Nominations for the 2019 Surrey Hotel Writer’s Residency Award in association with Newsroom are open now, and close soon – the deadline is September 3 at 5pm. There are three prizes. The grand first prize merits the winner seven nights free accommodation at the Surrey, with breakfast, wifi, and the hotel’s famous Sunday roast thrown in. Second prize is four nights and third prize is three nights, each with breakfast and wifi but sorry no roast. All winners receive that precious commodity: privacy, to write. Email entries to Steven Braunias stephen11@xtra.co.nz with the subject line THE SURREY HOTEL RESIDENCY, with a brief covering letter outlining the project you have in mind, and a few pages of the work in progress. More info here.

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