Deadline for Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II Submissions EXTENDED

Random Static are publishing a second collection of New Zealand Speculative Fiction, in conjunction with Au Contraire 2013. The theme for the collection is “Regeneration.” They have announced that the deadline for submissions has been extended to January 31, so if you missed the December deadline there’s now plenty more time to get your submission in!

For more information, or to submit your story, please go here and click “Show Guidelines”.

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Voting open for the “A Cover’s Worth a Thousand Words” Competition

The SpecFicNZ Core has read through the wonderful entries for August’s “A Cover’s Worth a Thousand Words” competition, the Grand Prize for which is a complete cover design package from Kura Carpenter Design!

The best three entries have been chosen. It is now up to you, the SpecFic-loving public, to choose the winning entry!

Please read the three finalists:


Mama Bear

Over The Rim

and then cast your vote here:

Voting is open to anyone who is interested, so please: cast your vote and help determine the winner of this great prize! | Read More...

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Successes in Andromeda

Not content to restrict their influence to their home galaxy, SpecFicNZ members are well represented on the pages of recent issues of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Issue 54 has Darusha Wehm‘s creepy-but-tender short story ‘Modern Love’, Issue 56–ASIM‘s tenth anniversary issue–has the charming ‘Better Phones’ by repeat ASIM offender Grant Stone, and issue 55 (still upcoming, although #56 is out already–some accident with wormholes, apparently) has Dan Rabarts‘ unsettling offering, ‘Paint By Numbers’. Congratulations to all three! | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ Committee 2012/2013

The SpecFicNZ AGM – a fun, good-spirited affair – was held on August 11th in a chatroom, with 18 members from all over New Zealand – and much further afield – in attendence. The main business of the meeting was to elect a committee for 2012/2013, and we are pleased to announce the results:

President: Grace Bridges
Treasurer: Mark English
Secretary: Liz Gatens
Publicist: Stephen Minchin

General members:
Amanda Fitzwater
Simon Petrie
Beaulah Pragg
Dan Rabarts
Darian Smith

Congratulations to everyone who got elected, and we’re looking forward to seeing what interesting new directions you take the org in. And a big thank you to the nominated members who didn’t get elected. We appreciate that you were prepared to put your name forward. | Read More...

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Next Christchurch Meet-Up: August 4th.

The next meet-up of Christchurch SpecFiccers is on Saturday August 4th at the Black Betty cafe, from 12:30pm. A couple of SpecFicNZ members have won major awards recently, and we hope they will bring them along for everyone to admire. Helen Lowe will be there with her Gemmell Morningstar Award.

As well as the usual chatter about books and movies and the latest successes and frustrations of writing, subjects we might talk about include:

  • What is happening at the AGM.
  • Upcoming SpecFicNZ competitions.
  • The SpecFicNZ Voice – how have people found the articles?
  •  How to cope with revisions and rejections.

If you can make it, please let us know by emailing specficnz(AT) so we can book a suitable table. | Read More...

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Articles on “Rewriting and Revisions” Sought for SpecFicNZ Voice

Do you have experience rewriting and revising a novel or short story, and preparing it for submission? Do you have any tips to share? Or something you’re still learning?

SpecFicNZ is seeking non-fiction articles about rewriting and revising fiction for our newsletter, The SpecFicNZ Voice.

Articles should be no longer than 1,000 words and should be appropriate to the topic “Rewriting and Revisions″. 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. | Read More...

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2012 Grand Gathering

SpecFicNZ held a “Grand Gathering” at unCONventional, the 2012 New Zealand national con. About 25 current and prospective members turned up. Grant led the meeting, describing the organization and its achievements to date. Then there was a spirited discussion about what our goals and ambitions should be, and what sorts of services we should strive to offer our members. Notes were taken on this, and have been submitted to the SpecFicNZ Core for consideration and implementation.

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2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Congratulations to SpecFicNZ members Mary Victoria, Lee Murray, Alicia Ponder, Cassie Hart, Anna Caro, and K. D. Berry, all of whom won their divisions in the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Well done guys!

And a huge round of applause for Ripley Patton, SpecFicNZ founder and president, for winning the SJV for Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror. Very well deserved!

This picture is of Grant (who accepted the award on Ripley’s behalf), holding the award:

The full run down of results is available here. | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ Grand Gathering at unCONventional 2012

SpecFicNZ will be holding a Grand Gathering at unCONventional, the 33rd New Zealand national Science Fiction and Fantasy convention.

The Grand Gathering will be at 12 noon on Sunday June 3rd, 2012, in the Cornwall Room of the Convention hotel: the Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Everybody is welcome – current members, prospective members, and anyone interested in meeting others involved in Kiwi SpecFic.

Four of our members have very kindly donated copies of their books – all of them signed SJV short-listed novels – which we will be giving away at the Grand Gathering , along with a bunch of SpecFicNZ-themed swag. We will also be offering a discount for people wishing to join the organization on the day, and for current members wishing to renew for 2013. | Read More...

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Book Launch: The Gathering of the Lost

The launch of Helen Lowe’s new book The Gathering of the Lost was held at the University Bookshop at Canterbury University. It went very well, with maybe 70 people in attendance. Brief introductory comments were made by Philip King (the owner of UBS), Christina Stachurski (of the English Department), and Andrew Robins (Helen’s partner). Then Helen talked about the challenges of writing a book from within an earthquake zone, and thanked the people who had helped her achieve it. Her talk was bookended with brief readings from the novel. | Read More...

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