Applications are now open for the 2021 Writers' Award. This award is proudly brought to you by Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA).
- $25,000 award to a New Zealand writer
- One of the highest non-fiction prizes in New Zealand literature
- Open Now
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. Writers with work in a broad range of non-fiction genres, including educational works, can apply. The CLNZ/NZSA Writers' Award supported the creation of Rebecca Macfie's book Helen Kelly: Her Life (Awa Press), a biography of one of New Zealand’s political legends; Nic Low's book Uprising: Walking the Southern Alps of New Zealand (Text Publishing, out in July); and is supporting Nick Bollinger with his upcoming new book.
Read to apply?
Next: Consider reading this ‘Award Alchemy’ (pdf) article from the NZ Author Magazine or listening to Tracey Farr in the NZSA Live! podcast episode Panel Discussion on the business of being a writer (starting at minute 1.50) on putting together the best application you can.
Nick Bollinger was awarded the 2020 CLNZ/NZSA Writers' Award for his project Revolutions Per Minute: The Counterculture in New Zealand 1960-1975. Read more here >>
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. It is the intention that a book will be published as a result of receiving the award.
Applications must be completed online by 4pm Friday 2 July 2021. The successful recipient will be contacted directly and we will also publish the announcement on the CLNZ and NZSA websites and social channels.
An application fee of $25 is required to complete your application. This fee helps ensure the sustainable administration of the grants.