PenNorth August 2019


Early-bird prices for NorthWrite close midnight Wednesday (31 July) so it you haven’t registered yet, there is no time like the present…

Next Meeting

There will be no meeting in August. Instead, we encourage all members to check out the NorthWrite programme and to come along for a weekend of writing, publishing, editing and poetry workshops and presentations at Barge Showgrounds Event Centre, Whangarei, on Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September.  See below for more details.

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NorthWrite 2019: Expanding Horizons

Join us 30 August–1 September 2019 at the Barge Showgrounds Event Centre, Whangarei.

  • Masterclasses: work in a small group with other writers, editors or poets under the guidance of experts in their field. Numbers are limited and places are filling quickly.
  • Publishing: Learn all about ebook publishing, print on demand and trade publishing.
  • Writing Techniques: Successful writers and editors present sessions on a variety of topics.
  • Conversations: discuss the writing life in creative conversations.

Check out the exciting programme now at
Early-bird registrations close midnight 31 July. Full price from 1 August.

NorthWrite conference attendees are also invited to submit short stories (A4 length) to be printed on the brown paper bags that will contain conference information etc. and be given to all presenters and participants. The more stories the merrier.  Send to Margaret Cahill at margareta.cahill[at] and see the June PenNorth for more details.

Winter Writing Workshops Coming to Mangawhai

Michael Botur best author photo 4Award-winning author Michael Botur is bringing some creative warmth to Mangawhai this winter with a course of creative writing workshops.
Held on all five Saturdays during August, the course is focused on fiction, primarily short stories, and will be delivered in the Mangawhai Pioneer Village church hall (movie theatre).
The course will help new and emerging writers to learn about plot, characterisation, prose, point of view and other literary essentials with a focus on ‘keeping it real’ and staying on top of digital publishing trends. The course will emphasise empowerment and confidence, with beginners warmly welcomed.
Participants are expected to attend all five workshops, with some discretion for drop-ins.
In week two of the course author Fiona Sussman will be sharing her expertise. Sussman is author of two award-winning novels and many short stories.
The fee for the five weekly classes is $385. To book, email judy[at] or contact Judy Tindill on 021-794394. Read more about it on Facebook or the Write Up North website.

Northland Noteworthy:

  • Di Menefy’s new book I Had a Brother has been published by One Tree House. It is beautifully illustrated by Malene Laugesen and printed in a hard-cover format.

What’s On?


FF6-front-no-bleed_option1bPoetry Events

Fast Fibres Poetry 6 will be a bigger, brighter, better edition, and is to be launched at several of the National Poetry Day events below:

  • Fast Fibres Poetry 6 Book Launch: Thursday 22 August, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. ONEONESIX 116 Bank Street Whangarei.
  • Poetry in the Cave & Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launch: Friday 23 August, 6pm to 8pm. Butter Factory Cave, Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei.
  • Poetry Popup & Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launch: Saturday 24 August, 10 am till 12 midday. Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue.
  • Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic & Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launch: Sunday 25 August, 1 to 3pm. Kings Theatre Creative, 80 Gillies Street, Kawakawa.
  • Kauri Museum Poetry and Song Lyric Competition and Open Mic: Friday 23 August, 6.30 to 8pm. The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, Matakohe. Judged by Jed Towns, Ruth Smellie and Piet Nieuwland.

And then there are more events coming up in September:

  • Poets at ONEONESIX, Thursday 19 September, 5pm to 8pm. 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.
  • Dirty Word Open Mic: Wednesday 11 September, 7pm to 9pm. Butter Factory, Whangarei.

100 NZ Stories, 100 Days: Short Story Campaign

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Northland author Michael Botur has launched a programme of publishing short stories every day for 100 days on social media and is encouraging other Kiwi writers to do the same.
 The published stories don’t necessarily need to be new – writers are encouraged to post links to flash fiction and short prose already published in literary magazines and blogs.
Authors are urged to publish their 100 pieces on any consecutive days across autumn to spring (30 April to 9 August) and use the hashtag #100NZStories100days to support one another.

A full list of Northland writing events, opportunities and writers’ groups can be found on the Northland Authors website.

Competitions and Opportunities

NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship

Annual award of $10,000, open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are currently working on a new project. The deadline is 16 August 2019.
Applicants must be members of the NZ Society of Authors. For more information see the NZSA website

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

AestheticaCelebrating excellence in Poetry & Short Fiction, the Award is hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine. Supporting new writing talent, it presents a fantastic chance for writers to further their involvement in the literary world.
There are two entry categories: Poetry and Short Fiction. Works previously published are accepted and there are no limitations on themes. Submissions close 31 August.
Prizes include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Granta subscription and books courtesy of Vintage and Bloodaxe

NZ Heritage Book Awards 2019


Find out more on the Canterbury NZSA website. Entries close 10 September 2019. 

The NZ Writers College – 2019 Annual Short Story Award


This is an award for emerging writers in New Zealand, aiming to support beginner writers. Stories are only accepted from writers who have never been published, or who have been published fewer than four times in any genre. This includes fiction and non-fiction, in any publication (for payment or otherwise). Journalists, copywriters or web writers must please not apply. People who made a living from writing at any point in their life (e.g. decades earlier) are also not eligible for entry. There is an exception for unpaid articles for community or work newsletters, or blogs, where the circulation is under 1000. The deadline is 30 September 2019, and the prizes are:
  First Prize: $1000 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
  Second Prize: $500 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
  Third Prize: $250
  The top three winners will receive editorial comments on their submitted works.
Find out more at the NZ Writers College website.

For information on other competitions and awards check out the Calendar of Opportunities on your NZSA website’s members-only page.


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