A fading All Black, a teen runaway, a cop in witness protection, and a robotic private eye are among the memorable characters at the heart of novels named today as finalists for the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards.
“We had a record number of entrants this year, which gave several headaches to our international judging panel,” says awards founder and Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. “Not only are our local authors producing novels of exceptional international quality, they are breaking the shackles of convention and stretching the boundaries of genre to explore crime storytelling in unique and exciting ways. We were comparing apples with feijoas.”
Friday July 8 saw six aspiring Te Papa Tupu writers converge on the Brentwood Hotel in Wellington, ready to begin their six months of writing incubation. Each from a different part of New Zealand, with diverse work and life backgrounds, the writers were a bundle of nerves and excitement as they arrived for a one-day workshop introducing them to the programme, each other and their mentors.
NZ Society of Authors is delighted to announce this year's CompleteMS recipients.
Thirteen writers with manuscripts spanning contemporary fiction, historical novels, crime / psychological narratives, poetry, short stories, speculative fiction and non-fiction have been chosen for the NZSACompleteMS programme. This programme gives each writer a detailed assessment and feedback on their manuscripts by one of New Zealand's leading assessors.
The second annual collaboration between the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Canterbury Branch and Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Week has been announced. A national writing competition inspired by this year’s theme “Hidden Histories – our stories unearthed” is open to all New Zealand-based writers in the following categories:
Potton & Burton are delighted to report that Nathan Fa'avae has been awarded the Grand Prize in the inaugural Book Competition at the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival for his book Nathan Fa'avae Adventurer at Heart.
The judges commented ‘This is wonderful tale and a must-read for all New Zealanders.’
The Awards recognise achievements by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.
This year voting took place at Au Contraire 2016, the 37th National Science Fiction convention held in Wellington over Queen's Birthday Weekend, Voting was open to members of SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) and the convention.
The number of votes cast this year was the highest recorded in the awards' 15-year history, and saw a number of youth members of the convention taking an active interest in New Zealand genre literature.
Judges “spoilt for choice” in PANZ Book Design Awards.
Once again New Zealand’s book designers shine in the build-up to the most prestigious industry book design awards in New Zealand. “There are some stunning books vying for first place,” comments convening judge Odessa Owens.
The PANZ Book Design Awards 2016 shortlist showcases the diversity and range that our talented book designers aspire to and achieve. There have been strong entries this year from both a larger range of publishers and from newcomer boutique publishers, and the shortlist definitely reflects this.
Another round of Te Papa Tupu will kick off at the start of July with six new Māori writers selected to go through the unique incubator.
“The quality of the submissions was high,” says judge Whiti Hereaka. “Many of the chosen writers impressed me with their ability to build fictional worlds and tell stories from viewpoints that are seldom told.”
Heidi North-Bailey has been selected as the second New Zealand writer to join the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s International Writing Program. Heidi is an Auckland-based poet, short story and creative non-fiction writer.
This opportunity is available through a partnership between the Michael King Writers’ Centre, the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Shanghai Writers’ Association and the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.