SpecFicNewZ for January 2018

SpecFicNewZ for January 2018

Members, if you have news you’d like to share, please let us know a [email protected]

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!


Sir Julius Vogel Awards

In case you didn’t catch the latest announcements, SFFANZ have released Sir Julius Vogel Award winner and finalist logos for use on book covers. They are available for download on the SFFANZ website with guidelines for use to be released soon. In the meantime, the logos are only for use on those titles which have achieved the final shortlist or been awarded the Sir Julius Award. As you can see, they are glorious.

And on that note, nominations for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards close on February 3. (Note the earlier than usual date). There is a simple form to fill out, and no cost, so remember to get nominating your favourite works by New Zealand creatives released in 2017. Link to the form is here:

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

Contracts have gone out, final proofing is underway, Juliet Marillier’s thoughtful foreword has come in, and Phillip Mann has written us a sterling tagline, so it seems our inaugural showcase anthology is on schedule for release next month. Look out for the incredible Evelyn Doyle cover, which we hope to be able to reveal shortly.

New Releases:

Ruby Beyond Compare

Sadly, we missed promoting member Nix Whittaker’s Christmas release in our November newsletter, but it’s not too late to pick up a copy. Described as a sweet steampunk inspired novelette it’s called Ruby Beyond Compare.

Dear Santa,

All I want this year is some new caltrops and explosive crossbow bolts. Oh, and a Dragon Prince all tied up with a ribbon.

From Charani, Dragon Hunter for the Wyvern Empire


Selling for just a dollar, dragon lovers might want to download a copy for their morning commute. Don’t forget to leave a review. Here is the link!


The Fourth Phase

New member Adrian Smith has recently released, The Fourth Phase, the latest book in his New Zealand Extinction Cycle series. Fans of Nicholas Sainsbury Smith’s bestselling titles will be thrilled and chilled to know that Adrian has seen to it that Variants are thriving in New Zealand’s North Island. If you like high action adventure, check out Adrian’s work.


Review Programme

We still have plenty of author review copies of great works coming in and never enough reviewers to read and review them for us, so if you’d like to enjoy some wonderful Kiwi Speculative fiction, please drop us a line and let us know your availability and preferences. Reviews don’t have to be elaborate ‒ we don’t expect you to write a tome ‒ just what you liked or didn’t like about the book.

Local meet-ups

SpecFicNZ Central is already underway, with its first meet-up for the year planned for 24 January in Tamahere/Hamilton. Please email [email protected] if you’re interested in attending, and we’ll pass on your details to the co-ordinator. And if anyone would like to coordinate a regional get together in their area, drop us a line; we’d be happy to help.

National Conference

Conclave 3, the 39th national conference for Science Fiction Fantasy will be held over Easter at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland. The programme has yet to be released, but Guests of Honour include writers Karen Miller and Steve Wheeler, who will be running a writer workshop on Easter Friday (which we understand will be free to full members of the conference). There are two writing competitions being run in conjunction with the conference, one with an open theme and the other with a Star Trek theme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Entries to both competitions close 31 January, 2018. Check the website for details.

Local markets giving preference to NZ content:

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

Sponge Magazine: https://sponge.nz/

Breach Magazine: https://www.breachzine.com/submissions


And finally, a friendly reminder that for most of us, our subscriptions fall due this month. We have a lot of exciting things planned for members this year, so naturally we’d love to have you back. If you’re not sure whether your membership is due, please feel free to contact us. To renew your membership, please follow this link.

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