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Incheon City Concept Design Competition – NZ Division

Weta Workshop are calling for New Zealand tertiary students to turn their imaginations into pieces of art for the second Incheon City Concept Design Competition. Now, as even we at SFFANZ News know, Incheon is a city in north-west South Korea, but this competition has Weta involvement, so there is a New Zealand division local students can enter. Since travel to Incheon isn’t really on right now, the competition has cash prizes this year.

This year there are offering two alternate design briefs for you to choose from:

Option 1. Imagine a time traveller from 1900AD (could be English, Korean, Chinese etc) that arrives in Incheon 2077.

Option 2. A time traveller from the year 2077 travels back to London or Wellington, New Zealand or even Incheon Circa 1900.

For reasons we don’t really understand, Weta only told us about this today and entries close on the 23rd May, so you might have to get busy.

Zephyr Short Story Competition

The excellent folk at the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) sent us some information about the inaugural Zephyr Short Story Competition. All the details can be found at zephyrstories.com, but in essence it is a short story competition open to NZ residents with open and junior divisions.

Now normally we wouldn’t post this info, it not having a specific sf/f/h connection. But the NZSA people did ask very nicely and it got us thinking about how many genre authors there are out there – just think about how many aspiring authors attended workshops at Geysercon. So spread the word among your networks and get them to support this new competition by sending them some properly excellent speculative fiction short stories.

Neal Stephenson : Prize Giveaway

To celebrate Neal Stephenson’s upcoming appearance at the Auckland Writer’s Festival, the festival has kindly donated a prize pack containing a stack of Stephenson’s books to give away to readers of the SFFANZ news service.

To be in with a chance to win, just correctly answer the three questions below. You can find details of Neal’s appearances at the festival here, here and here.

Q1: In Neal’s novel Snow Crash, what does the Deliverator deliver?

Q2: In The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., what does the acronym D.O.D.O. stand for?

Q3: Who will be chairing Neal’s session (“The Big Ideas of Neal Stephenson”) at the Writer’s Festival on 19 May at 8.45pm?

To enter, simply email your answers to enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. The first email received which contains all three correct answers will win the prize pack.

New Zealand entrants only please. A condition of entry is that the winner must provide their name and a valid New Zealand postal address.

YA SF writing competition

Eunoia Publishing Ltd is a New Zealand publisher that have just acquired Steam Press Limited, NZ’s best publisher of speculative fiction.

To celebrate, Steam Press is running a SF writing competition.

The details and entry form can be found at 


Submissions now open for 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award

in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention


Phillip Mann

Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.

Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.


NZ$100, story publication, and a selection of print books

to be awarded at Au Contraire 3


  1. Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here.
  2. Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
  3. Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
  4. Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
  5. Standard formatting:  Ariel or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
  6. Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
  7. Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: ac2016storyaward@gmail.com with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).
  8. Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.


**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author).



Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

Nominations for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1 November, 2013.  The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2013 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies.  We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Nomination FAQs can be found here.

If you would like to advise us of a work we have not listed, please contact listings@sffanz.org.nz.

Interview with Elspeth Cooper, plus giveaway

On Helen Lowe’s blog there is an interview with Elspeth Cooper, author of Songs of the Earth and Trinity Rising and finalist in the 2012 Gemmell Morningstar Award.  There is a giveaway of Elspeth’s books.

The interview is here.

A Memory Of Light

There are seven spokes on the wheel of time. The winners of the competition to receive a copy of A Memory Of Light (the last volume of the Wheel of Time series) are:

Belinda Whitehead
Kory Valley
Kieran Reilly

Congratulations to the winners. Enjoy your new book.

Win a copy of the last volume in the Wheel of Time series


A Memory Of Light, the final volume in the Wheel Of Time series will be published on January 8th 2013. We have three copies to give away. To enter the competition to win a copy, just answer the question:

How many spokes does the wheel of time have?

Send your answers to: enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. All correct answers will go into a hat and the winners will be drawn and announced on January 8th 2013. All entries must be received on or before midnight on January 7th 2013.

“The Thing” DVD – Prizewinners

The names of the contestants were written on separate pieces of paper which were carefully folded and placed in the SFFANZ President’s black Akubra hat, the one with a lucky feather in the hatband. The Presidents wife picked three pieces of paper from the hat and read out the names of the winners. In the order drawn, the winners of the DVDs are:

Zara Baxter
John Howell
Kevin Maclean

Congratulations to the winners.

Win a DVD of “The Thing”

Just a reminder that the DVD and Blu-ray of The Thing was released in New Zealand on March 7th. SFFANZ have three copies of the DVD to give away. To go into a draw to win a copy please email enquiries@sffanz.sf.org.nz with the answer to these questions:

1. What is the title of the story on which the movie is based?
2. Who wrote the story?

All correct answers will go into a draw to win a DVD. The draw will be held on Saturday 10th March

Turn The Wheel Of Time

Spin the Wheel Of TimeTo prepare for the release of the final installment in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, A Memory Of Light, the official Facebook page is holding a series of exclusive prize giveaways for New Zealand. The first sweepstake is open now and is accepting entries until 30th April 2012. Click on the picture to take part.

Win a copy of the DVD of Universal Pictures “The Thing”

The Thing is a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name about a group of scientists in the Antarctic who are confronted by a shape shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

DVD Cover

Palaeontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins a Norwegian scientific team in Antarctica that has discovered an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, and an organism that seems to have died in the crash. When an experiment frees the alien, a shape-shifting creature with the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time.  Paranoia soon spreads like an epidemic as they’re infected, one by one, and a thrilling race for survival begins?

