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01 May 2024

Hot off the Press: May sector news

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

  • Tributes are flowing for Sir Vincent O'Sullivan, who passed away in late April
  • The Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Trust has just announced the Rush Cottage Writers' Residency
  • Registrations are now open for this year's SLANZA conference
  • Creative New Zealand is engaging with arts organisations about forms of support
  • The Auckland Writers Festival is coming up fast...
  • ...and the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival is this weekend!
  • Applications for the Arts Foundation's Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship are now open
  • Entries for the Tauihu Short Story Awards and the Sargeson Prize are now open
  • Kiran Dass has been named editor in chief at Kete Books
  • Courtney Sina Meredith is the new Association Director for the Publishers Association New Zealand
  • Dr Tracey Slaughter won the Calibre Essay Prize
  • Emma Hislop is the Arts Foundation's 2024 Springboard recipient for literature
  • Check out BookHub for easy access to purchase books from a range of independent bookstores nationwide 
  • Check out the Aotearoa New Zealand Review of Books for long-form reviews of new local fiction, nonfiction and poetry