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General Discussion / Re: Freebies and bargains
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:11:56 pm »
We Have Always Died in the Castle, a free novella by Elizabeth Bear:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FCT9X2P

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Submissions invited for three anthologies from Grimbold Books:

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Unexpected Heroines:

Why is it always the teenage girl who is the heroine?
These are the stories of female protagonists who are never cast in the feature films. The awkward, the old, the forgotten, the different.
Their adventures were never meant to be. Their save-the-world expeditions shouldn't have happened. They are the ones who stepped forward when no-one else would.
Our unexpected heroines.

Forgotten Sidekicks:

We all know what happens when the hero saves the day, but what about their sidekicks?
Too often the hero is held high and celebrated whilst their sidekicks and comrades are brushed to the side; their own battles forgotten, and their actions airbrushed to nothingness from the tales of victory.
These are the stories of the ones who aren’t remembered; the ones who helped save the day, and got cast aside; the ones who don’t want the applause, and the ones who deserved the applause and never received it.
These stories didn't make the headlines - but they happened, and they're glorious.

Lost Gods:

They have slept for centuries. Buried. Forgotten. Lost.
Until they awake. Or are awoken.
When the deities of old return, will they bring blessings or destruction to a time that no long remembers them?
Should they be left to lie in peace, or used for our own ends? Are they gods, or monsters?
What lies out there in the realms of the lost gods?

Submission Guidelines:

The submission window will run from 1st September until the 30th November inclusive.

Submissions to be emailed to:

Lost Gods – lostgodsanthology@gmail.com

Forgotten Sidekicks – forgottensidekicks@gmail.com

Unexpected Heroines – unexpectedheroines@gmail.com

All sub-genre and styles will be considered – comedic, epic, grimdark, noblebright etc. We are particularly keen on diversity - think older characters, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities

Submissions should be (ideally) between 4-7,000 words (10% leeway given either side) and either 1.5 or double spaced and in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial size 12/14. Please include your contact details at the end of the story, along with a short bio and details of any writing credentials and/or social media handles.

We are aware that this is a long submission window, but hectic lifestyles for both writers and editors means that we must be patient. Editors will be reading submissions as they are received but final decisions are unlikely to be publicised until the end of December 2018 at the earliest. This allows there to be a reasonable amount of time for reading and selecting the final line-up.

Payment will be £15 per story and a physical copy of the final anthology for which the story appears and, should you also wish, copies of the eBook for your own private use and not for resale or lending.

More info here.

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General Discussion / Re: Bloody Soppy Vampires - I HATE Them!
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:48:43 am »
I haven't read those but I enjoyed The Song of Phaid the Gambler. Are they good?

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:46:17 am »
The jurors have also been announced:
  • Anthology: Adam Baxter, Pauline Morgan, Pete Sutton, Maz Wilberforce, Virginia Wynn-Jones
  • Artist: Ruth Booth, Alex Gushurst-Moore, Helen Scott, Catherine Sullivan, Tania Walker
  • Audio: Susie Prichard-Casey, William Shaw, Allen Stroud
  • Collection: Richard Barber, Peter Coleborn, Katherine Inskip, Shona Kinsella, Laura Langrish
  • Comic / Graphic Novel: Ed Fortune, Emily Hayes, Elaine Hillson, Kiwi Tokoeka, Susan Tarrier
  • Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): David Allan, Rebecca Davis, Michaela Gray, Caroline Hooton, Kirsty Stanley
  • Film / Television Production: Kimberley Fain, Theresa Derwin, Craig Sinclair, Gareth Spark, Paul Yates
  • Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): Charlotte Bond, Sarah Carter, Amy Chevis-Bruce, Ross Warren, Mark West
  • Independent Press: Stewart Hotston, Georgina Kamsika, Aleksandra Kesek, Joni Walker
  • Magazine / Periodical: Colleen Anderson, Helen Armfield, Dave Jeffery, Alasdair Stuart, Chloë Yates
  • Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award): Eliza Chan-Ma, Elloise Hopkins, Steven Poore, Erica Satifka, Neil Williamson
  • Non-Fiction: Laura Carroll, Lee Fletcher, D Franklin, Emeline Morin, Graeme K Talboys
  • Novella: Joel Cook, Alicia Fitton, Susan Oke, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Stephen Theaker
  • Short Fiction: Andrew Hook, Terry Jackman, Juliet Kemp, Tim Major, Sam Mohsen

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Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:40:07 am »
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #62 is kind of out now:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/06/theakers62.html

That is, the pdf is available, but I'm so busy with regular work that the ebook and print versions are on the backburner. In a return to our roots, this issue is entirely by me, though the wraparound cover by Howard Watts.

