PenNorth February 2016



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NorthWrite 2016: Competition for Northland writers

As there are a wide variety of writing conferences and festivals taking place this year we will not be running a NorthWrite conference. Instead we will run short workshops in conjunction with Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa. As well, we are organising a competition for Northland writers where the prize will be registration fees at a conference of the winner’s choice. Details will be posted shortly – watch this space.

Members’ Announcements

Michael Botur has set up a website to promote Northland writers:

Summer Picnic

It was great to catch up with members at our first summer picnic on 30 January, where we joined the ArtBeat Community Arts Festival. Piet Nieuwland performed a number of his poems celebrating our Northland environment and local musicians and bands did us proud. Great weather, interesting stalls and lots of activities for children made this a very successful event and one that NZSA would like to continue to support.

Members’ Books

We would like to encourage members to discuss their books on this site. You can have one book (or one series of books) featured in PenNorth (until all members have had an opportunity and then you are welcome to feature another one) which will also be displayed on our Books page here. Descriptions should be kept to around 200 words. If you are interested, please send an image of the cover and your description to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. Remember this is your forum. If you would like your book featured then please let us know.

 Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 20 February in Kerikeri – venue to be advised.  Dates for 2016 meetings can be found here.


A full list of Northland writing events and opportunities (including writers’ groups and information on the Whangarei Community Publications Trust) can be found here.


The 2016 National Flash Fiction Day 

The National Flash Fiction Day competition is now open and submissions are being accepted until 30 April. A maximum of three stories per entrant with each story up to 300 words (excluding title) may be submitted. This year the prize money has been seriously increased to $1000 for the first, $400 for the second and $100 for the third place winner. Full details are available at the NFFD site. James Norcliffe and Elizabeth Smither are this year’s judges.

Page & Blackmore Booksellers National Short Story Competition 2016

Judge: Tina Shaw
Deadline: 1st April 2016
Rules and Entry Forms available from: or or here.

Competitions and Awards for Writers

For information on other competitions and awards please use NZSA’s Death by Deadline on the members-only page of the NZSA website.

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