PenNorth (June) 2020

It’s midwinter, but here in the north it certainly looks like spring is just around the corner! Visitors from throughout the country are travelling northward to enjoy our milder climate. It’s a great time to showcase our creativity and get those books into craft outlets and bookshops.


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Saturday 18th July 2020.  It will be a Zoom meeting, starting at 10 a.m. Karen Phillips will send the Zoom link with the agenda.

Word of Mouth


Review of the Copyright Act

NZSA President Mandy Hager says, ‘We’re extremely pleased Minister Faafoi heard our concerns and acted quickly to set this review back on course.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) wrote to inform Copyright Licensing NZ (CLNZ) , NZSA and the Publishers Association of NZ (PANZ) of their decision to withdraw their paper published in November 2019. They will now conduct further consultation on objectives as the next stage in the review.

We celebrate the withdrawal of The Paper!


Aesthetica Creative Writing award

Prizes include: £1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication within the inspiring Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by a prestigious judging panel.

For more information please visit:


Kerikeri author Graham Bathgate is collecting unpublished wine stories for a book due to be published later this year.  Contributions of up to 2500 words can be sent to until August 30.


Tēnā koutou poets, friends and whānau of poets, teachers, organisers, and great poetry people

Here is Landing Press’s exciting new project: an anthology of poems about cleaners and cleaning.

If you are working as a cleaner, or have ever worked as a cleaner, write a poem which catches that experience in some way. Send it to us. These poems are our first choice.

If you haven’t worked as a cleaner, but have a poem about cleaning or cleaners, send it to us. These poems will also be considered.

We want poems by/about cleaners in offices, hospitals, churches, rest homes, marae, on boats, in factories, on the streets, at beaches and rivers. Cleaners are everywhere, and we are interested in everywhere.

Please send us up to 3 poems. Maximum length 40 lines. On the same page as the poem include your name, email address and a very brief note about your experience as a cleaner. Or there might be another small story behind your poem you want to briefly include.

Send your poems to  by Monday 27 July.

And please forward this information to anyone who might be interested.

This anthology will be published in late 2020 or early 2021. We had hoped to pay all writers, but the Covid 19 situation has affected fundraising for this book. If we can pay, we will, but we can’t promise. All included writers will get a complimentary copy of the anthology.

Landing Press is a small Wellington publisher of poems that many people can enjoy.

Hei kona I roto I ngā tūmanako

The Landing Press team



Our Regional Prize winner of the NZSA Northland award for National Flash Fiction Day is Vera Dong.

Congratulations, Vera!

For those of you who missed the festivities on Monday 22nd June, you can find the events here:

Part 1 (pre-programmed event)

Part 2 (prize giving)

Regional Awards and Short Lists noted at the NFFD website.
Youth winners announced at fingers comma toes.
The awards event can be found at the Flash Frontier YouTube Channel.
 Stay tuned for the publication of the long-listed entries in the forthcoming issue of  Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.


If you want your book to be read, getting it published is only part of the journey. You need to make sure readers can find out about your book and can buy it easily.

Members can register their new book for our New Books Bulletin


And of course, at PenNorth we welcome announcements of newly publish books. See the link to the Contributor Guidelines below.



We invite your participation: A link to your Blog, a video/audio recording of you reading your book/short story/poem, news, updates…

email: northlandauthors{at}


Please send us any little bits and pieces that you think might be useful for our Northland members. This includes any writing services you offer, links to useful (or fun) websites that you want to share, writing jobs you hear about, or even a request for a copy of an out-of-print book. Priority will be given to fresh content. Please refer to the contributors’ guidelines for requirements.

Please email Trish at northlandauthors[at] if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would like included in this monthly newsletter.

Please note that email addresses in this newsletter are shown
using “[at]” rather than “@”.
This is to avoid spamming issues that have occurred in the past.
Please modify the email address prior to emailing the person.

Published by Patricia Fenton

“The way we were” I began my teaching career in New Zealand and later worked in international schools around the globe before being appointed to the International Baccalaureate with responsibility for authoring curriculum and professional development publications. In recent times, I’ve combined my passion for writing and education to produce my first novel, Beyond the Rimu Grove. My aim was to capture and communicate “The way we were.” I’m now working on my second novel entitled War Bride. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of my late mother-in-law, Pru Fenton who met and married her Kiwi soldier in Cirencester, England in 1942.

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