A new and valuable grant seeks to recognise and celebrate the contribution of a mid career writer to NZ literature.
CE Maggie Tarver says that in an increasingly youth oriented arts funding environment it is the NZSA’s intention and duty to remember the many talented writers in NZ who just fall somewhere between emerging and esteemed.
“We think it’s important to provide a grant that celebrates, and is accessible to, writers midway through their career. Particularly those who have made solid progress but perhaps haven’t received the recognition they deserve.”
The grant is worth $6000 and is open to writers of fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, short fiction collections (self published work included) and plays. It is intended that the grant be used by the recipient to assist the progress of an existing project.
For the purposes of this contestable grant, a mid-career writer is defined as being one who - isover 35 years of age, has published/had produced a minimum of 3 books or projects, has been actively writing, publishing/producing for a minimum of 5 years and had made a significant contribution to NZ literature. The applicant must also be a full member of the NZSA.
The grant opens for applications on 29 June 2012. The deadline for applications is 31stAugust 2012.