Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize Open to New Zealand Writers

A new writing award for 2010, the NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize worth $35,000 is up for grabs by New Zealand writers. The award which is sponsored by Pindar NZ, The New Zealand Herald, Whitcoulls and AstraPrint aims to recognize excellence in creative writing. It offers a New Zealand writer of fiction, non-fiction, short fiction and poetry the chance to submit an unpublished manuscript which will be taken through to published format and offered for sale nationwide. The winner of the NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize will have their work professionally edited, designed, printed and distributed.

Submissions for the NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize close on 30 March 2010. 5 shortlisted manuscripts will be announced a month later. As the winner will be decided through 40% reader input and 60% input from the judging panel online voting will be open throughout May. The overall winner will announced on 12 June 2010 in time for the book launch in August.

Maggie Tarver, Chief Executive of The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) is excited about the new award which describes as "an amazing opportunity for any writer." She went on to say, “In a time when more and more manuscripts are being rejected by mainstream publishers we are confident that we will get some really exciting entries”.

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.)
PO Box 7701
Wellesley Street
Auckland 1141

Submission Guidelines
  • Entries are open to any unpublished manuscript of fiction, non-fiction, short fiction and poetry.
  • Completed novel, non-fiction or short story manuscripts must be between 30,000 and 120,000 words in length.
  • Poetry collections must be between 5,000 and 25,000 words.
  • Applications must be in hard copy only.
    Closing Date: 30 March 2010
    Full entry details

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