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by Jean Gilbert & William Dresden

Series: Beyond the Wall book one

Genre: YA Fantasy

Stuck in the mountain town of Glen Eden, Harper Deveraux has longed for an adventure ever since the death of her mother. Even her mother’s journal full of incredible stories of a make-believe world called Non wasn’t enough to placate her restless spirit.

Jack Everett is content with life as it is, except for one thing- his ‘best friend’ status with Harper. With the Moon Dance coming up, it is his chance to make a move and ask her out as a date, a real date, if he can get up the nerve. | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ Flash Fiction / Poetry competition


Flash Fiction / Poetry competition

Closes midnight 24th October 2016

Entry is free to members of SpecFicNZ. A fee of NZ$15 per entry applies for non-members.

Conditions of Writing Competition:

  • Create an original flash fiction story or poem (not published anywhere else) with the theme:


  • Your piece of writing, including the title, must be no more than:
  • 1000 words for flash fiction
  • 300 words for poetry
  • Your piece may include elements of speculative fiction (this includes elements such as: supernatural, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and/or weird)
  • Entry is free for SpecFicNZ members and $15 for non-members
  • Maximum of one entry per person in each category (flash fiction and/or poetry)
  • All entries must be received by 12 am (midnight) NZST on Friday 24th October 2016


  • be typed using Times New Roman font, 12pt
  • be formatted with 1.5 line spacing
  • be paragraphed
  • be written in English as the main language
  • be accurate in spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • include: your full name, personal email address, word count and title at the top left hand corner of your first page (see template below)
  • Identifying information will not be seen by judging panel

SpecFicNZ Flash Fiction/Poetry submission template

Full name (to be used in publication):

Contact email:

Word Count:


Please confirm that:

  • you are the author of this work                             Yes / No
  • has not been published anywhere else                Yes / No

Entry Instructions:

  • Put your full name, Title of Text, and category (Flash or Poetry) in the subject line of your email
  • Attach as a .doc or .docx file
  • Email your entry to:


*           All judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into | Read More...

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Weekend Reads For Cold Days

July in Aotearoa might be more about freezing southerlies than ice-zombies from the North, but honestly, at least the latter has novelty value. Winter has well and truly arrived; time to snuggle up with some reading.

At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, is now available in bookstores around New Zealand – or, for those of you who would prefer not to get out of bed (or onto a plane) to get your hands on a copy, you can find the ebook at all the usual haunts, and the paperback from Amazon. Want to get your hands on the latest and greatest in Australasian SFF? Click here for links. | Read More...

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Au Contraire 3 Short Story Winner

The Au Contraire 3 Short Story Award 2016 presentations, sponsored by SpecFicNZ, were held at Au Contraire 3 over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The winner of the Short Story Contest is titled: To the Centre of the Earth, by Canterbury writer Robinne Weiss.

robbineJudge Phil Mann stated: “I couldn’t put it down. This is science fiction at its best: imaginative, well informed, well constructed and with a lesson for the present. I was also pleased to see use made of those stranger than fiction creatures: the Tardigrades.” | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ 2016 AGM

Large Blog ImageThis year’s Annual General Meeting for SpecFicNZ members was held in Wellington on Sunday the 5th at Au Contraire III NatCon. There was much discussed, and a few changes made. Enthusiasm grew as ideas were considered and motions were passed. We encourage you to see what was reviewed. Please look at the minutes included at the bottom of this post.

Some of our wonderful Core members have stepped down from their positions. A BIG thank you goes out to them for all their hard work behind the scenes. They will be missed. The call went out before the AGM for nominations to fill these positions. We are pleased that members have put themselves forward to fill the void. | Read More...

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The nominations period for FFANZ 2017 is now open


Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ).

The Fan Fund for Australian and New Zealand (FFANZ) was created to strengthen ties between Australian and New Zealand fandom. This fan fund financially assists the winning FFANZ delegate with travel and associated costs to attend the Natcon of the other nation.

In 2017 FFANZ will send one New Zealand science fiction fan to the 2017 Australian Speculative Fiction Natcon, Continuum XIII, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017. | Read More...

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Au Contraire III Short Story Award Results

Given the short submission window, Dan and I were delighted with the response to this speculative writing competition, receiving 37 entries of an extremely high quality. The stories were wide-ranging in theme and style, although there was a definite nod to science fiction, world-building, and stories with darker aspects. Exactly the kinds of stories we like! While it made for a weekend of excellent reading, it also made it especially hard for us to whittle the list down to just six finalists. Those shortlisted stories were forwarded to Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted writer, Phillip Mann, who had the difficult task of making the final decision. | Read More...

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An Opportunity Not to be Missed

Au Contraire III, the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand,  is coming up quickly. If you don’t know already, it will be in Wellington over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, 3-5 June 2016. Each year, the convention hosts a Floating Market where authors and others can showcase their wares. If you have not taken advantage of this opportunity in the past, now is the year.

Since we love promoting our members’ work, SpecFicNZ has organized with Au Contraire III a table for you to sell your books. If you are planning to attend the convention, and this interests you, please email Jean at for more details. | Read More...

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