Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Submissions Open for New Zealand’s Richest Non-Fiction Award

A literary biography about one of New Zealand’s most important writers - CK Stead - (pic left) will be published this year thanks to a $35,000 CLL Writer’s Award.
Biographer and academic, Judith Dell Panny received the award in 2006 enabling her to write the book.

Applications are now open for other writers to benefit from this award for non-fiction works.
Applicants have until 15 July to submit proposals to the 2009 CLL Writers’ Awards; there will be two prizes of $35,000 awarded this year. Entry forms are available on-line at www.copyright.co.nz.

In addition to the Stead biography, a further two books will be published this year by CLL Award recipients: Zone of the Marvellous, which examines the place of the Antipodes in Western imagination by critically acclaimed writer Martin Edmond and No Fretful Sleeper - A Life of Bill Pearson by leading English literature academic, Paul Millar.

The Awards - among the highest monetary prizes for works of non-fiction available in New Zealand - have been running since 2002.

The CLL Writers’ Award selection panel convenor, Jenny Jones, says it is truly exciting to see so many works of robust scholarship and importance published by CLL Award recipients.
We are now seeing the fruits of the awards – outstanding books that reveal the richness of our heritage.’

The awards are financed from copyright licensing revenue received by CLL from New Zealand institutions on behalf of authors and publishers. They enable New Zealand writers to devote time to specific non-fiction projects.
CLL chief executive Kathy Sheat says one of the main roles of copyright is to provide an incentive for creation and innovation.
These books are funded from copyright licensing revenue. At the awards’ heart then is the knowledge that everyone contributing to a copyright licence has not only acted within the law, but also invested in the next generation of New Zealand writers.’

A further two research grants of $3,500 each will also be awarded in conjunction with the NZ Society of Authors.
CLL is also the proud sponsor of the Copyright Licensing Intellectual Property Law Award.

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