Opportunies for Spec Fic writers in NZ

Yesterday I briefly touched on the fact that there are limited places in NZ where a writer of speculative fiction can go to publish. For the most part, Kiwi writers look elsewhere – and it’s a wonderful thing that the internet exists, because it makes submitting work to anywhere in the world a much simpler (and cheaper) thing.

That said, there are a few places here that do publish spec-fic. The first one that I want to highlight is Semaphore, which has been around for a couple of years now, and is run by Marie. There have been some amazing stories published through here and the covers always feature fantastic artwork – I urge you to check out the site, whether you are a reader or a writer (or both), the e-zine is free so you have nothing to lose!

Second up we have a new market, SubSpaceTV.com. I first heard about this through this months SpecFicNZ newsletter (which, if you want to get on the mailing list drop me an email and I’ll get Ripley to add your email). They are open to submissions now and are looking for speculative fiction.

It seems a somewhat limited list, I know, but I’m sure that in the future there will be more NZ options. There are a few competitions throughout the year though, which cater to spec-fic, one in particular which I’d like to give a little more publicity to is the short story competition for Au Contraire – they are looking for science fiction and fantasy stories for an Anthology, to be released at the convention next year. Check out the details here, entries close at the end of January 2010, so there is still plenty of time to get something in.

Recently, over at Kiwi Writers, we decided to give some of our members an opportunity to get published. Okay, so the idea was born last year and it’s only recently come out, but we ran a challenge asking members to submit stories to us for a short story Collection. We didn’t get as many entries as we had hoped for, but really enjoyed a lot of them and had a lot of ‘fun’ putting the Collection together. You can find it here, the e-book is free to download, and there is a print version available through lulu. There are stories in it from a variety of writers, some of who have never been published before and it was so great to give them an opportunity to see their writing in print.

Anyways, I’m going to sign off here for today – tune in tomorrow for an interview with the lovely PJ Ballentine. She was kind enough to answer a few questions, which I really appreciate. She was also our guest judge on the Kiwi Writers Challenge Collection, and is an all round wonderful writer and person.