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NZSA / CLNZ Writers' Award 2019 Open Now

NZSA / CLNZ Writers' Award 2019 open now

Job details

New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)
6 Sep 2019
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Literature & Publishing


  • $25,000 award to a New Zealand writer

  • one of the highest non-fiction prizes in New Zealand literature

  • brought to you by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ)


“If you’re thinking about applying – do it! Like me, you might just surprise yourself with a win.” – 2018 recipient, Nic Low.

In 2018 writer Nic Low (Ngāi Tahu), received the $25,000 award towards his project Uprising.

“I’m writing a book about Ngāi Tahu in the Southern Alps, told through walking journeys. Winning the CLNZ Writers Award has been a huge boost for the project. After quietly working on it on and off over the years, I suddenly had the resources and time to give it my full focus. It’s allowed me to attend hui, conduct interviews, and spend serious time at my desk completing a draft,” Nic says of winning the award.

The award was established to provide financial support for writers wishing to devote time to a specific project and to cover reasonable research expenses relating to it. In a broad range of non-fiction genre, specifically including education works, it is the clear intention of the Writers’ Award that a book will be published as a result of winning the award.

The CLNZ/NZSA Writers’ Award is made possible through CLNZ’s Cultural Fund. The Cultural Fund’s objectives are to:

Protect – writers and publishers’ ability to earn revenue from their works
Support – the creation and production of new works and assist the commercial success of New Zealand works
Grow – the number of works created and skills in the industry

We encourage non-fiction writers to consider applying for this award.  Applications for the full range of non-fiction genre are welcome.  Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and writers of proven merit.

Applications must be completed online by 4pm on Friday 6 September 2019.

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa is proud to be administering this award in 2019.

How to apply

Read the CLNZ / NZSA Writers’ Award Guidelines on our website and then apply online through the CLNZ / NZSA Application Form

Written by

NZ Society of Authors

2 Aug 2019

The NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) is the principal advocate for the professional interests of New Zealand's writers. Protecting basic rights to freedom of expression, working to improve income and conditions, promoting New Zealand writing and literary culture.