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Franklin Writers 2019 competition

Greetings to all, especially to writers,   

Believe it or not another two years have flown by and the Franklin Writers group is once again holding its biennial short story competition.  This time there are a couple of important changes.  First the competition is for a 300 word Flash Fiction story, closing on June 30th 2019.  Second, the award ceremony will be held at the ‘Words Will Work’ South Auckland writers festival to be held at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa on Saturday 27th July 2019. 

Conditions and entry form for the competition are attached or may be found on the  Franklin Writers Group website.

For details of South Auckland Writers Festival please go to  https://wordswillwork.nz/

Visit the website for the programme

We would be grateful if you could pass this on to your fellow writers networks and we look forward to receiving their support of both the competition and the festival.

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100 NZ Stories, 100 Days –Author starts short story campaign

Northland author Michael Botur has launched a programme of publishing short stories every day for the next 100 days on social media and is encouraging other Kiwi writers to do the same.

Botur said the #100NZStories100days campaign doesn’t hinge on any significant date. Rather, it’s about keeping short fiction writing in the public consciousness every day by using social media. Botur suggests Facebook, Twitter, Medium, Tumblr and LinkedIn as the best platforms for NZ short story writers to publish their hundred stories on.

The published stories aren’t expected to be all new – writers are encouraged to post links to stories already published in literary magazines and blogs.

“I have a philosophy of ‘There’s no time like the present’ with a lot of my publishing,” Botur says. “Fiction writers endure many forces which delay the publication of our work when we’re keen to share it with the world. Life is short and I don’t think it’s right that publishers and competitions will keep an author waiting up to 12 months to share their work with the world.”

“If you’re a writer and you know you have some quality work to share, you need to pick up the reins yourself. Don’t expect to be plucked from obscurity. You probably have audience members out there in the world waiting to discover your wonderful words. They’re unlikely to discover you if you wait around for someone else’s approval. Just go for it.”

Botur says the hashtag #100NZStories100days encourages 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. Also, sharing 100 stories is important in pushing back against the clickbait which pollutes the information we consume every day.”

Botur says the number of short stories published in mainstream NZ media is far too few.

“Short fiction writers need to reclaim their place in daily media. Literature is an art form which 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 and use the hashtag #100NZStories100days to support one another.

Botur, who lives in Whangarei, is author of five short story collections and one novel, has won numerous awards for short stories and flash fiction, delivers workshops and short courses on short story writing and performs with the Poetry Posse of Tai Tokerau Northland.

#100NZStories100days

Mike Botur
www.KiwiWords.co.nz

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Popular genres for 2018

What books sell best in the shop? This is a question we get asked often and off the top of our heads it was difficult to say – picture books did well, but so did historical fiction and non-fiction as well as crime thrillers. With the thanks of a bit of spare time and a spreadsheet we set about looking at the sales for 2018 and what genre had the highest percentage.

Here are the results:

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Manawatu Writers’ Festival 2018 (Sept 7 – 11)

We welcome our guest blogger Rita Stirling-Vincent…

As a newbie to the “I’m gonna be a writer” gang, I really didn’t know what to expect from the festival. It’s the first I’ve attended. I was prepared to sit in dark, draughty town halls, sifting through the pearls of wisdom scattered by successful writers, published writers, real writers. Now I would get guidance on how to begin this crazy career. There would be illumination of the way forward.

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Why We Don’t All Like the Same Books

We welcome our guest blogger Nōnen Títi …

Why do we go around saying that one or another book “is good”, “is fascinating”, “is realistic”, or, alternatively, “is stupid”, “is simplistic” or “is not proper literature”? Why do we express our opinion about certain genres of books as if they are factual?

I am not talking about books that can justifiably be labelled “not very good”, because they have problems with grammar, punctuation, cohesion, pace, tone and characterization – problems related to the ability to use language or the craft of writing itself – which are somewhat objective measurements. Continue reading Why We Don’t All Like the Same Books

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Book, Chocolate and Wine Pairings – Perfect for a relaxing weekend

As book lovers and avid readers, we ask – What’s better than a good book? A good book paired with the perfect glass of wine, and favourite chocolate deliciousness of course. However, we also know that all books are best consumed with cheese, but we are leaving that for another day.

Not a wine drinker? Then we have some alternatives further down the page –

There is no wrong or right way of doing this, and here are a few to get you started…

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We caught another author with the promise of a choccie fish!

Kia ora,

Please welcome our latest victim guest, V. L. Dreyer On the metal plate suspended above that puddle by wires is a chocolate fish. Behave and the delicious pink marshmallow fish covered in chocolate won’t end up a goopy mess on the floor.

In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation – you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine.

Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a head shot every time.

Comfy?

1. What’s your favourite type of takeaway?

Depends on my mood, location, and budget at any given time.  I’ll pretty much eat anything that isn’t spicy.  Not a fan of pizza, though.

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Please welcome Antony Millen to the hot seat

Kia ora,

Please welcome our latest victim guest, Antony Millen. On the metal plate suspended above that puddle by wires is a chocolate fish. Behave and the delicious pink marshmallow fish covered in chocolate won’t end up a goopy mess on the floor.

In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation – you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine.
Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a head shot every time.

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Helping us help you

Good morning authors and readers,

Hope you’re enjoying this rather beautiful crisp winter weather. It’s much easier to cope with winter when it isn’t raining and blowing a gale!

Now to the point of this blog post …

We do have a request, instead of buying a coffee today (or tomorrow) would you please donate that money to our give-a-little page and help us keep our doors open? Seriously every dollar will help.

Here’s the link: Writers Plot Give a Little

We truly appreciate your help.
And would very much like to continue providing support for Kiwi authors.

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Our first victim for 2017 is Belinda Mellor!

Kia ora,

Please welcome our latest victim guest, Belinda Mellor. On the metal plate suspended above that puddle by wires is a chocolate fish. Behave and the delicious pink marshmallow fish covered in chocolate won’t end up a goopy mess on the floor.

In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation – you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine.
Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a headshot every time.

Belinda Mellor
Belinda Mellor

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