SpecFicNewZ for November 2017

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Debut Release!

Congratulations to member Jenn Rackham, whose debut book A Dash of Belladonna was released on 31 October. Mike Johnson says, “Here is a book full of magic and awe, humour and excitement, brought to us through Lottie’s exuberant prose. A zany book, full of narrative zest and high adventure.” A Dash of Belladonna is available in ebook and print versions here.

New Releases:

William Cook has just published two new collections of select short fiction that has previously appeared in other anthologies and magazines over the past couple of years. The first publication is Dark Deaths: Selected Horror Fiction, available in kindle ebook and print exclusively from Amazon. The second is SerialKiller Thrillers: Fictional Serial Killer Stories, a companion volume to the first in William’s ‘serial killer’ series – Death Quartet. The print edition will be ready to purchase end of November and will include both volumes in an omnibus edition of sorts. William plans to include original illustrations of my own creation with the print edition.

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā.

Thank you to everyone who submitted work to SpecFicNZ’s newest anthology, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā. We are thrilled to have received a good number of entries including short stories, prose, novel excerpts across a variety of genres, as well as interior and cover art. Several members applied for the role of mentee editor, with Aaron Compton winning the role. Aaron will be working with President Grace Bridges and co-editor Lee Murray to deliver our inaugural showcase volume to be released in the first quarter of 2018.  When the convenor contacted him with the news, Aaron replied, “Awesome. I’m excited about this. It will be a tonne more interesting than editing my wife’s essay on venous leg ulcers. And you can quote me on that.” So naturally, we have.

Upcoming short fiction markets:

Apex are looking for dark fiction SF, fantasy, and horror, for their Do Not Go Quietly anthology on resistance, to be edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner. More details here.

Publishing Credits: A number of members have writing in the latest issue of Breach magazine, including Piper Mejia, Mouse Diver-Dudfield, and Ronnie Smart. Congratulations to you all. https://www.breachzine.com/

Sean Monaghan appears in the latest Baen ‘best of’ anthology – check out his name on the cover. Congratulations, Sean! https://www.baen.com/the-jim-baen-memorial-award-the-first-decade.html#

Workshop/book launch in conjunction with Young NZ Writers:

On Saturday November 4 SpecFicNZ members Piper Mejia, Jean Gilbert. Paul Mannering, Chad Dick and Lee Murray, (accompanied by poet Carrie, and graphic novelist Michel Mulipo) and in conjunction with Young NZ Writers, facilitated six 3-hour workshops for fifty New Zealand intermediate and secondary school students. Topics included short story, novel, poetry, graphic novels, and screenplay. Also held that day was the launch of Write off Line: Alter Ego a collection of poetry and prose by New Zealand high school students, edited by members Lee Murray, Grace Bridges and Piper Mejia, and with judging by NZ poet William Cook, and Australian author, David McDonald. Better get writing people, because there is some incredible new talent coming through.

Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray at Litcrawl Wellington in November.

Local markets:

Orbit Magazine: http://www.neworbitmagazine.org/contributions

Sponge Magazine: https://sponge.nz/

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