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The sixth volume in an award-winning and record breaking annual 150,000 word showcase of Australian speculative fiction.
The sixth volume in an award-winning and record breaking annual 150,000 word showcase of Australian speculative fiction.
105 backers pledged AU$ 4,069 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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Please keep backing us! We have stretch goals

What we raise from here goes to paying writers and artists more!

  • $5,000 – Raise the CPW for author payments from 1c/word to 1.5c/word
  • $7,000 – Commission original artwork for the cover
  • $10,000 – Raise the CPW for author payments to 2c/word

No Australian-focussed year's best speculative fiction anthology series has ever made it to 6 volumes. With your help, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene can be the first editors to achieve this.

The Project

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror is over 150,000 words of the best fantasy and horror fiction written by Australians (and New Zealanders) and published all over the world in 2015. We've already done this five times for the years 2010-2014, and we'd like to do it again.

In addition to the reprinted fiction, The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series features an extensive introductory essay on the annual state of the genre, obituaries, a recommended reading list, and a list of Australian and New Zealand award recipients.

It is the only volume of its kind being published in Australia at present. 

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We're an SFWA (Science FIction and Fantasy Writers of America) Star Project, which means they like what we're seeking to achieve here.

How you help

Putting together a volume of this size, usually featuring the work of more than 30 contributors, is a big task for two editors and a small press. 

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series is an important work, but it is also a considerable up-front cost: several thousand dollars of outgoings before a single cent comes back.

We're doing this because we love Australian speculative fiction, we love books, and we want to keep doing this as long as we can. We're in this for the long term, but could use some help to keep this title going.

The Editors

LIZ GRZYB was born in the middle of a thunderstorm in Perth, Western Australia. She is the award-winning editor of acclaimed paranormal romance anthologies Scary Kisses and More Scary Kisses, the Orientalist pantomime Dreaming of Djinn, steampunk romance Kisses by Clockwork, feminist speculative fiction Hear Me Roar, co-editor of the paranormal noir Damnation and Dames and The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series from Ticonderoga Publications. Liz is often to be found sipping champagne and debating the fate of the Oxford comma.

TALIE HELENE is a musician and writer, from Melbourne, Australia. She writes poetry, fiction, and songs. Talie is horror editor for the anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (Ticonderoga Publications); she was news editor for the Australian Horror Writers’ Association for four years (2006-2010). She is a member of the SuperNova writers’ group. Talie has a background in music journalism – especially extreme genres – and has performed with many artists including The Tenth Stage, Wendy Rule, Saba Persian Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony, and Eden.

The Publisher

Ticonderoga Publications is an Australian independent publishing house founded by Russell B. Farr in 1996, now joined by Liz Grzyb. The publisher specialises in collections of science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories, and has produced collections by Juliet Marillier, Sara Douglass, Kim Wilkins, Sean Williams, Anna Tambour, Steven Utley, Angela Slatter, and World Fantasy Award finalist collections from Janeen Webb and Lisa L Hannett, amongst many others.

TP have published a number of ground-breaking anthologies, including The Workers' Paradise (2007) edited by Russell B. Farr and Nick Evans, Australia's first SF anthology to explore the future of work; Scary Kisses (2010) edited by Liz Grzyb, Australia's first paranormal romance anthology; and Belong (2010) edited by Russell B. Farr, 23 stories of interstellar immigration with writers from around the world. More recently, Liz Grzyb edited the steampunk romance anthology Kisses By Clockwork and feminist speculative fiction anthology Hear Me Roar (2015). Amanda Pillar explored mythology tropes in Bloodstones (2012), and followed that up with the blood-themed Bloodlines (2015).

2016 marks 20 years in business, and with more than 50 titles published, Ticonderoga Publications is one of Australia's longest running and productive independent presses.

Timeline

  • March 2016 - Kickstarter ends
  • July 2016 - Table of contents announced
  • August 2016 - rewards copies shipped
  • September 2016 - anthology goes on sale worldwide

Budget $8,250 (AUD)

  • Author payments*  $1,500
  • Author copies  $1,000
  • Editor payments  $500
  • Layout (without commissioning artwork) $250
  • Printing (approx 300 copies)  $4,000
  • Shipping (rewards)  $1,000
  • TOTAL $8,250
  • *if we make our target, this is where we start our stretch goals

We're aiming low with our target to cover the absolute basics: paying the writers, sending them copies, and covering your rewards (and the kickstarter fees).

Stretch Goals

  • $5,000 – Raise the CPW for author payments from 1c/word to 1.5c/word
  • $7,000 – Commission original artwork for the cover
  • $10,000 – Raise the CPW for author payments to 2c/word

Risks and challenges

We've have made a reputation of publishing the important books that mainstream publishers won't. We have 20 years' experience in making books happen, and in every instance any challenges have been financial. If we make our target on this project, we have the skills, knowledge, and infrastructure to deal with anything unforeseen.

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FAQ

  • Dear person wanting money

    Many thanks for this offer. As you can imagine, we've had a few.

    I'm offering the below terms to all such enquiries, and will accept the first to take us up on this offer.

    If we hit AUD$10,000 (4x target), you get 1% of the net income.
    If we don't hit AUD$10,000, you get nothing.

    Please let me know if you find these terms acceptable. If you're as good as you say you are, you could make some money...

    Kind regards
    Russell

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  • If you back us for $450, and you're in Australia, we can arrange this.

    If you back us for $450 and you are overseas, drop us a line and we might be able to work something out if we can get a good postage deal.

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  • There will definitely be gluten free and vegetarian options. If you have other dietary requirements please let us know and we should be able to come up with a menu for you!

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