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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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This year, Halloween falls on NZ Bookshop Day. To celebrate this fortuitous collision, we’re challenging our members to write short stories that combine the two. Send us your stories of spooky bookshops, booky spooks, or spooked books* and be in to win $100!

*Yeah, you know what, we’re going to leave it to you writers to come up with plots.


Length: 1000–2000 words
Deadline: 30 September
Theme/genre: Stories should feature both bookshops and Halloween/general spookiness. All genres fine—scare us, or make us laugh! | Read More...

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By Marie Hodgkinson, Paper Road Press

First things first: huge thanks to SpecFicNZ for hosting this competition, and to everyone who sent in a story. It is fantastic to see such a high level of support for a new publishing venture such as SHORTCUTS.

The first series of SHORTCUTS launches early next year and I am pleased to announce that the three stories below, the winners of the SpecFicNZ SHORTCUTS novella competition, will feature in the inaugural line-up:

In 1st place …


Lee Murray and Piper Mejia – Mika

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