PenNorth September 2013

This is the September issue of PenNorth. The October issue of PenNorth will be published here shortly.

Branch Information:


We are now in the competition phase of NorthWrite2013: Collaboration. The collaborative competition is now open and closes in November. Any New Zealand citizen or resident can enter and neither party has to be a member of the NZ Society of Authors. Entries can be in story or poem form, or in a combination of the two:

  • Story: Either one story (maximum 750 words) written collaboratively, or two stories (total word count not to exceed 750 words) where one has been written as a response to the other.
  • Poem: Either one poem written collaboratively (maximum of 60 lines) or two poems (total number of lines not to exceed 60) where one has been written as a response to the other.
  • Combination: One poem (maximum 30 lines) and one story (maximum 325 words) where one has been written in response to the other.
  • Minimum prize pool $500. Entry fee $20 ($10pp).

More details about NorthWrite can be found here.

Members’ announcements:

Justine Payen has had Tea With Miss Tilly accepted by Korean publisher, Dadam Education, for translation into Korean. She also reports that HarperCollins say they are no longer publishing children’s picture books.

Daphne de Jong is going to sell the Kara Writers’ Retreat, so the workshops and retreats will no longer be available, though Daphne is still offering a critique service.

Trish Nicholson‘s book Inside Stories for Writers and Readers is now available on Amazon and at The Book Depository (freight free).

Michelle Elvy will be judging the NYC Midnight 2013 Flash Fiction Challenge beginning in September, along with a collection of other international readers and editors of flash. Michelle also has also recently launched her new website, where you can find more about her ongoing professional editing work.

Di Menefy’s fairy tale, The Magic Beans is now up on the Goethe site. She joins Derin Attwood whose story The Lavender Maze has been up for some time. If your story has featured please let us know.

Lesley Marshall has won Flash Frontier’s winter theme competition, and the December 2013 issue will be themed underground. Selections were made blind, from over 100 submissions. Thank you, Lesley, for a wonderful and layered idea for a theme.

Northland Events:

Poetry day:

Poetry Day was celebrated at Mokaba Café, Whangarei, on 14 August. There weren’t as many people as last year, but the numbers were comfortable. There was some very good poetry, most of which was original. The food was fantastic. We raised $85 for Writers in Prison. Thanks to all involved for a great evening

Flash Fiction Club:

The first Flash Fiction Club was lots of fun and well attended. It is held on the second Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm, May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library. The next one is on 10 September and there are a few places left. Best suited for adults. Contact: Jac Jenkins for more information,

Storylines Family Festival:

Storylines Family Festival held on Sat 17th August in Te Ahu, Kaitaia was a huge success. The whole Te Ahu complex was abuzz with enthralled children and their families, clutching books and seeking out the next adventure. The invited authors were Rachel Spratt, Leonie Agnew and Di Menefy, with illustrators Bruce Potter and Heather Hunt. We would like to give a special mention to Helen Yuretich, Senior Librarian (aka The Snow Queen) who masterminded this event and whose massive effort and team-building skills ensured such a wonderful result.


If anyone is interested in having their name on the CHART artist database, the form will be available with the September minutes. The current database is available to view here

Storyteller’s circle:

An event for the whole whanau at Tuatara on Bank Street 5:30 –6:30pm (4th Wednesday of the month). Come with a story (less than 5 mins) up your sleeve on the selected theme. More information is available on their facebook page.

National Writing Events:

Flash Frontier August issue — snow:

The August issue was released 23 August, with new stories from both veterans and newcomers to the genre. Also in this issue: a special feature with five writers of flash discussing their stories. Northland writers in this month’s issue include Jac Jenkins, Kathryn Jenkins and Daphne De Jong, plus editors Sian Williams and Michelle Elvy. In the feature you’ll find Northlanders Kathryn Jenkins and Martin Porter, along with other writers from Auckland and Wellington.

The Book Show: 

Broadcast nationwide on SKY TV Channel 200 and on Freeview Satellite in three time slots per week. (Tues 8pm, Thurs noon, Sun 1.30 pm). The Book Show is of interest to anyone involved in the expanding New Zealand community of writers, publishers, marketers, retailers and readers. Each episode of The Book Show will feature a book review, world book news, and an interview with an author or person of interest to the book community. The Book Show is hosted by Neville Aitchison and co-hosted by John Reynolds, both of whom are experienced presenters with a broad knowledge of the literary communities. The Book Show is interested in featuring authors, or receiving news of literary activities from the wider community. For more information contact nevilleaitchison[at]gmail[dot]com.


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