Aurealis Awards shortlists!

February 16th, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Awards, FOCUS, Mocklore, One Small Step, Path of Night, The Bone Chime Song)

AA logoWe’re very excited to see the Aurealis Awards shortlists announced last night! It’s always lovely to see all the marvellous talent on the lists, but it’s particularly nice when some of our own work is there too!

Huge congratulations to Joanne Anderton, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Dirk Flinthart and DK Mok for their individual shortlistings, and to all the contributors to One Small Step and Focus 2012! None of our books are made in a vacuum, and all our writers, artists, designers and proofers play a huge role – thanks to you all!

Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2013 Awards. Look forward to seeing everyone at the ceremony in April!

More information about the shortlists and the Awards ceremony can be found at the website.

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2013 publication information/awards eligibility

February 15th, 2014 at 8:25 pm (Awards)

FableCroft Publishing

As the awards season for 2013 works gets underway, here’s a handy ready reference of FableCroft’s 2013 publications!

Novels

Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart

Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Collections

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton

Anthologies

One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries edited by Tehani Wessely

Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction edited by Tehani Wessely

Short Stories (<7,500 words)

“Mah Song” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)

“Fencelines” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)

“The Ships of Culwinna” by Thoraiya Dyer (One Small Step)

“Winter’s Heart” by Faith Mudge (One Small Step)

“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale (One Small Step)

“Cold White Daughter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (One Small Step)

“Number 73 Glad Avenue” by Suzanne Willis (One Small Step)

“Firefly Epilogue” by Jodi Cleghorn (One Small Step)

“Shadows” by Kate Gordon (One Small Step)

“Indigo Gold” by Deborah Biancotti” (One Small Step)

“By Blood and Incantation” by Lisa L Hannett & Angela Slatter (One Small Step)

“Daughters of Battendown” by Cat Sparks (One Small Step)

Novelettes (7,500-17,500 words)

“Original” by Penny Love (One Small Step)

“Morning Star” by DK Mok (One Small Step)

“The Ways of the Wyrding Women” by Rowena Cory Daniells (One Small Step)

“Baby Steps” by Barbara Robson (One Small Step)

“Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt (One Small Step)

Original Artwork

Cover art (and design) for Ink Black Magic by Tania Walker

Cover design for Path of Night by Adam Branch

Cover design for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Amanda Rainey

Cover design for One Small Step by Amanda Rainey

Other

Faith Mudge is eligible for the Ditmar Best New Talent award

For the William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely, for the Reviewing New Who series.

Kathleen Jennings and Tania Walker are eligible for all professional AND fan art awards, locally and overseas, and we highly recommend them both!

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New Books: What is Focus 2012?

January 5th, 2014 at 10:33 am (FOCUS)

Focus2012-Cover2In the second half of 2013, Deborah Biancotti made one of those throwaway comments that piqued my interest and set my creative brain rolling. The biggest advantage of operating a boutique press is that the projects I choose to publish can evolve from idea to fruition far more quickly than for a major publisher, and also that I’m the only one I have to talk into doing things! Thanks to Deb’s comment, within a week I had the title and tentative table of contents in hand for what I plan to be an annual series.

Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction reprints an exclusive selection of Australian stories that have been recognised as the best of the best – stories shortlisted for and winning major national and international awards. We looked at the Hugo, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, BSFA, WSFA, Aurealis, Ditmar, Chronos, Tin Duck and other relevant genre awards lists to select stories and artwork (by the incredibly talented Kathleen Jennings, appearing on several awards lists for 2012 including the prestigious World Fantasy Awards) to include in the inaugural volume.

And what an amazing table of contents we ended up with: Joanne Anderton, Thoraiya Dyer, Robert Hood, Kathleen Jennings, Margo Lanagan, Martin Livings, Jason Nahrung and Kaaron Warren, most of whom I have been fortunate enough to work with in the past, all of whom create brilliant work. Interestingly, several of the 2012 stories fall on the darker side of the speculative fiction spectrum, and a number of them are novelette length pieces, which of course means that while the selection is elite, you are getting hefty chunk of reading nonetheless! And of course, the quality of the inclusions is incomparable.

Focus 2012 is deliberately an ebook-only publication – we wanted to make it a readily accessible price-point, and to make it easily available internationally, to showcase the highlights of Australian speculative fiction for the year. And while the nature of the selections means the book comes out quite late in the year (we want to wait until all the major international awards shortlists are announced), that means it can act as a refresher for readers who may have not come across publications in the year they first appeared.

With the Focus series, we look forward to introducing readers to the astonishingly good work being produced by Australian speculative fiction creators for many years to come.

Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction is available from your preferred ebook retail platform: find it for US$4.99 on Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords and more!

 

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New book, coming soon! Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction.

September 18th, 2013 at 1:09 pm (Books, eBooks, FOCUS)

We are delighted to announce a forthcoming ebook-only production conceptualised to showcase the best of Australia’s award-nominated short speculative fiction. The first of an annual series, the anthology collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards shortlisting. In creating this collection, we anticipate bringing international attention to the very best of Australian speculative fiction.

"Imagination" by Kathleen Jennings

“Imagination” by Kathleen Jennings

Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction features work by…

Joanne Anderton

Thoraiya Dyer

Robert Hood

Kathleen Jennings

Margo Lanagan

Martin Livings

Jason Nahrung

Kaaron Warren

We anticipate release in early October 2013 at all good ebook retailers.

With thanks to Deborah Biancotti, for thinking out loud.

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Awards news!

August 27th, 2013 at 9:46 am (Awards, Epilogue)

Epilogue-CoverIn addition to the fantastic news that Kathleen Jennings is on the World Fantasy Awards ballot for Best Artist (see our special offer for To Spin a Darker Stair here – just $5!), over the weekend the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award shortlist was announced, and we’re VERY excited to see Jason Nahrung’s Epilogue story “The Mornington Ride” on it! This story won the Victorian Chronos Award for Best Short Story earlier in the year, and we’re just delighted to see it recognised on an international ballot.

The WSFA Small Press Award is perhaps my favourite award, because not only does it recognise the very best of small press around the world, but the process by which the shortlist and winner are decided is very special. Stories are read “blind” by a panel (meaning the author and publication details are unknown) who select the shortlist. The shortlist is then read by the members of WSFA (again, completely blind), and the winner voted on. Which means the stories are judged completely on merit – marvellous!

Huge congratulations to Jason for making such a prestigious shortlist and fingers crossed for the announcement of the winner!

Want to read the story? Print stock of Epilogue is almost sold out (get your copy here while you can!), but the ebook is available from Kindle, Kobo, Wizard’s Tower and Weightless Books!

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World Fantasy Awards shortlists and a SPECIAL OFFER!

August 17th, 2013 at 11:55 am (Awards, To Spin a Darker Stair)

TsaDScoverWe were very excited this week to see the World Fantasy Awards shortlists come out with SEVERAL Aussies featuring, including our own Kathleen Jennings for Best Artist! Congratulations to all the nominees, particularly Kaaron Warren, for her Twelfth Planet Press awards blitzer “Sky”, Anna Tambour for her novel Crandolin, editor Jonathan Strahan for Under My Hat, and of course Kathleen.

To celebrate, we’re running a special offer on To Spin a Darker Stair, which features Kathleen’s gorgeous artwork both as the cover and internally. Published in 2012, To Spin a Darker Stair contains two beautiful stories by Catherynne M Valente and Faith Mudge – it’s a lovely gift book and the art is a great example of Kathleen’s justifiably recognised talent!

Offer is limited to stock on hand, or until the awards are announced (OFFER ENDED 3 November 2013), whichever comes first! Postage worldwide included in the special price of AUD$5.00!

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More awards niceness

April 15th, 2013 at 10:42 pm (Awards)

We already posted about our appearance on the Ditmar Awards ballot (don’t forget to vote for your favourite works, if you’re eligible to). Today the Chronos Awards ballot has been announced and we’re delighted to have more works on there too! The Chronos Awards are for Victorian creators, and there are some fantastic works on the ballot. If you are a full or supporting member of Continuum, you are eligible to vote, or voting memberships may also be purchased (details here). Congratulations to everyone on the ballot!

Best Long Fiction

Bread and Circuses by Felicity Dowker (Ticonderoga Publications)

Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)

Walking Shadows by Narrelle M. Harris (Clan Destine Press)

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)

Dyson’s Drop by Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)

No Award

Best Short Fiction

“Five Ways to Start a War” by Sue Bursztynski in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)

“The Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)

“Nematalien” by LynC in The Narratorium, edited by David Grigg

“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron in Epilogue (FableCroft Publishing)

“The D_d” by Adam Browne in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)

No Award

Best Fan Writer

Alexandra Pierce

Jason Nahrung

Nalini Haynes

Bruce Gillespie

Grant Watson

Steve Cameron

No Award

Best Fan Written Work

Reviewing New Who series by David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely

No Award

Best Fan Artist

Dick Jenssen

No Award

Best Fan Artwork

“The Entellechy” by Dick Jenssen, cover art for Interstellar Ramjet Scoop for ANZAPA 267 edited by Bill Wright

No Award

Best Fan Publication

Dark Matter Fanzine (www.darkmatterfanzine.com), by Nalini Hayes

SF Commentary, (http://efanzines.com/SFC/) edited by Bruce Gillespie

Viewing Clutter, DVD and Blu-ray reviews blog (http://georgeivanoff.com.au/other-writing/reviews/viewing-clutter/), by George Ivanoff

No Award

Best Achievement

Continuum 8: Craftonomicon (51st Australian National SF Convention) Program by Julia Svaganovic, Emma Hespa Mann, and Caitlin Noble

“Snapshot 2012″ by Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright

No Award

Best Artwork

The award for Best Artwork is not being presented due to insufficient nominations being received.

