Northland Events


NorthWrite 2019  – May Update

Northwrite TEST2Save the date for this major event for Northland writers.
NorthWrite 2019: Expanding Horizons – 30 August–1 September 2019, Barge Showgrounds Event Centre, Whangarei.
An exciting programme of master classes, workshops and conversations for fiction and non-fiction writers, poets and editors.
Confirmed presenters include Catherine Chidgey, Kate de Goldi, Simon Minto, Harry Ricketts, Eboni Waitere and Leeann Morgan.
Entertaining speakers, a meet-and-greet event and a formal dinner will also feature.

Fast Fibres Six – Call for Submissions

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing a sixth collection to display the talents of Northland poets. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, 23 August 2019.
We invite poets with a strong connection to Northland to submit 3 poems, each preferably no longer than 20 lines, plus a two-line biographical statement.
Deadline: June 14
Email: fastfibres[at]

New Zealand National Flash Fiction Day 

For more information, see National Flash Fiction Day 2019 Competition page.
Northland’s annual Flash Fiction Day celebrations will be held at Kings Theatre Creative on Sunday 23 June from 1-4pm. The NZSA Northland branch sponsors an award for the top Northland entry.

Poetry events:

  • Poets at ONEONESIX at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei: Thurs 23 May at 5pm (gold coin entry).
  • Poets at ONEONESIX at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei: Thurs 20 June at 5pm (gold coin entry).


Whangarei Writers’ Workshop: A friendly group of writers who meet every second Friday at the Kamo Club 10.00am-12.30pm to critique work and support other writers.
Check out their Facebook page or contact Heather Whelan.

Mangawhai Writers Group: This group welcomes writers of all genres, especially those needing help, since the group has several published authors. They meet every second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Old School House opposite the new Mangawhai Museum at the Heads. The meeting does include readings and feedback. Pop along and join this friendly bunch – please bring $3 to cover lights and heating. Please contact bevanconsult[at] to get involved and find out more.

Flash Fiction Club: first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Whangarei District Library for more information

Kerikeri/Bay of Islands:  Second Monday of the month at 7–9pm. Our aim is mutual improvement and inspiration through constructive criticism. We are writing short pieces, extracts and flash fiction, both to improve our style and for publication and competition. If you’d like to join us, email Vivian at vthonger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Whangarei Writers’ Group: Second Monday of the month at 10am. This is a critique group and will be limited to just 6 – 7 people. A wait list will be created in case someone drops out. Please contact Derin Attwood on derin[at]wordlypress[dot]com.


Book Inn: Evon Morgan (formerly of The Piggery) now owns Book Inn in Kamo and is setting up a local writers’ section. Contact her if you have books you’d like to be included. Book Inn, 420 Kamo Road, 4353202. She has two tables – one each side of the entrance. One table is dedicated to NZ writers, with an emphasis on Northland writers. Several Branch members are well represented.

Kings Theatre Creative: creative gateway to the Far North, Kawakawa. Pop in and see the latest exhibition.


Writers Up North: NZSA members and other Northland writers are encouraged to visit for Northland writing updates and to send their writing news to admin[at]  Facebook group Writers Up North.

Creative Junction Magazine: Creative Junction is a new magazine with a Tai Tokerau focus. Please contact publisher and editor Pippa Bourke (pippa[at]creativejunction[dot]nz) for advertising enquiries or to share your news. There are also openings for writers to contribute.


Sargeson Prize Short Story Competition: The University of Waikato is proud to sponsor this country’s richest short story prize, named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson.
Two divisions: Open and Secondary Schools.
Judge for 2019: Catherine Chidgey
Entries will be open from 1 April – 30 June 2019, with the winners announced at the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture in October. All New Zealand writers, published and unpublished, are eligible to enter.
Visit website or Facebook page for more information.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Celebrating 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

StartWrite Writing Appraisal Service – subsidised for NZSA members: Appraisals are available on a first come, first served basis.
The NZSA Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service is an excellent opportunity for writers to get an appraisal of up to 6000 words. This is a fast and efficient way to get you on track with your work – be it poetry, short stories or an early draft of a longer manuscript. Find out more.

Kill Your Darlings: Online Writers Workshops: Online literary magazine Kill Your Darlings is now presenting its popular in-person creative-writing workshops in a new online format. The KYD writers’ workshops are ideal for emerging and early-to-mid-career authors who wish to develop their creative practice at their own pace. New workshops now include approaches to genre writing, taught by guest teachers prominent in their fields.




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