Northland Events


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, August 23, 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 – 22 June 2019

Competition runs February 15-April 15. Send your best 300 words for cash prizes! Adult and youth categories.
For more information, see National Flash Fiction Day 2019 Competition page.

Poetry events:

  • Dirty Word Open Mic at Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei: Wed 13 March at 7pm.
  • International Poetry Day with Poets at ONEONESIX at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei: Thurs 21 March at 5pm (gold coin entry)..

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]


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.
March meetings are on the 15th and 29th.
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.


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.


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

Page Blackmore Short Story Competition: The Top of the South branch of NZSA organises an annual short story competition which is jointly sponsored by Page & Blackmore and the branch, with prizes awarded in the form of both book vouchers and cash (First – $500; Second – $300; Third – $200).
Previously unpublished stories of up to 1500 words can be submitted electronically as well as by post. All entries receive feedback.
Entry fee – $20 per story.
Closing date – 1 April 2019.

Takahē Magazine Short Story Competition 2019: Maximum length for each story submitted is 2,500 words. First prize is $250 and second prize is $100.
Results and the winning story will be published online in takahē 96 (August 2019) and all entries will considered for publication.
Submissions must be received no later than 31 March 2019.
See takahē magazine website for more information.

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.

2019 Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest: This is a contest only for LGBTQI writers, offering an incredible opportunity to upskill yourself and show your writing talent.
There are three prizes: $1000 for the winning story, $500 for the runner-up and $500 for the best writing from a promising young writer aged under 25.
The word limit is a maximum of 2000 words and should not be exceeded. Stories must exceed 1200 words. Entries will close Sunday 31 March 2019. Check it out…

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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