SpecFicNooZ for October, 2017

SpecFicNooZ for October, 2017

Members, if you have news to share, please email us at [email protected] We’d love to hear about it.

New Signing! IFWG Publishing Australia has bought Wicked by Blood: The Kingfisher’s Debt by member Kura Carpenter. The novel is an urban fantasy set in Dunedin, and is a mix of fantasy, mystery, murder and satanic rituals. It’s scheduled for release in the second half of 2018. Read more about it here. Congratulations, Kura!

Core member Darian Smith is heading to Australia next month to share his expertise with Aussie writers. Please share this with your colleagues in Brisbane and Adelaide. Darian’s latest book, Starlight’s Children, the long-awaited sequel to Kalanon’s Rising was released on 8 October. Congratulations Darian, and don’t keep us waiting so long next time, please!


Members Paul Mannering, Jean Gilbert, Lee Murray, Chad Dick, and Piper Mejia will be in Tauranga for the Young New Zealand Writers workshop for youth to be held on November 3, where they’ll be sharing their writing expertise with New Zealand’s newest writers. Here’s a press clipping from the local media.

Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray will be at Arty Bees Bookshop for Wellington’s Litcrawl, featuring on a Mythology Panel and discussing their supernatural crime-noir title Hounds of the Underworld. Thre are heaps of other great literary events for Wellingtonians to check out over the weekend. The full programme is available here:

Dan Rabarts is pleased to announce he has been awarded a travel grant from the Publishing Association of New Zealand to attend the Horror Writers Association conference, StokerCon, to be held in Providence, RI, USA, in March 2018. It’s the first time we’ve head of a travel grant of this nature in support of a SpecFicNZ member, so quite the coup. Congratulations, Dan.

Last words:

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.

If you love reading speculative fiction and you’re interesting in reviewing for us, information about getting hold of sme great Kiwi fiction can be found here.

Finally, we’re sorry to lose Woelf Dietrich from the Core committee due to work commitments, but we hope that won’t stop him from writing. Best of luck Woelf, and we’ll look forward to seeing you back here soon.

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