The DVD and Blu-ray will be released in New Zealand on March 7th. SFFANZ have three copies of the DVD to give away. To go into a draw to win a copy please email enquiries@sffanz.sf.org.nz with the answer to these questions:

1. What is the title of the story on which the movie is based?
2. Who wrote the story?

All correct answers will go into a draw to win a DVD. The draw will be held on Saturday 10th March

Short story competition

SpecFicNZ are holding a short story competition in conjunction with Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, authors of the steampunk adventure Phoenix Rising and publishers of the fiction podcast ‘Tales from the Archives’.

Submissions will be open throughout January 2012.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of New Zealand and has a monetary and publication prize. Further details about the competition can be found here.

The Great Race at The Weta Cave

When: Saturday 13th August, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: The Weta Cave, Wellington
Admission: Free

Make your way to as many of The Lord of the Rings movie locations in Wellington as possible, and be in to win fantastic prizes!

Register and pick up your unique entry form from the Weta Cave, Saturday 9am, August 13th.

The completely updated new editions of Ian Brodie’s The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebooks will be on sale at the Weta Cave to help you find the locations.

Ian Brodie will be on hand to judge the best photos and to sign his awesome guidebooks.

Go to Ian Brodie’s website www.ianbrodie.net

Nicole Murphy giveaway

To celebrate the release of Rogue Gadda, the third and final book in the ‘Dreams of Asarlai’ series, Nicole Murphy is giving away a copy.

Go here to Helen Lowe’s blog to enter.

Online Animation Competition

The SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is running an online animation competition. The winner will receive $20,000 in prize money and their entry will be screened at a GRAPHIC festival event at the opera house.

2) Eligibility
a) The Competition is open to animation lovers 18 years of age and over.
b) The Entrant(s) must be the person/people creating the animation.
c) To enter the Competition you must be available to be in Sydney during the period 20 – 21 August 2011 to participate in the screening of the live event, Graphic Live.  Overseas Entrants must possess a current valid passport and obtain any visas necessary to travel to Sydney for the Graphic Live event at the Sydney Opera House on 20-21 August 2011.  [Employees of Sydney Opera House and their immediate families, associated agencies of this promotion and companies associated with this promotion are not eligible to enter the Competition
d) Each Entry must comply with the Competition Rules.  Failure to do so will result in automatic disqualification from the Competition and immediate removal of the Entry from the Competition Website, at Sydney Opera House’s sole discretion.
e) Any queries relating to the Competition should be sent by email to:  graphic@sydneyoperahouse.com.

ConText short story and artwork contests


All SF, fantasy, or horror stories of up to 5,000 words in length will be eligible.

To enter, please e-mail your story, as an attachment in .rtf (Rich Text Format), to the convention e-mail address enquiries@context.sf.org.nz.

Include a cover sheet with:

  • your name
  • contact details
  • story title
  • number of pages

Pages must be numbered.

DO NOT include your name or other identifying information on the manuscript itself.

Final judging by Catherine Asaro


All SF, fantasy or horror themed art – 2D, 3D, painting, sculpture, modelling or other forms – is eligible.

Please bring your artwork along to the convention, and present it in person to the registration desk to enter.

Final judging by Frank Victoria

UK Release of “The Heir of Night”, Plus “Launch-a-thon”

Helen Lowe’s “The Heir of Night” will be launching in the UK as of 8 pm tonight, NZ time and despite earthquake, aftershocks, destruction, liquefaction and dust, Helen is going to be mark the occasion on her blog with a giveaway of three, signed, UK first editions of Heir (a large-format trade paperback not available in NZ)–the recipients to be drawn who comment on the official launch post that will be ‘live’ from 8 pm tonight, Thursday 3, through to 8 pm Friday 4 (so plenty of time to get your comment in.)

But, there is more. Recognizing the severity and trauma of the Christchurch earthquake, Helen is also doing a launch-a-thon: she will be donating a dollar for every person who comments on the official launch post (or in fact any of her March 3 posts on Helen Lowe on Anything, Really)  to the NZ Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal, up to a maximum of $500. So get in there, comment and show your support to earthquake stricken Christchurch—and be in to win as well.

SpecFicNZ Short Story Contest


In conjunction with the Wily Writers Website for Down-loadable Speculative Fiction, SpecFicNZ is going to conduct its very first Short Story Contest.

This contest is only open to SpecFicNZ members, and will run from March 1st, 2011 to March 31st, 2011. If you are not a member of SpecFicNZ, it is not too late to join.

Editor of the Wily site, Angel Leigh McCoy, has generously agreed to publish the two winning stories in the June 2011 issue of Wily Writers, an issue featuring SpecFicNZ as the New Zealand national speculative fiction writers association.

She is doing this because she believes strongly “that writers organizations play a primary role in the support and success of up-and-coming writers. They provide networking and knowledge, the two most valuable treasures a writer can receive. If you’re not a member of a writers organization, then you may want to consider joining one, both so you can submit to Wily Writers this year and so that you have access to all the wonderful writing resources these organizations provide.”

Wily Writers is a significant market and was listed one of the 75 Best Online Markets by Writers Digest (Nov/Dec Issue 2010).

In addition to publication, the Wily Website will be paying the top two winning stories, and SpeFicNZ will be pitching in prize money as well. First place will be awarded $75 US. Second place will be $50 US.

Submission Guidelines can be found HERE, but please do not submit anything until March 1st.

No member of SpecFicNZ or its core committee will be judging the contest entries. They will be judged by an outside party (chosen by Angel McCoy).

Stories will not be edited, so send only your best, polished work.

Not a short story writer? If you only write novels, consider harvesting a short story or self-sustained excerpt out of your latest project to submit and promote your novel.

So, get writing and make NZ proud!