SIWA writers are successful at getting their work out to the world.
We have poets, short story writers, children and young adult fiction writers, flash fictioners, novelists and playwrights. We also have journalists and specialists in various forms of non fiction, including memoir and creative non-fiction.
On this page we list some of our successes and hope they inspire you all to carry on writing and to look for opportunities to get published.
Belinda O’Keefe had some great news in June. She writes
“Scholastic NZ are publishing one of my picture book manuscripts, A Mysterious Day in the Middle of May (under a different title, still to be advised).”
Also in June, Rachel Smith’s Flash Fiction, Shadow of the Man, made first the long and then the short list for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Click here to see the list
Juliana Feaver’s story, Slow Down, made the long list for the Australian EJ Brady Mallacoota short story prize. Another June success.
Gail Ingram has already had a remarkably successful year – and we’ve several more months to come. Here are her publications for 2018.
– One poem, Me too, came third and another The same day we discover a new human organ got shortlisted in International Poetry Comp, Poets Meet Politics 2018. Here’s their website. Both poems will be anthologized.
– The girl wishes for a handlebar moustache was Highly Commended for Poets In The Waiting Room (Winter 2018 edition NZ) and published in pamphlet appearing in doctor’s waiting rooms around NZ.
– The poem, Woman watches husband read the Press, was published in takahe 92.
– Another poem, Honour the aiga was published in a fineline (April 2018)
– Flash Fiction, The girl and the catfish, was shortlisted Micro Madness 2018 and published on National Flash 2018. Click here for their website
Rata Ingram won 3rd Prize in the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition for A Rat Without a Shadow . Read the judges report here.
Janet Wainscott had her fibonacci poem, ‘Mary Anning‘, published in the fib review. You can read it here.
Rach Smith had two poems that she wrote for a SIWA comps published. One in Catalyst and the other pending in Geometry.
Sue Kingham won the 2018 North and South short short fiction competition. Her story was published in the 21st February issue of North and South. Read the winning stories here.
Juliana Feaver was guest writer in the December 2017 issue of takahē. The story is called Headlong to Hell.
Jane Seaford had a story., When Cordelia’s Through, was accepted for the November issue of UK literary magazine Gold Dust
Dawn Marshall got a Highly Commended in Page and Blackmore’s short story competition.
Celine Gibson had an article published about Helen Hogan in Latitude.
Rach Smith has a flash in New Flash Fiction Review and a poem in Catalyst
Janet Wainscott got Highly Commended for her poem in the upcoming 2017 NZPS anthology.
Karen Zelas had a poem accepted in the NZPS Anthology. She was also interviewed on PlainsFM Bookenz about her new book, The Trials of Minnie Dean.
John Ewen‘s non-fiction piece is included in Bird Words: New Zealand Writers on Birds, a just-released anthology of poetry, fiction and non-fiction on the subject of birds.
We have a good SIWA acceptance rate in the anthology BONSAI: Big Book of Short Stories. Barbara Strang, Sue Kingham, Rebecca Simons, Celine Gibson, Gail Ingram and Rata Ingram all had their stories accepted.
Barbara Strang got both Highly Commended and Commended for two of her poems in the 2017 NZPS anthology, 3 haiku accepted by the American Women’s Haiku Society, and 7 Haiku in Jumble Box.
Sam Averis was nominated for Best of the Net awards by Flash Frontier for his heart-stopping flash fiction, ‘Ain’t Chicken’ and his story Escape from Stanley Island was published in takahē 89.
Gail Ingram had two poems accepted in HAMSTER, a experimental publication by The Physics Room.
Helen Hogan wrote an article for The Spinoff, a NZ online journal. Read it here.
Jenna Heller had a poem accepted in an online journal, a short story in Headland and her manuscript accepted for the NZSA manuscript assessment programme.
Karen Zelas had a poem longlisted in Fish, and her book launch at Scorpio for The Trials of Minnie Dean was a success.
Rata Ingram had her story, Yellow Thoughts, published in The Perch, department of Psychology and Health, Yale.
Jane Seaford’s story Happy Birthday has been published in winamop.
Gail Ingram and Shirley Eng had stories published in takahē online issue 90.
Gail Ingram and Jenna Heller also had their poems from Sponge published in The Pantograph Punch mixtape for National Poetry Day.
Juliana Feaver made it to the top twenty in the International Yeovil Literary Prize with her story Slow Down.
Lois Farrow was placed first in the May Christian Writer competition with her piece Letter to a Friend going through a trial. Lois also had a story, Keeping Tabs on Monarch Butterflies, published in the Rangiora paper Northern Outlook.
NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY SUCCESSES:
- Sam Averis helped organise the very successful NFFD event on the 22nd June.
