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Welcome
Congratulations to NZSA member Neville Peat for winning CLNZ Writers Award
New Research Report into Kiwis' Reading Attitudes and Behaviours
Response in media to New Research Report into Kiwis' Reading Attitudes and Behaviours
National Writers Forum - photos and feedback
AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers' Prize - winner announced
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Would you like to sign the petition to increase funding for Radio NZ in this year's Budget?
Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Course at The Creative Hub
New Writing Groups
Christchurch Writing Workshops
PEN Matters
   Spotlight on the Pacific
   PEN India: Fearful Silence
Clippings from the Internet
   Tracy Chevalier: ‘Writing is a magic trick that still surprises me when I perform it’
   Intellectual property rule changes in Australia
Digital Files
   What Goes in a Press Kit?
   How This Successful YA Author Markets Her Books
Death by Deadline
Opportunities
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin

The National Writers Forum was a huge undertaking for National Office and it is with some relief I can write that it was a success.  We have received many congratulatory emails and writers who came are still responding to the NWF survey but feedback is positive and there is an appetite for it to be repeated.

For those that didn’t come you may like to go to this Chris Cleave blog and read the transcript of his NWF keynote address Hate is the .zip file of emotions.

We will do a full analysis of the NWF for the National Council and the membership before the end of the year.


Jackie & Claire

Congratulations to NZSA member Neville Peat for winning CLNZ Writers Award


Writing on Climate-Change leads to $25,000 Award

 
Neville Peat, wildlife photographer and author of over 40 books, was presented with the new CLNZ Writer’s Award at the inaugural National Writers Forum, in Auckland on 17 September. Neville receives $25,000, one of the highest non-fiction prizes in New Zealand literature, towards his project “The Invading Sea”. The book will cover the highly topical subject of climate-change science, focused on sea-level rise and what New Zealand can do to prepare for it. Neville specialises in writing on geography, biography, natural history and the environment.
 
Paula Browning, CEO of CLNZ, said, “the awards and grants the CLNZ Cultural Fund provides contribute to the New Zealand publishing industry by giving writers time to write and by investing in other projects that support New Zealand writing and publishing. We’re delighted that this award is going to a New Zealand writer who will be able to bring a complex subject to both New Zealand and overseas readers”. More

NB: Neville Peat is one of the two NZSA representatives on the Public Lending Right Advisory Committee.

New Research Report into Kiwis' Reading Attitudes and Behaviours


Investigation into New Zealanders’ reading habits has revealed that borrowing of fiction in Christchurch spiked after the 2011 and 2012 earthquakes because of an increased need for escapism in the quake-stricken city.
 
This is just one of the insights into Kiwi reading habits in the New Zealand Book Council’s new Report on Reader Attitudes and Behaviours. Other issues probed by the report’s researchers included:
  • why sales of local fiction trail far behind local non-fiction
  • which genres Kiwis read most
  • where we get our book recommendations
  • whether the ebook is actually a threat to the printed book
Read the full report

Response in the media to the New Research Report into Kiwis' Reading Attitudes and Behaviours


After the report was released the Listener published this article.

In response here is an opinion by Peter King in Medium.com angered by the article and the Book Council research. From the same journalist a few days later, Peter King wrote an article in SpinOff (which seems to be a response to the Book Councils challenge for suggestions for improvements) proposing, among other things, Creative New Zealand is the problem.

Between the two Peter King articles Catherine Robertson NZSA member and co-author of the report wrote this blog: What it's like when you inadvertently unlease a shit storm and NZSA member and co-author Paula Morris comments via Typepad about being chastised online.
Our first National Writers Forum took place last weekend. Feedback has been resoundingly positive. Thank you so much to all the people that made this event happen - speakers, presenters, panelists, volunteers, staff, and of course the writers who came to the event with questions, enthusiasm and curiosity. Programme Manager Claire Mabey wrote this post event blog and there's also coverage at  the Booksellers Blog and The Big Idea.

Below are some photos from the weekend. Clockwise from top:Stephen Daisley and his editor from Text publishing, Mandy Brett; Patricia Grace, Kate Pullinger and Chris Cleave; publicist Yvonne Thynne and Nalini Singh.

AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers' Prize - winner announced


Congratulations to NZSA member Annabel Wilson who has won the inaugural AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers' Prize. After receiving over a hundred submissions from emerging authors on the 2016 theme – ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ or ‘I am you, you are me’ – the judges are pleased to congratulate Annabel Wilson on her winning submission, ‘Quire’. Notably, Annabel’s piece was composed from journal entries based on her time in Ubud. More

Peter Porter Poetry Prize


The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is now open to poets around the world. This prestigious prize is worth a total of AU$7,500. The overall winner will receive $5,000 and a print by the great artist Arthur Boyd, who collaborated with Peter Porter. Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English. Full details about how to enter and eligibility criteria can be found on the Australian Book Review  website  

Deadline for entries is 1 December 2016
 
Australian Book Review – one of the country’s foremost cultural magazines – publishes writers (and reviews books) from around the world. The Porter Prize complements ABR’s impressive commitment to poetry. In addition to publishing reviews, essays and new poems in each issue, we offer the online, open-access States of Poetry anthologies and Poem of the Week. We welcome submissions from poets via poetry@australianbookreview.com.au
 
Subscribe to ABR Online and enter a poem in the Porter Prize for the special prize of just $55.
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Would you like to sign the petition to increase funding for Radio NZ in this year's Budget?


