and playwright Whiti Hereaka (NZSA) from Wellington, critic and journalist Anthony Byrt from Auckland and Anna Jackson an Associate Professor in English at Victoria University, Wellington. Congratulations to all the selected writers with special mention to NZSA members Frankie McMillan and White Hereaka. More

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems 2016

The winner of the 2016 Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems, run by International Writers’ Workshop NZ Inc (IWW), has been announced with the $1000 prize awarded to Michael Giacon (NZSA) of Auckland for his sequence, Argento in no man land.

Giacon was born and raised in Ponsonby. He is from a large Pakeha-Italian-Samoan family, and has worked at tertiary level in English language teaching for quite some time. In 2016 he graduated with an AUT Masters in Creative Writing, producing a volume of poetry, Beyond Retrieve, which was all about a life of writing. Argento in no man land began as part of his Masters. A series of IWW poetry workshops helped him select and shape his winning sequence of 13 poems telling of spring-to-spring romance, love, lust, break-up, some sadness, hope, for Argento Q in the gay milieu. More

Photo: Michael Giacon (winner), Gus Simonovic (judge) and Caroline Carlyle (emerging poet)

PEN NZ Action


PEN NZ to adopt Behrouz Boochani as an honorary member

Boochani has been held in Australia’s offshore Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (MIRPC), Papua New Guinea (PNG) for over three years. Boochani fled Iran on 23 May 2013.  In July of that year, he and fellow asylum seekers were intercepted by the Australian Navy en route from Indonesia, and he asked for asylum in Australia, as was his right under Article 1 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, as amended by the 1967 Protocol.  He was taken to Christmas Island, Australia, from where he was forcibly transferred to the Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre in late August 2013, without his asylum case being considered. On 26 April 2016, the PNG Supreme Court ruled that Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island was illegal and unconstitutional.

To take action we are adopting Boochani as an honorary member. We seek  2 case workers from our membership to assist with the campaign, ideally one who speaks Persian. The campaign consists of a media release, letter writing to the Australian Government, sharing details of the case on social media and writing solidarity messages to Behrouz Boochani. If you are interested in being one of our case workers please email Jackie Dennis. You will be fully supported in this volunteer role. Anyone can independently write a letter or share this case on social media, all the details are here.

Email PEN spokesperson Dana Wensley at for any issues to do with Freedom of Expression and Writers In Prison co-ordinator Lesley Marshall if you would like to be part of the Writers in Prison letter writing team.

Clippings from the internet

Oxford literary festival agrees to pay authors, ending 'work for nothing' row

Oxford literary festival has announced that it will in future pay all authors who appear there. The news follows an 11-month standoff prompted by Philip Pullman’s resignation as patron on the basis that it was no longer acceptable to expect writers to “work for nothing”. More (extract from article by  and  in the Guardian)

Digital Files

European Court ruling opens the way for PLR on ebooks

A recent European Court ruling in the Netherlands looks set to remove the final barrier to applying [UK's] Public Lending Right (PLR) to the remote public lending of ebooks and audiobooks.

The Society of Authors UK has welcomed the recent judgment from the European Court of Justice on the case of Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht, which concludes that ‘the public lending exception, which provides inter alia for the fair remuneration of authors, is applicable’. More  (Extract from article by Society of Authors UK)


Death by Deadline

7 Casa Ana Writers' Retreat More
10 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More
14 Aotearoa Short Film Lab More
16 Outside the Square. More
20 Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest 2017. More
31 Magic Oxygen short story and poetry competition More

2  M Literary Residency 2017-18. More
30 Kokako twice-yearly magazine of haiku, senryu, tanka, renga and related forms. Email
31 Fish Short Memoir Contest More 

28 Poems in the Waiting Room competition More



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