NZSA Northland News June 2022


NZSA Northland Branch Meeting

Thursday 16 June 2022 at 6.00 pm, by Zoom

Secretary, Trish Fenton, will send the Zoom link with the agenda.

(NOTE: We will now meet at 6.00 pm, not 5.30 pm, as previously.)


Thursday 16 June 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangārei

Please keep your mask on unless reading your poems, and maintain 2m distancing.

NZSA Road Show – Whangārei

Thank you to those who were able to participate in the Roadshow. In spite of all that Omicron had to throw at us, the event was well-attended and the feedback has been positive. A great opportunity to learn, share and gain inspiration in the company of other writers. Thanks, also, to those who supported the raffle through donations and tickets. It brought in a welcome $151.50 and was won by Justine Payen!

National Flash Fiction Day 2022

Special Zoom celebration

To celebrate 10 years of flash fiction the central committee is holding a day-long festival Zoom on Sunday June 19th titled

‘Languages of Aotearoa’

The programme will include panels and readings.

Further details:

Northland NFFD celebration @ the Butter Factory

Sunday 19th June 5pm to 8pm

Northland writers are invited to an evening of reading and celebration in a private room at the Butter Factory. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Door prize is a copy of ‘Kurangaituku’ by Whiti Hereaka

At 6pm we will join the nation Zoom (big screen) to enjoy an entertainment programme of images and flash readings from around the country, followed by

Announcement of National Flash Fiction Day Awards.

Author Talk by NZSA Northland member, Catherine Lea

Whangarei Central Library presents an author talk this coming Thursday by the wonderful Catherine Lea! This will be a very interesting event, so if you would like to come along please let us know as soon as possible by registering directly to the following email:

Further information: Author talk – Catherine Lea – Whangarei District Libraries ( 

Date /Time/Venue: Thursday 9 June, 5.30pm in the May Bain Room.


Heritage 2022 Short Prose and Poetry Competition

In association with the NZSA Heritage Book Awards, the Canterbury Branch of NZSA proudly brings you the Heritage 2022 Short Prose and Poetry Competition. The competition is open to entry by NZ citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand. The awards ceremony receives support from the Christchurch City Council and the theme is linked each year to the annual Christchurch Heritage Festival.

We welcome your entries from across the motu. Open for submissions from 1 June to 1 August 2022. The theme for 2022 is Our Stories – Milestones and Moments


SHORT PROSE: Short prose (fiction and nonfiction) Up to 2,500 words. Short prose may include one or more chapters from an unpublished book.

POETRY:  up to 50 lines

Winners of the Short Prose and Poetry categories will each receive $200.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry All entries must be received by 11.59pm, 1 August 2022 using the online entry form.

Shortlists will be announced in early October and the winners and runners up will be announced on 20th October 7pm, at St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch as part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival and the NZSA Heritage Book Awards. Winners will be invited to read their work at this event.

Guidelines and online entry form:

Please note: The 2022 NZSA Heritage Book Awards are now being administered by the National Office. If you have a book published between 1 June 2021 and 1 June 2022 please see here for information on entries:

Writers’ Retreat – a gift of time!

The Northland branch invites members to attend a writers’ retreat to be held in Paihia on the weekend of 19 – 21 August, staying at the Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel, 27 Kings Road, Paihia.

You can view the hotel here:

This retreat is designed to give members a chance to get into some serious, distraction-free writing.

There are 7 rooms booked at $218.70 for the two nights, and payment will be required by 16/8. 

Check in: 19/8 2-7pm

Check out: 21/8 10am

Food is your own responsibility. There is a continental or cooked breakfast available, which can be requested and paid for on check in. Those who would like to get together on the Saturday night to go out for dinner are welcome, and if you have any suggestions for places to go in Paihia please let us know.

It will be first in, but if you miss out it may be possible to book directly with the hotel. If we can’t fill the rooms with members, we will then offer the remaining spots to the wider writing community.

We hope to see you there


CONGRATULATIONS to NZSA Northland member, Heather Whelan, who has recently published her latest novel!

Lost by Heather Whelan

It’s the 1860s and orphaned brothers Tom and Jim, together with their young sister Kate, are leaving England bound for Australia. Their plan is to join the gold rush and make their fortune. When Kate accidentally ends up on a ship bound for New Zealand the boys have to set off without her–and Kate has to fend for herself in a strange new country. Will the boys find gold? And will Kate ever see her brothers again?

Lost is available from Wheelers and from the author:

Contact heatherwhelan2[at}

Price: $20+postage (generally $5 within NZ). (Can be delivered locally)

the 2022 NFFD Long List! 

See the long list here! Congratulations to the writers of these stories! 

It was an impressive stack of submissions this year, and it has taken the judges all of May to arrive at the Long List. We thank everyone who submitted — we appreciate how hard it is to tell a whole story in 300 words, and this year’s set of submissions was very strong. 

NFFD 2022 celebrations
This year, we will celebrate our ten years 2012-2022 with an all-day online FESTIVAL OF FLASH on Sunday, 19 June. The awards ceremony will also take place on this day, 6-8pm, as a special online national event. 

There will also be readings and local events, region to region, to celebrate flash in your area. News and updates about all events will be shared on  the Events page. Watch this space! 

Micro Madness begins today with stories from the Short List posted every day from 1 June to 22 June. Tune in and see the winning micros! Tune in every day to see those wonderful stories, selected by this year’s judges Rose Collins and Meg Pokrass. 

Watch this space for the Short List and other news during this big month of flash. 

Flash Frontier is open for submissions to the July AWA issue. Submissions info is here. Send your 250-word stories this month! 

This month, we’ll launch new website upgrades for National Flash Fiction Day and Flash Frontier 

NFFD Festival of Flash   New Facebook Page:
And finally… we send our best wishes and congratulations to everyone who submitted to the National Flash Fiction Day 2022 competition. It is no small thing to send your work out into the world, and we look forward to more. 

Sharing NZSA Northland Branch News and events:

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Facebook page (public) and Facebook group (private).

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“Write what should not be forgotten.”

— Isabel Allende

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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