Members, have your say at the Annual General Meeting, to be held at Au Contraire 3 in Wellington on 5 June at 11 am.
If you are in Wellington, come on by. If you can’t make it, join in online in the SpecFicNZ chat room.
We’ll be electing a new Core; check out the candidates and positions here. And we’ll be taking nominations on the day, if you’d like to stand for a position yourself! There are still regular committee member positions which need to be filled.
See you then!
The 2016 SpecFicNZ Publishing Grant is open for applications.
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm NZT, 31 May 2016.
This year’s grant amount is $2000 NZD, to be split amongst one or more applicants. We will be accepting applications for publishing projects from SpecFicNZ members who are publishers or self-publishers. A previous publication history is not required, but a successful track record in publishing may help your application.
There are still spots available for the writing workshop at this year’s National Convention, Au Contraire 3.
Keeping it real – with Anna Mackenzie.
Saturday 3 June, at Au Contraire 3.
How do you ensure your imagined world is compelling? Avoid being derivative? Create characters that readers will want to follow to the end of the universe?
This hands-on writing session/workshop looks at veracity and creating credible and compelling characters and worlds. This session is ideal both for beginners and for more experienced writers, those who are either in the midst of something or ready to start something new.
SFFANZ has announced the nominees for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Ardus, Jean Gilbert (Rogue House Publishing)
Mariah’s Dream, Grace Bridges (Splashdown Books)
Vestiges of Flames, Lyn McConchie (Lethe Press USA)
Currents of Change, Darian Smith (Wooden Tiger Press)
Shards of Ice, Catherine Mede (Flying Kiwi Press)
Sun Touched, J.C. Hart (Etherhart Press)
Best Youth Novel
The Caretaker of Imagination, Z. R. Southcombe (Self Published)
Dragons Realm (You Say Which Way), Eileen Mueller (Fairytale Factory)
Brave’s Journey, Jan Goldie (IFWG Publishing Australia)
Lucy’s Story: The End of the World, Z. R. Southcombe (Self Published)
Deadline Delivery, Peter Friend (Fairytale Factory)
From Au Contraire 3, this year’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention:
2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award, in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Judge: Phillip Mann, Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.
Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.
Prize: NZ$100, story publication, and a selection of print books to be awarded at Au Contraire 3
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards, administered by SFFANZ, are now open for nominations for speculative works published by New Zealanders in 2015. From SFFANZ:
Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 28th February 2016. The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2015 calendar year. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!
Some people seem to always know about cool open calls for submission or new markets. How to they do that? If you’re serious about sending short fiction to paying markets, you’ll want to look at sites like The Submission Grinder and Duotrope. They are both similar, but Duotrope has a few additional features (like sending…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
The grant funding allocation which the panel has agreed upon is as follows:
(a) $NZ400 for the Capricious project, edited / published by Andi Buchanan
(b) $NZ1100 for the At The Edge project, published by Marie Hodgkinson (Paper Road Press) and edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
The panel was impressed by the overall quality of applications. Inevitably, not all worthwhile projects could be fully funded.
The panel felt that Capricious was particularly deserving of funding in filling a niche (local speculative fiction periodical) that is currently absent from the NZ scene; offers local authors and artists an attractive remuneration ($US50 per contribution); and looks likely to establish a distinct online identity, thus furthering the visibility of its contributing NZ artists and authors. The project builds on Buchanan’s recognised talents as an editor/anthologist, and we note that, since the publisher is meeting the other costs personally, no additional external funding is required for the zine’s first year of publication.
A reminder that applications for the 2015 SpecFicNZ Publishing Grant must be received by 11:59 pm NZT, 17 May 2015.
This year’s grant amount is $1500 NZD, to be split amongst one or more applicants. We will be accepting applications for publishing projects from SpecFicNZ members who are publishers or self-publishers. A previous publication history is not required, but a successful track record in publishing may help your application.
You may notice a new web address when you visit our website and that’s because we have moved to specfic.nz.
The old addresses will still work for a while, but you may want to update your bookmarks with our new address. You’ll still get the weekly email digest and the website hasn’t changed.
If you need to contact us, you can reach the committee at email@example.com. If you have website problems, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are moving! Soon, we’ll be at the snazzy new online home of specfic.nz, but moving everything over means that the website will be down for a while around Thursday 7 May.
Once we’ve moved, you’ll want to update your bookmarks, though the old address will still work.
The website won’t look any different so don’t expect any obvious changes, but some things might be a bit faster plus we’ll be saving a few dollars a year on fees (which means more of your dues will go toward things like prizes, grants and events!).
At the Edge, an anthology edited by SpecFicNZ members Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, is now open to submissions.
From publisher Paper Road Press:
What we’re looking for:
Original science fiction, fantasy and horror from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. No reprints, please.
The editors especially enjoy dark, twisted stories; however, they are not looking for stories with gratuitous gore and/or explicit sexual content.
Stories with some connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific are preferred, as are stories which celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.
Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm
Kaus wants nothing more than to be loved while its human counterpart, Raj Patel, believes fervently in freedom. Arkadia, one of four space stations circling Jupiter, was to be a refuge for all who fought the corrupt systems of old Earth, a haven where both humans and Artificial Intelligences could be happy and free. But the old prejudices and desires are still at play and, no matter how well-meaning its citizens, the children of Arkadia have tough compromises to make.
Last year SpecFicNZ ran a novella-writing competition in partnership with Wellington-based Paper Road Press, offering our members the chance to win prize money and potential publication in Paper Road Press’ SHORTCUTS series. The titles of the first six SHORTCUTS stories have now been released and we’re happy to see that not only are four of the stories from the original competition (including the first-, second- and third-place winners) but all six stories are authored by SpecFicNZ members!