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Creative NZ Book Sales Survey

SpecFicNZ is working with Creative NZ to survey the number of print books sold in New Zealand. Specifically we would like our members to reply to this email with information on the following questions for each title you have written or published: 1. Title of the book: 2. Genre of the book: 3. Number of PRINT copies sold in New Zealand during the calendar year 2015   This information will be collated and names and titles will not be used, we are only gathering statistics of sales volume by genre…. | Read More...

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NZ Book Council – Genre Sales Data Gathering

Book-Council-logo-web-620x350-620x350On Tuesday 21 June, Paul Mannering and Lee Murray visited Stephanie Soper and Catriona Ferguson of the New Zealand Book Council. The meeting was convened to discuss a recent article in Booksellers website (9 June, 2016) which said the Book Council would be sampling New Zealand print book sales on behalf of Creative New Zealand:

“As part of the New Zealand Book Council’s funding contract with Creative New Zealand we are collecting data on the readership and sales of NZ books within New Zealand. It is anticipated that this information will support Creative New Zealand’s decision making processes around where best to prioritise their resources for literature in the future.” | Read More...

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The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Scholarship 2016

2016 Conference Scholarship Open

The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust is offering a scholarship to the Romance Writers of NZ annual conference, All You Need Is Love, August 12-14, 2016 in Auckland. (More information on the conference here.)

The scholarship is open to all New Zealand romance writers, and will cover the recipient’s RWNZ Conference fees (Friday Workshop and Weekend Conference, plus cocktail party). If the winner is not currently a member of RWNZ, their prize will include a one-year membership subscription, since only members can attend the Weekend Conference. The winner will also receive a $150 contribution toward expenses. | Read More...

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NZ Book Week and NZ Bookshop Day coming up!

The first New Zealand Book Week (26 October-1 November) and New Zealand Bookshop Day (31 October) are coming up!

There are heaps of (mostly free!) events planned all around the country (see links above) by Kiwi authors and indie bookshops. It’s a great time to pop into your local bookshop, post pics of your favourite NZ books, tell everyone about your favourite Kiwi authors, and generally celebrate the vibrant culture of books and reading we have here in Aotearoa. You can even create an event of your own! | Read More...

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Announcing the SpecFicNZ Publishing Grant

We are pleased to announce the new SpecFicNZ Publishing Grant, which will provide funding to local publishers to promote the professional publication of original speculative fiction in New Zealand. The grant will be open to both traditional publishers and self-publishers, and applications will be assessed against the following guidelines: Applicant’s publishing history, particularly with regard to audience reach and critical reception; Likelihood the funding from SpecFicNZ will enable the project to publish successfully; Sum of money requested and/or granted in relation to: Author payment Potential audience reach Benefit to SpecFicNZ members The… | Read More...

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Tau mai e, Kāpiti writers’ residency open for applications

If you’re Māori, you’ve always wanted to write but could never find the time, space or money, this year’s Tau mai e, Kāpiti writers’ residency might be just the ticket.

The residency will welcome its sixth writer this year.

Since its inception in 2008 it has been supported by Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand and hosted by Kaitiaki o Kāpiti Trust. These sponsors fund a Māori writer, songwriter, playwright or poet to spend eight weeks living and writing on the northern end of Kāpiti Island. The area includes the island’s last remaining Māori-owned land, adjoining the internationally regarded predator-free nature reserve Kāpiti is well-known for. | Read More...

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Applications Open: Speculative Literature Foundation Diversity Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation is currently accepting applications for two diversity-oriented grants: Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds, both intended to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity. While the SLF is a US-based organisation, these grants are open to writers from around the world.

  1. The $500 Diverse Writers grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. — those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process.
  2. The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.

The grants are intended to support writers in the creation of new writing, not to acknowledge completed and/or published works.

For more information about these diversity grants and how to apply, please see the Speculative Literature Foundation website. | Read More...

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