New Publisher of NZ Spec Fic

Steam Press is now accepting novel submissions from New Zealand authors.
They are interested in the whole gamut of speculative fiction – fantasy,
horror, and science fiction, utopias and dystopias, and all the punks that
you can wave a stick at.

To find out who they are and what they’re aiming to achieve please visit their website.

They’d love to have you along for the ride.

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Give Them the Moon

Call for Submissions!

Cold Moon Press will open for submissions on June 1, 2011, for its first annual short story anthology.

They are looking for urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories (and a few poems and art submissions) about names of the moon. For more information and submission guidelines, visit their website.

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SpecFicNZ Committee Nominations

As you know, SpecFicNZ is run by a committee annually nominated and elected by its membership.

Nominations for the 2011-2012 committee are coming up during the month of JUNE 2011.

Who can nominate?

Any current, paid-up members of SpecFicNZ can nominate any SpecFicNZ member, including themselves, for a committee position or office.

Who can be nominated?

Any current, paid-up member of SpecFicNZ who meets the requirements found HERE and intends to continue as a member during the 2011-21012 subscription year (AGM to AGM) can be nominated. Please note that all nominees will be given the option to accept or decline any nomination SpecFicNZ receives. | Read More...

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First Kapiti Coast Meet-Up

The first SpecFicNZ Kapiti Coast Meet-Up will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 10:00am at the Novella Cafe (Paraparaumu Library).

If you live in this area, the initial contact to show your interest is member Pat Whitaker at his e-mail address: whitakerbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

SpecFicNZ membership is not required to attend, though RSVP’s are appreciated for booking purposes.

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Helen Lowe Speaks

SpecFicNZ member and high fantasy author Helen Lowe will be a guest speaker for the Christchurch Friends of the Library on Tuesday, June 14, at 12:30 pm in the Sydenham Room of the wonderful South Library.

Helen has written Thornspell (a YA fantasy), and The Heir of Night (high fantasy novel) and is currently working on revisions to the second installment in the Wall of Night Series, The Gathering of the Lost.

In her talk, Helen plans to touch on her personal path to international publication & being a NZ fiction author. | Read More...

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Tales For Canterbury Ebook

The Ebook version of Tales for Canterbury is now available.

Tales for Canterbury is a short story anthology loosely themed around survival, hope and the future. All profits of this anthology will be donated to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. The anthology contains 34 stories, many by SpecFicNZ members (and of course, one by Neil Gaiman) and is edited by Cassie Hart and Anna Caro.

Wondering about the paperback hardcopy version? It is at the printers now. You can order the ebook version or pre-order the paperback at Random Static publishers. | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ on the Kapiti Coast

It seems SpecFicNZ members on the Kapiti Coast and surrounding areas are hankering after some face-to-face time with one another. Plans are currently in the works for a regular, local SpecFicNZ meet-up to be established there.

If you live in this area, the initial contact to show your interest is member Pat Whitaker at his e-mail address: whitakerbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

Pat will be organizing the first meet-up at which time details of schedule and future organization will be discussed.

Feel free to contact him. |

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SpecFicNZ Committee Positions

As alluded to in earlier posts, SpecFicNZ will be accepting nominations for its 2011-2012 governing committee during the entire month of June 2011.

Requirements to be nominated and elected can be found HERE.

Positions on the Committee are as follows:


  • plans and chairs the Committee and Annual General Meetings
  • develops and guides the direction of the society towards meeting its stated objectives
  • develops and facilitates connections with other related organizations
  • promotes the org publicly
  • helps keep the membership up-to-date concerning SpecFicNZ business
  • helps with the website


  • keeps the SpecFicNZ accounts and oversees banking
  • processes membership payments
  • issues membership payment and renewal reminders
  • collects expenditure receipts and signs checks (along with one other approved signatory)
  • handles SpecFicNZ IRD and tax business
  • compiles and files the annual financial report to be submitted at the AGM and to the Societies and Trusts website.


