Northland News February 2021

“You have to write the book that wants to be written.

And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

– Madeleine L’Engle


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

Saturday 20th February at 11.00 am in Whangarei. Our secretary, Karen Phillips, will send details of the venue with the agenda.


Submissions for Pavlova Press anthology

Just a reminder that the closing date for submissions to Pavlova Press’s anthology, including pavlova poems, images, cartoons and stories (fiction and nonfiction) that could become part of a pavlova-themed book has been extended until 31 March 2021.

All details are here:

Cloud Ink

Submissions wanted

Cloud Ink is publishing a new edition of the Fresh Ink Anthology in 2021 and is now calling for submissions.

Deadline: 28th February 2021

Word limit: 3,000

Eligibility: all New Zealand citizens and New Zealand permanent residents.

We are looking for pieces of new writing — short fiction, novel extracts, poetry and art work — themed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has touched us all in some way. The pieces may be personal writing from life, memoir, prose fiction or poetry, an essay or personal reflection, or a mix of media forms including graphic writing and visual arts.

Please send your submissions to Please submit your entry in a Word document using 12 point Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing. Artwork needs to be black and white and sent on a jpg or pdf. Please include your name, email and contact details. You may send more than one submission.


NZSA Northland member Jon Tucker is the author of six children’s books on environmental issues, two of which were shortlisted in the top three for the Australasian Environment Award for Children’s Literature

Paperback and eBook versions of Jon Tucker’s Those Kids series are available worldwide. (For purchasing details click here) For details about this series see the Those Kids page here.)

Snow Petrel is also available worldwide, as both a paperback and hard cover. For the backstory on this remarkable book, click here.

Blog sites

Justine Payen:                   

Heather Whelan:  Boots, Bikes and Back Roads.

NorthTec Online Writing Class:



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

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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.

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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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