Announcement: Dirk Flinthart collection

Flinthart Author PhotoWe are very pleased to announce that we are currently working on a collection of short fiction by Dirk Flinthart, who readers of Australian spec fic will no doubt be familiar with.

Flinthart has written for many FableCroft projects, and in 2013 we published his original novel Path of Night; we are huge fans of his work and are delighted to be bringing you his debut collection.

His stories have been shortlisted for several national speculative fiction awards and his young adult piece, “Vanilla”, from Twelfth Planet Press’s Kaleidoscope anthology, recently won the Best Young Adult Short Story at the 2014 Aurealis Awards.

The as-yet untitled collection will comprise reprinted work from Flinthart’s extensive short fiction career, as well as several stories original to the book. We anticipate a release date in September 2015.

Some fans of Flinthart’s work may be hoping for some new Red Priest work – those fans will be somewhat disappointed, but only in the short term! We are not including the Red Priest stories in THIS book… Yes, you may read that to mean there will be a future project that expands on the Red Priest’s adventures, and we look forward to bringing it to you.

This year’s collection will focus on Flinthart’s stories for adult readers, and ranges across science fiction, fantasy and horror, with some wondrous and bizarre genre-bending ideas. From award-nominated horror and science fiction to new pieces of urban fantasy and SF and everything in between, Flinthart will take you on a wild and crazy ride – can’t wait to share it with you!

We are currently working on the final lineup and look forward to announcing it in the near future. In the meantime, want an idea of what you’re in for? Below is a semi-comprehensive bibliography of Dirk Flinthart’s publication history – would love to hear from anyone who as amendments or additions for the list!

Gaslight a go go AGOG! Smashing Stories
The Last Word 2012
One Night Stand AGOG! Ripping Reads
Eschaton and Coda After the Rain
The Fletcher Test Epilogue
Collateral Damage Insert Title Here
Outlines Damnation and Dames
The stars like candles ASIM 6
Parity Check ASIM 9
Fortitude Valley Station, 2:15am ASIM 18
Truckers ASIM 30
Walker Sprawl
The Flatmate from Hell Encounters
Granuaile Cranky Ladies of History
Sanction Amazon short
The Ballad of Farther-on Jones AGOG! Fantastic Fiction
Baited ??original publication? Was made into short film
Networking for Dummies The Workers’ Paradise
Once and Future King Darwin’s Evolutions (emag)
The Eighth Day Use Only As Directed
The Bull in Winter Bloodstones
Corpus Christi ASIM 11
Fairytale ASIM 12
Monochrome for two ASIM 20
Invictus ASIM 21
Head Shot ASIM 54
The Big One AGOG! Terrific Tales
The Red Priest’s Vigil ASIM 25
The Garden of the Djinn (Red Priest) ASIM 31
The Red Priest’s Homecoming ASIM 17
This is not my story ASIM 37
One Story, no refunds Shiny #6
The Best Dog in the World Worlds Next Door
Vanilla Kaleidoscope
Angel Rising (New Ceres) Novella
Debutante (New Ceres) New Ceres Nights
She Walks in Beauty (New Ceres) New Ceres #1
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Mother’s Day Special Offer for CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY

9780992553456Enjoy your Mother’s Day this weekend with 30% off the Cranky Ladies of History ebook at Smashwords! Use the coupon code MH66D when you make your purchase at Smashwords.

Offer ends tomorrow!

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Rounding up the Cranky Ladies launch posts

I realised today that I hadn’t done a final round up of the blog post series our authors contributed during Women History Month to celebrate the launch of Cranky Ladies of History. So now I’m doing that, in one easy click post! Enjoy :)

9780992553456CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A few notes on Nora (of Kelmendi)

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Juliet Marillier’s author notes for “Hallowed Ground”

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Elizabeth Tudor, last Queen standing

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Due Care with the Truth (Dr Lilian Cooper)

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Hatshepsut’s rise to power

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Countess Bathory

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: The Pirate Queen of the Connacht

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay)

And don’t forget, we still have a Cranky Ladies of History Mothers’ Day Special running – a rare chance to grab a hardcover of the book, plus other offers!

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Open Reading Period: middle-grade/YA science fiction novels

SUBMISSIONS OPEN ON MAY 1, 2015

Image via Pixabay

Image via Pixabay

From May 1, FableCroft Publishing will be conducting an open reading period for submissions of high-quality science fiction novels for a middle-grade and younger end of young adult readership (approximately covering 9-14 year olds).

We are explicitly not looking for dystopian stories; rather, we seek books with interesting extrapolations on our present world and/or challenging ideas (appropriate to the readership) about possible or potential futures.

We actively encourage work that explores or considers perspectives other than first world (ie: not typically the privileged, straight, white, male point of view) and are particularly keen to see premises that are not frequently seen in books for this readership.

