NZSA Northland News July 2022


NZSA Northland Branch Meeting

Thursday 14 July 2022 at 6.00 pm, by Zoom

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


Thursday 21 July 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangārei

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



is the theme for this year’s National Short Story Competition run by NZSA Northland.

Check out last year’s winners on this site.

2022 National Short Story Competition

Run by Northland Branch NZSA (PEN Inc)

Sponsored by The Northern Advocate & Pavlova Press


First Place $500

Second place $100

Third Place $50

All three stories will be published in The Northern Advocate and on their website over the summer holiday period, as well as on the Northland branch website.


Kathy Derrick & Jac Jenkins

Pavlova Press


Open to NZ residents 17 years and over.

Stories must be original and not previously published in print or online.

Entry fee $15 (GST incl.) for one story, $25 for two, $30 for three.

Word limit 1500 words.

Theme is “Lost”.

Emailed entries only

For conditions and entry form email

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.

Rooms will be allocated on a first in basis, 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!


Author Talk – Catherine Lea

CONGRATULATIONS to NZSA Northland member, Catherine Lea (left).

Her informative and entertaining presentation in the May Bain Room at Whangarei Central Library was well-received!

WELCOME to new NZSA Northland member, Sherryl Clark


Freelance editor

 I work with novels, memoirs, poetry, and children’s and YA books, including picture books. I taught Professional Writing & Editing at Polytech for 23 years, and I also write (I have 70 children’s and YA books published, and three adult novels). I mostly provide structural and developmental editing (which people also call critiquing). Some copy editing when I have time. I’m not currently able to take on new mentoring clients.

My website is at Have a look around, and use my contact page or email me at for a quote.

Sharing NZSA Northland Branch News and events:

– Share with us on our Facebook Pages for NZSA Northland 

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

– Submit your news, including events, awards, recent publications and book launches to: northlandauthors[at] for inclusion in our monthly newsletter.

Free for financial members. Charges available on request for non-members.

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” — Doris Lessing

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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