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From the Cloud: 20 things learned in 25 years of submissions

jeremyszal:

Stuff like this is what separates you from the rest of the pile. I’ve been in both ends of the scale (and will likely be in the future). Have a read.

Originally posted on AurealisXpress:

Aurealis has a proud history of publishing fiction in Australia. Since our first issue, we have introduced new authors to the reading public and given established authors a means to continue their relationship with their audience.

These are some of the things we’ve learned over nearly twenty-five years of selecting stories for publication.

  1. If you don’t read in the genre, you’re unlikely to create an original, refreshing genre story.
  2. One idea is rarely enough to sustain a story.
  3. Many stories would be far better off if they were a third shorter.
  4. If you use genre trappings, then your story will end up in the reject pile. ‘Trappings’ implies something added after the event, mere decoration. Respect the genre.
  5. Short stories are short. Don’t waste time—get into the story.
  6. If you can’t handle dialogue, your story will suffer badly.
  7. If nothing happens in your story, you don’t have a story. You…

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Fantasy author of the day on Reddit!

It seems that I’m fantasy author of the week on reddit. It would be greatly appreciated if you could pop along to visit, have a mug of ale, and even leave a question/comment for good measure.
Seriously, I would really, really appreciate it. I’ve been waiting for this for months now. I’m in Thailand as I type this, but I’ll do my best to answer questions by people who I’m sure will turn up…eventually.

Anyway, do come and visit!

The link is here…

Award winning story now available

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You know that award that I won (an Honourable Mention, to be specific) from the Writers of the Future contest? Well, the story that won it is finally available. It was purchased by the good people over at On The Premises Magazine, in Issue #23. Do you want to read it? Oh, why am I asking; of course do you. And you can read it here.

Enjoy, and do inform me of your thoughts, good or bad. I’m hoping that the majority, if not all of them, will be positive. I’d love to be proven correct.

Also, the brilliant artwork you see at the top was provided by Ken Kirkpatrick and the fantastic folks over at Bloody Cake News.

Honourable Mention from Writers Of the Future contest!

So, I sent in this little science-fiction short story in somewhere. Where, may you ask? Only the biggest writing competition in the world. The same one that shot people like Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind) to fame. I knew I was up against heavy odds. So then, after a bit of correspondence, I got this in the mail….

 

CCF08072014_00000Yep. An Honourable Mention.

I already knew I’d gotten it and was going to get something similar in the mail, but it hasn’t really hit home for me just how awesome this is. Until now, of course. I’ll be framing it somewhere. It’s my first major award, and I hope that it won’t be the last.

A special thanks to Alan Baxter, Mark Lawrence and Robin Hobb for their support and encouragement, particularly to Alan and Megan (Robin’s real name) who I met at Supanova 2014 here in Sydney. They’re awesome people, and their encouragement and urging to never give up did a lot for me.

The story that won, A Dome of Chrome, is scheduled to release in Issue 23 of On The Premises Magazine on July 12.  I’ll be in Thailand at the time. Yep. That’s my way of celebrating. (not really, I’m going there to visit my friends, who will be forced to read this story and savour every morsel.)

Don’t Drown the Meat: Worldbuilding and Mark Lawrence

jeremyszal:

A brilliant blog post for a brilliant book.

Originally posted on James D. Cormier:

Fantasy writers (and science fiction writers, to a lesser extent, since they are less often in the position of starting entirely from scratch) worry a lot about worldbuilding.  It’s really the most unique thing about writing in this genre.  In addition to crafting character, plot, theme, and all of the other various parts that make up a novel, you’re in the position of actually creating an entirely new world.

The problem lies in building your world while also preserving the quality of your story and your prose–introducing the reader to the exotic while still focusing on what’s really important: character.  In the end, the world must serve the characters, or you’re doing it wrong.  As much as we’d all like to self-indulgently nerd out over the details of our world’s history or the intricacies of our super-creative, ultra-unique new magic system, ultimately it’s all for naught if the story and the…

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HUGE Game Of Thrones George R R Martin Giveaway! WIN a Box Set of ASOIAF!

Originally posted on High Fantasy Addict:

George R R Martin, ASOIAF 7 Book Box Set

George R R Martin, ASOIAF 7 Book Box Set

Greetings Brave Adventurers,
Thanks to my wonderful friends at Bookworld  I have a beautiful boxed set of George R R Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” to give away! This amazing prize features all 7 books, and is valued at $99.00 RRP!

Bookworld always offers free delivery Australia wide, so the lucky winner will have their shiny new books delivered right to their door!

HOW TO ENTER:

“I want it! How do I get it?!”

Entry is easy. All you have to do is answer this question:

What is your favourite quote / moment from George R R Martin’s ASOIAF series?

Leave your response in the ‘comments’ below, and include your state and suburb. This competition is open to Australian residents only, and this will ensure your entry is valid. Limit of one entry per person, please!

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Short film: The Crush Space

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I’m currently assisting on a short film by Permanent Ink Pictures, The Crush Space. I got this position through the use of my good looks, charm, and persuasive arguments, and definitely not because I happen to know the director from my university class.

Anyway, feeble attempts at blowing my horn aside, I’ll be Production Assistant on the film, which will commence shooting in late June. I’ve worked on films before, but it seems that none of them have gone anywhere (one of them is still in the editing stage), so this is my debut in film, so to speak. Erin Latimer, my good friend from Film Studies classes here at UNSW, is going to be the director. We already have dozens of people, and actors, involved in the project.

You can check out the film, the director, and more information here. If you do decide to help fund the project, not only shall you possibly receive tickets to the film, you’ll sleep better at night, knowing that you did a good thing. You didn’t need those groceries, anyway.

Thanks!