Congratulations to ANZL members Emma Neale and Catherine Chidgey who have both received Highly Commended placings in the 2018 UK Bridport Prize competition, Neale in the flash fiction category for her story ‘Courtship’ and Chidgey in the short fiction category for ‘Black Boys’. The Bridport Prize is one of the most prestigious open writing competitions in the English language with categories in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. The competition for 2019 will be launched on 15 November with a closing date of 31 May 2019. Entries can be made by post or online. Follow these links for the full list of 2018 place winners or for information on how to enter.
Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. The 2018 awards include two ANZL members: poet Wystan Curnow and admired poet, publisher and librettist Michael Harlow. Beloved Māori dramatist and fiction writer Renée, revered critic and curator, completes the winning selection. Each will be awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature. Renée will be honoured for fiction, Wystan Curnow for non-fiction, and Michael Harlow for poetry. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Premier House in Wellington on Monday 15 October. A full list of previous recipients can be found on the Creative New Zealand website. The recipients of the 2018 Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement will read and discuss their work with Radio New Zealand journalist and Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan at a free event at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington on Tuesday 16 October, 12-12.45pm. All welcome.
The Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence – applications close soon
The Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence fosters NZ writing by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure. Applications are invited from writers in all areas of literary activity, who are authors of proven merit normally resident in New Zealand or New Zealanders currently resident overseas. Applications for 2019 are now open, with deadline 30 September 2018. A full role description and application is available on the Current Vacancies page of Victoria’s website. Enquiries can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This prestigious residency, open to established New Zealand creative writers across all genres, provides a substantial $35,000 travel/living allowance and a work space for three months in Menton, France. Applications close 11pm Monday 24 September 2018. For application form and details see here.
14-08-2018Applications for the MKWC 2019 Residency Programme have opened for emergent and established writers. Fifteen residencies for periods of two to five weeks each are on offer. Four of the residencies are specifically for Maori or Pasifika writers. New to the programme is a change to the University of Auckland Residency, now split into four time slots across the year to attract a wider range of established writers. Applications close 3rd September 2019. For forms and criteria see here
Adult books published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 will be considered for the 2019 awards. The judges will be named later this month. Click here for eligibility criteria and a Call for Entries information pack, then enter online here. For the full media announcement see here.
The $25,000 CLNZ Writers’ Award is one of the investments made through CLNZ’s Cultural Fund. The Writers’ Award is offered to writers of any genre of non-fiction, including writers of education material. The award enables successful applicants to devote time to a specific writing project. Submissions for entries close 4pm Friday 27 July 2018. The successful recipient will be contacted directly and officially announced at the New Zealand Society of Author’s National Writers Forum on 22 September 2018 in Auckland. More info here .
'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell