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  • Congratulations to our 2015 Aurealis Award Finalists!

    The final ballot for the 2015 Aurealis Awards has been announced, and we're very chuffed to be among the nominees!

    A huge congratulations to

    “Blueblood”, Faith Mudge, in Hear Me Roar - Best Young Adult Short Story, Best Fantasy Short Story

    “Broken Glass”, Stephanie Gunn, in Hear Me Roar - Best Fantasy Novella

    “The Flowers that Bloom Where Blood Touches the Earth”, Stephanie Gunn in Bloodlines - Best Fantasy Novella

    The Finest Ass in the Universe, Anna Tambour - Best Collection

    Bloodlines, Amanda Pillar (ed) - Best Anthology

    The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (ed) - Best Anthology

    Hear Me Roar, Liz Grzyb (ed) - Best Anthology

    and good luck! The results will be announced at the end of March at the Australian National Convention.

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    You can buy these books (at 20% off until the end of February!) at

    Hear Me Roar http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/196

    Bloodlines http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/204

    The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2014 http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/202

    The Finest Ass in the Universe http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/197

    You can check out the full list of finalists here https://aurealisawards.org/2016/02/17/announcement-2015-aurealis-awards-shortlists/

  • Congratulations to our 2015 Ditmar Award Finalists!

    The final ballot for the 2015 Australian SF (Ditmar) Awards has been announced, and we're very chuffed to be among the nominees!

    A huge congratulations to

    Kathleen Jennings, "A Hedge of Yellow Roses" (Hear Me Roar) - Best Short Story

    Amanda Pillar (ed), Bloodlines - Best Collected Work

    Kathleen Jennings, cover art Bloodlines - Best Artwork

    and good luck! The results will be announced at the end of March at the Australian National Convention.

    You can buy these books (at 20% off until the end of February!) at

    Hear Me Roar http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/196

    Bloodlines http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/204

    You can check out the full list of finalists here http://wiki.sf.org.au/2016_Ditmar_preliminary_ballot

  • Covers revealed: The Finest Ass in the Universe and Hear Me Roar

    We're please to reveal the covers of two upcoming publications, Anna Tambour's collection The Finest Ass in the Universe and Hear Me Roar, 17 tales of real women and unreal worlds, edited by Liz Grzyb.

    Both have been produced by our in-house team at Ticonderoga.

    The image for The Finest Ass in the Universe is a close-up of a sigesbeckia flower, taken by Anna Tambour.

    You can pre-order Hear Me Roar at http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/196

    Details for ordering The Finest Ass in the Universe will be available shortly.

    Both titles will be available worldwide from August. Stay tuned for details of a sneak preview event in Melbourne in June.


     

  • Ecopunk

    Ecopunk – speculative tales of radical futures
    Edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks
    To be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2017

  • Ecopunk – speculative tales of radical futures

    Ecopunk – speculative tales of radical futures

    Edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks

    To be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2017

    Human activity has forced the Earth into a new geological epoch.

    By 2050 the world’s population is expected to rise from the current seven billion to around 9.5 billion. The worst impacts will be felt by the world’s poorest people, victims of the developed world’s excesses.

    The Earth must brace itself for enormous changes in patterns of global temperature and rainfall, significant sea level rise, with huge effects on water and food security.

    Engineers and industrialists are currently faced with the challenge of inventing new sustainable technologies and the means of implementing them: technologies that may well improve our lives in ways we cannot yet anticipate.

    We are looking for optimistic stories envisioning the future of our world as we are impacted by and adapt to climate change. New narratives of radical transformation and sustainability.

    Stories exploring the end of carbon-capitalism, combatting inertia in our political systems, interrogating the technical and organisational challenges of clean energy generation, storage and distribution.

    Stories investigating nascent technologies and fossil fuel divestment, imagining pathways to the low-carbon world. Encouraging the belief that we will survive not only as a species, but as a civilisation by proposing alternatives to how we live.

    Stories showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite looming uncertainty.

    We are not looking for post-apocalyptic stories of dystopia and wretchedness, but of confidence in our ability to meet the challenges our future will bring us.

    Guidelines

    • Stories should be between 2000-10,000 words.
    • Original stories only: no reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions.
    • Stories should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in .doc or .rtf format.
    • The submissions period for unsolicited submissions is 15 May to 31 August 2016.
    • Manuscript format: double spaced, large margins, Times New Roman font, Australian English spelling.
    • Payment: 2 copies of print anthology and Aus 5 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment AUD$500) on publication.
    Useful links:

    So, for example...

