NZ Writing Competitions 2018

Book Award: 31 March 2018 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award $10,000 prizes for published and unpublished manuscripts in the Mind, Body and Spirit genre. Authors must be NZ citizens. Manuscript Competition: 31 March 2018 NZ Book Festival Manuscript Competition First prize is a…

November – 41,028 words

What gets you up and out of your cosy cocoon in the morning? The whine of a puppy? The call of nature? The white-hot pain as a few strands of hair catch in a loom band necklace that is being forced over your head…

NZ Writing Competitions

10 July Landfall Magazine November Issue Categories: Poetry, Prose 31 July Mindfood Magazine Categories: Short story (2000 words) 15 Aug New Zealand Heritage Book & Writing Awards Submit 1 July – 15 August Theme: Finding Our Way Categories: Novel, Non fiction, Poetry and Short prose…

Seven Sins of Writers

1. Absenteeism Almost half the time people are off in la-la land. Killingsworth and Gilbert (2010)* found that 47% of the time the people in their experiment were thinking about something other than what was happening in front of them. I have a feeling…

Old French Recipes – Pigs’ Ears

Menu of Kings Take some pig ears and cut them by halves; next, cut them into very fine fillets, put them on a plate; cut some onions into slices and next, cut them in fillets like the ears; take a dish and put a bit…

April – 16,901 words

It is the last day of the autumn school holidays here. During the holidays, there is very little time for writing between visits to the skate park, farm outings and my second job as Negotiator for the Two Small Countries that live in this…

Books about 18th century France

I am currently writing a novel set in the early 1700’s in France. I am researching Marseille, Provencal culture and the events of the time to gain a thorough understanding of the life of the people I am writing about. Find out more about…

Review: On Writing by Stephen King

In the name of research, I read Stephen King’s “On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft” this week. No, I should properly say I devoured it. It is written in the style of a friend spinning a few yarns over a couple of beers. Having…

Welcome to our fancy new home

Welcome to our fancy new site with it’s very own .com address! This site will inspire, inform and hopefully entertain. In the past five years, we have changed the way we live and we are much happier for it. We still have a long way to…