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Updates and Introductions: Part 5

Things are still chugging along behind the scenes. We are knee deep in edits and proofreading, and very close now to finalizing the line up, with just one story to come in, and a few left to read/confirm. It looks like there will be over 30 stories included in the anthology which makes it a real bargain!

In just a few short weeks now, we’re hoping to have the digital version available. It’s endlessly exciting thinking about that. I can’t believe that time is passing so quickly – April will be here in no time, and you’ll all be able to read the wonderful stories we’ve selected.

Speaking of stories, I’d like to introduce you to two more of our authors. It’s great we have so many fabulous female writers on board!

Kate Mahony has an MA in Creative Writing from Bill Manhire’s course at Victoria University. Her short fiction has been published in Best New Zealand Fiction Vol. 6, Turbine, Her magazine and the online International Literary Quarterly, Issue 14. Disoriented was previously published in Takahe 71. She teaches classes in short story writing at the Adult Community Education Centre at Wellington High School.

Helen Lowe is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster and poet. Her latest novel, The Heir of Night, the first in The Wall of Night quartet, is newly published in the USA, the UK, Australia and NZ, with recent foreign rights sales into the Netherlands and France. Helen’s first novel, Thornspell, was published by Knopf in 2008 to critical praise from Kirkus and Booklist, amongst others, and won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel: Young Adult in 2009.

Introductions: Part 4

Here we are again, with our fourth post about our lovely contributors. Today we have two more wonderful female writers: one whom I’ve long been a fan of, and one who I am a new fan of. You should definitely check out their books if you get a chance.

Juliet Marillier was born and brought up in Dunedin and now lives in Western Australia. Her historical fantasy novels have been translated into many languages and have won a number of awards including the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Aurealis Award, the Sir Julius Vogel Award and the Prix Imaginales. Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids). She lives in a hundred year old cottage which she shares with a small pack of waifs and strays. Find out more at her website: www.julietmarillier.com

Tina Makereti writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Her first collection of short stories Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, was published in 2010 by Huia Publishers. In 2009 she was the winner of the non-fiction category of the Royal Society Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing and the Best Short Story in English at the Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers. She is currently writing a novel inspired by her mixed heritage and Moriori culture as part of a PhD Creative Writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. You can find out more at: http://www.tinamakereti.com

Introductions: Part 2

Next up on our contributor list are the wonderful Grant Stone, and Simon Petrie – two writers with oodles of talent.

Grant Stone‘s fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Semaphore, and is forthcoming in Strange Horizons and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Born on the South Island of New Zealand and now living on the North Island of Australia, Simon Petrie is a Canberra-based research scientist and writer of speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, and occasionally horror). Since 2007, his stories have appeared in magazines such as Andromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineAurealisBorderlandsKaleidotropeSybil’s Garage and Yog’s Notebook, webzines such as AntipodeanSFTicon4 and Semaphore, and anthologies such as Masques (ed. Polack & Hopkins, CSFG),Destination: Future (ed. Adani & Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books), and Belong (ed. Farr, Ticonderoga Publications). His first collection of short fiction, Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables (Peggy Bright Books) was published in March 2010.

Simon is an active member of the Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-operative, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, and the SpecFicNZ core collective. He has served on three different judging panels for the Aurealis Awards, in the SF Novel, Anthology & Collection, and Fantasy Short Story categories. In August 2010, he was awarded Best New Talent in the Sir Julius Vogel awards.


As we get closer to finalizing the line-up for the anthology, we thought it was time to start introducing you to the writers we have on board. Seeing as we have our contributors list organized alphabetically, I thought we’d work backwards this time—just for something different 😉

Sean Williams writes across the field of science fiction and fantasy, for adults, young adults and children, and enjoys the odd franchise, too, such as Star Wars and Doctor Who. His work has won awards, debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardback bestseller list, and been translated into numerous languages. He was born in the dry, flat lands of South Australia, where he still lives with his wife and family. His latest novel is TROUBLETWISTERS, the first in a new series co-written with Garth Nix.

