Edited by Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene

The seventh volume of the award-winning annual series collecting the best fantasy and horror stories from the Antipodes.

The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2017.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Stories should have a listed author who is a citizen, resident or otherwise be recognised as having significant ties to Australia and/or New Zealand.
  • Stories must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2016.
  • Stories must be received by the editors by the deadline.
  • Stories should be no longer than 8,500 words in length.
  • The editors will accept hard copies and electronic copies of eligible stories. If you have any queries please contact the relevant editor via the email address provided.
  • Stories should be available in electronic format to be selected for inclusion.
  • Decisions made by editors are final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Please note that while the editors do read widely, they are relying on writers to assist them by sending copies of their stories. This is the best way to ensure that stories do not get overlooked.

Expected Publication Date October/November 2017


Liz Grzyb

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
PO Box 29
Greenwood WA 6924
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Talie Helene

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
PO Box 475
Heidelberg Vic 3084
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We're really pleased to be able to reveal the stories selected by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks for the Ecopunk! anthology.

Ecopunk! - speculative tales of radical futures contains 19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change. The incredible line-up includes some of Australia's best science fiction writers.

Adam Browne, “The Radiolarian Violin"
Matthew Chrulew, “Future Perfect”
Emilie Collyer, “From the Dark”
Jason Fischer, “Milk and Honey”
Tom Guerney, “The Mangrove Maker”
Claire McKenna, “Mr. Mycelium”
R. Jean Mathieu, “The City Sunk, “the City Risen”
D.K. Mok, “The Wandering Library”
Jason Nahrung, “The Today Home”
Ian Nichols, “First Flight”
Shauna O'Meara, “Island Green”
Rivqa Rafael, “Trivalent”
Jane Rawson, “The Right Side of History”
Jane Routley, “The Scent of Betrayal, “
Andrew Sullivan, “The Butterfly Whisperer”
Janeen Webb, “Monkey Business”
Corey White, “Happy Hunting Ground”
Tess Williams, “Broad Church”
Marian Womack, “Pink Footed”

Ecopunk! will be published in 2017 by Ticonderoga Publications. Keep an eye on our website for more news.

We're incredibly pleased that Crow Shine, the debut collection by Alan Baxter, has made the short list for the 2016 Aurealis Awards for Best Collection.

It's an incredible field of nominations, including Ticonderoga author Angela Slatter and the legendary Jack Dann, but we're crossing our fingers.

We'd like to congratulate Alan for his incredible work, and wish all nominees the very best.

The Aurealis Awards will take place over Easter. A full list of nominees is available at https://aurealisawards.org/2017/02/20/2016-aurealis-awards-shortlist-announcement/

You can order Crow Shine in limited hardcover, trade hardcover, and tradepaperback at http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=crow+shine.

book cover - red robed figure in a dark urban settingThe latest volume in our award-winning Year's Best series, The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 is weeks away. Editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have selected 31 incredible stories, over 150,000 words, from Australia and New Zealand published in 2015.

In addition, the volume features an indepth review of the genre in 2015 and a recommended reading list.

The stories are

  • Joanne Anderton, “2B”
  • Alan Baxter, “The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner”
  • Deborah Biancotti, “Look How Cold My Hands Are”
  • Stephen Dedman, “Oh, Have You Seen The Devil”
  • Erol Engin, “The Events at Callan Park”
  • Jason Fischer, “The Dog Pit”
  • Dirk Flinthart, “In the Blood”
  • Kimberley Gaal, “In Sheep's Clothing”
  • Stephanie Gunn, “The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth”
  • Lisa Hannett, “Consorting With Filth”
  • Robert Hood, “Double Speak”
  • Kathleen Jennings, “A Hedge of Yellow Roses”
  • Maree Kimberley, “Ninehearts”
  • Jay Kristoff, “Sleepless”
  • Martin Livings, “El Caballo Muerte”
  • Danny Lovecraft, “Reminiscences of Herbert West”
  • Kirstyn McDermott, “Self, Contained”
  • Sally McLennan, “ Mr Schmidt's Dead Pet Emporium”
  • DK Mok, “Almost Days”
  • Faith Mudge, “Blueblood”
  • Samantha Murray, “Half Past”
  • Jason Nahrung, “Night Blooming”
  • Garth Nix, “The Company of Women”
  • Anthony Panegyres, “Lady Killer”
  • Rivqa Rafael, “Beyond the Factory Wall”
  • Deborah Sheldon, “Perfect Little Stitches”
  • Angela Slatter, “Bluebeard's Daughter”
  • Cat Sparks, “Dragon Girl”
  • Lucy Sussex, “Angelito”
  • Anna Tambour, “Tap”
  • Kaaron Warren, “Mine Intercom”

This volume was successfully funded through a crowd-sourcing campaign, and will be the first time an Australian Year's Best genre series has run to 6 consecutive single-year volumes. The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook, in February/March 2017.

