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:

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$100,000 over two years

10 Mar 2017

Artforms funded:

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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 eligible for the Michael King Fellowship, you must either have:

  • established a strong reputation as a writer, i.e. 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 bursaries, fellowships, scholarships and residencies awarded web page.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather artistic support material.
  3. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Your application is assessed by Creative New Zealand staff and a panel of external assessors.

Assessment criteria

  • We assess how closely your proposal matches our long-term goal (outcome) that high-quality New Zealand art is developed.

5. Notification of results

Ten weeks after the closing date, we notify all applicants of the decision by email.

We also list successful 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