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Members’ news – October to December 2015

CSFG members have been busy as usual – here’s the latest news. Congratulations in particular to everyone who picked up various awards and gongs! And here’s to a bountiful and successful writing year in 2016!

Short story

Alan Baxter has enjoyed a few publications in an end-of-year rush:

Alan also has a heap of stuff coming out next year:

  • “Under Calliope’s Skin” – SNAFU: Future Warfare anthology (ed. Geoff
    Brown and A J Spedding, Cohesion Press, due Feb. 2016)
  • “Served Cold” – Dreaming in the Dark anthology (ed. Jack Dann, PS
    Publishing, due 2016) (Novelette)
  • “Golden Fortune, Dragon Jade” – And Then… anthology (ed. Lindy Cameron,
    Clan Destine Press, due mid-2016) (Novelette)
  • “Crying Demon” – Suspended In Dusk 2 (ed. Simon Dewar, Books of the Dead
    Press, due mid-2016

Darren Goossen’s “Every Useless Parameter” is coming out soon in Kaleidotrope,

Tim Napper’s short story “A Strange Loop”, which the CSFG critiquing group helped him to polish, will appear in the next next Interzone (#262 – Jan/Feb).

Serial fiction

Kaaron Warren and Craig Cormick have serialised stories coming out over ten days during the Christmas & New Year period on the RiotAct website. This link takes you to Part One.


Elizabeth Dunk (the nom de plume of Nicole Murphy) has the third in her series of contemporary romances Much Ado About Love coming out on 5 January 2016.

Gillian Polack has sold her novel Secret Jewish Women’s Business, to Satalyte. Gillian describes it as “a very Australian feminist Jewish novel with magic and superpowers and bushfires”.


The Wheeler Centre has commissioned new CSFG member Nalini Haynes to write a piece on disability: “Eye and Prejudice: A vision for equity

Chris Large recently interviewed Ann Leckie for Aurealis #86 (the current issue). He also spoke with Trudi Canavan about the release of her new novel Angel of Storms. That interview will appear early in 2016 when Aurealis goes global.

Gillian Polack study of the past decade or so will be going to press sometime in 2016. History and Fiction: Writers, their Research, Worlds and Stories. Several CSFG writers were interviewed in the early stages of this and are quoted.

Awards and Honours

Alan Baxter is going to be the Special Guest at Conflux 12 in October 2016.

Donna Maree Hanson is about to commence a PHD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra; her topic will be Feminism in Popular Romance.

Nalini Haynes recently graduated with an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. Her grades were sufficiently high to attract an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honours Society.

Chris Large’s story “Future Me, Future Her” was highly recommended by the SciFi Film Festival and won a Dimension6 encouragement award at the ceremony.

C.H. (Celia) Pearce won the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award for a speculative short story titled “Torvald’s Year”.  The ACT Writers Centre will publish the story on their blog and in their magazine early next year.


Gillian Polack teaches creative writing course through Belconnen Community Service every Wednesday morning during term.

Gillian also has a number of courses available through the Australian National University Centre for Continuing Education:

(These will all go on the Workshops and Courses page soon)

Opportunity – All the King’s Men

Canberra-based author-illustrator Shane W. Smith, who spoke at a recent CSFG meeting about writing and producing comics, is seeking contributions for his upcoming anthology All the King’s Men. Shane is looking for original short stories and comic scripts set in the galaxy-spanning science fiction universe of his previous graphic novels: The Lesser Evil, Peaceful Tomorrows and The Game. Prospective contributors are asked to familiarise themselves with the background of the setting (or to read the graphic novels!) so they can pitch outlines for either an original story or one of a number of concepts sketched out by Shane.

The theme of the anthology is: “sometimes it’s impossible to mend what has been broken.

Note that this is a paid writing gig – Shane has a grant to produce the anthology from artsACT and is offering at least 4c a word for prose stories.

For more information on All the King’s Men, or to contact Shane to discuss your ideas, check out the submission guidelines. Submissions close on 31 March 2016.

Member News for March 2015 – Part Two of Three!

Short stories

Ian McHugh’s story “Uncle Bob’s Crocodile” is out in this month’s edition of Urban Fantasy magazine (available now for subscribers and it’ll be archived online for everyone else later in the month).

Ian wanted to mention that he credits this story to a discussion with fellow CSFG’er David Dufty in a 24-hour story challenge workshop a couple of years ago. Proof positive that CSFG membership conveys rich rewards and lasting fame!

Alan Baxter has two stories coming out soon, both in anthologies from Cohesion Press:



CSFG members are well represented in several upcoming and recently released anthologies:


Cranky Ladies of History (Fablecroft Publishing)

  • “Another Week In The Future, An Excerpt” by Kaaron Warren


Insert Title Here (Fablecroft publishing)

  • “Circle” by Darren Goossens
  • “Beyond the Borders of All He Had Been Taught” by Alan Baxter


Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Press)

  •  “The Silica Key” by T R Napper
  • “Function A:save(target.Dawn)” by Rivqa Rafael
  • “Veteran’s Day” by Cat Sparks



Congratulations to everyone who’s managed to break through the Wall of Rejectomancy!

Call for submissions: The Never Never Land

CSFG’s new anthology will be opening for submissions on 1 June 2014.

See here for the submission guidelines.


Call for submissions: The Never Never Land

The Never Never Land will be an anthology of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror stories edited by Mitchell Akhurst, Phillip Berrie and Ian McHugh. It will be published in April 2015 as both a trade paperback and in e-book formats.