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FableCroft Awards Eligibility (2012 for 2013 Awards)

January 31st, 2013 at 5:48 am (Awards)

Tin Ducks (WA) – open for entry now

Best Professional Short Written Work

“Solitary” by Dave Luckett (Epilogue)

“The last good town” by Elizabeth Tan (Epilogue)

“Ghosts” by Stephanie Gunn (Epilogue)

“Time and tide” by Lyn Battersby (Epilogue)

Epilogue-CoverBest Professional Artwork

Cover of Epilogue by Amanda Rainey

Best Fan Production

Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus review site (curated by Alisa Krasnostein, Tehani Wessely et al)

Snapshot 2012 (Kathryn Linge, Alisa Krasnostein, Helen Merrick, David McDonald, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright).

Chronos Awards (Vic) – open for entry now

Best Short Fiction

“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron (Epilogue)

“Cold Comfort” by David McDonald (Epilogue)

“The Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung (Epilogue)

Achievement

Snapshot 2012 (David McDonald, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Kathryn Linge, Alisa Krasnostein, Helen Merrick,  Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright).

Ditmar Awards (National)

Best Novella or Novelette

“The last good town” by Elizabeth Tan (Epilogue) – novelette

“The Fletcher Test” Dirk Flinthart (Epilogue) – novelette

“Time and tide” by Lyn Battersby (Epilogue) – novelette

“Cold comfort” by David McDonald (Epilogue) – novelette

Best Short Story

“Oracle’s Tower” by Faith Mudge (To Spin a Darker Stair)

“Solitary” by Dave Luckett (Epilogue)

“A memory trapped in light” by Joanne Anderton (Epilogue)

“Sleeping Beauty” by Thoraiya Dyer (Epilogue)

“Ghosts” by Stephanie Gunn (Epilogue)

“The Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung (Epilogue)

“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron (Epilogue)

“What books survive” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Epilogue)

Best Collected Work

Epilogue edited by Tehani Wessely

To Spin a Darker Stair edited by Tehani Wessely

TsaDScoverBest Professional Artwork

Cover art & illustrations for To Spin a Darker Stair by Kathleen Jennings

Cover design of Epilogue by Amanda Rainey

Best Fan Writer

Tehani Wessely (for body of work, including reviews on ASif!)

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus review site (curated by Alisa Krasnostein, Tehani Wessely et al)

Snapshot 2012 (Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright).

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald and Tehani Wessely, for review of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant, at Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus.

David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely for the New Who in Conversation series

Hugos (International) – open for entry now

All of the above basically, plus:

Best Short Story

“Sleepers” by Kaia Landelius (Epilogue)

Best Professional Artist

Kathleen Jennings (she would also be eligible for Best Fan Artist, particularly for “The Dalek Game”)

Best Fan Writer

Tansy Rayner Roberts

John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Joanne Anderton (2nd year of eligibility)(seems Jo isn’t eligible, though the “pro” part of the rules seems a bit harsh!)

 

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Ditmar nominations are now open

March 15th, 2012 at 8:29 pm (Awards)

Please take a look at the eligible works list for the Ditmar Awards, and nominate! You don’t need to nominate in all categories, but if you liked something in 2011, why not show it some love? :)

I’ve posted FableCroft’s eligible works here.

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Aurealis Shortlists announced!

March 22nd, 2011 at 4:46 am (Awards, worlds next door)

SpecFaction NSW, organisers of the 2010 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2010 Aurealis Awards.

Judging Coordinator, Keith Stevenson, said that with approximately 600 entries across the thirteen categories, the judges had a big task.

“Overall, the judges agreed that the entries had been of a high standard. In a number of the categories the judges informed us that they had trouble coming down to a shortlist of five with many worthy entries just missing out on being included. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the judges for their time and professionalism in the judging of these awards.”