    • a story set on a seaweed/algae farm. The farmers are being bothered by pirates raiding their algae diesel supplies but the pirates end up giving up life on the high seas and joining the community, or coexisting with them. Or thinking about it at least.
    • a story set on a science vessel whose 5 year mission is to suck toxic plastic out of the Pacific
    • a story set on a part of the great pacific garbage patch that has hardened into land and become a brave new secret country...

    some ideas in here: http://solarpunks.tumblr.com/

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/10/how-to-survive-a-global-disaster-handy-guide?CMP=share_btn_fb (maybe a story about somebody building a home-made internet for their community)

    http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/09/bushfire-proof-houses-black-saturday-innovations?CMP=share_btn_fb (a story set in a fire-resistant village, biologist investigates quick flowering edible crop that thrives in the wake of fire)

    We're looking for the normal kinds of human conflict which feature in any story, only set against a backdrop/environment in which humankind is actively attempting to make a better world or fix the old one rather than just sitting back and letting the apocalypse roll on over the top, with everybody sinking into cannibalism and another dark age.

    Or you can even mess with the form & do comedy:

    • a bunch of prepper/survivalist bankers holed up in a wall street penthouse attempting to keep the old world going while watching the new one begin to bloom on the water-filled streets below.
  • Ecopunk! contents revealed!

    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.

  • The Year's Best Kickstarter

    We've set up a kickstarter project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/the-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-6

    We need your help to become the first Australian-focussed year's best speculative fiction anthology series to publish 6 consecutive volumes.

    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 Horrorseries 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!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/the-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-6

  • The Year's Best Kickstarter is funded!

    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 Horrorseries 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!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/the-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-6

  • The Year's Best of 2015 is coming soon!

    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.

  • Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 Submission Guidelines

    years best fantasy and horror v5.webEdited by Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene

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

    The deadline for submissions is 1 January 2016.

    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 2015.
    • 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 August 2016

    FANTASY SUBMISSIONS

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    Liz Grzyb

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    PO Box 29
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    HORROR SUBMISSIONS

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    Talie Helene

    Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
    PO Box 2553
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  • Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2016 Submission Guidelines

    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

    FANTASY SUBMISSIONS

    Liz Grzyb

    Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
    PO Box 29
    Greenwood WA 6924
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    HORROR SUBMISSIONS

    Talie Helene

    Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
    PO Box 475
    Heidelberg Vic 3084
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  • Year's Best for 2014 Contents Announced

    years best fantasy and horror v5.webWe're really happy to be able to announce the final line-up and cover of the fifth volume of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

    Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled an impressive list of fantastic stories first published in 2014, from New Zealand's and Australia's finest writers.

    The 28 stories selected are

    • Alan Baxter, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” [Suspended in Dusk]
    • James Bradley, “The Changeling” [Fearsome Magics]
    • Imogen Cassidy, “Soul Partner” [Aurealis 74]
    • David Conyers & David Kernot, “The Bullet & The Flesh” [World War Cthulhu]
    • Terry Dowling, “The Corpse Rose” [Nightmare Carnival]
    • Thoraiya Dyer, “The Oud” [Long Hidden Anthology]
    • Jason Franks, “Metempsychosis” [SQ Mag]
    • Michelle Goldsmith, “Of Gold and Dust” [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60]
    • Michael Grey, “1884” [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
    • Stephanie Gunn, “Escapement” [Kisses by Clockwork]
    • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Vox” [The Female Factory]
    • Gerry Huntman, “Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips” [Night Terrors III]
    • Rick Kennett, “Dolls for Another Day” [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
    • Charlotte Kieft, “Chiaroscuro” [Disquiet]
    • SG Larner, “Kneaded” [Phantazein]
    • Claire McKenna, “Yard” [Use Only As Directed]
    • Andrew J. McKiernan, “A Prayer for Lazarus” [Last Year, When We Were Young]
    • Faith Mudge, “Signature” [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
    • Jason Nahrung, “The Preservation Society” [Dimension6]
    • Emma Osborne, “The Box Wife” [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
    • Angela Rega, “Shedding Skin” [Crossed Genres]
    • Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Love Letters of Swans” [Phantazein]
    • Angela Slatter, “The Badger Bride” [Strange Tales IV]
    • Cat Sparks, “New Chronicles of Andras Thorn” [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
    • Anna Tambour, “The Walking-stick Forest” [Tor.com]
    • Kyla Ward, “Necromancy” [Spectral Realms #1]
    • Kaaron Warren, “Bridge of Sighs” [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
    • Janeen Webb, “Lady of the Swamp” [Death at the Blue Elephant]

    In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2014 and a list of highly recommended stories.

    The editors will shortly begin reading for the sixth volume of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

    The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014 is scheduled for publication in late-October 2015 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.

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