- Rachel Smith won runner-up in the NFFD Competition.
- Gail Ingram placed 2nd in the 2017 Micro Madness Competition — the only placed NZer.
- Rata Ingram read her winning piece from April’s SIWA Inhouse Flash Competition at the NFFD Event.
Jenna Heller had 6 of her poems accepted in 4 different journals!
- On Tape, Circa 1975 For the June 2017 edition of *82 Review
- Mott St, Roots, and Pretending in Fiji accepted in US Journal Page & Spine
- My parenting is steel in the July ‘surrender’ issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing
- Birth in the inaugural issue of Lucy-Jane’s Sponge Magazine
Gail Ingram had her poem, Second Probe, published in Sponge Magazine
Karen Zelas was interviewed by Plains FM about her play, Poverty and Muse and later had three fantastic showings of the play. She also had a poem accepted for Landfall.
Belinda O’Keefe had a selection of limericks accepted for a limerick collection by Pohutakawa Press.
Belinda O’Keefe was shortlisted for the Joy Cowley Award with her story ‘The Truly Magnificent Stick‘.
Jenna Heller was published in the February edition of Flash Frontier with her Flash Fiction Tornado
Helen Yong‘s tanka is in the anthology of 108 tanka from the Australian journal Eucalypt.
Jenna Heller had a poem published in each of Aotearotica, takahē Magazine, and her favourite UK magazine, Popshot.
Jane Seaford‘s story ‘The Cleaner’ was in the January issue of SETU, a bilingual US magazine. Jane has also received great reviews for her recently published books: Dead is Dead and Other Stories was ‘book of the week’ in The Press Your Weekend on Saturday 28 January, and The Insides of Banana Skins was reviewed on the Christchurch City Libraries site.
Karen Zelas’s poetry collection I am Minerva was a included in the ‘book of the week’ section in The Press Your Weekend on Saturday 4 February.
Gail Ingram had her story, The Lecture, in Flash Frontier’s December “Micro” issue. Additionally, her poem, An obsession with isolation, was accepted by The Atlanta Review for their Aotearoa edition.
In the NZPS Anthology, Penguin Days, Barbara Strang got second for her haiku and also had a poem selected. Helen Yong has a Highly Commended haiku, and Rosemary Scott had a haiku accepted.
Sam Averis won the Margaret Mahy Award at the Hagley Writer’s Institute.
Lois Farrow came first equal for her book review in Christian Writers competition.
Karen Zelas has a poem in Aotearotica, and has had a poem accepted for The Atlanta Review.
Rach Smith was nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017 for her story in Flash Frontier, How to make a necklace from a dead bird.
Shirley Eng had her story Bean Counting read on RNZ National.
Jane Seaford’s short story Why Won’t God Let Me Fly was accepted for the UK magazine, Number Eleven.
Gail Ingram won the Fairlie 150th Anniversary Poetry Competition.
As well as Gail Ingram being feature writer for Flash Frontier, many SIWA members’ flash stories were included in the Flash Frontier November Issue:
Sue Kingham, Sally Carrol, Sam Averis, Rach Smith, Celine Gibson, Gail Ingram
Rachel Smith was awarded Winter Writer for Flash Frontier.
Sam Averis has a story accepted for the first issue of Geometry Literary Journal, out this month.
Jane Seaford has had several short stories published by UK magazines
- Waiting for the Sun to Shinein Gold Dust.
- A Tiny Escape of Air in Jotters United.
- Pen Knee in the US bilingual Setu Magazine.
- The Strangeness of George in Storgy .
- Living in the Dark, in Winamop.
- This Story has no Title, in The Literateur.
Gail Ingram has a prose poem in Blue 5 Notebook, published in November.
Four SIWA members were shortlisted for the NZ Heritage Writing Competition.
Poetry: Karen Zelas and Rata Ingram were shortlisted for their poems Tom Long Hangman and cavendish will dream, respectively.
Prose: Sue Kingham‘s piece Tito Whakamuri, Kokiri Whakamua was shortlisted.
Book: Wayne Martin has seen continued success with his book Murder on the Maungatapu, also shortlisted. His book has also received good reviews in the Listener and Radio New Zealand.
John Ewen came 2nd in the Kapiti Coast Library Poetry Competition. He also had a poem accepted by the New Zealand Poetry Society.
Kaye Wise had a poem in Catalyst 13: Instant Chemistry published by The Republic of Oma Rāpeti Press.
Rata Ingram and Gail Ingram both had poems accepted for the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 3.
Celine Gibson and Steph Frewen were interviewed on Women on the Waves about their success at Moondance. You can listen to the podcast here.