Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate your pick of our finest writers for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.
Every year New Zealanders are invited to nominate writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the categories of non-fiction, poetry or fiction. $60,000 is awarded in each genre.
New Zealand writers are also able to nominate themselves for the awards.
The nominations are assessed by an expert literary panel and recommendations forwarded to the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand for approval, with the awards presented in a formal ceremony.
Entries are now open for the Bragg Prize and the Best Australian Science Writing 2016 anthology.
Editor of the 2016 anthology Jo Chandler says, ‘We’re casting the net wide. The criteria? Great writing, robust science. You might be a student or a seasoned hack. You might be a blogger or a poet (or both) or an author. We want newspaper articles, book extracts, essays, longform and punchy snack-size pieces. Together they will become a blockbuster compendium of intrigue, humour, investigation, character, elation, frustration, creativity, narrative, news, and maybe even a little controversy.’
The deadline is looming for applications to the NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2016. We are seeking 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. The programme runs between April and November 2016.
The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is New Zealand’s most valuable poetry prize and aims to recognise and financially support new work from an emerging or established New Zealand poet through a $12,000 award.
The prize was established in 2013 in honour of the New Zealand poet Sarah Broom (1972-2013), the author of Tigers at Awhitu (2010) and Gleam (2013).
Entries open 5 January 2016 and close 18 February 2016
A collection of five poetic biographies of famous and lesser-known historical New Zealand women has been awarded the 2015 Biggs Family Prize for Poetry.
Written by Nina Powles as part of her 2015 Master of Arts (MA) at Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), the book-length folio, titled Luminescent, has been described by Wellington poet Jenny Bornholdt as “engaging and colourful and alive to all kinds of possibilities”.
We are delighted to announce the winner of the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2015 is Auckland writer Caroline Barron.
With 73 entries for this award, the selection panel had a tough time deciding on a winner. The range and quality of the work submitted was impressive. Entries covered a broad range including novels, writing for children and young adults, poetry, drama, non-fiction and self-help books. Crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy were well represented.