The Top Writers Radio Show consists of six programmes a year, going out fortnightly on Fresh FM. It began in 2016.
Each 25-minute programme features an interview with a local published writer, covering their influences, style, writing tips, future projects, and some music that has inspired or influenced them.
All shows can be downloaded from this website. More ...
Every 15 November throughout the world, PEN – the international writers’ organisation that champions freedom of expression – marks the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer.
NZSA, which incorporates PEN, honours this event as Courage Day. It is named jointly after James Courage, a novelist and poet whose novel A Way of Love was banned because he dared to express homosexuality in his writing, and his grandmother Sarah Courage, whose book describing colonial life in New Zealand was burned by her neighbours.
Courage Day recognises writers who defend the right of free speech, and those who suffer oppression and are killed or imprisoned for their work. The day is marked every year by an event in the Top of the South region.
Find out more about Courage Day here
Short Story Competition
The Top of the South Branch of NZSA organises an annual national short story competition, now sponsored equally by the branch and by
Nelson booksellers Page and Blackmore.
Each year the competition is judged by a different, noted New Zealand writer.
All entrants receive written feedback on the stories submitted, and the three winning and seven highly-commended entries are published in an anthology.