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An exciting kind of week

We’ve had a fairly exciting few days around here. First of all, both of FableCroft’s April-release books have arrived nice and early, and they look lovely! It’s a relieved sense of excitement to see the books all printed and fantastic, and ready to go out into the world! The official launch is not until April 26, but if you pre-order before March 31, I’ll send the books out in the first week of April 🙂

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 2.53.10 PMLate last week we also had finance approved for the house we’re buying! Yes, yes, we just moved (into a rental) but we’ve been looking to buy and finally found a great house that we fell in love with – it has an indoor heated pool! And a new kitchen! And a nice yard! And rooms! Lots of rooms! We’re really looking forward to living in it (although not, so much, the moving AGAIN!).

Would someone like to let me know where this year is going? It’s the second half of March, it’s nearly EASTER, and the holidays are rocketing on not long after that! In which we have Mum & Dad visiting, and Conflux happening, and oh my goodness, time does fly!!

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Call for submissions: Year’s Best YA speculative fiction

12pp-newpink-websmTwelfth Planet Press announces a new Year’s Best reprint series, the Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction.

Editors Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely are now reading internationally for the inaugural anthology, and are seeking Young Adult speculative fiction first published in 2013 for consideration.

Our goal is to uncover the best young adult short fiction of the year published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise “adult” anthologies and magazines, and bring them together in one accessible collection. So many young readers are avidly reading speculative fiction in novel form; we want to introduce them to the delight that can be found in the short story as well.

What is YA? We define the Young Adult arena of speculative fiction as being multi-faceted. It’s not just about the age of the protagonist; it’s not just about the generally accepted “coming of age” story; it’s not just stories about young people and the (figurative or literal) journey they are on in life. We’re not afraid of stories that shine a dark light on human nature, if it is relevant to the YA theme being explored. We aren’t scared of things that go bump in the night. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all of the subgenres associated with these. We want to explore diversity in all forms, because young people are diverse, and they want to see themselves and their friends in the stories they read. We consider Young Adult to be a subset of adult fiction rather than children’s fiction.

This is a REPRINT anthology. We are only reading material first published during the calendar year of 2013. Reprint submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, in the English language (we are more than happy to consider translations of works appearing for the first time in 2013). We anticipate a publication date in the first half of 2014.

PUBLISHERS: You are welcome to send e-copy (in Word, PDF and/or Mobi format) or hard copy, at your discretion.

Electronic Submissions should be directed to:
twessely@twelfthplanetpress.com

Print Submissions should be directed to:
Tehani Wessely
PO Box 559
Kings Meadows TAS 7249
Australia

READERS: We appreciate your recommendations. Please use the subject header Year’s Best YA Recommendation and email twessely@twelfthplanetpress.com

If your publication appears on the Web only, please make us aware of it at the email address above.

WRITERS: Please ask your publisher to send copies of their publications. Please do not send your individual story or stories unless we request such from you.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

DEADLINE for 2013 materials: November 30, 2013

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New Project! Year’s Best YA anthology…

You know me, hate the thought that I might get *shudder* BORED or something! Alisa Krasnostein at Twelfth Planet Press and I will be co-editing a new Year’s Best reprint anthology (due out in 2014), and it will be all YA stories! 

Twelfth Planet Press announces a new Year’s Best reprint series, the Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction.

Editors Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely are now reading internationally for the inaugural anthology, and are seeking Young Adult speculative fiction first published in 2013 for consideration.

Our goal is to uncover the best young adult short fiction of the year published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise “adult” anthologies and magazines, and bring them together in one accessible collection. So many young readers are avidly reading speculative fiction in novel form; we want to introduce them to the delight that can be found in the short story as well.

What is YA? We define the Young Adult arena of speculative fiction as being multifaceted. It’s not just about the age of the protagonist; it’s not just about the generally accepted “coming of age” story; it’s not just stories about young people and the (figurative or literal) journey they are on in life. We’re not afraid of stories that shine a dark light on human nature, if it is relevant to the YA theme being explored. We aren’t scared of things that go bump in the night. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all of the subgenres associated with these. We want to explore diversity in all forms, because young people are diverse, and they want to see themselves and their friends in the stories they read. We consider Young Adult to be a subset of adult fiction rather than children’s fiction.

This is a REPRINT anthology. We are only reading material first published during the calendar year of 2013. Reprint submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, in the English language (we are more than happy to consider translations of works appearing for the first time in 2013). We anticipate a publication date in the first half of 2014.

PUBLISHERS: You are welcome to send e-copy (in Word, PDF and/or Mobi format) or hard copy, at your discretion.

Electronic Submissions should be directed to: twessely@twelfthplanetpress.com

Print Submissions should be directed to:
Tehani Wessely
PO Box 559
Kings Meadows TAS 7249
Australia

READERS: We appreciate your recommendations. Please use the subject header Year’s Best YA Recommendation and email twessely@twelfthplanetpress.com

If your publication appears on the Web only, please make us aware of it at the email address above.

WRITERS: Please ask your publisher to send copies of their publications. Please do not send your individual story or stories unless we request such from you.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

DEADLINE for 2013 materials: November 30, 2013

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New FableCroft anthology is open to submissions!

The new FableCroft anthology, One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries (working title), is now open to submissions.

You know the quote and where it comes from. The stories must in some way address the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative “small steps”. The rest is limited only by your imagination.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 12,000 words. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.

More information at the FableCroft website!

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Appearing in the news today!

An article I contributed to was published today! Titled “Frontier women”, the feature looked at the phenomenon of women writing speculative fiction in Australia. The fact we have such a vibrant field of women writing spec fic in Australia bucks the trend of the international market, where SF, Fantasy and Horror are dominated by male writers. Here in Australia in the past 10-15 years, there’s been clear upswing in the number of women being published in the genre, across all areas of spec fic, and the article looks at this, featuring many of our great Aussie authors as it does so.

”There has definitely been an upswing in the number of women being published and awarded in the science-fiction field in Australia, while the trend of women authors giving strong showings in the fantasy-novel arena continues,” says a judge of the Aurealis Awards for speculative fiction, Tehani Wessely. This year three of the five shortlisted nominees for the Aurealis Awards for science-fiction writing, including its winner, Kim Westwood for The Courier’s New Bicycle, were women.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/frontier-women-20120607-1zx69.html#ixzz1xHOV1Vqy

It’s worth a read! Unfortunately doesn’t seem to actually BE published in The Age itself, but did apparently appear in the Spectrum insert of the Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks to Linda Morris, who saw an interesting angle in this and wrote the story!

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