Australian Shadows 2014 shortlist

The Australian Horror Writers Association is thrilled to announce the final shortlist in the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards.

From the AHWA: “We believe this year’s short list represents the finest in horror fiction written or edited by an Australian or New Zealand author and first published in 2014 in the fields of short fiction, novella, novel, collection and edited works.”

Judges were asked to prepare a shortlist of up to five works from each award category, with a finalist to be announced from that shortlist on Friday, April 24.

The shortlisted authors and their works are (in alphabetical order):

Novel:
Jeremy Bates – Suicide Forest
Greig Beck – Book of the Dead
Lauren Dawes – Dark Deceit
Aaron Sterns – Wolf Creek Origin
Matthew Tait – Davey Ribbon

Short Fiction:
Alan Baxter: Mephisto
Alan Baxter: Shadows of the Lonely Dead
Rebecca Fung: Mummified Monk
Michelle Jager: Bones
Andrew McKiernan: Last Year When We Were Young

Edited Works:
SQ Issue 14 – edited by Sophie Yorkston
SNAFU – edited by Geoff Brown and Amanda J Spedding
Suspended in Dusk – edited by Simon Dewar

Collected works:
No shortlist, winner to be announced

Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction (novella)
Darcy Coates – Ghost Camera
Shane Jiraiya Cummings – Dreams of Destruction.
Robert Hood – The Shark God Covenant

A big thanks goes to the judges Natalie Satakovski, Bianca de Loryn, Christine Ferdinands, Lee Pletzers, Kathy Williams-DeVries, and Jay Caselberg who had the tough job of pouring over the entries and choosing the final shortlist.

Winners will be announced online via the AHWA Facebook page on Friday, April 24 at 8pm. If you haven’t already be sure to go online and follow the AHWA to get the winners as they drop.

Winners will receive an engraved trophy created by Creepy Collectables.

The AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition 2014

[From Martin Livings]
Yes, it’s, it’s come around again, the AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition is now open for 2014. Our judges are lined up and eager, so go ahead, do your worst!

(and by worst, of course, I mean best…)

What We’re After: Horror stories, tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in this genre will be accepted, from the well-used (zombies, vampires, ghosts etc) to the highly original, so long as the story is professional and well written. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author. Stories can be as violent or as bloody as the storyline dictates, but those containing gratuitous sex or violence will not be considered.

There are two categories for submission:

FLASH FICTION
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo; The Magazine of the AHWA and an engraved plaque.

SHORT STORY
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo; The Magazine of the AHWA and an engraved plaque.

ENTRY DETAILS

  • Entries Open: January 7th 2014
  • Entries Close: May 31st 2014

Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to 1 story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Prizes: the authors of the winning Flash Fiction and Short Story entries will each receive paid publication in Midnight Echo; The Magazine of the AHWA and an engraved plaque. Plus the adulation of millions.

(Legal note: your value of “millions” may vary. And “adulation”.)

Entry Fee:

  • AHWA Members have free entry.
  • Non-AHWA Members: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.

Secure payments can be made via PayPal using our PayPal ID (please note, this is different to the competitions email address!):

[email protected]

Alternative payment options are available; please contact us at [email protected] and we will provide appropriate details.

All entries should be submitted via the web form here:

http://ahwacomps.martinlivings.com/

Mail submissions will ONLY be accepted as a last resort (we would prefer electronic submissions to save the trees); please contact us before sending anything through.

Please edit your manuscripts carefully before sending them through to us; it’s amazing how much careless typos or grammatical errors can put a reader off, so don’t go shooting yourself in the foot, let the story come through unhindered!

Also, please ensure your manuscript is formatted in standard manuscript format. The best thing to do is use the RTF template provided here:

http://ahwacomps.martinlivings.com/AWHAtemplate.rtf

Stories not using this format may be discarded without being considered, so please do use this template. You’ll make our lives easier, and increase your own chances of being judged fairly.

Contact [email protected] if you have any further questions.

2014 Judges

PAUL MANNERING is an award winning author based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has published dozens of short stories, and edited two themed anthologies. His Tankbread trilogy is published by Permuted Press and he has two more novels scheduled for publication in 2014. http://permutedpress.com/authors/paul-mannering

TALIE HELENE is a writer and musician, from Melbourne, Australia. She has published fiction, poetry, and an extensive folio of music journalism. She is perhaps best well known as horror editor of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror series (Ticonderoga Publications). You can learn more about Talie’s interdisciplinary adventures at http://www.taliehelene.com

ZENA SHAPTER is a British-Australian author who’s won seven national fiction writing competitions (including this one!). She’s also represented by literary agent Alex Adsett, leads the widely attended Northern Beaches Writers’ Group (whose collaborative writing has also won awards) and gives regular talks/tutorials on creative writing and social media (because, after all, she is part-cyber!).  http://www.zenashapter.com

AUSTRALIAN SHADOWS AWARD for LONG FICTION will be named the PAUL HAINES SHADOWS AWARD for LONG FICTION

The Australian Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce the AUSTRALIAN SHADOWS AWARD for LONG FICTION will be named the PAUL HAINES SHADOWS AWARD for LONG FICTION in honour of Paul Haines.