Winners of the 2010 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Award will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, sponsored by Harper Voyager, on the evening of Saturday the 21st of May. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website are available at www.aurealisawards.com

2010 Aurealis Awards – Finalists

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)

Grimsdon, Deborah Abela, Random House
Ranger’s Apprentice #9: Halt’s Peril, John Flanagan, Random House
The Vulture of Sommerset, Stephen M Giles, Pan Macmillan
The Keepers, Lian Tanner, Allen & Unwin
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull, Jen Storer & Gug Gordon, Aussie Nibbles
(Penguin)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)

Night School, Isobelle Carmody (writer) & Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Penguin Viking
Magpie, Luke Davies (writer) & Inari Kiuru (illustrator), ABC Books (HarperCollins)
The Boy and the Toy, Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator), Penguin Viking
Precious Little, Julie Hunt & Sue Moss (writers) & Gaye Chapman (illustrator), Allen &
Unwin
The Cloudchasers, David Richardson (writer) & Steven Hunt (illustrator), ABC Books
(HarperCollins)

YOUNG ADULT Short Story

Inksucker, Aidan Doyle, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft Publishing
One Story, No Refunds, Dirk Flinthart, Shiny #6, Twelfth Planet Press
A Thousand Flowers, Margo Lanagan, Zombies Vs Unicorns, Allen & Unwin
Nine Times, Kaia Landelius & Tansy Rayner Roberts, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft
Publishing

An Ordinary Boy, Jen White, The Tangled Bank, Tangled Bank Press

YOUNG ADULT Novel

Merrow, Ananda Braxton-Smith, black dog books
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey, Allen & Unwin
The Midnight Zoo, Sonya Hartnett, Penguin
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, Doug MacLeod, Penguin
Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), Scott Westerfeld, Penguin

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK/ GRAPHIC NOVEL

Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Nicki Greenberg, Allen & Unwin
EEEK!: Weird Australian Tales of Suspense, Jason Paulos et al, Black House Comics
Changing Ways Book 1, Justin Randall, Gestalt Publishing
Five Wounds: An Illustrated Novel, Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett, Allen & Unwin
Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators, Rocky Wood & Glenn Chadbourne,
McFarlane & Co.

BEST COLLECTION

The Library of Forgotten Books, Rjurik Davidson, PS Publishing
Under Stones, Bob Franklin, Affirm Press
Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter, Tartarus Press
The Girl With No Hands, Angela Slatter, Ticonderoga Publications
Dead Sea Fruit, Kaaron Warren, Ticonderoga Publications

BEST ANTHOLOGY

Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis & Dr Marty
Young, Brimstone Press
Sprawl, edited by Alisa Krasnostein, Twelfth Planet Press
Scenes from the Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall, Morrigan Books
Godlike Machines, edited by Jonathan Strahan, SF Book Club
Wings of Fire, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon, Night Shade Books

HORROR Short Story

Take the Free Tour, Bob Franklin, Under Stones, Affirm Press
Her Gallant Needs, Paul Haines, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press
The Fear, Richard Harland, Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears,
Brimstone Press
Wasting Matilda, Robert Hood, Zombie Apocalypse!, Constable & Robinson Ltd
Lollo, Martin Livings, Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, Apex Publishing

HORROR Novel

After the World: Gravesend, Jason Fischer, Black House Comics
Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson, Orbit (Hachette)
Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott, Pan Macmillan

FANTASY Short Story

The Duke of Vertumn’s Fingerling, Elizabeth Carroll, Strange Horizons
Yowie, Thoraiya Dyer, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press
The February Dragon, LL Hannett & Angela Slatter, Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications
All the Clowns in Clowntown, Andrew McKiernan, Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s
Darkest Fears, Brimstone Press
Sister, Sister, Angela Slatter, Strange Tales III, Tartarus Press

FANTASY Novel

The Silence of Medair, Andrea K Höst, self-published
Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson, Orbit (Hachette)
Stormlord Rising, Glenda Larke, HarperVoyager (HarperCollins)
Heart’s Blood, Juliet Marillier, Pan Macmillan
Power and Majesty, Tansy Rayner Roberts, HarperVoyager (HarperCollins)

SCIENCE FICTION Short Story

The Heart of a Mouse, K.J. Bishop, Subterranean Online (Winter 2010)
The Angaelian Apocalypse, Matthew Chrulew, The Company Articles Of Edward Teach/The
Angaelian Apocalypse, Twelfth Planet Press
Border Crossing, Penelope Love, Belong, Ticonderoga Publications
Interloper, Ian McHugh, Asimovs (Jan 2011)
Relentless Adaptations, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press

SCIENCE FICTION Novel

Song of Scarabaeous, Sara Creasy, EOS Books
Mirror Space, Marianne de Pierres, Orbit (Hachette)
Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres, Orbit (Hachette)

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