At next month’s meeting the first bi-monthly SIWA critique swap will take place! It’s a great opportunity to advance your writing through giving and receiving feedback in our friendly SIWA atmosphere.
Sam will give a brief talk on Thursday to explain how it works, talk a little bit about giving nice, helpful critiques, and answer any questions you might have.
For now, please head over to the new SIWA Critique Swap page and take a look!
This is a new thing for SIWA, and it wouldn’t be a good critique swap if it didn’t welcome feedback! If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll try his best to sort them out – either by email or on Thursday.
At our July meeting – Thursday 12th to be precise – Rachel Eadie will be coming to talk to us. She is the manager of Scorpio Books and will be telling us about what books sell, how they are selected and other issues relating to her role. As there will also be time for questions, think about what you would like to know about running a bookshop and come prepared to ask.
We’re looking forward to having a full house for Rachel’s talk. Who knows, you may get a tip that will result in your book being for sale at Scorpio one day. Oh and feel free to bring any writer friends you have to the meeting.
Each April SIWA holds its AGM. This year it’s scheduled for the 12th April. If you’re a SIWA member don’t forget to turn up. It’s an interesting time: the new committee is elected, the competition schedule for the coming 12 months is made available, and reflections on the past year are shared.
This time important and exciting changes to the SIWA meetings will be announced. So come along, find out what’s in store and join in the discussions about this.
The latest issue of Sponge is out. Check it out here – https://sponge.nz/current.
Three SIWA members – Gail Ingram, Celine Gibson and Karen Zelas – have pieces in it.
Apologies the competition had to be cancelled… Watch this space for more news from SIWA
SIWA has just opened up out 2018 national competition which will be judged by Nod Ghosh and Michelle Elvy.
Here is an opportunity to polish up those short stories and flashes sitting in the bottom drawer, or astound us with something fresh, bold and original!
- The winner and runner-up of the Short Story will receive a $250 and $100 prize, respectively
- The winner and runner-up of the Flash Fiction will receive a $150 and $75 prize, respectively\
A short list will be published on the SIWA website prior to the announcement of the winners on 15 May 2018.
Still time to get your entry in to takahe poetry comp, due Aug 31st by post
SIWA members Gail Ingram and Jenna Heller have poems in Pantograph Punch‘s Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Mixtape (both published in Sponge).
Check it out here:
The latest issue of Takahe is out now, with stories from SIWA members Gail Ingram and Shirley Eng (and many more fantastic New Zealand authors).
Make sure you check it out:
SIWA member, Helen Hogan, is featured in The Spinoff today!
Helen wrote an essay about her experience publishing young New Zealand poets from 1971 to 1980.
You can read the rest of her fantastic essay here:
The second issue of Sponge has just been released, edited by our talented member, Lucy-Jane Walsh.
Check it out here: http://sponge.nz/current