The 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented

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.

2016 Finalists: PANZ Book Design Awards

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.

Six new promising Māori writers to begin Te Papa Tupu Writing Incubator

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 joins 2016 Shanghai Writing Program

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.

Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant winner announced

Papatoetoe resident Grace Taylor has been awarded the second annual Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant.
Taylor's winning proposal was for City of Undone Darlings, a poetry collection intended for publication in paperback and as an e-book, and for performance.
Mayor Len Brown established the $12,000 grant in 2014 to capture Auckland life in the written word. It is awarded to local writers on completion of a quality text work about living in Auckland.
“I established this grant to support our local literary talent to capture our young city in the written word,” says Len Brown .

Elizabeth Smither wins Sarah Broom Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Elizabeth Smither, who has been awarded the 2016 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, judged by globally acclaimed poet Paul Muldoon. 

Cross Sports Book Awards Recognise Kiwis

Kiwi rugby player’s debut novel lines up against Pulitzer winner for prestige award.
A former New Zealand Colt’s dark story about match-fixing is shortlisted alongside some of the writing world’s heaviest hitters in the UK’s prestigious Cross Sports Book Awards. John Daniell’s first novel The Fixer is in competition with a field of five others headed by William Finnegan’s Pulitzer prize-winning take on surfing, Barbarian Days, for the General Outstanding Sports Writing Award. The winner will be announced at Lord’s cricket ground on June 1.

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - New Zealand Authors Announced as Regional Winners

The Commonwealth Writers Prize promotes strongest new stories from across the Commonwealth
Commonwealth Writers has announced the regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The five stories have risen to the top of the 4,000 entries received this year. The New Zealand author, Tina Makereti, is the regional winner for the Pacific for her story ‘Black Milk’. Another regional winner, for Canada and Europe, is the UK-based, New Zealand born writer Stefanie Seddon, for her story ‘Eel’.

Sarah Broom Poetry Prize finalists announced

The three finalists in the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2016 are now known.
Now in its third year, the prize attracted over 200 entries from New Zealanders across the country and living overseas. This year the judge was Paul Muldoon, one of the world's leading contemporary poets, secured in partnership between the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust and the Auckland Writers Festival.

Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing shortlist

Five manuscripts have been selected from 297 entries to make up the 2016 shortlist for the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.
In 2016 Text was thrilled to have received the second-highest number of entries ever, including more than double the number of 2015 entries from New Zealand, and a large increase in entries for younger readers.
And the shortlistees are...
Eternal, by Sarah Bainbridge