Author Archives: Dave Versace

The Never Never Land – TOC Announced!

The table of contents for CSFG’s massive 2015 anthology The Never Never Land has been announced by the triple-threat editorial team of Ian McHugh, Phill Berrie and Mitchell Akhurst. Congratulations to the successful authors!

The Never Never Land: Table of Contents

Consumed – Elizabeth Jakimow
Memory Lane – Suzanne J. Willis
Rainbows of the Drought – Jacob Edwards
The Swagman – Angus Yeates
Terra Australis – Craig Garrett
The Laneway – Richard L. Lagarto
The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth – Jodi Cleghorn
Tirari Desert, SaturdayThoraiya Dyer
Trike Race –  Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie
Welcome to Australia – Monica Carroll
The Seven-Forty from Paraburdoo – Charlotte Nash
Drought – Adrik Kemp
Jimmy’s Boys – Laura E. Goodin
Ghost Versions – Darren Goossens
She’ll Be Right – Donna Maree Hanson
Adventure Socks – Leife Shallcross
Beyond the Factory Wall – Rivqa Rafael
The Green, Green Grass of Home – Brenda Anderson
Looking For Ben – M. James Richards
Dragon Girl – Cat Sparks
Hard – Helen Stubbs
Rebirth – Linh T. Nguyen
Rust Titan – Chris Large
Done and Darbie’d – Faran Silverton
Against the Current – Dan Baker
To Look Upon a Dream Tiger – Shauna O’Meara
Ferals – William Broom
The Inventor of Ironclad Creek – Michael Kraaz
The Spectacularly Lucky Country – David Coleman
The Nexus Tree – Kimberly Gaal

Cover art and a launch date for the anthology will be announced as soon as possible

CSFG Member News (December 2014)

It’s the end of the year, and CSFG is on hiatus until early February, but that doesn’t mean our members aren’t busy beavering away at their craft. Several CSFG members have reported exciting publication news:


Justin Woolley’s first novel A Town Called Dust is out now from Momentum.

Zena Shapter (along with her coauthors in the Northern Beaches Writers Group) wrote two speculative fiction teen fiction books as part of the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day charity fundraiser. They were recently launched by award-winning, bestselling author Susanne Gervay:

  • Scribbles in the Dark is a fantasy adventure about two outback boys on the hunt for home
  • A Dolphin for Naia is a sci fi adventure about one boy’s quest to save his parents.

Giulio Zambon has published a historical romance novel under a pen name  (shh, don’t tell anyone): The Gladiator and the Vestal by Monica Venier.

Short stories

Shauna O’Meara’s story “In the future there will be birds” is currently appearing in Cosmos Magazine.

Mike Pieloor’s short story ‘The Trap’ has been published by Grinning Skull Press as part of the charity horror anthology Return to Deathlehem.

Cat Sheely will have two short stories (one of them a flash fiction piece) accepted for the EFAW anthology ‘Flight of Fancy’ to be published early in the New Year.

David Walker has stormed the gates of Antipodean SF, with one story “Deserted Village” in the December issue, and two – “Chlorophyll Haven” and “Corporate Body” – in the upcoming 200th edition in February 2015.

Wangmo Whitethorne’s ghost story “The Moat” will appear in David Tyson’s Ghost anthology in 2015.

Non-fiction and workshops

Zena Shapter has been very busy of late:

  • Article published in Women’s Ink, the magazine of the Society of Women Writers NSW, on the evolution of communication and how I believe technology has changed the way we share our lives.
  • My story Shy also featured on Episode 53 of the award-winning podcast Galactic Chat, as a sample of what AntipodeanSF does best – flash fiction!
  • I did a guest appearance at the NSW Writers’ Centre‘s First Friday Club, talking about online author promotion, winning competitions and my novel Towards White.
  • For workshops, I taught teenage writers in a one-day writing workshop as part of the Manly Arts Festival (and then published a volume of their work), went up to the Central Coast to teach my Vividness & Voice workshop to Ettalong Writers and Hunter Writers, and I taught my first online workshop Know Yourself as a Writer via Google+ Hangouts.
  • On 15 November I ran a Creative Writing Bootcamp at Mosman Community College. Details here: http://www.mec.nsw.edu.au/modules/details?ModuleID=40201

And last but not least, Bob Phillips’ non-fiction book A Risky Life: How Bad are Your Chances? will be published by Halstead Press in early 2015.

2014 Awards Season – Aurealis Awards and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror

Aurealis Awards

Nominations for the annual Aurealis Awards for Australian speculative fiction are open. Any work of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident and published for the first time between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014 is eligible to be entered. The conditions of entry are here. Nominees are reminded that as of this year a $10.00 entry fee applies in all categories except short fiction and entries in the Children’s categories. All entries must be received by 7 December 2014.

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror Volume 5

Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene are now accepting submissions for their annual collection of the best in horror and fantasy short fiction by Australian and New Zealand authors. Stories under 8500 words in length published between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014 are eligible for consideration. The full submission guidelines are here. Stories must be received by 15 January 2015 to be considered.

CSFG Member News (November 2014)

It’s been quite a while since we’ve updated our member news. Here’s a probably-incomplete roundup of the action since July:


Donna Maree Hanson’s Dragon Wine duology has launched from Momentum books: Shatterwing and Skywatcher

Alan Baxter’s Alex Caine series is now out from Harper Collins in Australian and New Zealand. Bound (Alex Caine #1) is in bookshops everywhere, while Obsidian and Abduction are available as ebooks.

Craig Cormick launched two new books at Conflux: The Shadow Master from Angry Robot Books and Uncle Adolf from Ginninderra Press.

Gillian Polack’s Langue(dot)doc is now out from Satalyte Publishing.

Anthologies and Collections

Simon Dewar edited Suspended in Dusk, a dark fiction anthology out now from Books of the Dead Press.

Simon Petrie’s second short story collection, aptly titled Difficult Second Album, is out now from Peggy Bright Books.

Short story sales

Tim Napper’s story “An Advanced Guide to Successful Price-Fixing in Extra-Terrestrial Betting Markets” will appear in a forthcoming issue of Interzone. Tim has also sold a story to Grimdark Magazine.

Leife Shallcross’s “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth” will appear in the Strange Little Girls anthology from Belladonna Publishing.

David Versace’s “The Teahouse of Serendipitous Unions” will appear in the The Lane of Unusual Traders anthology from Tiny Owl Workshop.

Other news

Kaaron Warren was recently awarded a Fellowship with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Kaaron was also announced as a jury member for this year’s prestigious Shirley Jackson Awards.

And finally, two CSFG members are represented in Ticonderoga Publications’ forthcoming Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 volume: Nicky Rowlands’ “On the Wall” from CSFG’s Next anthology and Kaaron Warren for “Born and Bread” from Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales.

Three other contributors to Next also made the list: Claire McKenna (“The Ninety Two”), Angela Rega (“Almost Beautiful”),  and Janeen Webb (“Hell is Where the Heart Is”). Well done to editors Simon Petrie and Rob Porteous for their acclaimed selections!


That’s the news for this month. Congratulations to all our CSFG compatriots working down in the word mines.