PenNorth March 2016



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NorthWrite 2016: Competition for Northland writers

Northland writers are invited to enter the NorthWrite 2016 competition. This one-off competition is being run by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Northland branch and is open to any Northland resident who is 18 years and over.  Each year the branch organises a local event for writers, but this year with so many excellent writing conferences being held around the country, NorthWrite 2016 aims to support a Northland writer to attend one of those conferences.

Entrants are asked to submit one piece of unpublished writing of up to 2000 words in length, in any genre (short story, flash fiction, novel excerpt, essay, article or poetry), that has been inspired in some way by the land, people or history of Northland, as well as a 500 word personal statement. The competition judges are multi-award winning writer and educator Mandy Hager and novelist and short-story writer James George. George is of Ngāpuhi descent and calls Northland his “spiritual home”.

The entry fee is $15 and entries close on Monday 28 March at 5pm. For entry form and further competition details, see

Please help us to advertise this competition across Northland. If you can distribute posters in your local area please contact Kathy Derrick and she will send you some. A jpeg file is also available for use in social media.

Members’ Announcements

  • Wendy Meggett’s first article, “Naked Woman and Bananas” has been published in NZ Fishing News January 2016.
  • Wounds of War by Di Menefy has just been reprinted, and is being offered through the Teacher’s Bookshelf in Lucky Books as a class set with teaching notes.
  • Julie O’Brien’s article on the distribution of self-published books has been published in the latest NZ Author.
  • Trish Nicholson has been interviewed by Johnny Blades of Radio NZ International about her Papua New Guinea book, Inside the Crocodile. The link to both sound and transcript is here.
  • Piet Nieuwland is guest poet at Titirangi Poets on Saturday 12 March, 2-4pm.

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.

 AGM and March Meeting

Our AGM and March meeting is on Saturday 19 March at 11:00 am at the Hukerenui Tavern. Dates for 2016 meetings can be found here.


Call for Submissions: Fast Fibres Poetry 3

The Fast Fibres Poetry Collective are producing a third chapbook of poetry to display the talents of Northland poets under the title Fast Fibres Poetry 3. They invite poets with a strong connection to Northland – born here, live here, lived here – to contribute up to three poems for the chapbook. Poems which have been previously published, as well as new work, will be accepted. If you are submitting previously published work, it is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaching any agreements made with the publisher, and to include full details of the place of publication e.g.: journal title and edition, book title and publisher details. All entrants should include a two-line biographical statement.

The deadline for receipt of poems is 19 May 2016. Please send poems as attachments in rtf or doc format to

Kiwi North Opportunity for Northland Children’s Authors

kiwinorthKiwiNorth has themed their Easter Sunday family event day “Story Book Character Day”. As part of this event they are hoping to promote local authors and stories by having them come along to read stories and/or discuss their  characters. Alternatively, authors might like to run a story writing or activity workshop for young readers.

If you are interested in participating in the event please contact Allie Fry-Kewene on o9 438 9630  Ext 7 or

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 winners. 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.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016: Call for entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize, presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.

Short fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

To enter, visit

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