PenNorth May 2018



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Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 19 May, Hikurangi, from 11am (refreshments available from 10.30am). The venue will be advised by email.

Members’ News:

  • Kathy Derrick’s short story The Auburn Trail was shortlisted for a competition run by takahē magazine and will be published in Issue 92.
  • Piet has had an article published in Scene magazine; has had a poem in a recent book Lust which is part of a series of books about the seven deadly sins, published in Australia; has had a poem in Olentangy Review; and has three other poems coming up in different publications.
  • Suzanne entered the book editors’ short story competition – theme the worst summer yet; she’s a finalist, but no results yet. Her story’s called She’s Hot.
  • Heather has published in Wilderness magazine and the Motor Homes and Caravans and Destinations magazine.

Members’ Books

Fire by Anne McDonell
Flip has THREE major problems:
ONE – Jackson, a know-it-all who looks and dresses like a film star and bullies Flip.
TWO – You wouldn’t believe it but Flip’s mother invites Jackson to stay for the whole holidays.
THREE – Soon after Jackson moves in, a dangerous arsonist attacks a shop and homes in their street.
Can Flip and Jackson reach a compromise and work together to catch the culprit before someone is seriously hurt? A novel for 8 to 13-year-old children. Available from

NorthWrite 2018 Mini: Springing out of Winter

Write away your winter blues by entering the Northland branch of the NZ Society of Authors national short story competition. The competition is open now and closes on 31 July 2018. The winners will be announced on 1st September 2018. Previously unpublished stories on any theme and up to 1500 words can be submitted as an rtf or docx file by email to northlandauthors[at] The cost per story is $15 and you can enter as many times as you like. Stories will be judged anonymously so please do not put your name on your story. Judges are Diana Menefy and Justine Payen and the prizes are as follows:

  • First prize – $300 plus publication on the NorthWrite website
  • Second prize – Editing of a short story of up to 3000 words
  • Third prize – $50 book token

The Conditions of Entry state all entry criteria and should be read prior to any submissions being made. If submissions do not follow the guidelines your entry will be disqualified.


Poetry Events

  • Wednesday 2 May, 7pm: Poetry Open Mic, Cherry Park House, 170 Landing Road, Kerikeri.
  • Wednesday 9 May, 7pm: Dirtyword Open Mic, Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei.
  • Thursday 17 May, 5pm: Poets at ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.
  • Wednesday 6 June, 7pm: Poetry Open Mic, Cherry Park House, 170 Landing Road, Kerikeri.
  • Wednesday 13 June, 7pm: Dirtyword Open Mic, Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei.
  • Thursday 21 June, 5pm: Poets at ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing a fifth collection to display the talents of Northland poets. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 24, 2018. Poets with a strong connection to Northland are invited to submit 3 poems, each no longer than 20 lines, plus a two-line biographical statement. Deadline: June 15. Email: fastfibres[at] Website:

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


2018 National Flash Fiction Day Competition

Hurry! Entries close April 30. Winners will be announced June 22 at the NFFD celebrations, and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories. Competition entry details here.

Competitions and Awards for Writers

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




Moth Short Story Prize 2018

It’s not a requirement, but the organisers strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.

The Prize is open to anyone (over 18). Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. You can enter as many stories as you like. There is a word limit of 5,000. Entry fee is €12 per story. The judge is Kevin Barry and the prizes are as follows: A 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000. Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 June 2018.

Full details can be found here.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018

Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world.

Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year’s subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Entries are open until 31 August 2018. Submit at:

Please contact Kathy or Di if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would like included in this monthly newsletter.


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