All the Goss – Members’ News for September, 2017

All the Goss – Members’ News for September, 2017

Member’s News SpecFicNZ August September, 2017

SpecFicNZ welcomes news from our members. Please send us your update via [email protected].


Left: Southland writer, Mouse Diver-Dudfield won the Dan Davin Short Story Writing Award for her story The Vigil as well as runner-up for another story very aptly called Second. Mouse says she’s “feeling very chuffed indeed, especially as I only submitted two entries!” The award was part of the annual birthday celebration weekend for famous Southland/New Zealand author Dan Davin. Mouse also published her first novel Magenta Rising (available on Amazon), so it’s been a huge month for her. (If anyone would like to review it for us, please drop us a line). Congratulations, Mouse.

Right: A bunch of hardy souls braved a Wellington southerly to turn up to the launch of The Frankie Files at Eastbourne’s Rona Gallery. The latest title by YA specialist, Alicia Ponder, author of The Wizard’s Guide to Wellington and Miss Lionhart and the Laboratory of Death, the book includes her SJV winning story, Frankie and the Netball Clones. Check out the review by Robinne Weiss on the SpecficNZ website.

Bottom page: President Grace Bridges has a new title out called Rotovegas, the first in her New Zealand inspired Earthcore series, as well as a collection of short stories called Mariah’s Prologue, based on the characters and events from the world of her novel Mariah’s Dream, a former SJV finalist for Best Novel.

Below: Several members also attended the book launch of Wish Upon A Southern Star in Christchurch, a collection of stories based on fairy-tales for young adult readers by antipodean writers. Edited by member Shelley Chappell.

Speculative magazine launch: New Orbit Magazine is a medium for writers to share and readers to speculate on the endless possibilities that lie in our futures. It is a place to experience deep, meaningful concepts; compelling, cautionary stories that will evoke a personal feeling of discomfort or introspection in a reader by invoking speculation about one’s place in the future. These stories cross all genres, come from writers of all walks of life, and are hand-picked to challenge your perceptions and perspectives about a comfortable future. The launch date is currently October 2017. For those buying subscriptions before then, print or online, a presale discount applies, special benefits will come with the first issue, and you’ll be helping cover the cost of the first run’s print. A special discount is being offered to SpecFicNZ members. See the magazine’s website for submissions details.

South Korean SF writer, YK Yun, is currently organising an Asian convention with Chinese and Japanese readers and writers. Their aim is to introduce SF works from all over the world via their website. If you would like to contribute your work, please see the link at the bottom of this article:



Pure gossip:

We’ve heard that Sean Monaghan has conquered the challenge of writing three books in three months. Congratulations, Sean. You’re a machine!

Word on the street is that Dan Rabarts is heading to StokerCon in Rhode Island, Providence, in March of 2018.

Last words:

There are new titles on our resources by members’ page. You can check them out, here.

Don’t forget our SpecFicNZ showcase anthology, TE KŌRERO AHI KĀ. Paid market. Closing date 31 October. More information is here.

There are still some free manuscript assessments available to our members. If you’re looking for help, or wish to register as a mentor, there are more details here.



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