Wellington Meet up

A group of Wellington Writers are meeting this Friday, 23 August, from 11-1pm at Clarks’ cafe in the central library.

They’ll be at a table near the back entrance. This group includes SpecFicNZ members and other local writers, and everyone is welcome to come along. Bring something short to critique if you’d like, and there will also be a short writing exercise if people are interested.

Non-members are very welcome to attend.

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Auckland Meet-up

The Auckland SpecFicNZ August get together will be this Sunday, 18th August, at –

The Columbus Cafe, Westfield Shopping Centre, Albany.

from 1pm onwards

The cafe overlooks the lake – or more precisely, proto-lake ( it’s still very new) on the eastern side of the mall. Take the exit doors between the cinemas and foodcourt, and go to the bottom of the steps. It’s just to the left of there.


Car:  If coming from the south, take the Greville Rd off ramp. From the west, either cross the bridge, or go via the Upper Harbour Highway to Albany.
Bus: from town, either take the Northern express to Albany station and walk from there ( takes about 20 mins) or catch bus 895 (midtown to Waiwera) which stops 400 metres from the shopping centre. | Read More...

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The New Committee!

We are delighted to announce your new committee for SpecFicNZ!
(Click on the links to read their profiles!)

President – Grace Bridges
Vice President – Marie Hodgkinson
Treasurer – Darian Smith
Secretary – Liz Gatens
Publicist – Elizabeth Heritage

Ordinary Members of the committee (but by no means mere ordinary people)
Amber Carter
Shelley Chappell
Simon Petrie
Darusha Wehm
Chis Yee

Joffre Horlor will remain our indomitable webmaster for another year.

So long and thanks for all the chocolate fish to our retiring members of the committee – Mark English, Amanda Fitzwater, Stephen Minchin, Beaulah Pragg, and Dan Rabarts. | Read More...

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Kindle Book Reviews Best Indie Book Awards

Congratulations to members Ripley Patton and Michael Reeves-McMillan for making the semi-finals in the 2013 Kindle Book Reviews Best Indie Book Awards!

Ripley Patton’s Ghost Hand is in the Young Adult category.

Michael Reeves-McMillan’s Realmgolds is in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

You can check out the awards here. The top 5 category finalists will be announced on September 1st, and the final category winners announced on October 1st. Congratulations to Ripley and Mike – we wish you both the best of luck! | Read More...

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Auckland Meet-up – July

The July gathering of SpecFicNZ Auckland members will be at the same venue as last month’s. It will be held this Sunday, 21st July, starting at 1pm as usual, at Mac’s Brewbar, 23-27 Nuffield Street, Newmarket.

See the link here to their website, with location. There will be a SpecFicNZ logo on the table.

It’s not far from the link bus stop in Newmarket, and Nuffield Street is straight across the road from the Newmarket train station. Parking is available in Middleton Road (just up Remuera road a bit), further up Nuffield Street, and in the car park building in Nuffield Street located next to Witchery at the south end of Nuffield Street, with the entrance on the railway side of the road. | Read More...

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Pimp Your Profile competition results!

Profiles have been pimped. Votes have been cast. Winners have been selected. The Pimp Your Profile contest has run its messy merry course, and our Reptilian Overlords take pleasure in revealing the results. To the victors the spoils! (And our Reptilian Overlords are willing, this time only, to ignore the fact that none among them is actually called ‘Victor’).

First Prize: Eileen Mueller

Second Prize: Woelf Dietrich

Third Prize: Shelley Chappell

Congratulations to the winners (to whom prize packages are en route), and a hearty ‘Thank You’ to all who participated. Our Reptilian Overlords are always hungry not displeased … | Read More...

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The SpecFicNZ AGM will take place on Sunday, July 14th, 5pm NZ time.

This will be a combined in-person and online meeting. The in-person gathering is at the Quality Hotel, Cuba Street, Wellington, and live happenings will be conveyed to online participants via a chat room.

Members – please check your email account for the notice of the AGM and the agenda. If you have not received this email, please contact us at specficnz<AT>gmail<DOT>com and we will send you the agenda. You will all be sent another email soon with the details of how to join us online. | Read More...

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Wily Writers Winners!

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Wily Writers Short Fiction Contest

First place goes to Amanda Fitzwater for “The Mary-Jane Effect”. Amanda wins publication on the Wily Writers Audible Fiction website and a podcast of her story, professional payment, plus an extra cash prize from SpecFicNZ – a fantastic $80 (NZD).

Second place goes to Darusha Wehm for “Modern Love”. Darusha wins publication on the Wily Writers Audible Fiction website and a podcast of her story, professional payment, plus an extra cash prize from SpecFicNZ – a definitely decent $40 (NZD). | Read More...

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Submissions open – call for novels

Brimstone Press, an Australian and New Zealand dark fiction publisher, is calling for submissions for three novel lines:

Brimstone (horror),

Bloodstone (dark romance),

Moonstone (YA horror).

Since its founding in 2004, Brimstone Press has focussed on short fiction, and at that length, Brimstone has won or been a finalist in many genre awards, including the Bram Stoker Award. They’ve published work from Stephen King, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Jonathan Maberry, F. Paul Wilson, Nancy Holder, and Alexandra Sokoloff, amongst many other genre greats. | Read More...

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Auckland Area Meet Up – Sunday

The fine specficcerly folk of Auckland will be meeting this Sunday (16 June) for coffee, chatting, and specficcerly subjects. Non-members are very welcome to attend – simply click on the calendar entry to the right of our webpage for instructions on how to RSVP. The meet ups for the Auckland region will be at different venues over the coming months to enable people from different areas to attend, so stay tuned to our website for an update on the next venue!

For this month only, the meet up will be at- | Read More...

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Seven weeks of ‘Meet…’ comes to an end

Over the past seven weeks, some of the Christchurch members of SpecFicNZ were lucky enough to feature on Helen Lowe’s blog – On anything, really… – and introduce themselves to her visitors. This has been a wonderful opportunity for our members to reach out and engage with specficcerly folk around the world, and the series ‘Here’s SpecFicNZ-Christchurch’ even made it all the way to SFSignal!

The series has now ended, with a wrap up by Helen here.

On behalf of all the authors ‘guesting’, we’d like to thank Helen for her generosity and time. | Read More...

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Fundraiser Round-up


Ripley Patton’s GHOST HOLD KICKSTARTER went live June 1st. That means for a limited time, until June 30th, you can pre-order Book Two of the PSS Chronicles in both e-book and paperback formats.

This will be the only pre-order, due to the fact that Amazon does not let Indie Authors do pre-orders through them, so if you want the book, grab it while you can. So far, the GHOST HOLD KICKSTARTER IS ON FIRE, earning 41% of it’s goal in the first 12 hours, but it still needs your help to become a reality. | Read More...

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