SpecFicNZ AGM on 5 June

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.

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2016 SpecFicNZ Publishing Grant Open for Applications

The 2016 SpecFicNZ Publishing Grant is open for applications.

Complete information about the grant is here and the application form is here.

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. | Read More...

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Writing Workshop at Au Contraire 3

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. | Read More...

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2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees Announced

SFFANZ has announced the nominees for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Best Novel
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) | Read More...

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2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award: Call for Submission

From Au Contraire 3, this year’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention:

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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 | Read More...

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Sir Julius Vogel Award 2015 Nominations Open

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! | Read More...

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How to Find Short Story Markets

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 a weekly email newsletter of new markets), and costs a fee to use. I’ll mainly be giving examples from the Grinder, which is free to use for all its features. Search These sites are search engines for fiction markets… | Read More...

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Reminder: please complete the member survey

There is only a week left to complete the member survey. We’d like to find out more about you and about how we can be more useful to you. Please complete the survey before 19 July 2015! The survey is embedded on the website below, or you can find it here. (function(t,e,o,c){var n,s,m;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(c)||(n=e.getElementsByTagName(o),s=n[n.length-1],m=e.createElement(o),m.type=”text/javascript”,m.async=!0,m.id=c,m.src=[“https:”===location.protocol?”https://”:”http://”,”widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/mw3_2F3_2F44lS6J5F4ngkX2_2F968mOkBbNLMu_2FSmWcdxG6A7pIyWPcvoL_2Bo4ChCCVBNX.js”].join(“”),s.parentNode.insertBefore(m,s))})(window,document,”script”,”smcx-sdk”); Create your own user feedback survey… | Read More...

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2015 SpecFicNZ Publishing Grants Awarded

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. | Read More...

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Publishing Grant Application Period Closes in a Week

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.

Complete information about the grant is here and the application form is here. | Read More...

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We’ve moved!

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 admin@specfic.nz. If you have website problems, contact web@specfic.nz.

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Upcoming Website Maintenance

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!). | Read More...

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Call for Submissions: At The Edge

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. | Read More...

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Paper Road Press launches new SHORTCUTS series

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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! | Read More...

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Publishing Grant Application Period closes in less than a month

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.

Complete information about the grant is here and the application form is here. | Read More...

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