  • takes committee and AGM meeting transcripts and minutes for approval by the committee
  • keeps the membership log.
  • keeps all important documentation as the society’s registered office.
  • is keeper of the SpecFicNZ official letterhead and Common Seal.
  • produces and sends out the monthly e-newsletter at the beginning of each month
  • produces any needed written correspondence on behalf of SpecFicNZ
  • organizes and oversees the e-mail and/or paper ballot for the annual committee election


  • develops and up-keeps the SpecFicNZ website
  • oversees the renewal of the website domain and server registration
  • navigates and solves internet problems and oversees internet security
  • processes online membership applications and sends payment info to the Treasurer
  • communicates with members concerning any website and internet issues or requests
  • utilizes the website as a tool to continue to improve meeting the objects of the SpecFicNZ


  • seeks out and provides publicity opportunities for SpecFicNZ (contests, etc)
  • plans for advertising and production and distribution of promotional materials
  • helps the webmaster with search engine optimization, linkage and internet promotion
  • produces and distributes a Press Pack for SpecFicNZ
  • works with the secretary to produce the monthly e-newsletter
  • helps plan periodical promotional SpecFicNZ events


  • develops and enacts plans to promote new and existing membership
  • acts as a liaison between the membership and the committee (means of communication such as membership polls, etc).
  • develops and oversees ways to connect members to one another
  • answers membership e-mail and questions
  • oversees the local area meet-ups and the area representatives

For official, constitutional purposes, the first three positions listed above are Society Offices (which we are required to fill). The remaining three positions are “ordinary positions” and thus not required as described, but still certainly crucial to the future success of SpecFicNZ. All positions, whether ordinary or official, have the same voting rights on the committee (except for the President who has an additional tie-breaking vote when required). | Read More...

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SocNoc: The Southern Cross Novel Challenge

You’ve probably heard of Nanowrimo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, but have you heard of the Southern Hemisphere equivalent?

Meet SocNoc or The Southern Cross Novel Challenge sponsored by Kiwi Writers.

The Southern Cross Novel Challenge (SoCNoC, pronounced “sock-nock”) held in June, with a long weekend and wintry weather, is NaNoWriMo for the Southern Hemisphere.

The goal is to write 50,000 words of fiction.

Generally the rules of NaNoWriMo apply but we’re a bit more flexible:
– the 50,000 words does not have to be on one novel
– you can work on an existing novel or multiple novels
– you can work on a compilation of short stories or even poems | Read More...

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Christchurch Book Launch

University Book Store in conjunction with Harper Collins New Zealand cordially invite you to the book launch for the dramatic new dystopian YA novel, Sacrifice, by Joanna Orwin.

The Launch takes place Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30pm at University Bookshop.

THE SACRIFICE is a futuristic novel set in the top of the North Island and the Pacific. Decades earlier, eruptions around the Pacific ′ring of fire′, and consequent devastating tsunami, had annihilated Western civilization and technology, along with most of the population. Those who survive revert to hunter-gatherer mode, both in the absence of technology and in the belief that technology and even crop cultivation were the cause of the catastrophe. There is a return to a belief in elemental gods; some exploiting this as a means of social control. However, in the harsh new climate, and with ever-diminishing resources due to no cultivation or husbandry, youth are selected as The Chosen to travel into the unknown and save their people. One of these is Taka, a gifted dancer … | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ: You’ve Got to Want It

You may not realize this, but the main reason SpecFicNZ exists is because people wanted it to.

People wanted it to and instead of just leaving it at that, those same people decided to get up off their writerly bottoms and do something about it.

And behold, a national speculative fiction writers organization came into being like magic. Viola!

Well, no. Not exactly like that.

The real truth is that for the last 2 years plus, those people have been meeting through forums, and chat rooms, and sometimes in person to navigate together all the details, and hoops, and nifty contortions it takes to run a professional association. Sometimes that has been really fun and inspiring, other times- not so much (don’t even ask us about the PayPal thing:). | Read More...

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Annual General Business Meeting

In accordance with its constitution, SpecFicNZ will be holding an Annual General Business Meeting on August 20th, 2011 (time TBA).

This Annual General Business Meeting in August will be held via the internet in chat room format so that members across New Zealand can attend and participate.

One of the main items of the Annual General Business Meeting is the election of a new governing committee for SpecFicNZ. The current committee has decided that the best way to do this is to conduct an e-mail ballot before the August business meeting, with results to be announced at that meeting. | Read More...

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