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).