The NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature: A Nice Surprise!

I got a nice surprise on Monday: an email from Tina Shaw, Programme Manager of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA), to say that I’d been selected as the 2010 recipient of the biennial Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature, first awarded in 2008 to poet, novelist and anthologist Emma Neale.

(It’s important to note that this NZSA award is not the same as another, longer-established set of awards, the Janet Frame Literary Trust Awards.)

The award is open to authors of literary or imaginative fiction, as well as poetry, who are members of the New Zealand Society of Authors. Fortunately, it seems, I tick all those boxes!

I’m delighted to receive this award, not just because the money will come in handy to help me complete the short story collection I’m currently working on, but also because it’s an honour to win an award associated with the name of Janet Frame.

Here’s how Beatties Book Blog reported the news
. Thanks, Graham, and thanks to the NZSA!

Scriptwriters Wanted

From the NZ Society of Authors (NZSA) weekly email newsletter* comes this snippet, which I’ll post here as I know I have some scriptwriters among my readers:

Writers Wanted for Two Animated TV Series

“Currently in development are two concepts for separate animated TV series
primarily targeting boys aged 8-12. Script writers are being sought. The
first is a fantasy series based in colonial NZ; the second is a sci-fi
series. Expressions of interest emailed to nika (at)”

I have no connections with these projects, so I can’t vouch for their chances of success – but if you’re interested, go to it!

*This newsletter, emailed each week to NZSA members, is a very valuable source of market information: I have made several sales, especially of poetry, to magazines or anthologies I first saw advertised there. Membership of the NZSA isn’t cheap, but it can [so I believe] be claimed as an expense against taxable income, and it’s definitely worth considering if you’re a New Zealand writer.