Space exploration, alien and first contact stories are welcome but must have a strong scientific base to be considered.

Strong characterisation is essential, while overt violence or sexual themes are unlikely to be appropriate.

Works should ideally be between 20,000 and 60,000 words (depending on intended audience), unpublished, and not under consideration with any other publisher.

Open internationally to works written (or translated to) the English language.

Please send full manuscripts only as a Microsoft Word compatible document attached to an email containing a short author biography and publication history. Submit to fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com

Please be cautious to only submit final, proofread copy – ensure you have checked all your edits and removed all track changes in your document.

No multiple submissions.

No simultaneous submissions.

Payment will be in the form of a small advance plus royalties for print and ebook sales.

We do not accept submissions via snail mail.

  • Please use a common reading font, size 12, with margins of at least 2cm.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraphs by 0.5 (approx 1cm – do not use tabs), and indicate section breaks with a centered “#”.
  • Indicate chapter breaks with a new page and a number or chapter heading.
  • Include name, address, phone number, email etc at the top of the document.

Submissions open on May 1, 2015. The open reading period will continue indefinitely at this point.

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New reviews!

A nice mix of new reviews to report – thank you as always to the amazing readers who take the time to share their thoughts.

CLOH cover smallIn a truly wonderful review of Cranky Ladies of History over at Goodreads, Catherine Heloise notes (among lots of other lovely things) that: the truly impressive thing about this anthology was that there really were no weak stories. Every story was compelling and fascinating in a different way; some were strict historical fiction, others had a touch of fantasy, fairy tale, myth, or even science fiction to them, and all were ordered with a keen eye to the stories that surrounded them. I’m not sure how best to describe this, but in my experience, at least, it’s rare to find an anthology which is put together in such a satisfying way.

ITH CoverOver at Marianne de Pierres’ blog, Joelene Pynnonen reviews Insert Title Here, noting it has: …consistently astounding world-building. Story after story explores unfamiliar realms – and story after story succeeds in making those realms blindingly convincing. As the title suggests, the possibilities in these stories are endless, and some of the worlds are so lovingly rendered that they would be more suited to a novel.

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 9.55.45 amIn a lovely review of Phantazein in Aurealis #79, Deanne Sheldon-Collins calls the book: Atmospheric and lyrical, confronting but readable, it proves that even something not meant to exist can be worthwhile.

Guardian coverCybelle over at Heroines of Fantasy discussed Guardian, calling it: “an outstandingly engaging read and works well as a stand-alone novel” and noting that “the pacing of this novel is impressive, and the characters are wonderfully rich”.

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Cranky Ladies of History Mothers’ Day Special

CLOH cover small“…a strong anthology…”

“…highly recommended…”

“The works run the gamut of straight historical to historical fantasy.”

“…a unique project…”

“…an important collection of fiction that gives voice to an extraordinary selection of women from a broad range of backgrounds, eras and cultures…”

“…full of stories of fascinating, powerful, determined, and yes, occasionally cranky women.”

“…the stories overall show the power of women…”

These are just some of the things people are saying about Cranky Ladies of History, and so many people we talk to have bought copies not just for themselves, but for other people in their lives. As Mothers’ Day approaches, we thought it a perfect time to offer a special deal!

THE OFFERS:

The hardcover of the book is not available for general sale, but we have the opportunity to offer a VERY limited number of copies. If you are looking for something special for the cranky lady in your life (or gentleman – really, we don’t mind!), now is your chance. It’s one of the offers below. Another option? Nab a copy of the trade paperback and get the ebook sent to you free. Want more? Buy the Cranky Ladies of History trade paperback and get a copy of Phantazein for just $10. And one more – buy the Cranky Ladies of History trade paperback and for just $10 extra, receive ebook copies of Cranky Ladies, Phantazein and One Small Step.

This offer will run right up until Mothers’ Day, but if you want to gift a physical copy of the book, you will need to place the order by the end of April to guarantee delivery!

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Congratulations Australian Awards Winners!

It’s been a really busy week in Australian speculative fiction, with THREE sets of Awards presented over the past week. We were delighted to be shortlisted for several of them, and even more delighted to take home gongs for some of them! Well done to all the finalists and congratulations to all the winners!

Tin Duck Awards (Western Australia)

Tehani and Katharine were part of a 15-strong interviewing team (including several West Aussies) for the 2014 Snapshot, which won the Tin Duck for Best Fan Written Work.

Ditmar Awards

Cat Sparks with her Ditmar

Cat Sparks with her Ditmar

We were up for quite a few and were stoked to see Kathleen Jennings win Best Artwork for her cover of Phantazein and Cat Sparks pick up Best Short Story for “The Seventh Relic” from the book as well!

