Todd New Writer's Bursary

The annual Todd New Writer's Bursary allows a promising published writer or presented playwright, at an early stage of their career, to work on an approved project.

Amount:

Closing dates:

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$20,000

31 Aug 2018

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).
  • To apply to Māori arts:
    • you must be Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
    • organisations must be owned and managed by Māori. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.

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.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Bursary eligibility

To be eligible for a Todd New Writer's Bursary you must be either:

  • a published writer at an early stage of your career, or
  • an emerging playwright who has had one professional presentation (whether commission or not).

2. See what's funded

Purpose

The bursary allows a promising writer to work on an approved project.

Our priorities

We are particularly interested in:

  • the creation of a diverse range of high quality new work
  • increasing and diversifying readership and sales for New Zealand literature.

We are also interested in projects or programmes of activity that:

  • are by, with or for young people up to the age of 18
  • involve the innovative and cost-effective use of digital technologies to create high-quality New Zealand work and/or to engage and interact with audiences.

Activities funded

Applicants should apply for an Arts Grant to write a work of any genre other than those listed below under Activities not funded.

Activities not funded

Creative New Zealand literature funding is not available for research or writing that:

  • is funded by other government agencies – e.g. film, radio and television scripts; and writing and research projects supported by the History Research Trust
  • is part of an education course – e.g. textbooks and other works created for primary, secondary or tertiary educational purposes; academic theses or coursework undertaken as part of any tertiary education programme, including coursework in creative writing
  • we don’t consider to be literature – e.g instruction manuals, guide books, phrase books, do-it-yourself and how-to books (including travel guides, gardening books, and recipe books); bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias and professional reference works; newsletters; hymn books; and publisher catalogues.

Previous recipients

See all previous recipients of the bursary

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

To apply for the Todd New Writer's Bursary, follow the Arts Grant application process:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Indicate your emerging writer status in your application to be considered for the bursary.
  3. Gather artistic support material.
  4. Prepare a budget using our budget template.
  5. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

Idea

Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • artistic aims that are clearly expressed
  • a compelling idea
  • an idea that will develop the skills of the artists and/or participants involved.

Viability

Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • a realistic and well planned process
  • realistic costs and revenue
  • a thorough and accurate budget
  • people involved that have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • that your project delivers to the selected strategic outcome
  • of an artistic outcome and/or participant experience that is likely to be high-quality.

You must choose one of these strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

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

Māori and Pacific Arts assessment

In addition to the above you can also choose for your project to be assessed as Māori or Pacific Arts. In this case we’ll also look for indicators that Mātauranga Māori or Kaupapa Pasifika is in the:

  • practice of your project
  • results of your project.

More information under Make an application

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications to the Pacific or Māori Arts funds. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score idea and viability.

Score---Description

7---Exceeds all indicators
6---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Satisfies all indicators
3---Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided

The following assessment scale is used to score strategic fitMātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika.

Score – Description

5---Exceeds both indicators
4---Exceeds one indicator
3---Satisfies both indicators
2---Satisfies one indicators however there are reservations
1---Does not meet either indicator
0---There is no evidence provided​

 

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will notify all applicants by email of the result by Friday 2 November.

We also list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful, we will contact you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: