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Perfect Pitch – Participating parties

You could win a one-on-one session with a New Zealand publisher or agent during the National Writers Forum 2018.

Would you like a chance to pitch your project? Leading publishers, editors and agents from New Zealand will assess the best pitches made to them and the winner will meet one-on-one with the publisher to discuss the project. Here are the participating parties for 2018:

Allen & Unwin : Melanie Laville-Moore

With 250 new titles published each year for Australia and New Zealand, Allen & Unwin NZ publish a broad range of general non-fiction, academic and professional titles and books for children and young adults. They have a proud history of supporting charitable programmes, with an emphasis on literacy, education and cultural initiatives.

For more information check out their site.

Auckland University Press : Sam Elworthy

Auckland University Press currently publishes around 25 books a year across a wide range of genre such as history, art, poetry, and Māori, Pacific and Asian Studies. The Press is developing lists in science, business and health. Their books have gone on to win awards at the Ockham and PANZ Book Design Awards.

For more information check out their site.

CloudInk : Helen McNeill

CloudInk is a small boutique publishing company in Auckland, New Zealand. They use a collaborative and collective process to publish high quality works across a range of genre.

For more information check out their site.

Escalator Press : Mary-Jane Duffy

Escalator Press was set up by the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme, and publishes new and established writers associated with Whitireia. Founded in 1993, the Writing Programme is a major contributor to New Zealand writing, and over 220 publications from a diverse range of graduates has been published over those years.

For more information check out their site.

High Spot Literary :  Vicki Marsdon

High Spot Literary is a full-service agency providing traditional literary agent services with a broader marketing and social media eye. With over 20 years of publishing experience, co-founders and literary agents Vicki Marsdon and Nadine Rubin Nathan, are dedicated to guiding authors to their greatest possible success. Note that this agency do not represent sci-fi/fantasy or horror.

For more information check out their site.

Huia : Pania Tahau-Hodges

Huia Publishers has made a commitment to produce provocative books and resources allowing insight into the diverse range of Maori and Pacific perspectives. Their goal is to provide a platform for Maori voices to be heard in the literary world, reflecting and interpreting their experiences and exploring the stories of Aotearoa people.

For more information check out their site.

Little Island Press : Tony Murrow

Little Island provides publishing services – digital and traditional – with an aim to connect communities and people through books. Their team of publishing industry specialists provide clients with a range of high quality work. Note that this Press does not accept poetry.

For more information check out their site.

OneTree House : Christine Dale

Directors Christine Dale and Jenny Nagle have the combined experience of over 65 years in children’s and educational book publishing. OneTree House produce and promote quality literature for children and young adults. Non-fiction and educational books are also accepted.

For more information check out their site.

Penguin Random House : Harriet Allan

As the world’s largest trade book publisher, Penguin Random House champion emerging voices and provide readers the highest quality books from established, award-winning and bestselling authors. Their publishing targets adult and children fiction as well as a variety of non-fiction. They do not accept poetry and short stories.

For more information check out their site.

Scholastic : Lynette Evans

Scholastic is one of New Zealand’s largest publishers and distributors, bringing Kiwi kids the best children’s books since 1962. The company publishes 30-40 titles annually, the majority being picture books, junior and middle fiction, with minimal young adult and children’s non-fiction.

For more information check out their site.

Upstart Press : Kevin Chapman

Founded in 2013, Upstart Press publishes around 20 books annually with a wide variety of New Zealand books including fiction, non-fiction, and children’s.

For more information check out their site.

Victoria University Press : Fergus Barrowman

New Zealand’s leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, Victoria University Press, has a backlist of over 600 books in print and publishes around 35 books annually. As a scholarly publisher they specialize in NZ history, biography and essays.

For more information check out their site.


If you are a writer looking to improve your pitching and submission skills to find a home for your work, then this is the competition for you. Submissions close on Monday, 27 August, 11pm.


Tickets are on sale now.

For further information please contact Kirsten Le Harivel: or Jenny Nagle

The NZSA National Writers Forum is supported by Creative New Zealand, the Copyright Licensing NZ Cultural Fund, The New Zealand Book Council, University of Auckland, TimeOut Books, Neilsen Book Data, Your Books, The Michael King Writers’ Centre and the New Zealand Society of Authors (Pen NZ Inc).


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