Book events and opportunities for writers calendar

Our calendar is full of book events and opportunities for writers organised by bookish groups throughout Aotearoa. Whether it’s a festival, book launch, award, grant, poetry reading or live storytelling event, never miss a book event or writers' opportunity in your community again!

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Inside.Out Open Mic For Writers

Inside.Out (est. 2012) is open mic for writers. Everyone welcome and first-time readers are very welcome. Bring your writing - poetry, flash fiction, micro fiction, spoken word, short story, novel chapters etc - to read at the open mic (up to 6 mins max) , or come as audience to hear what's brand new. To read, just sign up as you arrive.
Great musician guests, word challenges, random book & chocolate bar prizes and plenty of takeaway fliers on literary competitions & events each time.

Ashton Wylie Book Awards

AWCT Book and Manuscript Awards
The Trust's Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards were established in 2004. They are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the mind body spirit genre.

The Awards are offered annually, in two categories.

For a book in the Mind Body Spirit genre, published between April 1 and March 31. Deadline is 31 March, in any given year.

For a manuscript in the Mind Body Spirit genre. Deadline is 31 March, in any given year.

Entries will be accepted from 15 January each year.

The main purpose of the awards is to reward excellence in authorship. Books and manuscripts must be of a high standard to be considered.

By definition, the Mind Body Spirit genre is literature that demonstrates the fundamental teaching that everything is interconnected and in relationship with all else.

Since the Awards inception, the Trust has donated more than $250,000 in prize money to winners, so that they can continue writing in the Mind Body Spirit genre; providing inspiration and insight to all those that read their works.

The Garden Party

A reading by six poets.