The hardcover and paperback are available to pre-order at indiebooksonline.

The editors will begin reading for the 2016 volume in due course. Please keep an eye on our website.

crowshine webAlan Baxter's stunning debut collection Crow Shine is reviewed at This is Horror, and we're extremely pleased with the opening:

This is a strong short fiction debut from a real writer, and one well worth your time.

And there are many more positive words in the review that follows.

You can read the full review at http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-crow-shine-by-alan-baxter/

You can order Crow Shine in limited hardcover, trade hardcover, and tradepaperback at http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=crow+shine.

Ebook is available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/680614

Crow Shine cover, image of a crow on a rockAlan Baxter's debut collection Crow Shine (available this week) is reviewed by Damien Smith over at SQ Mag. We're delighted when he concludes

An emotional, and occasionally violent rollercoaster well suited to any fan of horror and dark fiction, but definitely not for the squeamish.

Check out the full review at https://sqmag.com/2016/11/01/edition-29-book-review-crow-shine-by-alan-baxter/

 You can order Crow Shine in limited hardcover, trade hardcover, and tradepaperback at http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=crow+shine (ebook coming soon).

cover image of crow on a rock pile

Ticonderoga Publications is excited to announce the signing of Alan Baxter’s debut collection Crow Shine.

Crow Shine is scheduled for publication in September 2016.

The dark fantasy collection features 19 stories, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning "Shadows of the Lonely Dead"; and original title story "Crow Shine" in addition to two other never before published stories.

"Alan Baxter is rapidly becoming one of Australia's premier dark fantasists, and Crow Shine showcases some incredible work," Ticonderoga Editor Russell B Farr said.

"While his stories can be dark, they also show an incredible respect for the human condition, and each one enriches the reader," Russell B Farr added.

"I'm so pleased to work with Ticonderoga on this book," Alan Baxter said. "I can't imagine anyone who would do a better job. It's really exciting to see so many years of my dark weird work collected like this."

The sale was made via Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services.

Alan Baxter is the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian, and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) published by HarperVoyager Australia, and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2) from Gryphonwood Press. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010, 2012 and 2014). He has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards, and a five-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. He won the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story ("Shadows of the Lonely Dead") and the 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction ("In Vaulted Halls Entombed").

Ticonderoga Publications is a multiple award-winning independent press based in Greenwood, Western Australia. Founded in 1996, in 20 years Ticonderoga have published over fifty titles.

Crown Shine is scheduled for publication in late 2016. The collection will be available in limited edition hardcover, hardcover, ebook, and trade editions.


We've set up a kickstarter to partly fund Aurum: a golden anthology of novellas.

Aurum is an anthology of awesome speculative novellas by some of Australia's brightest talents. At this point we have locked in Joanne Anderton, Stephanie Gunn, Angela Rega, Lucy Sussex, and Susan Wardle, and expect to have at least a couple more awesome names before we go to print.

3 APRIL EDIT: We are chuffed to be able to add Juliet Marillier to this star-studded line-up!

Aurum will be approximately 90,000 words of exceptional original fiction, all novellas (more than 7500 words) giving the writers space to develop stories and write at a length not always considered commercially acceptable. We're giving the writers an opportunity to tell the stories they want to tell, and the space they want to tell them in.

Aurum will be edited by the A. Bertram Chandler Award-winning editor Russell B. Farr.

Aurum also celebrates the 20th year in publishing for Ticonderoga. We started way back in 1996, and since then have produced over 50 titles. Aurum was originally planned as our 50th title (hence the name) but a few other books came through and pushed it back a little. Numbers aside, Aurum will still be our golden book.

Please check this out and back us at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/aurum-a-golden-anthology-of-original-novellas

A huge thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal! We're over the moon to have got there, and are now looking at some stretch targets to pay writers and artists more.

We're also a SFWA Star Project!

Please consider backing us! THere's less than 2 weeks to go!

Here's where you can find our kickstarter project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/the-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-6

The Project

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror is over 150,000 words of the best fantasy and horror fiction written by Australians (and New Zealanders) and published all over the world in 2015. We've already done this five times for the years 2010-2014, and we'd like to do it again.

In addition to the reprinted fiction, The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series features an extensive introductory essay on the annual state of the genre, obituaries, a recommended reading list, and a list of Australian and New Zealand award recipients.

It is the only volume of its kind being published in Australia at present.

How you help

Putting together a volume of this size, usually featuring the work of more than 30 contributors, is a big task for two editors and a small press.

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series is an important work, but it is also a considerable up-front cost: several thousand dollars of outgoings before a single cent comes back.

We're doing this because we love Australian speculative fiction, we love books, and we want to keep doing this as long as we can. We're in this for the long term, but could use some help to keep this title going.

Please consider backing us!


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