Our NorthWrite event for 2016 is a competition open to writers residing in Northland. We realise a number of our followers are not from Northland but please do continue to follow us as we will be organising open events in the future. And if you happen to know a Northland writer who might not be following us then please pass on this information.
Registration at a 2016 national writers’ conference of your choice to the value of up to $700. For conferences where the registration fees are less than this amount, the balance of the prize may be used to cover travel and/or accommodation costs (receipts are required). A list of the conferences covered by this prize is set out below.
Entrants are asked to submit one piece of unpublished writing of up to 2000 words in length that has been inspired in some way by the land, people or history of Northland. This may be in any genre (short story, flash fiction, novel excerpt, essay, article or poem).
- be 18 years old or over
- be permanent residents of Northland*
- complete the attached entry form (download here), including a short statement of up to 500 words explaining how attendance at the conference will support their progress as a writer. (This statement will be taken into account by the judges.)
One entry per person only.
The entry must be the original work of the writer and must not have been published, either in print or online.
The writer’s name and contact information must be on the entry form only. Any submissions with the writer’s name or other details on the writing entry will be disqualified.
Entries should be 1.5 or double spaced and printed on one side of the paper only.
Post two copies of the entry form and two copies of your writing submission to:
PO Box 841
Entries close on Monday 28 March at 5pm. (As this is Easter Monday, entries postmarked 29 March will be accepted.)
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Copyright of entries will remain with the writers.
The results and judges’ comments will be published on the NorthWrite website.
The Northland Branch of NZSA reserves the right to publish the winning entry on their NorthWrite website.
Should the winner be unable to attend their chosen conference, the prize may be awarded to another finalist at the organisers’ discretion.
The entry fee is $15, to be paid by internet banking or at a bank to ANZ account number 06-0493-0251640-00. Please use your surname/family name and initial as a reference when making this payment.
*The Far North, Whāngārei and Kaipara Districts make up Northland. If you live in one of these districts you are eligible to enter.
Auckland Writers Festival
10 – 15 MAY 2016
The Auckland Writers Festival brings the very best local and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists and public intellectuals together with audiences to explore ideas, share stories and experience brilliant conversations. We celebrate curiosity and a sense of intellectual adventure and our programme is driven by the desire to spark ideas, to get us talking and to give us a time and place to engage with the world.
Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) Conference
12 – 14 AUGUST 2016
Keynote speaker, Michael Hauge, will be conducting his Story Mastery full-day workshop on Friday and speaking throughout the weekend. Kathryn Burnett (script and screen writer) will also present. The line-up of speakers over the weekend will inspire, educate and entertain writers at all stages of their writing journey. More information on other speakers will be posted as it comes to hand.
18 – 21 AUGUST 2016
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation representing an international network of countries and people, mostly volunteers, dedicated to bringing books and children together.
Nearly two decades into the 21st century it is time to reflect on and to redefine what it means to be literate and what young people’s literature might ‘look like’ in a future where story is conveyed, not only through written and oral modes but also, increasingly, through visual, gestural, spatial and digital modes. This Congress offers a forum for delegates from throughout the world to discuss these challenges and offer solutions.
Going West Books and Writers Festival
9 – 11 SEPTEMBER 2016
This annual literary festival takes place in Waitakere City each September and is dedicated to celebrating the writing of New Zealand authors. Going West will sponsor a double ticket if the winner selects this festival.
Click here for more information
National Writers’ Forum
17 – 19 SEPTEMBER 2016
The National Writers’ Forum is an exciting new event on New Zealand’s literary calendar.
It is for people who write – books, graphic novels, poetry, flash-fiction and interactive forms.
The National Writers’ Forum will deliver detailed information on particular subjects with master classes, workshops, case studies, keynote speakers and panel discussion.
It is a two day intensive where writers will talk, learn and share information about the craft of writing and the business of getting published – traditional, hybrid and indie – print and digital. It will discuss the prospects for writers in the new democracy of the digital world and the state of play in New Zealand right now.
Māori Writers Festival
15 –16 or 22 – 23 OCTOBER 2016
This will be a fabulous conference for Māori writers. We will keep you informed as dates are confirmed and as other details come to hand.