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Introductions: Bumper Issue

Hi folks! I just thought I’d let you know that two sections of the anthology are currently out with proof readers. We’ve also started sending stories back to authors so they can take a look at the final layup. It’s looking good! We can’t wait to share it with you.

I’ve been a little slack in the posting department, so we’re doing a bumper issue of introductions today.

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. You can visit his official website at www.neilgaiman.com

Janis Freegard was born in South Shields in the UK and grew up in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She writes fiction and poetry and is a past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Landfall (NZ), the New Zealand Listener, Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers (Random House), Takahe (NZ), Brittle Star (UK), Cadenza (UK), the Momaya Press Annual Review 2009 (UK) and Harlem River Blues (Fish Publishing, Ireland).

Several of her stories have been broadcast on radio. Her poetry collection, Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus, will be published by Auckland University Press in May 2011. She lives in Wellington and blogs at http://janisfreegard.wordpress.com ‘The Magician’ was first published in Cadenza (UK).

AJ Fitzwater resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, knows no hobbits, and has recently become adept at skipping cracks. The author blogs at pickledthink.blogspot.com about attempts to be published and other mind detritus.

Merrilee Faber lives in Australia, when she isn’t living in her head. Her fiction has appeared in Hint Fiction and Shock Totem, and is upcoming in Shimmer and Space and Time Magazine. She is an avid naturalist (not the ones who run around in the nuddy, the other ones), a humanist and a pessimist, and staunchly defends her right to be so whenever she likes. She blogs about writing at notenoughwords.wordpress.com

Matt Cowens is a high school English and Media Studies teacher and writer. He has illustrated and designed card games, self-published several comics, recorded podcasts for Every Day Fiction and Librivox, and is an enthusiastic amateur film-maker. He occasionally blogs at http://mattcowens.livejournal.com

Debbie Cowens lives on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand with her husband and son. She is an English teacher who has taught in Japan as well as in New Zealand high schools. Her stories have been published in the New Zealand School Journal, Enchanted Conversation, Every Day Fiction, Prinkipria, Sentient Online and Andromeda Space Inflight Magazine.


It’s been a few days now since we started this whole thing off, and the response has been overwhelming. We’ve had emails from writers all over the world wanting to submit stories to the anthology, or offer help in other ways.

So first up I want to say THANK YOU!! It really has been amazing, and humbling, and just plain wonderful to be part of this. We couldn’t put this together without you all, and while there is a lot of work ahead, we’re confident this is going to be great.

At the moment we have over twenty authors who have confirmed that they are submitting. Stories have begun to trickle in – some people are writing brand new stories for this project, and others are offering us reprints that fit our requirements.

The very first day, after I had Anna on board, I emailed an amazing author to ask if he would considering letting us reprint one of his stories for the anthology. I am really excited, thrilled, and pleased to announce that Neil Gaiman has said yes! We’ve got a beautiful piece lined up for the anthology, which is very fitting for the occasion. I was blown away by his generosity, and the speed with which he replied. So thank you, Neil Gaiman.

We have many other wonderful writers on board, and we’re looking forward to making further announcements and filling out the contributors list in the near future.

On that note, I’d once again like to say thank you for all the submissions, but we’ve reached a point where we unfortunately need to close off unsolicited submissions. Whilst we would love to read stories and accept submissions from new writers, we have a very short time-frame in which to pull this together. If we have contacted you, or someone else has contacted you on our behalf, then please do still get in touch, but we really need to focus on those who have been asked to submit for now. Otherwise thank you so much for your interest, good luck with your writing, and if you would like to help us out there are some suggestions in the FAQs.

-Cassie Hart