Talk from Rachel of Scorpio Books

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.


SIWA AGM about to happen

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.

South Island Writers’ Association National Competition 2018


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 prizes

  • 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.