Get ready for NaNoWriMo

Want to start a new novel, or finish one you’ve started?

How about joining the yearly NaNoWriMo? The 2011 noveling extravaganza begins in just 13 days!

In preparation for this wild and wordy festival of writing, NaNoWriMo has relaunched The site is now built upon the extra-sleek framework of Ruby on Rails, which means the forums are speedier than ever, and slow page-loads are a distant memory.

Go on over to today to check out all the shiny newness, including an all-star cast of pep talkers, the 2011 batch of web badges, their revamped forums, and special noveling goodies in the store. | Read More...

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Airship Award Winner

The Airship Awards honour the achievements and contributions of the Steampunk community. The are presented at Steamcon, the third edition of which was held in Seattle last weekend.

The results are now available over at the Airship Ambassador blog. New Zealand author and SpecFicNZ member Pip Ballantine with collaborator/husband Tee Morris won the “Written” award for Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel.

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It’s a Book Tour and You’re Invited!

Join trans-Tasman publisher Dr David Reiter as he launches new work by SpecFicNZ member Tim Jones, and Keith Westwater. Tim will read from his new poetry collection, “Men Briefly Explained”, and Keith from his prize-winning debut collection, “Tongues of Ash”.

Facebook users can sign up for the tour here:!/event.php?eid=188416554563635

For more information on the books and the tour, see | Read More...

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Nuggets from the ChCh Meet-up

Five members met at Cafe Seven for the October Christchurch meet-up. We’re going to try an experiment with recording “nuggets” from the meet-ups that may be of interest to other members. If other areas would like to collect and post their meet-up nuggets, please email them to specficnz(at)

Thanks to Mark for taking these notes:

Amanda Fitzwater – new sale to Expanded Horizons (very friendly helpful staff)

Mark English – Flash Fiction sale to Everyday Fiction (very helpful reviewers) | Read More...

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Introducing the New Committee

This introduction is about a month overdue, but I am pleased to announce the members of the new SpecFicNZ governing committee for 2011-2012.

They are:

Ripley Patton – President

Mark English – Treasurer

Cassie Hart – Secretary

Joffre Horlor – Webmaster

Catherine Ford – Publicist

Andrew Ivamy – Ordinary member

Elaine King – Ordinary member

Dan Rabarts – Ordinary member

Grant Stone – Ordinary member

We are especially thrilled that we have a full committee of nine this year, including five designated positions and four ordinary (the term ordinary used very loosely here, I assure you) member positions. We have had our first meeting and I can say, as the chair, that this group is very enthusiastic and eager to grow SpecFicNZ over the coming year. | Read More...

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Indie Book Awards

The 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards is open to all indie book authors and publishers including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors in the U.S., Canada or internationally who have a book written in English and published in 2011 or 2012 or with a 2011 or 2012 copyright date.

Finalists and Winners receive cash prizes as well as:


  • A listing in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
  • Exposure for a full year as a Winner or Finalist at View a list of 2010 Winners and Finalists.
  • An invitation to attend the gala awards ceremony at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City.
  • The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.
  • Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

Medals and Trophies PLUS, the top 60 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights (unless an entrant prefers not to have the book forwarded to an agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more. | Read More...

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Make My Movie

SpecFicNZ member Jenni Dowsett frequently has something interesting going on in the field of speculative video media.

She is currently a part of a project, a film titled Urban Numina, entered in the Make My Movie competition.

Urban Numina may receive $100,000 for production into a full length film, but only if you go HERE and vote for it via social media, twitter it, FB it, blog about it, and encourage others to do the same.

First round voting closes October 31st, so keep spreading the word.

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