Northland Events



Date: Sunday 23 June 2019 
Time: 1–4pm
Location: King’s Theatre Creative, 62 Gillies Street, Kawakawa
The event will start with a workshop, followed by afternoon tea and a public reading of flash fiction, including the NFFD winning entries and Northland’s winning entry.
This year our annual flash-fiction workshop will be presented by Northland writer, Michael Botur. Michael is the author of five short-story collections. He was placed second in the 2019 North & South Short Short Story Competition and is a past winner of the Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction Competition.
Participants are asked to bring a prepared draft of their story on a laptop if possible. During the workshop, writers will identify the anchor, heart, or core of the message in one flash story. They’ll also condense their story into an ‘elevator pitch’ that will help keep the story focused on what matters and sharpen the significance of each of the chosen 300 words.

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100 NZ Stories, 100 Days: Short Story Campaign

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Northland author Michael Botur has launched a programme of publishing short stories every day for 100 days on social media and is encouraging other Kiwi writers to do the same. The intention is to keep short fiction writing in the public consciousness every day by using social media.
Botur hopes that the campaign will encourage fiction writers to publish ‘snackable’, shortish writing online. “It will help us find new readers and it will remind the public that short fiction needs to be valued as an art form.” The published stories don’t necessarily need to be new – writers are encouraged to post links to flash fiction and short prose already published in literary magazines and blogs.
Botur says, “Short-fiction writers need to reclaim their place in daily media. Literature is an art form that generates meaningful discussion about cultural experiences. It’s deeply therapeutic for everyone, whether writing or reading – plus reading a lot of this material is completely free.”
Authors are urged to publish their 100 pieces on any consecutive days across autumn to spring (30 April to 9 August) and use the hashtag #100NZStories100days to support one another.

NorthWrite 2019: Expanding Horizons

30 August–1 September 2019 Barge Showgrounds Event Centre, Whangarei
Attention writers and editors!
NorthWrite 2019 is organised into fours streams: publishing, writing techniques, master classes and conversations. Presenters include Kate de Goldi, Catherine Chidgey, Simon Minto, Harry Ricketts, Leeanna Morgan, Eboni Waitere from Huia, Jim Azavedo from Smashwords (by webinar), Zana Bell, Piet Nieuwland and Vivian Thonger.
Registration opens 1 July. The programme will be published on

Like to share your writing at NorthWrite 2019?

The NorthWrite Committee would like to include writing by Northlanders on the fronts of bags provided to conference participants. We are using paper carrier bags and we hope to decorate each of these with a piece of local creative writing.
If you would like a piece or pieces of your writing to be included, please either:

  • bring to the NZSA branch meetings in June or July
  • give to a committee member – Di, Justine, Kathy, Lesley or Margaret
  • post to Kathy Derrick, PO Box 841, Kerikeri 0245 in an A4 envelope.


  • One piece of writing only on each sheet.
  • The writing must be a completed work – a poem, flash fiction, short story or equivalent.
  • The writer’s name should be included.
  • The writing must be as easily readable as possible – written in at least a 12-point font, 1.5-spaced and if on a coloured background, the print should be black.
  • Printed on one A4-sized sheet of paper or thin card in portrait orientation – please don’t fold.
  • You can submit as many pieces as you like. We’ll use as many as possible.

Any questions can be emailed to margareta.cahill[at]gmail[dot]com.

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]

Poetry events:

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    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.





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