Four talented secondary school students have been selected as winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme 2017. This year NZSA has awarded four youth mentorships rather than the usual three writers as each of these finalists are at the perfect stage to hone their writing skills and develop their craft under the mentorship of four of New Zealand’s finest professional authors.
The 2017 PANZ Book Design Awards are now open for entries, with a closing date of Friday 31 March 2017. This year entry to the main awards is to be made using our online form. Enter using the digital form here.
Please note Young Designer Award entry form and criteria is attached.
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The shortlist will be announced on Monday 12 June 2017 and winners announced at an evening awards ceremony in Auckland on the 20 July 2017.
As in previous years we plan to hold a workshop for designers on the morning after the awards ceremony.
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.
In 2016, Marilyn Duckworth received the award for Fiction, David Eggleton for Poetry and Atholl Anderson for Non-Fiction.
Acclaimed poet and scholar, Selina Tusitala-Marsh, has been made Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors' annual Waitangi Day Honours.
"As the country's largest writers' organisation, we believe it's important to celebrate significant literary achievements, especially on the international stage," said NZSA President, Kyle Mewburn. "Each year more and more kiwi writers are achieving exceptional things internationally. Last year was no exception."
Entries for the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Mind Body Spirit Literature Awards open on January 15th. These prestigious awards offer a first prize of $10,000 in the Published Book Award, and a separate prize of the same value is for the year's best Unpublished Manuscript Award.
Entries in both categories close on March 31st 2017.
Perth-based writer Stephen Daisley is to be the 2017 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Daisley hit New Zealand headlines last year, when his second novel, Coming Rain, took out the inaugural Acorn Foundation Literary Prize.* Although an unknown quantity in his homeland, Daisley has won or been short- and long-listed for major Australian literary awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his first novel, Traitor, the 2016 Miles Franklin Award and the 2011 Commonwealth Writers prize for best first book.