We've also announced the winners of the prestigious TQF awards:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/06/tqfawards2018-winners.html

BFS stalwart Allen Ashley took home the prize for best TQF story, for "Bound for Glory", Eastercon 2017 won best event, and Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling won best book.

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BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #7
« on: June 16, 2018, 11:00:08 am »
BFS Horizons #7 arrived today - looks good! Thank you editors Shona Kinsella and Tim Major, as well as Ian Hunter, who must be approaching his tenth year as the BFS's poetry editor.

It's up on Goodreads if members would like to add it to their reading lists. It's a nice easy way to promote the society: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40538478-bfs-horizons-7

Because Goodreads shows I have the BFS publications, I sometimes get emails from non-members asking for bibliographical information about them, so I thought it might be handy to pull that together here (page numbers in brackets):

Editorial, Shona Kinsella and Tim Major (5)

Fiction:
The Bane of the West, Kristina Dyer (7–14)
The Watch House, David Ryan (17–29)
Finisterre, Malcolm Devlin (33–38)
Red, Hannah Hulbert (39–44)
Mary Burnes in the Utica Crib, Adam Millard (48–59)
Domina, Dev Agarwal (64–78)
Springtime, John Deans (79–82)
Before the Black Throne, Damon L. Wakes (84–85)
The Library of Lost Time, Allen Stroud (86–106)
The Wurleigh Skull, Matt Colborn (110–112)
Long Days, Agrippina Domanski (113–121)
Momma's Embrace, Heather Johnson (122–125)

Poetry
Banners, Adam Alexander Woodruff (15–16)
Ouroborous (a Villanelle), M M Lewis (30)
Dystopian Sparkle, M M Lewis (31–32)
From the Pea in Dogsthorpe Road, Cardinal Cox (45)
Fit for Work, Cardinal Cox (46–47)
Casualty of War, Allen Ashley (60–61)
Sea Sons, Allen Ashley (62–63)
The Storm Walker, Edward Ahern (83)
My Shadow Sister, Becca Miles (107)
The Descent of Inanna, Becca Miles (108–109)

Cover art by Vince Haig, originally from Interzone #258.

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BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal 19 and 20: Calls for Submissions
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:16:11 pm »
This blog post by Juliet McKenna might be interesting in this context: http://www.julietemckenna.com/?p=2945

The BFS Journal could be a good source of such citations if members contribute articles about modern female writers. It’s got me thinking about whether there’s something I could write.

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Introductions / Re: Hello! Also, anyone attending emf?
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:38:45 pm »
I'm not attending, but welcome to the society! Hope you have a good time there.

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BFS Publications / BFS Journal #18
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:32:35 pm »
Received BFS Journal #18 today, edited by Allen Stroud, and it's on Goodreads now if any other members would like to add it to their reading lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40186288-bfs-journal-18

Worth doing if you can, since Allen seems to have a foe who is indiscriminately giving all of his BFS publications a one-star rating, and it'd be nice to balance that out with ratings (good or bad) from people who have actually read them.

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:24:16 pm »
This month’s bulletin says that voting will begin soon, so this might be a good time for members to check the suggestions list and let the awards admin know about any mistakes on it, especially with regard to your own projects.

I know you've already got the answer, Mike, but in case anyone else comes here looking for the links here they are, as supplied by the BFA administrator Katherine Fowler on Facebook and in the last BFS bulletin:

Here's the form for adding items to the list.

And here's the spreadsheet that produces.

The form includes the interesting new audio category, currently defined in the awards constitution as "A spoken word audio work (e.g. audio book, radio drama, podcast) performed by one or more participants and published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world in any audio format during the relevant year."

Hope that members get to make suggestions for the Karl Edward Wagner Award this year. It’d be good as well to have a bit of information about the Legends of FantasyCon award. I know it’s not a BFA, but it’d be interesting to know how it is decided, e.g. whether it’s by the BFS committee like the KEW award currently is, or by the FantasyCon committee.

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Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:17:26 am »
I tried to exaggerate, but at least one review had people saying that I must have read the book... There was another that was of a very old non-fiction book that had no information easily accessible on the internet, so with that I felt a responsibility to at least make sure the review contained true facts about it. It was fun, though, and I might do it again next Comic Relief. Might be an easier sell now that there are previous examples to point to.

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Introductions / Re: just saying hello
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:08:56 am »
Welcome to the forum and the society, Rick.

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Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:04:15 am »
I thought that sounded interesting - Valeria mentions Borges, and I was thinking of Stanislaw Lem's A Perfect Vacuum. When I was writing fake reviews of real books for my Comic Relief project last year, what I found hardest was making it obvious that the reviews were fake.

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