Monday Market - Next Anthology (CSFG) - October 15, 2012

The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild has announced their next anthology, the Next Anthology! Yes, I'm here all week, folks... This is being prepared for launch at the Australian National Conference at Conflux 9, at the end of April, 2013. I intend to attend that conference, btw, just in case anyone wants to yell at me in person.

Sequence. Succession. Cause and effect.  Show us what happened.  next. next suggests ‘change’, perhaps, but it doesn’t have to invoke change, it can simply be an account of cause-and-effect.  Maybe there’ll be some stories where it’s the absence of change, the sense of inevitability, that gives the story its terrible power and its resonance.  But it may also inspire stories of a rite-of-passage; of invention and exploration; of the testing and transgression of boundaries; stories laden with doom or hope or just the inevitability of inescapable repetition.  Yup, this theme is a theme for all seasons; it’s a cut and come again theme that can mean pretty much whatever people want it to mean.

Australian authors can submit stories up to 5,000 words, and receive a contributor's copy of the anthology plus $10 for stories under 1,500 words, or $30 over that.

Submissions guidelines here: