SpecFicNewZ for January 2018

SpecFicNewZ for January 2018

Members, if you have news you’d like to share, please let us know a specficnz@gmail.com

Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot

Three SpecFicNZ members’ works have reached the Preliminary Ballot of this year’s Bram Stoker Awards for horror with Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray’s Hounds of the Underworld longlisted in the Superior Achievement in a Novel category alongside literary heavyweights like Stephen King, Christopher Golden and Steve Rasnic Tem, while Australian Alan Baxter’s novella The Book Club has been listed in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category, up against works by bestsellers Seanan McGuire and Jeff Vandermeer. There are still two rounds to go, nevertheless it’s great to see our members’ work represented in this international forum. Congratulations! | Read More...

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Anthologies Calls for Submission Markets Short Story 

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror now open to submissions

Talie Helene and Liz Gryzb are now reading for their ongoing Year’s Best series, and we encourage our members to submit. This will be the seventh volume of the award-winning annual series collecting the best fantasy and horror stories from the Antipodes.

The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2017.

Liz says:

“Talie and I are now reading for the Ticonderoga Publications’ 2016 Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror anthology. The submissions guidelines are found at the link below. While we read widely, if you’d like to make extra-sure we’ve considered your story for inclusion, please send us a copy. | Read More...

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Three Anthologies Seeking Submissions

The SUBMERGED, ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS!, and THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS anthologies from Zombies Need Brains LLC are now open up submissions for a few remaining slots in each anthology. If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. | Read More...

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2016 Au Contraire SFF Short Story Award

Short Fiction Contest 2016 Banner V3 copy

Au Contraire 3 in association with SpecFicNZ present:

The 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award

as part 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.


  • First Prize: $250, and publication in the Au Contraire 3 Convention Programme
  • Second Prize: NZ$100, and a selection of print books to be awarded at Au Contraire 3
  • Third Prize: NZ$50, and a selection of print books to be awarded at Au Contraire 3

All cash prizes kindly donated by SpecFicNZ, New Zealand’s national organisation for writers of speculative fiction


  1. Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here. Entrants need not be members of SpecFicNZ. A link to SpecFicNZ’s homepage can be found here.
  2. Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
  3. Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
  4. Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
  5. Standard formatting:  Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
  6. Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
  7. Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: ac2016storyaward@gmail.com with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).
  8. Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.

**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author). | Read More...

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Get in touch with us NOW so we can promote and sell your books at the Independent Book Festival!

SpecFicNZ has taken a stall at this year’s Independent Book Festival, and we want to use it to sell and promote your books – but we need to hear from you asap!

The Festival will take place at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, on Saturday 3 October, 12-4pm, and Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm.

In order to make our stall happen, we need volunteers to help set up the stall beforehand, staff it during the festival period, and clean up afterwards. A couple of hours or a whole day – whatever you can spare would be very much appreciated. Don’t feel you have to have books to sell to help out; this would be a great chance to learn about the indie publishing world for anyone thinking about trying it out. To volunteer, please contact Mary Brock Jones (maryjoj53@gmail.com) or Darian Smith (darian-adrienne@ihug.co.nz) as soon as possible. | Read More...

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We want to sell your books at the Independent Book Festival

SpecFicNZ has taken a stall at this year’s Independent Book Festival, and we want to use it to sell and promote your books! The Festival will take place at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, on Saturday 3 October, 12-4pm, and Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm. In order to make our stall happen, we need volunteers to help set up the stall beforehand, staff it during the festival period, and clean up afterwards. A couple of hours or a whole day – whatever you can spare would be very much appreciated…. | Read More...

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Paper Road Press opens for novella and novel submissions


Boutique Wellington press Paper Road Press is now open for submissions of novellas (20,000-50,000 words) and novels (50,000+ words).

Publisher Marie Hodgkinson is looking for science fiction and fantasy stories, but is also happy to read other fun, quirky genres – the press’ most recent release, Debbie Cowens’ Murder & Matchmaking, is evidence of the range of work she is interested in publishing.