What We’re Looking For

CSFG anthologies have been elsewhere and encountered the other, we’ve met the outcast and seen behind the mask and what happens next. Now we want to bring the stories back here, in our new anthology with the working title of The Never Never Land.

For The Never Never Land, we’re looking for Australian stories, whatever that may mean to you, or stories that are inspired by this country.

If you send us Peter Pan stories, you’re probably missing the point.

Think On the Beach, Mad Max, Two Hands and Tomorrow, When the War Began. Think Terry Dowling’s Rynosseros and Wormwood stories, Sean Williams’s Books of the Change, Patricia Wrightson’s The Nargun and the Stars and the stories in Gillian Polack’s Baggage anthology. Or step outside and look around you, and think something completely different. We want to capture the diversity of what an “Australian + speculative” story can mean.

Submissions will open from 1 June to 31 August 2014. Stories submitted outside this period will be discarded unread.

The Details

Read more →

First review of Next!

Next_front_cover_26MarA positive review of Next at Adventures of a Bookonaut: “Now despite what may appear to be a rather open theme this collection hangs together very well. I doffs me hat to the editors for their selections and the collation of the work. There’s some well known writers with absolutely cracking work and some new faces with a good tale to tell.”

CSFG at Conflux 9


Book Launch

Friday 26 April, 6-7pm – launch of Next, edited by Simon Petrie and Rob Porteous

Dealer’s Room

 From 1pm, Thursday 25 April – come see the special offers at the CSFG dealers table


Thursday 25 April, 12-3pm – Writing using the five senses with Gillian Polack

Friday 26 April, 8-10am – Polishing your turds (or, how to edit your stories) with Ian McHugh

Friday 26 April, 8-10am – Distilling your story with Chris Andrews


Friday 26 April, 9:30-10am – Simon Petrie

Friday 26 April, 11-11.30am – Leife Shallcross

Friday 26 April, 3-3.30pm – David Coleman – UPDATED

Saturday 27 April, 9.30-10am – Ian McHugh

Saturday 27 April, 11-11.30am – Kaaron Warren (Conflux 9 Special Guest)

Sunday 28 April, 11-11.30am – Al Baxter

Sunday 28 April, 1.30-2pm – Shauna O’Meara

Sunday 28 april, 1.30-2pm – David Coleman

Art Show

Works by Shauna O’Meara


Friday 26 April, 11am – kafeeklatsch with Gillian Polack

Saturday 27 April, 4-4.55pm – Guest of Honour talk by Kaaron Warren

Saturday 27 April, 8-8.55pm – The Romance Gauntlet (Leife Shallcross, Rob Porteous, Simon Petrie, Shauna O’Meara, Ross Hamilton)

Sunday 28 April, 11-12am – launch of In Fabula-divino, edited by Nicole Murphy

Panel Program

Thursday 25 April

10-10.55am – Taboo subjects for authors (Gillian Polack)

3-3.55pm – Self-publishing (Phill Berrie)

Friday 26 April

10-10.55am – What was great about SF when we were young? (Phill Berrie)

12.30-1.25pm – The politics of steampunk (Gillian Polack)

2.30-3.25pm – Better than they Should Be Anime (Shauna O’Meara, Elizabeth Fitzgerald)

4-4.55am – Podcasts and multimedia (Phill Berrie)

5-5.55pm – Speculative Art (Shauna O’Meara)

Saturday 27 April

10-10.55am – Writing communities (Phill Berrie)

11.30-12.25am – Using history to inspire fiction (Gillian Polack)

8-8.55pm – Star Wars the rebirth (Chris Andrews) UPDATED

Sunday 28 April

10-10.55am – Does a Cover Sell a Book? (Shauna O’Meara)

12.30-1.25pm – Defining the essentials of a short story (Gillian Polack)

12.30-1.25pm – Secret life of Writers (Elizabeth Fitzgerald)

2.30-3.25 – Junkyard Writing (Rob Porteous, Rik Lagarto)

3.30-4.25pm – Technological optimism vs political pessimism (Phill Berrie)

Conflux 9 Book Specials

The following special offers on CSFG books will be available at Conflux 9:

FREE copy of Encounters with any purchase upon presentation of the voucher from your con bag!


Get Gastro for a dollar with every Conflux Cookbook! $21 for the pair.

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$44.95 for Elsewhere + The Outcast + Masques + Winds of Change (that’s $64.75 value, including your free copy of Encounters!)

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Half-price on any other CSFG book when you buy a copy of Next!next_front_cover_26mar_thumb

Come to the launch of Next at Conflux 9!

6pm, Friday 26th April, Rydges Capital Hill, Canberranext_front_cover_26mar

  • Janeen Webb (World Fantasy, Aurealis and Ditmar Award winner)
  • Richard Harland (Golden Aurealis and Aurealis Award winner)
  • Readings from emerging CSFG authors Leife Shallcross and Rik Lagarto
  • Get your copy of Next signed by the contributors.
  • Get a voucher for a HALF-PRICE book from the CSFG table in the dealers room.

Pre-order your copy of Next!

Next will be released on 26 April 2013 and you can pre-order now for the price of AUD$24.95, plus $7 postage within Australia.

Next_front_cover_26MarYou can pay for your pre-ordered copy of Next by Paypal, or Contact Us to arrange payment by cheque, money order or bank transfer, or to enquire about contributor and wholesale prices.