Developmental Editing Workshop – Christchurch

The Christchurch Writers’ Guild proudly presents a Developmental Editing Workshop to be held at South Library, 66 Colombo St, Cashmere on Saturday January 30, 2016. The workshop will go on from 10am — 4pm.

Costs are $20 for a half day workshop and $40 for the full day. CWG members are discounted to $30 for the full day session.

For more information and online registration, please visit the CWG website.

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Invitation to Sir Julius Vogel Event, Saturday 13 June

A very special event in Christchurch will be held on June 13th to celebrate winners and finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. For those interested, it will be held at the Fendalton Library, 1:30pm onwards. For details please see the invitation below, and RSVP by June 5th. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered by SFFANZ: http://sffanz.org.nz ; this event is organised by SpecFicNZ members and is not a SFFANZ event….

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October events in Christchurch

We have a couple of workshop events going on in Christchurch which may be of interest. Brought to you by the Christchurch Community Art Council & the Christchurch Writers’ Guild, Beaulah Pragg, Jenner Lichtwark and Angela Oliver present a Show & Tell workshop! This is a hands on, writing workshop where you get to play with pretty pictures, dastardly description and all the things that make writing fun. The event is on October 18th (Saturday) at 2pm, held at the Upper Riccarton Library. | 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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World War I Centenary Competition Winners

Thank you all for participating in the World War I Centenary Competition. Philippa Ballantyne had quite an enjoyable time reading everyone’s pieces. But alas, only three could be chosen. All entries were judged blind.

The entries were judged on best crafted, best use of speculative fiction, and best examination on the effects of World War I. Here are the winning entries which were published with the author’s permission.

1st Place: Carolyn Smith Masefield for Raisins

2nd Place: Jane Percival for The Tobacco Tin | Read More...

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World War I Centenary Competition Concluded

The World War I Centenary competition drew in a number of great entries. Many Thanks to all those that had entered. It is wonderful seeing people getting involved in the first competition of the year. Judging by Philippa Ballantine is underway and the results should be in over the next week or so, so stay tuned.

SpecFic Shortcuts is the next competition that’s due to finish. Partnered with Paper Road Press, we’ll be looking for Novella entries for this competition with the submission period between July 1st and July 31st 2014. For more information about the competition, click here. | Read More...

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