05 Aug 2020

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Results of Creative New Zealands review of literature

Support to increase readership and sales of New Zealand literature nationally and internationally and a greater focus on support for writers have resulted from Creative New Zealand’s review of its support for literature in New Zealand. 

In a report published today the Arts Council agreed to:

  • make activity that will increase national readership and sales of New Zealand literature a funding priority for Creative New Zealand’s grants and investment programmes
  • make publishing proposals from individual writers, as well as those from publishing companies and collectives, eligible for funding
  • make increased publishing subsidies available for literature in te reo or Pasifika languages, non-fiction work and publications about specific artforms
  • maintain support for developing international markets for New Zealand literature.

Increasing readership and sales of New Zealand literature

Increasing the national readership and sales of New Zealand literature will be a funding priority for Quick Response and Arts Grants and the Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programme. For the first time, block publishing applications made to Toi Uru Kahikatea can request support for promotional activity.

The key role for literature funded though the Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programme will also have a focus on activities that will increase sales and readership of New Zealand literature. Previously the focus had been on promoting reading and writing of New Zealand literature.

Support for individual writers and illustrators

The creation of a diverse range of high quality new work will be a new funding priority for Creative New Zealand’s funding of literature.

Writers or illustrators who make a compelling case will also be able to take longer than 12 months to complete a project when they are funded by an Arts Grant.

Publishing criteria have been revised to focus on the quality of proposals, rather than on whether the work is to be published by an individual writer, publishing company or collective. This will enable high-quality publishing proposals from individuals to be eligible for funding.

The provision of online, up-to-date information about resources and opportunities available to New Zealand writers, at all stages of their careers, will be part of the literature key role funded through Toi Tōtara Haemata.

Creative New Zealand’s $100,000 Michael King Writer’s Fellowship will continue to support a project that takes two or more years to complete. The fellowship will be offered once every two years, rather than annually, which will align it with Creative New Zealand’s other fellowships.

The funds not allocated through the fellowship will be ring-fenced for literature applications to our Arts Grants rounds in the year the fellowship is not awarded. After 2015, the next Michael King Writer’s Fellowship will be offered in 2017.

Additional publishing subsidies

Existing publishing subsidies will be retained but additional subsidies will beavailable for publications in te reo or Pasifika languages and non-fiction and artform publications.

These new subsidies take account of the smaller potential market for some of these works, the higher costs associated with their creation, and/or their unique cultural value.

Publishing internships

Creative New Zealand will request proposals for a single provider to deliver a national publishing internship programme to build the capability of the publishing sector.

Development of international markets

Creative New Zealand will request proposals for a single provider to deliver projects that support the development of international markets for New Zealand literature over the next three years. The services will include supporting New Zealand publishers to participate in international book fairs, managing an international travel fund, and a fund for the translation of New Zealand works into other languages.

Next Steps

  • New publishing criteria, funding priorities and additional subsidies will take effect from 1 July 2015.
  • The Toi Uru Kahikatea funding round closing on 8 May 2015 and Quick Response Grant round closing on 26 June will be assessed using the new publishing criteria, subsidy rates and funding priorities.
  • A request for proposals for the revised literature key role for the Toi Totara Haemata programme will be published this week with a deadline for proposals of 22 May 2015.

Creative New Zealand consults regularly with the arts sector to make sure our funding priorities, programmes and initiatives keep up with new arts practices and with New Zealand’s changing arts environment and demographics.

More detailed information on the full range of initiatives agreed plus analysis and findings are in the Review of Literature Final Report.

Our thanks go to all those who took the time to contribute to our review.