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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
- Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
- 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.
- Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
- Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: email@example.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).
- 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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:
Congratulations to the winners. Enjoy your new book.