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Michael King Writer's Fellowship

The Michael King Writer's Fellowship is for established New Zealand writers from any literary genre, with a significant publication record, to work on a major project. It is offered every two years.


Closing dates:

Find out who got funded recently

$100,000 over two years

6 Mar 2015

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Literature .

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

Fellowship eligibility

To be eligilible for the Michael King Fellowship, you must either have:

  • established a strong reputation as a writer, ie published significant works of literature that have been critically acclaimed
  • been short-listed for one or more literary awards, and/or
  • received a significant literary award or fellowship.

Previous recipients

You cannot be a previous recipient of the fellowship.

2. See what's funded


This biennial fellowship is offered to an established New Zealand writer with a significant publication record, in any literary genre,  to work on a major project which will take two years or more to complete. 

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are listed on the who got funded web page.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Prepare a covering letter and proposal (you don't need to use the standard application form) and gather support material.
  2. Provide five copies of your complete application.
  3. Use bull-dog clips, but do not staple or bind your application.
  4. Submit your complete application package by post, courier or by hand, to arrive at our Wellington office by 5pm on the closing date. No exceptions are made.


What to include

Cover letter

Include your:

  • postal address
  • telephone number(s)
  • email address



  • details of the work you intend to undertake demonstrating why it will take two years or more to complete. If there is a significant research component to the project, please include details on the research approach and resources required. 
  • details of how you will carry out this work, including where and when and any special requirements such as travel and research
  • a detailed budget for the project
  • a full literary CV detailing any awards or residencies you may have received
  • how your project will achieve the results that we are seeking through our goals that high quality and innovative new work is developed
  • an outline of future plans for the completed project, such as an expression of interest from a publisher
  • letters of support from up to two people.

Support material

Support material includes articles, reviews and examples of your previous work.

  • You are not required to submit a sample of the work-in-progress.
  • You may submit up to ten pages if you have started work on the proposed project. 
  • You may submit copies of previously published books that can help establish your track record.
  • If possible, supply links to your work online or provide electronic copies on CD or DVD.
  • Do not send originals as we do not return support material.

Wellington office addresses


Michael King Writers' Fellowship 
Creative New Zealand 
PO Box 3806 
Wellington 6140

Courier or hand-delivery

Michael King Writers' Fellowship 
Creative New Zealand
Aorangi House 
Level 10, 85 Molesworth Street 
Wellington 6011

Keep any courier receipts with track and trace information until you have received our acknowledgement.


Within two weeks of the closing date you should receive an email confirming that we have received your application. If not, contact us on info@creativenz.govt.nz or (04) 473 0880.

4. Assessing applications

We assess how closely the results of your proposed project match the long-term goal (strategic outcome) you selected as most relevant to your project, ie how well it achieves one of the following:

  • New Zealanders participate in the art
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
  • New Zealand arts gain international success

5. Notification of results

Within 11 weeks of the closing date, we notify all applicants of the decision.

We also list succcessful applicants on the who got funded web page.

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement, payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

The fellow will be asked to submit interim progress reports prior to the release of quarterly payments of the fellowship over a two year period.

7. Who to contact

Senior Arts Adviser — Literature
Malcolm Burgess
Phone: (04) 498 0707
Email: malcolm.burgess@creativenz.govt.nz