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Alan Baxter News!

Wednesday, 9th October, 2013

(and other CSFG Member News for September 2013)


To Alan, who has signed a THREE BOOK DEAL with HarperVoyager Australia!

To (and fingers-crossed for) Shauna O’Meara, who has a story among the finalists in the Writes of the Future contest.

Upcoming Workshops and Courses

Gillian Polack will be commencing her 6-week Six Approaches to Editing Fiction evening course at the Australian National University from Tuesday 15 October.

Ian McHugh will be commencing his 6-week Fiction Writing – The Basics evening course at the Canberra Institute of Technology, Reid Campus from Tuesday 29 October.

Sales and Publications

The table of contents for issue #10 of Midnight Echo Magazine (out on 30 November) features Alan’s stories “Exposure Compensation” and “It’s Always the Children Who Suffer” and Zena Shapter’s story “Darker”.

David Walker’s story “Underground Agency” has been published in issue #184 of Antipodean SF.

Kaaron Warren’s story “All You Can Do Is Breathe” has been reprinted in issue #13 of Nightmare Magazine.

Ian’s story “When the Rain Comin” has been published in the October/November issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.


New Writers’ Services page

Monday, 9th September, 2013

A number of CSFG members provide editing, web, promotion and other services for writers. We’ve started bringing them together on our new Writers’ Services page.

Check it out (and watch this space, we expect to add more service providers in the near future).

On Making Up Words

Monday, 9th September, 2013

by Leife Shallcross (writing at

In 2011, when I decided to ‘get serious’ about my writing, one of the first things I did was book myself into a Year of the Novel course with the very knowledgeable and generous Craig Cormick, through the ACT Writers Centre. One of the very first exercises he got us to do, was describe our favourite kitchen appliance in one sentence, without mentioning what it is. I came up with:

When it’s packed, the mess is gone, and I can go and write.

(Can you guess?) Then, of course, we had to condense it down to one word. One word? The man is crazy, I thought. Then he uttered the magic phrase… “If there isn’t a word, you can make one up.” (Or something like that.) Awesome. It came to me almost straight away.

Read more…

CSFG Member News (August 2013)

Sunday, 8th September, 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

Monday, 26th August, 2013

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

Monday, 12th August, 2013

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.

We wrote our book in a day!

Friday, 9th August, 2013

The CSFG Team staged our entry for the the 2013 Write-a-Book-in-a-Day Contest on Sunday 4 August at a top-secret venue somewhere in Canberra.Patch logo

Well, actually, someone was teaching in the room at the ACT Writers Centre that CSFG normally uses, so we had to find somewhere else. But no matter because…

We raised over $870 for PatCH! Big thanks to everyone who sponsored our team!

Read more… (including our book in a day!)