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CSFG Member News (November and the first bit of December 2013)


To Kaaron Warren, for continuing to win all of the awards in 2013 and picking up an ACT Publishing Award for Through Splintered Walls.

To Zena Shapter, for winning the Glen Miles Short Story Prize with her story “Champions“.


Donna Hanson has the cover of (technically) her first romance novel, Bespelled, under the nom de plume Dani Kristoff.

Kaaron has her name on the cover of (and a story inside) Ellen Datlow’s forthcoming anthology, Fearful Symmetries.

Ian McHugh has his name on the cover of (and a story inside) the January 2014 issue of Asimov’s.

Next CSFG news will be at end of January – have safe and happy holidays.

Conflux Writers Day program is now live!

The program for the Conflux Writers Day, a new event ahead of the Aurealis Awards on 5 April 2014, is now live on the Conflux website. The program features CSFG members Kaaron Warren, Ian McHugh, Phill Berrie, Donna Maree Hanson, Chris Andrews and Rob Porteous.

Donna Hanson interviewed at Galactic Chat

Helen Stubbs talks to Donna Maree Hanson about her writing career, including publication of her novel Rayessa and the Space Pirates and writing the sequels, and her YA Paranormal Romance, Bespelled. They also talk about the advantages of using a pseudonym and what Donna has enjoyed reading recently, including Untamed by Anna Cowan and A Single Girl’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay.

CSFG Member News (October 2013)


To Shauna O’Meara who did indeed win a second placing in the Writers of the Future contest with the story that was shortlisted last month. Yay, Shauna!

To Jo Clay (writing as J.T. Clay) whose debut novel, A Single Girl’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, has been published by Momentum Books.

To Zena Shapter, whose Northern Beaches Writers’ Group won the Open Category in the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day contest. Also: Splitter! (Seeing as how the CSFG team were one of the runners-up).

Sales and publications

Patty Jansen’s new novel, Ambassador, is out now from Ticonderoga Publications.

Donna Hanson has a release date of 1 Feb 2014 for her paranormal romance, Bespelled (written as Dani Kristoff) from Escape Publishing.

Alan Baxter has a new story, “Not the Worst of Sins” out at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Gillian Polack has an article about the writing of Connie Willis in Vector, the journal of the British Science Fiction Association. (Gillian was also part of a Mind Meld at SF Signal).

CSFG Member News (August 2013)


To Kaaron Warren, who’s novella “Sky” (having cleaned up all the available Australian awards and the Shirley Jackson Award) has been shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award!

To Donna Hanson, who’s story “She’ll be right” has been long-listed for the Carmel Bird Award.

To the 3 CSFGers whose stories have been included in Ellen Datlow’s recommended reads from her reading for The Best Horror of the Year: Alan Baxter, for “The Goodbye Message” and “Burning, Always Burning”; Rob Porteous for “The Subjunctive Case”; and Kaaron for “Sky”, “Creek”, “Mountain”, “Road”, “The History Thief”, “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” and “The Pickwick Syndrome”.

Sales and Publications

Kaaron’s new re-print collection, The Gate Theory, has been released as an e-book by Cohesion Press.

Simon Petrie’s poem “At the Dark Matter Zoo” has been accepted for the speculative poetry anthology The Stars Like Sand.

Alan Baxter’s stoy “” has been published in issue #2 of Crowded Magazine.

Conflux Writers’ Day – information session

Conflux will be holding an information session about the Conflux Writers Day (to be held in April 2014 in conjunction with the Aurealis Awards) in The Snug at King O’Malley’s pub in Canberra City at 7:30pm on Thursday 29 August.

The session is particularly for those who might be interested in presenting on the day. See also the call for abstracts on the Conflux website for more information about presenting.

It’s been a chatty time again for some

Gillian Polack has been interviewed about her writing and editing at Galactic Chat.

Ian McHugh has been interviewed in his capacity as El Presidente of CSFG Inc at Dark Matter Zine.

Nicole Murphy has been interviewed in her capacity as El Prsidente of Conflux Inc, also at Dark Matter Zine.

CSFG Member News (July 2013)


To Kaaron Warren, whose novella “Sky”, having cleaned up all the available Australian national awards, has gone on to win the international Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella!

To Simon Petrie, whose novella “Flight 404” won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for best Novella/Novelette!

The cover illustration, by original CSFG member Les Petersen, for Simon’s anthology, Light Paper, Stand Clear (co-edited with Edwina Harvey) won the Vogel for Best Professional Artwork

Upcoming Workshops

Alan Baxter is teaching his Write The Fight Right workshop at the ACT Writers Centre on Sunday 4 August (Tomorrow!)

Ian McHugh is teaching his Writing Short Stories for Publication workshop at the ACT Writers Centre on Sunday 18 August and his new Bringing Characters to Life workshop at the same venue on Saturday 31 August.

Gillain Polack is teaching her Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre on Saturday 24 August.

Booking information and links are on the Workshops and Courses page

Sales and Publications

Nicole Murphy’s new novel (writing as Elizabeth Dunk) The Lies We Tell has been published by Escape Publishing.

Kaaron Warren’s new story collection The Gate Theory will be published by Cohesion Press.

Rob Porteous’s story “A Drought of Tears” and Simon Dewar’s story “The Wire Bird” have been accepted for The Sea anthology from Dark Continents Publishing.

Rob’s story “The Tale of Kasim and the Alchemist”, Simon Petrie’s story “Suckers for Love” and Ian McHugh’s story “Grey Snow in the Shadows” were published in issue #58 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Simon P’s story “Emptying Roesler” was published in the Regenerations: NZ Speculative Fiction II anthology from Random Static

Other News

The inaugural Conflux Writers Day, which will be presented alongside the Aurealis Awards in 2014, is calling for abstracts from people interested in presenting.

Also: We’re writing our book in a day tomorrow!

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.”

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.