New Zealand-born horror and speculative fiction writer, Paul Richard Haines, 41, died on 5 March 2012 after a five-year battle with cancer.

Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Paul moved to Australia in the 1990s after completing a university degree in Otago. He attended the inaugural Clarion South writers workshop in 2004 and was a member of Melbourne’s SuperNOVA writers group. Paul had more than thirty short stories published in Australia, North America, and Greece.

Paul collected numerous awards including winning Australia’s Ditmar Award five times: Best New Talent in 2005; Best novella/novelette for The Last Days of Kali Yuga (2005) and The Devil in Mr Pussy (Or How I Found God Inside My Wife) (2007); Best Collection for Slice of Life (2010); and Best Novella for Wives (2010). He won the Aurealis Award three times: Best Horror Short Story for The Last Days of Kali Yuga (2004); Best Horror Short Story twice for Wives tied with Slice of Life – A Spot of Liver (2009). The Sir Julius Vogel Award was awarded four times: Best Collection for Doorways for the Dispossessed (2008); Best Novella for Wives (2010); Best Novella for A Tale of the Interferers: Hunger for Forbidden Flesh (2011); and Best Short Story for High Tide at Hot Water Beach (2011). He won two Chronos Awards; Best Collection for Slice of Life (2010); and Best Short Fiction for Her Gallant Needs (2011).

In 2011, Paul’s The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt won the Australian Shadows Award for Long Fiction. Here was a tale that mixed fiction with reality in Haines’ unique way, merging the line between what’s real and what isn’t until you felt uncomfortable. It was at once horrifying and highly emotional.

Paul’s writing interrogated the horror constrained within the heart of civilized convention; the difficulties of being human while living with animal instincts intact. Sharp, smart and observant, he managed to make the grossest of gross stuff funny – and therefore accessible.

Paul focused a spectrum of disturbing truths though the prism of his lens. His writing style was tough, mesmerising, visceral, no holds barred. In a word, authentic, just like the man himself. He wrote with certainty and strength. Sympathetic to tragedy, he enticed us to engage with and acknowledge elements of the dark within.

Grateful for the inclusion he experienced from more established writers early on, he made a point of extending the same friendship and courtesy to newer writers following behind.

He is survived by his wife Julie and daughter Isla.

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AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition winners announced

The Australian Horror Writers’ Association (AHWA) runs a competition every year for both short stories (1,000 to 8,000 words) and flash fiction (up to 1,000 words). This is a blind-judged contest with three judges. This year the competition was judged by Joanne Anderton, Guy Salvidge and Ashlee Scheuerman.

In the short story category this year, the judges gave a joint win and five Honourable Mentions. In the Flash category there was a single winner and four Honourable Mentions.

All the winners and HMs are:

SHORT STORY JOINT WINNERS:

Alan Baxter, “It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”
Zena Shapter, “Darker”

SHORT STORY HONOURABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order):

Cassandra Newman, “Divorce Granted”
Ron Schroer, “Lustbader”
Shaun Taylor, “Open Windows, Closed Doors”
Noel Osualdini, “Skin”
Sam Howard, “Wee Willie Winkie”

FLASH FICTION WINNER:

Tim Hawken, “Moonlight Sonata”

FLASH FICTION HONOURABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order):

Noel Osualdini, “Night Escape”
Mark Farrugia, “Palatable”
Mike Pieloor, “The Itch”
Alan Baxter, “Under a Wing and a Prayer”

Congratulations to all.

The three winning stories will be published in a future issue of Midnight Echo magazine.

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AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition winners

The results for this year’s Australian Horror Writers Association Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition have been announced. They are:

SHORT STORY COMPETITION

WINNER: “Always a Price” by Joanne Anderton
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Life, Death and Customer Service” by Nicholas Stella

FLASH COMPETITION:

WINNER: “Blood Lilies” by Shauna O’Meara
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Fragments of a Botanical Journal” by Matthew J Morrison

(more info here http://australianhorror.com/index.php?view=57)

Congratulations to the winners, and well done to all who entered. The competition was blind judgedby AHWA Members Alan Baxter, Felicity Dowker and Jason Fischer, and managed by Martin Livings.

Both winners will see publication in Midnight Echo magazine soon and will also receive a winner’s trophy.

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