Win books for Fathers Day!

To celebrate Fathers Day, we are giving away a bunch of books from the SpecFicNZ swag bag:

A Happy Feat: Voyage to the End of Our Far South by Gareth Morgan (includes DVD)
Appetite for Destruction by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons
The Sign by Thomas de Wesselow
Proof copy of Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley by Danyl McLauchlan
A Year to Learn a Woman by Paddy Richardson

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To enter, email us at specficnz@gmail.com before Wednesday 3 September 2014 with ‘Fathers Day’ in the subject line and your delivery address in the body of the email. Winners will be drawn by lucky dip, but, if you let us know your preferences, we will do our best to meet them. SpecFicNZ members who are fathers will be given preferential treatment, so be sure to let us know! This giveaway is open to all SpecFicNZ members. Join today! | Read More...

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Anthologies Featured Work 

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror, Edited by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray

Kids can say the creepiest things.

27 New Zealand and American authors delve into the strange, the unexpected, and the downright terrifying things that kids say in this collection of all new flash fiction. From the mouths of babes come 37 stories, from the haunting to the hilarious to the horrific.

Leave the lights on tonight. So you’ll see them coming.

AWARDS

Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work, 2014
Winner – Australian Shadows Award for Edited Publication, 2014
Winner – Australian Shadows Award for Short Stories, 2014: Debbie Cowens, “Caterpillar”
Finalist – Australian Shadows Award for Short Stories, 2014: JC Hart, “The Dead Way” | Read More...

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Announcing the National Poetry Day Competition 2014 Winners!

SpecFicNZ is thrilled to announce the  winners of the National Poetry Day Competition. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to:

First place: The Sounds of Evolution by Piper Mejia

Second Place: Encore by Tim Jones

Third Place: A Toast to the Kreigles by Deryn Pittar

Thank you also to our wonderful judges, Lee Murray and Elizabeth Heritage, without whom we may not have been able to pick the best. Here is what they have to say about the competition entries:

Thank you to our poets who contributed their work to our poetry competition in honour of National Poetry Day. The judges had a wonderful session reading and discussing your poems, which ranged from a four line ditty to an ambitious thirty line world-building saga in the manner of Lewis Carroll’s The Jaberwocky. Given the speculative theme, poets tended to address ‘big picture’ concepts such as evolution, time and eternity over smaller ‘slice of life’ observations, yet all the entries received were evocative, thought-provoking and a pleasure to read. Of the winning three poems, we loved the simplicity of the onomatopoeic history of the world in The Sounds of Evolution, from its uncertain beginning with an ellipsis, to the ambiguous twist at the end of the poem. A fun read aloud poem, which we have awarded first place. In Encore, our second place winner, the tale of a rock band’s demise, the economy of words, simple verse, and clever interweaving of musical references hooked us in, and we liked way the reader was left with the idea that music transcends the life of the players. The third place winner, A Toast to the Kreigles, impressed us with its speculative content and especially with its wonderful neologisms, which had both of us longing for a swig of galleymop. Thank you to everyone who submitted, and congratulations to our three winners. | Read More...

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Win advance copies of two new spec fic titles!

Thanks to our friends at The Realm, you could be one of the first people in New Zealand to read one of two new spec fic titles!

To enter, email us at specficnz@gmail.com before Friday 22 August with the title of the book in the subject line and your delivery address in the message body. By entering, you agree that, if you win, your delivery address will be passed on to Hachette New Zealand. You may enter to win both titles but can only win a maximum of one. You must be a current member of SpecFicNZ to enter. We welcome new members. Join now! | Read More...

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Win books from The Realm!

Thanks to our friends at The Realm, we have review copies of two new spec fic books to give away: The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher and Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (author of the True Blood series).

The Oversight Midnight Crossroad

To enter, email us at specficnz@gmail.com with the title of the book in the subject line and your delivery address in the message body before Friday 15 August. You may enter for both titles but can only win a maximum of one. You must be a member of SpecFicNZ to enter. Join now!

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Christchurch Writers Festival 27-31 August

The Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, WORD, is back! This year it’s taking place from 27 to 31 August.

Here are some sessions that Cantabrian SpecFiccers might find particularly interesting:

Supernaturally – Elizabeth Knox and Laini Taylor in conversation with our very own Helen Lowe
Capes and Tights: Superhero Comics – Damon Young, Karen Healey, Jonathan King and Dylan Horrocks
The Changeover: 30 Years On – Revisiting Margaret Mahy’s YA classic with Knox and Healey
Creating Worlds: YA Readings
The Wandering Mind – what do our brains do when we’re not looking? | Read More...

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Anthologies Featured Work 

Use Only As Directed

Use Only As Directed, edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey

A varied mix of 14 speculative fiction stories by some of the best Australian and New Zealand authors in the genre in settings that range from the back yard to the depths of space.

Authors: Stephen Dedman, Dirk Flinthart, Dave Freer, Michelle Goldsmith, Alex Isle, Lyn McConchie, Claire McKenna, Charlotte Nash, Ian Nichols, Leife Shallcross, Grant Stone, Douglas A Van Belle, Janeen Webb, M Darusha Wehm.

216 pages.

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Celebrating NZ Poetry Day with a Competition

COMPETITION

Send us your sci-fi sonnets, your fantasy free verse, your horror heptameters – it’s time for a poetry competition!

NZ Poetry Day is coming up on 22 August, so get writing – you have until 15 August to send us a poem. The rules are simple: your poem must have a spec fic theme; it must be under 30 lines long; and you have to send it to specficnz.fiction@gmail.com with ‘Poetry Competition’ in the email header.

First prize $30, second and third prizes $10 each. All three placed poems will be published on the SpecFicNZ blog on 22 August to celebrate NZ Poetry Day. | Read More...

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Win a signed copy of Dawn’s Early Light!

Fresh from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, we have a signed copy of Dawn’s Early Light to give away, by SpecFicNZ member Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.

DELCover

To enter, email us at specficnz@gmail.com with Dawn’s Early Light in the subject line and your address in the message body before Thursday 7 August 2014. You must be a current member of SpecFicNZ to enter. Join now!

Working for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, one sees innumerable technological wonders. But even veteran agents Braun and Books are unprepared for what the electrifying future holds… | Read More...

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