I’ll admit I’ve been feeling a little down on myself of late. Despite seemingly having all the time in the world due to Stage Four restrictions in Melbourne, I haven’t written any new words for weeks now. Covid and me…let’s just say we’re not creatively compatible!
This month, however, I had three pieces of wonderful genre-related writing news land in my inbox, and it’s been a terrific boost to morale.
My poem ‘Keep Walking’ was accepted for publication in Issue 15 of Midnight Echo (released by AHWA). This issue, due for release in November, is guest-edited by multi-award-winning Lee Murray, and I’m sharing the table of contents with some wonderfully talented dark scribes from Australia and New Zealand.
I also learned I’d been awarded a 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the generous sponsors and donors who have contributed to funding this year’s grants. Thank you for helping to celebrate and elevate women in horror. This was the second year LOHF have been running their international grant program, and they were able to offer ten grants this year, which demonstrates how well received and supported the initiative has been.
And finally, my story ‘Beneath the Cliffs of Darknoon Bay’ was selected to appear in Spawn: Weird Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies. My ambiguously unsettling gothic tale is set in 1836 in the Furneaux Island group at the height of Australia’s sealing industry. It will share pages with an amazing line-up of authors I’ve admired and respected for years. There was much Kermit arm flailing attached to this acceptance! Look out for this anthology next year from IFWG Publishing (Australia). Edited by award-winning Australian author, Deborah Sheldon, it’s going to be quite the read!
I hope you’ve all had some good news come your way recently too, no matter what shape or form it takes. It’s the little rays of light that help chase away shadows. Take care, everyone.
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days.