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01 April 2024

Hot off the Press: April sector news

Updates from Aotearoa's lit sector for the month of April. To feature your item in next month's news, please email

  • Tickets are now on sale for the Auckland Writers Festival, held 15-19 May
  • The Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival programme is also live
  • There are limited places still left for the Write Like An Author writing camps held in Tāmaki Makaurau over the April holidays
  • Comicfest 2024 is coming up on May 4
  • Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will be held on 23 August
  • The 2024 NZ Booklovers Award winners have been announced
  • The SLANZA conference for this year will be held in late September - register your interest here
  • Pātaka Art+Museum has again partnered with Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa to offer the Aniva Artist in Residency programme; applications close shortly on April 12
  • Applications for the Māori Literature Trust's Te Papa Tupu incubator are still open
  • Entries for the University of Waikato's Sargeson Prize are now open
  • Congratulations to Huia Publishers on winning the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year, Oceania, at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy
  • Ōrongohau Best New Zealand Poems for 2023, selected by Chris Tse, has been released
  • Check out BookHub for easy access to purchase books from a range of independent bookstores nationwide 
  • For more reviews and news about NZ books and authors, check out kete books
  • Check out the Aotearoa New Zealand Review of Books for long-form reviews of new local fiction, nonfiction and poetry