SpecFicNewZ February 2018

SpecFicNewZ February 2018

SpecFicNewZ for Feburary, 2018.

Members, if you have news you’d like to share, we’d love to celebrate it with you. Please drop us a line at [email protected]

 Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

We’re delighted to announce that our members’ showcase anthology, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is now available for pre-order, including gorgeous cover art by Eve Doyle, a foreword by best loved New Zealand fantasy author Juliet Mariller, and stories, poems, and interior art by our members.

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities…

The anthology will be officially launched in late March with a meet up planned in Auckland at Easter, time and venue to be announced. Reviewers and bloggers who would like to receive a copy for preview or promotion, please email [email protected] and we’d be delighted to provide you with a copy.

Amazon Paperback and Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079QHH1F7

Other ebook sites including Apple and Kobo: https://www.books2read.com/u/mgrdz6

Print copies available for NZ$20, plus shipping. Contact [email protected]

 Auckland Zinefest

Auckland Zinefest is being held on Sat 3rd March, 12-4pm, Auckland Central City Library (44 Lorne St) and several of our members will be attending. President Grace Bridges will be taking along copies of Te Kōrero Ahi Kā for sale at NZ$20. Auckland peeps, please stop by and say hello.



Congratulations to members Alan Baxter and Simon Petrie whose work appears on this year’s Aurealis Awards finals. Full list of shortlisted works appears here:


Congratulations to members Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey appear on the Australian Ditmar shortlist. The full list is available here:

New Zealand’s own Sir Julius Vogel Awards finalists have also been announced. Congratulations to all our members who appear on the shortlist.


Conclave III National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

The National conference is being held in Auckland over Easter weekend. Hotel accommodation for the weekend is limited. A draft programme is available on the conference facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259297837528528/about/ Friday writer workshops by Guests of Honour Steve Wheeler (A Fury of Aces series), Karen Miller (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, Godspeaker  trilogy, among others) and Lyn McConchie (Four Seasons quartet and countless works set in  the Sherlock Holmes world are among many others) are free with conference registration.

If members have publicity material they would like to have included for the con bags, or books and materials they are willing to donate for prizes, please contact Jan Butterworth for details. jan.butterworth01 at gmail dot com

Please contact the convention committee if you are planning to attend and are interested contributing to on panels.

Story sale

Sally McLennan’s latest short story, Memory, will appear in Julie Czerneda’s Tales from Plexis, coming in December 2018 from Daw, and based Czerneda’s fantasy world. Congratulations, Sally.

ANZAC sale

Nix Whittaker is organising a cross-promo ANZAC sale for Kiwi and Aussie authors. It will run from 22-26 April for discounted and free books from ANZAC authors. It is free and all authors have to do is promote the sale on their own platforms. If you are interested sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/NMf3MBHGZPKBObp03



Local markets:

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

Sponge Magazine: https://sponge.nz/

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

And finally, if you love reading speculative fiction and you’re interesting in reviewing for us, information about getting hold of some great Kiwi fiction, please email us at [email protected] The review guidelines can be found here.


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