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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Your invitation to our birthday lunch at NatCon

Are you coming to Reconnaissance, this year’s national science fiction and fantasy convention (NatCon), in Rotorua this Easter? If so, please join us for lunch and to celebrate SpecFicNZ’s fifth birthday on Saturday 4 April from noon to 2pm in the Summit room at the Sudima Hotel (the NatCon venue), 1000 Eruera St, Rotorua.

This will be a chance to meet / catch up with your fellow SpecFicNZ members from around the country – and, if you’re quick, to get a slice of Jean Gilbert’s famous chocolate cake! Lunch will be provided. You are also very welcome to bring guests (as long as they are also attending NatCon). Please let us know numbers and any dietary requirements by Monday 30 March, either in the comments below or via email to specficnz@gmail.com. | Read More...

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Regional Groups and In-Person Meet Ups

If you’ve ever wanted to meet up with fellow SpecFiccers in your local area, we now have several regional groups set up on the website. Join your local group to chat online and find out about local goings-on. Several regions hold regular in-person meetings, so join to find out when and where the next one will take place. A list of upcoming events can be found at the bottom of most pages on the website.

Is your region not represented? No problem! Feel free to create your own regional group and maybe you’ll find other members in your area. Any member can create a group, illustrated instructions on how to do it are here. | Read More...

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Auckland Meet Up

The November  gathering of SpecFic Auckland members will be at  Mac’s Brewbar in Newmarket, this Sunday, November 17th, starting at 1pm as usual. Location details as follows:
Mac’s Brewbar,  23-27 Nuffield St, Newmarket
There will be a SpecFic logo on the table.
It’s not far from the link bus stop in Newmarket, and Nuffield St is straight across the road from the Newmarket train station. There is parking available in Middleton Road ( just up Remuera road a bit), further up Nuffield ST, and in the car park building in Nuffield St (http://nuffieldstreet.co.nz/location/ ) located next to Witchery at the south end of Nuffield St, with the entrance on railway side of the road.
There is another exciting SpecFic Auckland event on this week as well. Friday night is the official Auckland launch of “Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror” an anthology of horror stories, the first publication from new indie press, Paper Road Press, and including stories by a number of Auckland SpecFicers. | Read More...

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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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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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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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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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Wellington Winds Up The Words

Wednesday night in Wellington Central Library saw the last of our three Words on the Wind reading events, and it was a fantastic evening indeed.

Extra chairs were put out to make room for the almost 50 attendees who turned up to listen to some of our best writers read their work, from both old favourites and up-and-coming projects.

Dan Rabarts kicked the night off with a quick welcome and introduction and a few bad jokes which went down much better than could be hoped, and then turned the floor over to all-round lovely chap Tim Jones to regale the audience with the opening of a quantum novella and a couple of SF poems. | Read More...

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Regional Meet Ups

Q. What is the collective pronoun for a group of specficcers?

A. A meet up!

That’s right, (cheering, please), the meet ups for the different regional areas are about to begin again. These are informal affairs, usually a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to meet with other specficcers and take comfort from the knowledge that we are not alone.

Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Next meet ups –

Kapiti Coast area on Saturday 2nd Feb, 10.30 am

Christchurch area on Saturday 2nd Feb, 12.30 pm | Read More...

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Upcoming Christchurch Meet-up

Christchurch meet up, Saturday 1st September, 12.30pm –

All the fine specficcerly folk of Christchurch and surrounds are invited to a meet up at Under the Red Verandah, (Corner Tancred and Worcester Streets) this Saturday September 1st from 12.30 to 3pm (ish) for a coffee and friendly chat about writing and other wonderful specficcerly stuff.

Non-members are very welcome to come along and share in the fun. We’ve even booked the board room for our chatterly pleasure. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. | Read More...

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Waikato Area Meet-Up Starting

SpecFicNZ is pleased to announce that a local Waikato Meet-Up will begin in September.

The first meeting will be Saturday, September 29th at 3pm in Hamilton.

After that they will be held on the last Saturday of for the months of October and November. December WILL NOT have a meeting, but they will begin again in January.


For anyone interested in attending, please contact Jean Gilbert via e-mail at sharralai(at)yahoo.com for more details and directions to the location.

We hope to see you there. |

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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)gmail.com so we can book a suitable table. | Read More...

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