Jeff VanderMeer has had novels published in fifteen languages, won multiple awards, and made the best-of-year lists of Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, theLA Weekly, and many others. His award-winning short fiction has been featured onWired.com’s GeekDad and Tor.com, as well as in many anthologies and magazines, including ConjunctionsBlack Clock, and in American Fantastic Tales (Library of America). His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, theWashington PostThe Huffington Post, and hundreds of others. In addition, he has edited or co-edited more than a dozen influential fiction anthologies for, among others, Bantam Books and Pan Macmillan. On the pop culture front, VanderMeer’s work has been turned into short films for PlayStation Europe and videos featuring music by The Church.

With his wife Ann, he has lectured, conducted master classes, and given workshops all over the world, including at the Brisbane Arts Center in Australia, the University of California at San Diego, and Wofford College, in South Carolina. He is a frequent guest of honor at conferences around the world, including such events as Utopiales in France, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, the Brisbane Writers Festival in Australia, Finncon in Helsinki, and the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. For more information, visit jeffvandermeer.com or contact vanderworld@hotmail.com.

These are just two of the amazing writers we have lined up, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the stories they have contributed.

Tales for Canterbury – Cover!

We are pleased to present the cover for the digital version of Tales for Canterbury. Thanks again to Emily of DesignEm for creating this for us 🙂

A new week

Well, it’s been a while since our last update, but we have been very busy behind the scenes. If you’ve checked out our contributor’s page recently you’ll notice that we now have 20 confirmed contributors, with more to be added shortly.

We’re working away at all the behind the scenes bits and pieces so that we can get pre-orders up for both the e-book and print versions of the Anthology: our ISBN’s have come through, the cover is almost done and we’re working on a blurb at the moment. We’ve just got a few stories left to confirm from our ‘already submitted’ pile, and a few more yet to come in—we’re getting close to having our final line up!

So this week coming we’ll get to show you the beautiful cover for the anthology, and we’ll take the time to introduce you to our contributors in a little more depth. Most importantly though, we’ll be getting putting out information on how you can go about getting your hands on a copy of Tales for Canterbury.


Update – 8 days in

This week we are busy reading through the submissions we’re received to date. There are quite a few already, and we’re pleased to be able to start filling out our list of contributors. The quality of stories so far has been fabulous, and we’re really enjoying reading them.

While we are still confirming our print publishing options, we have our e-book bases covered. Random Static will be publishing the e-version, at no profit to them, which will ensure as much as possible goes direct to Canterbury. We are hoping to have pre-orders open soon so that we can start getting that money down South, where it’s much needed.

Also, we’d like to say a big thank you to Emily from Designem. She has come on board to help with the cover, which will be in similar style to the lovely header we have for this site, and our Facebook image—also designed by her. 

Things are progressing really well, and we can’t wait to bring this anthology out into the world.

RadioNZ interview

The interview went reasonably well today. I was very nervous, but it was great to be given the chance to talk about the anthology. It all happened so quickly! If there is a next time, at least now I’ll know what to expect 🙂

If you missed it on air, you can listen to it here.

In other news, we have started reading through submissions and there are some really fantastic stories in the mix. We’re so excited about putting this anthology together and just know it’s going to be great reading.

– Cassie Hart

Interview update and facebook

Sorry to anyone who was listening this afternoon and wondered where I’d got to! They called halfway through the alloted time to apologise, as they’d had to shuffle around the afternoons schedule but that’s okay 🙂 It should go ahead tomorrow morning.

I will let you know what time, after I get the phone call.

In other news, our Facebook page is now up. It’s a little bare while we wait for an image to be made, but I’ll be posting some updates there. It would be great if you could *like* us  🙂


Live interview this afternoon!

I was contacted yesterday by RadioNZ, who wanted to interview me this weekend. So this afternoon between 2pm and 3pm, I will be on air with Lynn Freeman answering a few questions about the anthology.

Thanks to the internet, there are many ways to tune in. Check out their frequencies page to see how.