The purpose of the petition is to end Radio New Zealand's eight year funding freeze. It's addressed to the House of Representatives and it is asking them to put in extra funding for RNZ in this year's budget. A paper version of this petition was handed over to members of parliament in May. Unfortunately, while Māori Television received an extra 10.6 million in this year's Budget, RNZ received no additional funding. Both of these organisations should've received more funding. The electronic petition will keep on running until RNZ receives a funding increase. Link to the petition 



Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Course at The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Downtown Writing Centre


www.thecreativehub.net.nz    enquiries@thecreativehub.net.nz

Our next 30 Week Fiction / Memoir Course begins on 27th  Sept 2016. 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 Tessa Duder, Geoff Walker, Roger Hall, Owen Marshall, 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! Twenty graduates of our 30 week fiction / memoir courses have gone on to publish novels or win prizes in national writing awards in the last three years.
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New Writing Groups

Two established (but new to our website) writing groups are looking for new members. To read more about these groups log in on our website and go to Writing Group Starting Here and Now  
  • Kath's Writing Group is based in Dunedin
  • Flashwrite is an online writing group with members in the UK and USA.

Christchurch Writing Workshops

 

Spotlight on the Pacific


A new publication provides in-depth analysis of the status of human rights in the Pacific region. Human Rights in the Pacific, is a situational analysis of 16 countries, including New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours in the Pacific Islands Forum. The report is published by Pacific Community (SPC) in association with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR).
The report covers a wide range of issues from economic to human rights, access to justice, and freedom of expression. Human Rights in the Pacific highlights continuing concerns in Pacific nations stating: “Access to government information remains a challenge for most Pacific Islanders because of the lack of freedom of information (FOI) laws or policies. FOI is not just about free speech or media freedom, but also includes whether the public is able to access government information and services.” more
 

PEN India: Fearful Silence


Free speech is key to exercising democratic freedoms. We are all in the midst of an election process in NZ, and fortunate enough to live in a country where we rank 5th in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index. PEN’s latest report, Fearful Silence: The Chill on India’s Public Sphere (written in conjunction with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law), demonstrates an interesting trend. How a relatively small number of aggrieved citizens can successfully deter many others from speaking out on sensitive issues, thereby endangering India’s key democratic freedoms. more
 

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

Clippings from the Internet


Tracy Chevalier: ‘Writing is a magic trick that still surprises me when I perform it’


Part of me wishes it were easy to describe my typical writing day. I have heard about them, those smug productive hours when a writer – usually male, it has to be said – sits down each day at 9am with an espresso, writes till 1, makes bouillabaisse, writes from 2 till 5, plays tennis, and after supper sits with a glass of single malt whisky reading over what he’s written that day. That is a scenario I both crave and detest. It will never be that controlled and disciplined for me. More     Extract from article in the Guardian


Intellectual property rule changes in Australia


Thomas Keneally remembers a time not so long ago when homegrown novelists were, well, a novelty. “When I began writing, the idea of an Australian writing a novel was like a goanna riding a bicycle. It was a circus trick,’’ says the celebrated author, who is 80. Keneally is talking about the early 1960s, when his first novel, The Place at Whitton, about murder in a seminary, was published. It was an era, he recalls, when biographies of significant Australians were equally rare and “Australia was under-examined … The national life was very skimpily covered.’’ More     Extract from article by Rosemary Neill in the Australian

Digital Files


What Goes in a Press Kit?


As a self-published author (and these days, even if you’re a traditionally published author), you’ll likely be spending an insane amount of time on marketing. Having a robust press kit—specific to the needs of online marketing for authors—done in advance of your marketing push means maximum efficiency! More     Extract from article by Liz Edelstein in Digital Book World


How This Successful YA Author Markets Her Books


Cori McCarthy is the author of four novels for young readers: The Color of Rain (Running Press, 2013), Breaking Sky (Sourcebooks, 2015), You Were Here (Sourcebooks, 2016) and the forthcomingNow a Major Motion Picture (Sourcebooks, 2017). I interviewed McCarthy to discuss ebook marketing and the transition of a book into a movie. More     Extract from article by Daniel Berkowitz in Digital Book World

Death by Deadline


September
23 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. More
28 Mental Health Media Grants. More
30 University of Waikato / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2017. More
30 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. More
30 The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition. More

October
1  Call for Poems for NZ edition of Atlanta Review. More
3  Call Out for Feature Film Projects. More
3  The 2016 Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing. More
5  Ockham Book Awards (Sept to Dec 16 publications). More
7  Headland submission. More
7  Michael King Writers’ Centre Residencies 2017. More
21 Novel Fair 2017 Application Deadline. More
28 NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants. More
28 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More
28 NZWG Seed Grants Round 3. More
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More

November
1  Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017. More
4  Randell Cottage Writers Residency. More
4  Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant. More

December
1 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. More
Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More

Opportunities

 

The Calendar of Opportunities is found on our website. 

  • Opportunities are displayed in calendar or list form (together with events). 
  • Opportunities are only visible to members! To see opportunities on the website you need to log in using your email address and website password.
  • To find opportunities in your area, visit your branch page.
  • Beware! The listing appears on the deadline date.

Events / Book Launches / Workshops

 

Events are found on our website

  • You can see Events in calendar or list form (together with opportunities). 
  • To find all events and book launches go here.
  • To find events in your area, visit your branch page.

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

 

Here's a direct link to Books on Saturday Morning

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