PenNorth April 2016



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NorthWrite 2016: Competition for Northland writers

The NorthWrite 2016 Competition has closed. Entries are now with the judges. We will announce the winner towards the end of April.

Members’ Announcements

There is no members’ news this month. Please let Kathy or Margaret know if you have any achievements you would like to announce.

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. This month’s featured book is by Heather Whelan

The Crazy Idea by Heather Whelan

Crazy Idea (2)Dylan would like to be a cat. One day,  he wakes from his nap to find that he has grown fur! He finds a mouse to chase, a bird to follow and a tree to climb. But he also finds that the baby pulls his tail and the dog chases him around the house. Being a cat isn’t so much fun after all…

Heather was inspired to write this story after listening to a five-year-old recount eating cat food at news time in class one morning.
The Crazy Idea has gorgeous illustrations by Denise Whitmore.
Copies  are available for $15 from Heather at

Northland Branch Flash Fiction Event

Members are invited to enter the National Flash Fiction Competition (details below). To celebrate flash fiction, Northland writers will be invited to read their flash stories and the Northland trophy and $50 prize for the winning Northland entry in the National Flash Fiction Competition will be awarded at an event at the Kings Theatre on Sunday 17 July.

April Meeting

Our April meeting is on Saturday 16 April at 11:00 am. The venue and directions are included on the agenda. 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 winners. Full details are available at the NFFD site. James Norcliffe and Elizabeth Smither are this year’s judges.

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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