Aurealis Awards

Tehani at the Aurealis Awards – photo by Cat Sparks

Tehani at the Aurealis Awards – photo by Cat Sparks

Phantazein was again represented among the finalists, with “The Ghost of Hephaestus” by Charlotte Nash shortlisted in Best Fantasy Short Story and the book shortlisted in Best Anthology. We didn’t succeed in taking home a pretty trophy this year, but we’re always chuffed to be on the Aurealis Awards list!

It’s always a pleasure to attend the Awards ceremonies and get to see the looks of pure disbelief on some recipients’ faces, and the excitement and palpable joy that fills the room as Awards are announced. Following along on social media is also lots of fun, but I’m really glad I got to be at both ceremonies this year, and enjoy the vibe in person. If you weren’t so lucky, here’s a Storify of the Tin Ducks/Ditmars, and another of the Aurealis Awards. On top of that, Cat Sparks has done an amazing job capturing the evenings here and here (the Swancon set).

If you are looking for a good place to start reading Australian writers, the shortlists are certainly an excellent place to begin (the full Aurealis Awards shortlist and winners is here). Again, congratulations to everyone – look forward to another great year of Australian speculative fiction!

 

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CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay)

Cranky Ladies logoWelcome to Women’s History Month 2015, which has the theme “Weaving the stories of women’s lives”, which fits perfectly with our Cranky Ladies of History anthology project! After 18 months of work, including our successful crowd-funding campaign in March last year, we are proudly releasing the anthology on March 8. To celebrate, our wonderful authors have supplied blog posts related to their Cranky Lady, and we are delighted to share them here during the month of March. 

To get your own copy of Cranky Ladies of History, you can buy from our website, order your favourite real world bookshop, or purchase at all the major online booksellers (in print and ebook). 

A story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay) by Liz Argall

In December 2013 I saw that Fablecroft had sent out a call for proposals for their Cranky Ladies Anthology. I’d been stuck in a creative quagmire and depressed and one thing I had learned was that if you feel stuck do something in service of people or things you like. Then it isn’t about you, it is about the work, it is about service and you will push yourself harder and won’t give up. I like Fablecroft and I liked their concept, so I checked them out.

Scanning through the list and thinking about what wasn’t on the list I swiftly decided that Oodgeroo Noonuccal needed to be in the anthology. I had fallen in love with her poetry in high school, its ferocity, tenderness and politics. She had an unflinching power that created space for all the motions, space for anger, despair, fighting spirit and a wry sense of humour. I feel like through her work I experienced one of my first role models of a balanced fighter. She was someone who was an activist, but did not let the consuming nature of the fight tear her apart. She was a whole human being. Continue reading

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New reviews and news

CLOH cover smallWe’re chuffed to see some wonderful reviews of Cranky Ladies out there. One new one is from Marlene at Reading Reality, who says of the book: The historical women in these stories kicked ass and took names. Sometimes literally, sometimes just figuratively. They are individually and collectively awesome, even if they are not all familiar.

It’s not all about Cranky Ladies though. Our new unthemed anthology, Insert Title Here, is also getting some love!

Katharine at VentureAdlaxre reckons of Insert Title Here that: every single story is heart-breaking or grim or absurdly strange and wonderful, and all are incredibly readable.

Speaking of Insert Title Here, you can win one of two copies over at Goodreads – enter here!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Insert Title Here by Tehani Wessely

Insert Title Here

by Tehani Wessely

Giveaway ends April 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: The Pirate Queen of the Connacht

Cranky Ladies logoWelcome to Women’s History Month 2015, which has the theme “Weaving the stories of women’s lives”, which fits perfectly with our Cranky Ladies of History anthology project! After 18 months of work, including our successful crowd-funding campaign in March last year, we are proudly releasing the anthology on March 8. To celebrate, our wonderful authors have supplied blog posts related to their Cranky Lady, and we are delighted to share them here during the month of March. 

To get your own copy of Cranky Ladies of History, you can buy from our website, order your favourite real world bookshop, or purchase at all the major online booksellers (in print and ebook). 

The Pirate Queen of the Connacht by Dirk Flinthart

Grace O’Malley: a woman so swashbuckling and amazing that she really ought to be fictitious, because her actual-factual self makes most of us look like timorous, lazy slugs.

Look – I like pirates, okay? I’ve liked pirates ever since I was old enough to read Treasure Island for myself. (My mum read it to me first, but she was going too slowly for me. I kidnapped the book and read it in a day.) I know that in reality, most pirates were (and are) amoral, bloodthirsty, violent thugs… but every now and again somebody like Grace O’Malley crops up.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR “Granuaile” AFTER THE CUT – check out the story in Cranky Ladies of History before you read! Continue reading

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