Calling all horror writers

An invite for Kiwi horror writers to be interviewed by Sarah Dunn:

“I’m Sarah Dunn and I run the Baby Seal Book Club  for Every month or so, I run a two-part series on a particular genre for the blog. The first post examines that genre and looks at some of my favourite books from it, and then in the second, I interview a Kiwi author and we have a good time discussing that genre to see how it works.

In the past I’ve featured topics like fanfiction, graphic novels  and poetry, but next month I’m keen to explore horror fiction. I’m in need of an experienced, published horror writer who is a Kiwi or living in New Zealand to talk about their reading, writing and thoughts on the horror genre for the blog. You don’t have to be Stephen King, but I’m looking for somebody who’ll be able to talk entertainingly and provide my readers with interesting thoughts and juicy insights about contemporary horror. | Read More...

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On Blogging & The Interrelationship With Writing

by Helen Lowe So here’s the thing: I don’t believe blogging is a marketing tool for writing—and certainly not on its own, i.e. without some other force driving readership to the blog. If anything, my view is that more often than not it is one’s writing that drives readers to the blog, rather than the other way about. The exception would be the person who is already a social media personality or an established identity in another field, whether it is entertainment, politics, or simply an ‘other life’ as a… | Read More...

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The Question of Whether to Blog

by Beaulah Pragg The question of whether to blog, as an author, is a big one and I’ll let people far more qualified than myself tackle it. I chose to have a blog because I wanted to update people on my book progress, share writing tips and interviews with other authors, and generally express who I am as a person. If you decide, for whatever reason, that having a blog is something you would like to do, then this article will help you chose between some of the best free…

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SpecFicNZ Kindle Giveaway

We are thrilled to announce that SpecFicNZ will be giving away a Kindle Touch 3G+Wifi to one of our lucky members at the end of January.

Not only will the lucky winner get a new e-reader, but it will be loaded with already purchased speculative e-fiction by SpecFicNZ members.

To be entered in the draw for the SpecFicNZ January Kindle Give-Away, you must be a member of SpecFicNZ with membership paid up for the 2013 subscription year.


If you have renewed your subscription or joined SpecFicNZ for 2013, you are already automatically entered in the draw. | Read More...

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Announcing the 2013 SpecFicNZ/Wily Writers Short Fiction Contest!

We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again. We’re like that here at SpecFicNZ.

Sharpen up your keyboards and fire up your pencils. Dig that notebook out of the drawer marked ‘Work In Progress’ and dust the, er, dust off your screen. We’re giving you a head-start on a whopper of a competition for 2013, before the mince-pies and frantic-festivities of December take their toll.

Your humble committee is delighted to announce it is time to get those stories polished for the third annual Wily Writers short story contest. | Read More...

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Scared Twitless! Winners Announced!

It’s all over, and the winners are in!

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in our first ever Twitter fiction contest. It has been a howling success, and we’re already looking forward to doing it again next year.

Drum roll please.

In third place, we have this delicious offering from Alan Lindsay:

I plunge the blunt knife into my ex-husband’s heart. It’s not easy. I’ve overcooked it. Should have eaten it raw, like Mum suggested.

Coming in at second place after a hard-fought battle, this little nibble from Grant Stone:

“We’re free,” She said. A full tank of gas. The zombie-choked city in our rear view mirror. “Yes,” I said, rubbing the fresh bite on my arm.

And the winner, by a bloody great landslide, slathered on us by Paul Mannering:

Blood changes colour when it dries. I have to keep painting the walls. Otherwise, it just looks wrong.

Our lucky and very talented winners will now be fighting to the death over these awesome prizes: | Read More...

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SJV nominations open soon

The Sir Julius Vogel awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy or horror works created by a New Zealander. Nominations for the 2012 calendar year will open on 1 January 2013 and close on 31 March 2013 at 8pm.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!

See for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies.

SFFANZ lists all eligible works at – if you notice that something isn’t listed, please contact | Read More...

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Ghost Hand Give Away

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Ghost Hand

by Ripley Patton

Giveaway ends December 15, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Kindle Goodness time of year again

SpecFicNZ is planning a Kindle Promotion and Give-Away for January, and we need your help.

We would like to give away a Kindle loaded with all the fine e-fiction our members have published in 2012. SpecFicNZ will be buying and downloading the fiction onto the Kindle and giving it all away to one lucky member.

So, if you are a member of SpecFicNZ with speculative fiction available in Kindle format that was published in 2012, please send us an e-mail with the subject line Kindle Fiction to specficnz(AT)gmail(DOT)com and include: | Read More...

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Au Contraire Writer’s Track

The SpecFicNZ committee is excited to be teaming up with the organisers of the 2013 Au Contraire convention to put together a series of workshops focused on writing. We’ve brainstormed some ideas, but we’d like input from our members regarding what they’d like to see on offer, so check out the list below and vote on the ones you’d like us to follow through with (you can select as many as you like).

And if you have an idea for a workshop to add to the list, or can offer yourself as a speaker, let us know, by dropping a comment on this post.
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Scared Twitless! Voting now open

The madmen and the maniacs have come out to play, chilling the spines of the poor unfortunate souls stretched out upon the rack known as the first ever Scared Twitless Horror Contest.

We’ve had a fantastic response to the competition, and we’ve laughed and cringed and shivered as the entries have sluiced in, like blood pouring through a sacrificial font.

Now it’s your turn to decide – who is the Scariest Twit? Hang on, that might not catch on… Let me go and slaughter a few minions in the marketing department… | Read More...

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‘The Janus Affair’ is up for a Bookie!

The Janus Affair (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #2)The Janus Affair, the second book of Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, is up for a Bookie (presented at Author’s After Dark Convention in Savannah next year) and the Best Science Fiction of 2012 at

If you’re a member of Goodreads, please vote at

Congratulations to Pip and Tee, and good luck!

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Scared Twitless Deadline Extended!

In the style of all great horror tales, our ‘Scared Twitless’ Twitter horror fiction contest has a false ending. Just when you thought it was safe, we decided to prolong the torture for one more week. The new deadline is midnight, Sunday 11th November. Our overlords of horror here at SpecFicNZ have acquired a taste for terror and want more. We must feed them.

So assemble your ghastlies. Disinter your most macabre scribblings from their dark, writhing nests and carve them into the body of a 140-character tale. Stitch the leftover bits together to form a second tale, or even a third. Then set them free, sending them to specficnz.fiction [AT] Who knows – they might just return with a hot new signed book in their mandibles. | Read More...

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Articles on ‘Blogging’ sought for SpecFicNZ Voice

Are you a blogger and writer? What sets your soul on fire?

SpecFicNZ is seeking non-fiction articles about blogging for our newsletter, The SpecFicNZ Voice.

Articles should be no longer than 1,000 words and should be appropriate to the topic “Blogging″. Articles can be reprints or drawn from a blog post, but must be original work authored by you that you currently retain rights to. You may also resubmit articles that have been submitted to us before but weren’t selected at that time.

While the topic of blogging is varied, we’re looking for articles as it pertains to a writing focus. Maybe you’d like to tell us about: | Read More...

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New NZ Magazine Wants YOU!

A new student literary magazine, Three Islands Magazine, has just been set up in Wellington. Though there’s a focus on the work of uni students, anyone is welcome to submit.

The deadline for the first issue is the end of December, but the sooner things are sent in the better.

They’re especially keen on broadening what they publish to include things which mostly lack an outlet in New Zealand – as well as speculative fiction, comics, longform book reviews, personal essays and the like. Basically, they’ll look at anything less than 6000 words long and give it a go. | Read More...

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