Pacific Monsters – which includes my short story “Into the Sickly Wake” – has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Awards.
Congratulations to Margrét Helgadóttir, my fellow contributors, and of course all the other nominees. I’m looking forward to hearing the final results in October.
In the first of a series of announcements which seem to have arrived all at once, I’m delighted to announce that “A Spell to Signal Home” (first published in Glittership last year) will be reprinted in Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by Bogi Takács.
It’s a stunning list of authors (not to mention an excellent editor) with a very shiny cover, and I’m honoured to be included.
The latest Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist is out, and I’m thrilled to be on there twice: in the short fiction section for my short story “Syren Song” and nominated for Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
I’m even more pleased to be in such good company; all the local members of my critique group have short stories on the shortlist, and there are quite a few other friends on there, along with some other work I love. I’m looking forward to hearing the final results.
I have a new project complete. Capricious Issue 9 (Gender Diverse Pronouns) has been released into the world and is now available for purchase in both ebook and paperback formats. You can find full details and links at http://www.capricioussf.org/issue-9-gender-diverse-pronouns/.
This issue features short stories by by Nino Cipri, Bogi Takács, Lauren E. Mitchell, A.E. Prevost, Cameron Van Sant, Rem Wigmore, Penny Stirling, Hazel Gold, SL Byrne, and Rae White. These are stories of worlds where non-binary people live and love and explore and do magic. Stories of worlds without gender, stories of worlds where gender is conceived differently to our own. Stories of merfolk and dragons and ghosts… and us.
This has been a project that’s been difficult at times, but immensely rewarding, and I’m so pleased with the final result.
I’m delighted to announce my first sale of the year: a short story, “Girls Who Do Not Drown”, to Apex.
I am absolutely delighted by this. Not only is it my first sale to an SFWA qualifying pro-market (a goal I’ve been working towards for some time), but it’s a story that means so much to me. It’s set in the place I grew up – somewhere I don’t often go in fiction, and even less in real life – and it’s about violence and escape, gender and shape-changing horses. This is how it opens:
“There are girls who stumble along the beach, barefoot, heels in one hand and a premixed drink in the other, balancing upon the line between the smothering land and the vicious sea, hoping they won’t see morning.
There are girls who will, in the last moments of their life, fingers clutching the soaking mane of the beast below them out of pure instinct, blame themselves, for seeking adventure, for finding exhilaration in danger. There are girls who know that if they make it home they will be blamed or mocked, because who could be interested enough in ugly girls like them to tempt them below the waves.
There are girls who do not know they are girls until the sea comes for them.
There are girls who have been told the old stories, who know the old ways to resist, to save themselves. And there are girls who find their own ways.”
I’m not certain of the release date just yet, but I’ll post again when it’s out. It feels like an excellent start to the year.