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Kiwi writers selected as finalists for international awards

Two New Zealand writers have been selected as finalists in the Romance Writers of America (RWA) awards which recognise excellence in published romance fiction. The pair head to New York later in July to attend the awards’ ceremony in front of around two thousand fellow writers, editors and agents.

NZ Crowned World Children’s Literature Champion

( It’s official - the New Zealand Kids’ Lit Quiz team has the best literature knowledge and the fastest reflexes in the world.
The team won the title of World Champions at the World Kids’ Lit Quiz final in Connecticut, USA, today. Hailing from Southwell School, Hamilton, they fought off stiff competition from a stellar line-up of international competitors, including teams from the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Singapore and South Africa.

Going West Festival Celebrates Two Decades with Stellar Line-Up

The Going West Books and Writers Festival celebrates 20 years with a line-up of outstanding home-grown authors, playwrights and songwriters in a packed programme of events this September.

Emerging NZ writers to receive manuscript guidance

NZ Society of Authors is delighted to announce this year's CompleteMS recipients.
Thirteen writers with manuscripts that include memoir, historical fiction, young adult fiction, mystery NZ fairy tales, supernatural romance and adult fiction have been chosen to receive a full manuscript assessment of the MS they submitted. The selection panel commented: "We were impressed with the quality of the applications and humbled by the amount of work that writers had put into the manuscripts". The selection panel was made up of writers Chris Else, Janet Hunt and Phillip Mann.

Small Publishers, Big Achievements

Booksellers know the big hitters of the publishing world, the major international players based in London, New York and other world capitals. But spare a thought for the small guys, the Kiwis who are successful publishing exporters or who believe enough in their books to take major commercial risk. 
The Read talks to Gecko Press, Potton & Burton, David Ling, Makaro Press and Bridget Williams Books, just some of our local publishers succeeding with their different ventures despite the odds.
Gecko Press buying and selling rights

Kiwi Charity Recognised in International Creative Communications Awards

We are the New Zealand Book Council – hear us roar!
Last week Cannes Lions, the world's biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry, recognised and awarded this year’s most exciting creative ideas across 16 categories, covering everything from traditional print and film communications to technology and product design. 
Advertising agency Colenso BBDO in partnership with The New Zealand Book Council scooped three silver lions in the Outdoor category for their Book Shape the World campaign. 

EIBF reaffirms Booksellers' support for freedom of speech, of publishing and of bookselling

The European & International Booksellers Federation, of which Booksellers NZ is a member, takes the opportunity of its annual conference in Brussels to reaffirm its absolute belief in and support for freedom of speech, of publishing and of bookselling.
Since EIBF’s last meeting in London in April 2014, too many tragic events have taken place in various countries and very sadly, the number of writers, journalists and bloggers who have been sentenced or murdered for expressing their views is increasing.
Among the long list of victims, let’s name a few: