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.


Jenna Heller’s story Best friends has WON the NZFD competition! Congratulations, Jenna. Great news.

In addition her flash fiction that was placed in last year’s North and South Short, Short Story contest has been accepted for inclusion in the 2020 Best Small Fiction Anthology, published by Sonder Press. To reach this prestigious group, the work had to be nominated by an editor, and then the story had to compete against a few thousand writers from around the globe. The Change is one of 139 stories accepted for the 2020 edition.

She has  also has a piece accepted for Landfall AND she will be  the featured poet in the next PDC poetry series later this year.

Jane Seaford‘s story Dead is Dead has been accepted for a new UK magazine called Personal Bests Journal which will be published later this year.

Juliana Feaver’s novel has been longlisted for the 2020 Michael Grifkins prize for an unpublished novel. Wonderful! A great achievement.

One of Gail Ingram’s prose poems from Contents Under Pressure has been accepted for the international journal ‘Best Small Fictions’ 2020. No mean feat when there were thousands of entries.

And  some of her short and 100-word stories were featured in ‘Dribble/Drabble reviews’.

And also, Gail has just had two great reviews for her book Contents Under Pressure published for Poetry NZ.

Gail Ingram and Jenna Heller have pieces long listed in NZFD.  One for Gail and two for Jenna. And both Jenna’s stories have been short listed. Click here to look at the lists.

Sue Kingham’s  story  The Question  has been shortlisted for the NZ Page and the Blackmore story short competition. The story is to be published in the biannual anthology next year.

Jane Seaford‘s story In the Gutter is in the summer 2020 issue of the UK magazine Gold Dust. And it has won the ‘best prose’ accolade for that issue. Read it here.

Yet more exciting news and another drum roll  – Belinda O’Keefe’s The Day the Plants Fought Back –  has been named a finalist in the NZ Book Awards, for the Best First Book!

Here’s the link to the short list. Scroll down as her mention is the second from the end of the list

Drum roll pleaseBelinda O’Keefe has WON the 2020 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for her junior novel manuscript, Recipe for Disaster

Here are a couple of links

First, for the announcement on the Storylines website click here

And to hear her interview on Radio NZ Click here  (Note that this will only work for a few weeks, so if it doesn’t work you’re to late!)

It that wasn’t enough, Belinda has also just heard that that the Australian School Magazine has accepted three of her short stories for publication. Wonderful!

Melanie Koster was shortlisted for the 2020 Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text for two manuscripts, The Brilliant Plan that Stan Had and Blue Canoe and a Cockatoo.

Belinda O’Keefe has been shortlisted for the 2020 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior novel manuscript, Recipe for Disaster. Winners to be announced on 5th April 2020.

Jane Seaford‘s story I am Marylin not Kitty has been published by Winamop. Read it here.


Jean Shewan was placed second for the year in the NZ Christian Writers Organisation writing competitions.

Nicky Taylor won first place in the NZ Writers College short story competition with a story titled Meat.

Janet Wainscott won the recent Heritage Week short prose competition with a beautiful piece about her ancestor who fought in the First World War.

Sue Kingham was awarded runner-up. Sue has also had her short boy’s adventure story, Reef Raiders,  published in an anthology by Birdcatcher Books in Australia.

A poem by Jenna Heller is in Mayhem.

In early August, Lois Farrow  had an article published in one of the Christchurch community papers, The Western News.

Even more successes for Jenna Heller. She has had 2 poems and 2 flash fictions accepted for publication later this year. The poems will appear in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Genre: Urban Arts No. 8 Print. The flash fiction will appear in Hot Flash Fiction and another, Infestation,  is now in Ghost Parachute. Here’s the link to it.

Belinda O’Keefe‘s picture book, The Day the Plants Fought Back, was launched on 8th June and is doing amazingly well. Read one of the great reviews here! 

And read Celine Gibson’s article about Belinda and her book here.

Jane Seaford’s story ‘Dad’s Damascus‘ has been published on the Fictive Dream lit mag website.

Rachel Smith’s story ‘That Time We Didn’t Fall on the Floor Laughing‘ was highly commended in the North & South Short Story Contest May 2019.

Rachel  and Gail Ingram also appear in the latest issue of Landfall.

Jenna Heller has had an amazing number of recent successes. Here they are

John Ewan, following the shootings at the mosques, and as a ‘tribute to the resilience of the Kiwi people’ has had a piece reprised in Five Dials, the UK on-line magazine. The piece  first appeared in issue No. 32, the ‘New Zealand issue’. Read it here.

Sally Carroll‘s story, Buried Evidence, was long listed in this Year’s Fish Publishing short story competition.

Gail Ingram read her recent poem, written in response to the Friday massacre, on National Radio. You can hear it here. She also has a poem, Reunion, at The Fib Review, which she wrote for a SIWA competition earlier this year. Read the poem here.

Sue Kingham‘s flash, IKEA, Perfect for Every Occasion,  has been accepted for Flash Frontier’s March edition. Also, her historical romance novel, My Guiding Light was awarded second place by the book agent judge in the Romance Writers of New Zealand competition ‘Great Beginnings’. That’s a great achievement.

Marjorie Woodfield has had numerous successes lately. Wow. She was the winner of the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature 2018 Robert Burns Poetry competition for her prose poem called  A Robbie Burns Supper in Saudi Arabia.  Here’s the link to it.  Here’s the link to it. Her flash fiction,  The Earth is all Stones  will be published in Best Small Fictions 2019, later in the year. Meniscus have accepted two pieces of her writing, one flash, Into the Desert  and a prose poem, Sorting the Earthquake China. And finally check this out.

Juliana Feaver is doing well this year. Two successes already.  Her  as yet untitled novel made the long  list in the UK’s Spotlight on Fiction New Novel award.  That’s amazing! And her story  Steps to Freedom was also long listed, for  the USA’s On the Premise competition #33.

Jenna Heller is having great success with her poems. Amazing! Here is where they are

  • 1 poem accepted by Poetry NZ Annual, 2019
  • 2 poems accepted by Takahē, April 2019
  • 1 poem accepted by Star 82 Review, June 2019

Another book from a SIWA member is to appear this year (and it’s only February)! Gail Ingram‘s poetry collection will be launched on 30th April. It’s called Contents Under Pressure and sounds amazing. Read more about it on Gail’s website. 

Here’s the invitation to the launch. Please let Gail know on if you will be attending.

Gail's launch

A great success for the start of 2019, Belinda O’Keefe‘s self-published junior fiction chapter book, Trouble With a Capital T is now available.  Click here to access it.


Helen Hogan has had a book dedicated to her! It’s called The Friday Poem, edited by Steve Braunias.

Zoë Meager’s story Yolk Folk is in the 2018 issue of Turbine. Read it here

Sue Kingham’s story The Canadian Salmon  was shortlisted for the Bridport flash fiction prize and was  published in Bath Flash Fiction Volume Three.  Click here to access the Bath bookshop.

Lois Farrow won second place in the NZ Christian Writer competition for December, and was awarded first place overall for the 2018 year.

Gail Ingram‘s poems, Family Reunion, Punishing Mum and Lady Godiva,  and Jane Seaford‘s short story Down in the Dungeon have been published in Issue 30 of Jotters United. Read the magazine here.

Jane Seaford‘s story Hot August  has been published in the latest edition of Gold Dust, a UK magazine .Read it here.

Juliana Feaver has had several successes lately.  Her story Religious Disbelief was short listed for the Yeovil Literary Prize (UK). Another story Mottled Light was long listed by the US site On the Premises. And last, but by no means least, a UK site Adventures in Fiction, long listed her novel (working title: Six Degrees of Separation) in their competition.

Sue Kingham, too, has been doing well. Her story Blown Off Course will be in issue 14 of Headland Journal. She  was also shortlisted in the recent  Bridport flash fiction competition for The Canadian Salmon, and her story Great Expectations is to appear in the Birdcatcher Books 2018 short story competition anthology.

John Ewan and Gail Ingram have both  been shortlisted for the Christchurch Heritage Week Writing Awards – by Bernadette Hall for poetry.

Gail  has had an number of other successes. Her poem Last Wishes was Highly Commended in the NZPS International Poetry Competition. Another poem Please Expand has been shortlisted for Given Words Competition. She has also had a haiku accepted for the 4th NZ Haiku Anthology, a poem accepted for Poetry New Zealand Yearbook and a flash fiction accepted for Meniscus Literary Journal.  Wow!

Rosemary  Scott has had a haiku accepted for the New Zealand Poetry Society 2018 Anthology. And she has had two haiku provisionally accepted for the Fourth NZ Haiku Anthology. A big deal as last one was 2008!

Kay Wise  has had two poems selected for publication in the  New Zealand Poetry Society 2018 Anthology.

Janet Wainscott had Disappearing Traces, a piece of memoir/nature writing, published in the online magazine The Island Review.

Janet has also had another fib poem in the Fib review. and has had two poems selected for this year’s NZPS anthology.

Sam Averis  had a story in the drabble.  It’s called  Came Tumbling After and is only 100 words so you can read it on the loo.

Jane Seaford had her story The Atheist and God in  the UK on line mag Winamop,

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 so far 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 2018Click 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 competition 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.

Lucy-Jane Walsh’s SciFi journal Sponge was featured in Online Lit Collective’s Digital Writers’ Festival. Watch the video here

Jane Seaford had a story, When Cordelia’s Through, 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.

Rata Ingram started a political blog, She also helped UK Magazine Pioneers Post cover the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, and had a poem accepted for the NZPS anthology.

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.


  •  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!

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

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.