And the Award goes to…

It is my great honour to announce the winners of the 2017 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. On Wednesday evening, we held a cozy event at the gorgeous old Malthouse Theatre in Christchurch. Many of the shortlisted writers, along with others in the writing community and local NZ Society of Authors branch,... Continue Reading →


Shiny Shiny Shortlists!

Today's the day! At last, we can announce the finalists of the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. Shiny! Where to begin...? Poetry, Novel, Non-Fiction or Short Prose? Hm... Okay, here goes, pulling it out of the hat, totally random... let's start with... Non Fiction Books! The shortlisted titles are... Tuai: Traveller in... Continue Reading →

Introducing the Judges, pt.1

I feel like I'm about to burst! Such good news and finally, I don't need to keep it secret a moment longer. The 2017 Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition is open now, and you needn't wait any longer to know who will be reading and judging your books! Okay, deep breath, here we go.... Continue Reading →

Busy Writer-Bees

Over Labour Weekend, the Canterbury branch of the NZ Society of Authors had the great honour and pleasure of hosting some BRILLIANT writing workshops. It was a fascinating and inspiring, practical and encouraging weekend. I learned more than I can possibly cover in a blog post. But here goes... The first thing I learned, on Friday evening,... Continue Reading →

The Superheroes of the Short Form

Here we go, Folks. I know you've been scribbling away. Genius first drafts which transform, overnight, into steaming piles of... self-doubt. That's what that smell is. But a couple of days later it's cooled off, and so have you, and you see what those humble little words could be.

And the judges are…

It is my very great pleasure to introduce you to our brilliant line-up of judges for the second annual New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. We are very excited to have such a top-notch crew making the hard decisions. So, this fine winter's day, without further ado, I present to you, the judges for... Continue Reading →

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