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New grant for Auckland writers 

12/09/2014 

Mayor Len Brown is calling on local writers to capture Auckland life in the written word with a new annual grant.

The Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant will award $12,000 to a local writer on completion of a quality text work about living in Auckland.

“A great number of writers – both Kiwis and international writers – have captured Auckland on the page. Now Auckland is undergoing a major transformation, so let’s write about our place with passion and love – its past, present and future.

“Let’s back our local literary talent, particularly our up and coming writers and poets.”

Len Brown announced his intention to establish the grant at the 2014 Auckland Writers Festival earlier this year.

The grant will be a single payment of $12,000, paid on completion of the work. The decision to award the grant will be made by an external panel.

The work must be:

  • about living in Auckland
  • text-based and a new work (work already underway will be considered)
  • in English, te reo Māori or a combination of the two languages
  • completed by 30 June 2015

Retrospective work will not be considered. Music and song are not eligible.

Applicants must be:

  • resident in the Auckland Council region
  • able to demonstrate a body of work.

Proposals from children and young people who are students at school are not eligible.

The call for proposals closes 5pm on Friday 26 September 2014.

To submit a proposal, visit the Auckland Council website.

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