It’s the end of the year, and CSFG is on hiatus until early February, but that doesn’t mean our members aren’t busy beavering away at their craft. Several CSFG members have reported exciting publication news:


Justin Woolley’s first novel A Town Called Dust is out now from Momentum.

Zena Shapter (along with her coauthors in the Northern Beaches Writers Group) wrote two speculative fiction teen fiction books as part of the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day charity fundraiser. They were recently launched by award-winning, bestselling author Susanne Gervay:

  • Scribbles in the Dark is a fantasy adventure about two outback boys on the hunt for home
  • A Dolphin for Naia is a sci fi adventure about one boy’s quest to save his parents.

Giulio Zambon has published a historical romance novel under a pen name  (shh, don’t tell anyone): The Gladiator and the Vestal by Monica Venier.

Short stories

Shauna O’Meara’s story “In the future there will be birds” is currently appearing in Cosmos Magazine.

Mike Pieloor’s short story ‘The Trap’ has been published by Grinning Skull Press as part of the charity horror anthology Return to Deathlehem.

Cat Sheely will have two short stories (one of them a flash fiction piece) accepted for the EFAW anthology ‘Flight of Fancy’ to be published early in the New Year.

David Walker has stormed the gates of Antipodean SF, with one story “Deserted Village” in the December issue, and two – “Chlorophyll Haven” and “Corporate Body” – in the upcoming 200th edition in February 2015.

Wangmo Whitethorne’s ghost story “The Moat” will appear in David Tyson’s Ghost anthology in 2015.

Non-fiction and workshops

Zena Shapter has been very busy of late:

  • Article published in Women’s Ink, the magazine of the Society of Women Writers NSW, on the evolution of communication and how I believe technology has changed the way we share our lives.
  • My story Shy also featured on Episode 53 of the award-winning podcast Galactic Chat, as a sample of what AntipodeanSF does best – flash fiction!
  • I did a guest appearance at the NSW Writers’ Centre‘s First Friday Club, talking about online author promotion, winning competitions and my novel Towards White.
  • For workshops, I taught teenage writers in a one-day writing workshop as part of the Manly Arts Festival (and then published a volume of their work), went up to the Central Coast to teach my Vividness & Voice workshop to Ettalong Writers and Hunter Writers, and I taught my first online workshop Know Yourself as a Writer via Google+ Hangouts.
  • On 15 November I ran a Creative Writing Bootcamp at Mosman Community College. Details here:

And last but not least, Bob Phillips’ non-fiction book A Risky Life: How Bad are Your Chances? will be published by Halstead Press in early 2015.