Entries open: Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards 2016

Entries for the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards opened on Friday, September 9.
Now in their 32nd year, these awards are among New Zealand’s most prestigious and established writing prizes.
In association with Penguin Random House, it’s your chance to win $1000, critical feedback and to have your winning story published in the Sunday Star-Times – it’s time to get writing.
The divisions are:
Open division: 3000 word limit, judged by Stephanie Johnson, author and winner of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

Michael King Writers’ Centre Residencies 2017 Applications are now open

The Michael King Writers’ Centre invites applications from New Zealand writers for four supported residencies in 2017, with stipends ranging from $8,000 to $30,000.
The residencies are at the Michael King Writers’ Centre, based in the Signalman’s House, a heritage villa on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport.

Call for entries for New Zealand’s leading literary fellowship

Applications for the 2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship are now open. 
This will mark the 30th year of the Fellowship, a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers, both here and overseas, the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time by providing an annual stipend of $20,000 and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland.
This milestone provides the Fellowship with an excellent opportunity to look at how far New Zealand literature has come and to celebrate what the country’s talented authors are doing today, says Frank Sargeson Trust Chair Elizabeth Aitken-Rose.

CLNZ / NZSA Research Grant recipients 2016

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) are pleased to announce that Research Grants have been awarded to four fascinating New Zealand writing projects that, according to the judges, have great potential and stood out even amongst many other promising applications.

Crimechurch: Southern authors sweep Ngaio Marsh Awards

It was a hometown quinella on Saturday night as Paul Cleave and Ray Berard were announced as the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. 
Trust No One (Upstart Press), a mind-bending psychological thriller about a writer with early onset Alzheimer’s who starts confessing the murders in his novels were real, earned Cleave his record third Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The judges described it as “a stunningly audacious novel that functions as a literary hall of mirrors” – a book that “succeeds brilliantly on many different levels”. 

2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced

The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalists, librarians, curators, commentators and booksellers from around New Zealand, it is announced today.

For the first time, an international judge has also been invited to take a seat at the fiction ‘table,’ assisting the local judges of the Acorn Foundation Literary Award and taking the total number of judges to 13. The name of the international judge will be revealed early next year.

New Zealand’s poets of the future celebrated in National Schools Poetry Award

A North Shore student is the 2016 winner of the International Institute of Modern Letters’ National Schools Poetry Award, which coincides with National Poetry Day.

Mind Body Spirit Literary Award Winner and Former Sceptic Claims Existence of Afterlife

Literary works by a retired engineer and a yoga practitioner are the winners of the 2016 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards, described by judges’ convenor Adonia Wylie, as an outstanding body of work from within the genre.
Nelson retired software engineer, Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill, won the Book Category, for The Paranormal is Normal published by Xcell Books. 

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2016 Now Open for Applications

Two Writhers Research grants are now open for applications for writers working on a project that can utilise the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. These grants are offered by the Auckland Museum and NZ Society of Authors and can be used for fiction and non-fiction projects.
The NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2016 grants comprise: 
  • One National Grant of $4,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.One Auckland Regional Grant of $2,500 for writers from the Auckland region.

2016 CLNZ Contestable Fund: $75,000 Ready and Waiting

Copyright Licensing New Zealand has committed a minimum of $60,000 per annum, between 2015 and 2017, to be made available to writers and publishers from a dedicated Contestable Fund. CLNZ is pleased to announce that in 2016, $75,000 is available.
Inviting applications for 2016 Contestable Funding:
  • Applications open 15th July 2016
  • Application deadline is 5.00 p.m. on  16 September 2016
  • Application form and guidelines are available at ">