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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Submissions, Kiwi Style

By A.J. Fitzwater While the general mechanics of submitting specfic short stories is mostly universal and easily Google-able (do read the submission guidelines for each venue!), submitting from New Zealand and finding a venue that appreciates a kiwi voice is a harder task. Firstly, the mechanics. While printing a physical manuscript and snail mailing it across thousands of miles of ocean may seem an obsolete task in the days of instant internet communication, there are still a few venues that don’t do electronic submissions. Thankfully these are a tiny minority,… | Read More...

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Call for submissions

Random Static Ltd Submission Manager

Random Static Ltd and Au Contraire 2013 – the 34th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – are pleased to announce more details of the upcoming anthology, Regeneration, and short story competition.

The anthology, a collection of NZ Speculative Fiction, is currently open for submissions. Selected entries will receive paid publication in Regeneration, and those by authors who are also Au Contraire members will be eligible for prizes as part of the Au Contraire short story competition. | Read More...

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Scared Twitless: The Twitter Horror Fiction Contest

Here’s a contest that you can really sink your teeth into.

Get your 140-character freak on, and join us in the inaugural ‘Scared Twitless’ Twitter Horror Fiction Contest. And what a fantastic collection of prizes we have lined up for this one.

Entry is easy: Just write a piece of micro-fiction that could fit inside a 140-character tweet, which could be described – however broadly – as fitting in the horror genre, and email it to us at specficnz.fiction [AT] All entries received by midnight NZDST on Sunday November 4th will be added to the public voting form, which will run for two weeks. Voting closes on November 18th, and the winners will be up for the following amazing prizes from our members:

A signed copy of Mansfield with Monsters, by Matt and Debbie Cowens;

A signed copy of Tankbread, by Paul Mannering;

A signed copy of Bloodstones, featuring horror fiction by members Alan Baxter and Dan Rabarts and sixteen other great writers. | Read More...

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Submitting Your Work

By Stephen Minchin So your novel or short story collection is finished. You’ve written, rewritten, hidden it in the bottom of a drawer for a few months and then gone over it again. Your friends, family, and cat have all read it and offered feedback, and now you’re sick of it, and it’s as good as it’s going to get, and you’ve decided to send it out to a publisher to see if they’ll bite. What now, you ask. What indeed… Finding a suitable publisher Your first step is finding… | Read More...

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Cover Contest Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Ripley Patton, whose competition entry for a book entitled “Over The Rim” took a whopping 63% of the votes.

Ripley has won a custom cover design package from Kura Carpenter,  courtesy of SpecFicNZ.

Well done, Ripley, and congratulations to our 2nd and 3rd place entries,  Mary Jones with Hathe, and Mike Reeves-McMillon with Mama Bear, for making it to the final three.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read the entries and cast your votes. Keep an eye out here for more exciting contests coming soon! | Read More...

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Are you Awesome?

Penduline Press

Let Penduline Press know if you have some amazing writing or artwork you would like featured in our magazine! We would love to hear from you.

We are accepting submissions of fiction (flash fiction, sudden fiction, short stories, and prose poetry) and artwork for Issue 7 through the deadline date of November 15th, 2012.

 The issue theme is: New Zealand

We are seeking works that are intentionally shorter in structure and length; submissions longer than 5000 words will neither be read nor considered. You must submit via our electronic submissions manager. We love shorter work, and ask that longer pieces be below 5000 words. We do not accept previously published work; we accept simultaneous submissions but require that you promptly inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Penduline asks for first serial rights and the right to keep your work in our archives. After publication, all other rights revert back to the author. Authors should, in any future reprints, mention that their work first saw publication in Penduline. | Read More...

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Blogging Week Winners Announced!

And the results are in!

The winners of our three categories for SpecFicNZ Blogging Week are:

Best Blog Post (decided by public vote): Cassie Hart, “The Perks of Writing in New Zealand”.

Random Participant: Anna Caro;

Random Commenter: Lee Murray;

Cassie takes away signed copies of The Heir of Night and The Gathering of the Lost by Helen Lowe. Anna and Lee will both be getting copies of Seizure Magazine.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone for taking part. We will be in touch to get your prizes winging their way to you. | Read More...

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A reminder about the Muscular Dystrophy Association Short Story Competition

The deadline for entries in the Muscular Dystrophy Short Story Competition is October 31, 2012. Why not send your story in now?

 Any topic or genre accepted. Anyone can enter.

Entry costs $5 per story and all money goes to help fund services for those with neuromuscular conditions. Stories should be 1500 words maximum.

The winner will be selected by Judy Bailey, New Zealand broadcasting legend and MDA patron.

 Win prizes, get published, help others.

Did you know neuromuscular conditions affect nearly 5,000 New Zealanders of all ages? For some, this means a near total loss of mobility. By entering this competition or making a donation, you can help make a difference. | Read More...

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Critiquing Workshop – Christchurch

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Have you got writing you’d like feedback on? Do you want to join a critique group, but aren’t sure you know how to contribute? Sign up for the Christchurch Writers’ Guild Critiquing Workshop (2–3pm Sunday 14th October) and find out what critiquing is all about in a safe, friendly environment.

We’ll be working together to critique one short story from lots of different angles, and learning about how to give feedback that is both helpful and encouraging.

It’s only $5 (on the day) to attend – we are fundraising so all the money goes back into the Guild. Sign up here by the 12th of October to secure your place. | Read More...

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The Ghost Hand YA Short Story Contest

To celebrate the November release of her YA paranormal thriller Ghost Hand, Ripley Patton is currently running a short story contest for writers age 13-19.

If you READ YA, and LOVE YA, and ARE YA, this contest is for you.

There is no entry fee and prizes include cash, publication and signed copies of Ghost Hand. 

The Contest is open NOW, and the deadline for entry is November 15th, 2012.

For more details and submission guidelines visit Ripley’s website HERE.

And be sure to pass on the information to all the young writers you know. | Read More...

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