PenNorth August 2016



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 Members’ Announcements

  • Phyll Holroyd has had an article published in New Zealand Memories magazine, June–July edition.
  • Gwendolyn Needham has recently published Dear Young Adults of the World, New Zealand edition.
  • Justine Payen has had a short story, Only Fools and Murder, published on
  • Whangarei Library has purchased Justine’s picture book, Tea with Miss Tilly.
  • Heather Whelan is publishing regular, monthly articles in Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations.
  • Narine Groome is launching her new picture book on Friday 12 August upstairs at the RSA clubrooms in Whangarei and members are invited. Whisker, the kiwi chick is the true story of the rescue of a kiwi chick, told in verse. For catering purposes, please advise Narine of your intention to attend by Friday 5 August narine.groome[at]windowslive[dot]com.

Please let Kathy or Margaret know if you have any achievements you would like to announce.

Why are you a member?

We would appreciate members writing a short paragraph outlining the advantages they enjoy as members to help promote NZSA among Northland writers. Please send your piece to the NZSA Northland email address: northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. The information will be collated and used in press releases and leaflets.

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.

August Meeting

Our August meeting is at 11am on Saturday 20 August at Hikurangi. Dates for 2016 meetings can be found here.


Poetry Events

Pre-launch gathering for Fast Fibres Poetry 3 will be held at the Bohemian (ex Piano Bar), Rust Ave, Whangarei Thursday 18 August 5pm– 8pm

Celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday 26 August at the Old Stone Butter Factory 6–7.30pm, with an open mic poetry reading and the launch of Fast Fibres #3, followed from 7.30–9pm by the Northland Poetry Day Slam – three competitive rounds of poetry. Register for the slam with vincenttnathan[at]gmail[dot]com and for more info, email pietn[at]outlook[dot]com.

Poetry open mic on Sunday 28 August at the Kings Theatre Creative 1.30–4pm. Poets published in Flash Fibres #3 will be reading their work, and there will be an opportunity to contribute to a collaborative poem. As well, we will be supplying postcards for you to write to writers and journalists who are imprisoned around the world. $5 entry fee, including afternoon tea.

NZ Book Week Event, Sunday 30 October.

Aroha Harris, the co-author of Tangata Whenua and winner of the illustrated non-fiction section of the Ockham NZ Book Awards, has been confirmed as our keynote speaker at this event. After her talk local authors who have recently published books will introduce and talk about their new books. Please let us know if you have work you would like to present. Northland members can sell their books at this event. Contact northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com to arrange to be included.

Northland Writing Groups

The National Office of NZSA is updating information about writers’ groups around the country. If you are a member of a writing group that would like to be listed on the NZSA website, please email us on northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com with the name of the group, contact details, venues and meeting times.

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


Steam Press Short Story Competition

Steam Press is holding a world-wide competition for short “hard science fiction” stories of between 1000 and 1500 words, suitable for a young adult audience. The closing date is 12 noon, 15 August 2016, GMT. All stories will be considered for possible publication and the winning entry will be awarded a prize of USD$500.00. For more details see the Steam Press website.

NZSA National Writers Forum to explore the art, issues and business of writing

Patricia Grace, Nalini Singh, Ockham award-winner Stephen Daisley and Canadian writer Kate Pullinger are just some of the writers so far announced as participants in the inaugural National Writers Forum taking place on 17–18 September. They will be joined by publishers, agents, editors, festival directors and a range of other industry professionals from New Zealand and overseas.

‘The National Writers Forum is about sharing opportunities and knowledge,’ says Jackie Dennis, Chief Executive Officer of NZSA. ‘We’re bringing together a community of writers and publishers from around the world and addressing issues of concern, from copyright reversion to freedom of expression.’

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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