Manuscripts should be sent to Marie through Paper Road Press’ Submittable portal. If you have any questions for Marie before you submit, you can contact her at marie (at) paperroadpress.co.nz. | Read More...

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Deadline approaching: submissions for AT THE EDGE dark fantasy and sci-fi anthology


The deadline for At the Edge, a dark sci-fi and fantasy anthology edited by award-winning duo Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, is fast approaching. Writers have just over a week to send their stories to be considered for inclusion in the anthology, which will be published by Wellington-based Paper Road Press.

Dan and Lee are looking for stories from 3,000 words to 5,000 words+ on the theme of “At the Edge” – “stories about the edge of civilisation, the fringe of reason, the border of reality, by writers from the edge of the Earth.” 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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Interstellar Award for Speculative Flash Fiction

The international Interstellar Award for Speculative Flash Fiction will open for entries on 1 July 2015, of stories up to 1200 words. Please note this is a pay-to-play contest; the entry fee is AUD $9. First prize is $500; second prize $150; third prize $50.

‘Speculative’ is here defined as science fiction and fantasy, all sub-genres such as space opera, hard SF, soft SF, paranormal, steampunk, new gothic, supernatural, metaphysical fantasy, magical realism, and all hybrid genres, including new ones of your own making. The only proviso is that entries contain at least an element of the speculative. So whether you’re opening stargates, riding dragons, consorting with elves, or documenting a subtle anomaly in an otherwise mundane scenario, your story will be admissible. | Read More...

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Game writing job opportunity

Outsmart Games is looking for a dark fantasy writer to create the story behind their newest mobile game. The position is paid, part-time, and while the company is based in Auckland they are open to hiring someone who can work remotely from elsewhere in the country. This is a rare opportunity for a paid game writing gig in New Zealand, and you can find out more about the job and the application process here: http://www.smallworlds.com/fantasy-writer-wanted/…

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Taika Waititi’s production company seeking new scripts

Piki Films brings together New Zealand’s funniest storytellers, responsible for the country’s highest grossing films. They are Taika Waititi, Oscar Kightley, Louis Sutherland, Tusi Tamasese, & Madeleine Sami – and they’re looking for new scripts from Māori of Pacific Island writers. From the submissions guidelines: You will join our collaborative development process working with the other writers. Your project must be developed enough that you can have a script by 1st of August. Upbeat, entertaining and comic should be words that describe your project. Due to the makeup of the existing group there… | Read More...

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Twisty Christmas Tales – Call for Submissions


Submissions for The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales close in less than two weeks on Sunday 22 June.

Dust off your Christmas hat, jingle some sleigh bells and turn on your BBQ for a corker Christmas! The team at Phantom Feather Press look forward to reading your crazy Christmas capers.

Stories should be suitable for 8-12 year olds, but also have appeal to a wider readership. Maximum word count 1,500 words.

Submission guidelines are here:

http://phantomfeatherpress.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/submissions-wanted-best-of-twisty-christmas-tales/ |

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Steam Press open for submissions


I hope you’ve all got some polished manuscripts sitting on your hard drives, because award-winning boutique publisher Steam Press has begun a limited-time-only submissions reading period! From the Steam Press website:

Steam Press was established to publish the best of New Zealand’s speculative fiction. We are primarily interested in novels, but we will look at short story collections – these will need to be stunning to be accepted, though (but come to think of it, so do novels). Steam Press does not intend to publish speculative poetry or graphic novels, and we only accepted previously unpublished work (i.e. if you’ve put it up in the Kindle store, we ain’t interested. Full stop. Please don’t try to talk us around. I mean it.). | Read More...

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Paper Road Press open to submissions


For Writers-

Paper Road Press accepts unsolicited manuscripts. They are currently seeking fiction of 20,000-50,000 words for their Novellas list, and 10,000-20,000 words for their Shortcuts list.

Paper Road Press specialises in speculative fiction: science fiction and fantasy in all its forms. They are particularly interested in seeing work with a strong New Zealand voice, but are happy to consider work by international authors.

For Artists-

Paper Road Press commissions and licenses artwork for book covers and interior illustrations. | Read More...

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