I posted earlier about Saving Poetry Publishers and also the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. If you’ve been following the comments, you’ll be aware of a good point raised by Tim Jones: that the fees for entering a book in the Awards may be prohibitive for small publishers. This is the current fee structure:
- The entry fee is NZ$100 (including GST) per submission, or NZ$150 (including GST) for publishers who are not members of Booksellers New Zealand. For books with a print run of fewer than 1,000 copies, [umm, that would be all poetry publishers?] this drops to NZ$85 (including GST), or NZ$125 (including GST) for publishers who are not members of Booksellers New Zealand.
- Five copies of each title being submitted should accompany the entry fee.
- Publishers of finalist titles will be required to supply up to 10 additional copies of each title for promotional purposes.
So most poetry publishers would be looking at $125 plus fifteen copies of the book.
And is it actually worth it anyway?
In the editorial of the most recent New Zealand Listener, there is the following comment:
The awards, it is insisted, are not primarily about marketing but about rewarding excellence. But surely the marketing of that excellence is itself part of the reward.
Indeed, marketing materials is one of the biggest costs of the awards. Yet publishers say sales increases are usually marginal for anything other than the winners of the overall medals for fiction and non fiction.
So, do they make a difference?
- Did reading the list of nominees spur you to buy one of the books? Or even read one?
- Did you talk about the list with other people?
- Have you ever bought a book because it won an award?
Addendum: this year is the last year under Montana’s sponsorship, and so Book Sellers New Zealand are reviewing the awards, and are calling for public submissions.
Submissions should be emailed to:
or mailed to Booksellers New Zealand, PO Box 13248, Johnsonville, Wellington 6440
by 1 July 2009.
Submissions will be listed online athttp://www.booksellers.co.nz/bk_awards_review.htm, by name and date, from Wednesday 10 June. They will be available to download in full, in pdf format.