Northland Events


Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand – Book launch and readings. Please join us for the launch of Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, published by CUP. The launch will take place on 2 September at the Word Christchurch Festival, with readings in Wellington, Auckland and Whangarei.
The Northland Bonsai event will take place in Whangarei on Wednesday 12 September at the Butter Factory at 6:30pm. Readers include Piet Nieuwland, Michael Botur, Jac Jenkins, Martin Porter, Michelle Elvy and more.
A workshop will take place earlier that day: 15:00–17:00, Whangarei Central Library, Maori Room with Bonsai essayist and contributor Martin Porter.
The anthology will be available for purchase at the evening event.
More here

Poetry events: 
  • Dirty Word at Old Stone Butter Factory Wednesday 12 September 7pm
  • Poets at ONEONESIX Thursday 20 September 5pm

Want to get a copy of Fast Fibres Poetry Five? It has 60 pages containing 39 Northland poets and can be yours for $10, or $15 for two copies (including P&P). Contact: fastfibres[at]

Hokianga Book Festival: Rawene will be buzzing with books on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September with the Hokianga Book Festival. Instead of our regular monthly meeting that weekend, members are encouraged to come along and get involved in the Saturday events.

Hokianga Book Festival Essay Competition – Small is Beautiful: As part of the Hokianga Book Festival, No.1 Parnell invites Far North writers to submit a work for its essay competition. The theme is Small is Beautiful and interpretation is open.
There will be one winning prize of $500 and up to 10 finalists will be selected whose work will be published in a book. The finalists and winner will be announced on September 15 at the Hokianga Book Festival.
For more information click here.


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.


Tuatara Design Store
Tuatara Design Store in Bank St, Whangarei showcases art and craft work by Northland artists. They are willing to sell books by Northland authors in their shop. Contact Tracey at tracey[at]tuataradesignstore[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.


Timeless Wisdom Writing Competition: This competition focuses on non-fiction short stories which share some of the wisdom that can only be acquired through age. There are four themes:
• Fear & Courage
• Struggle & Success
• Love & Loss
• Human Kindness
Entry is free and closes on 28 September 2018. For submission details and more information see the Exisle Publishing website.

Rotorua Noir:New Zealand’s first crime writing festival, bringing together the cream of the New Zealand crime-writing scene and some serious talent from overseas. Meet your favourite authors, attend panel discussions, enter the short story competition and take workshops at this 3-day festival. Anyone wishing to sell books at the event or ask to join any onstage panels should contact organisers. Website:

NZSA National Writers Forum 2018: A conference for people who write, whether fiction, non-fiction, blogs, textbooks, children’s books, journalism, graphic novels, poetry, plays or in digital media. It is a 2.5 day intensive where writers talk, learn and share information about the craft of writing, the business of writing and the world of words. The NWF reports and reflects on aspects of technique, craft, current New Zealand writing, publishing opportunities and explores the prospects for writers in Aotearoa and beyond.
21-23 September 2018, Auckland.  Website:

The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition: There will be a first prize of $300, a second prize of $75 and a third prize of $50. Entries should be fiction in any genre and be up to 1,000 words in length. Entries cost only $10 per story and close on 30 September 2018. Find out more here.

The Carter Brown Mystery Writing Awards: This competition is open to all writers over the age of 18 writing novella-length adult crime/mystery fiction (around 20,000–50,000 words). Entries close 5 pm AEST 31 October 2018. The winner will be announced in February 2019 and the winning entry will be published in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in May 2019. Find out more here.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on 30 November. Valuing enthusiasm, determination and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Things are already ramping up now to ensure writers will be ready to go on the day, so sign up for inspiration, pep talks, badges and heaps of fun.




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