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Paperback anthology of short stories about wicked plants. Munglewort. Kikuyu. Shoe strangling stew. Cactus. Bugloss stems. Mome raths.
Paperback anthology of short stories about wicked plants. Munglewort. Kikuyu. Shoe strangling stew. Cactus. Bugloss stems. Mome raths. NOW AVAILABLE on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/626562
Paperback anthology of short stories about wicked plants. Munglewort. Kikuyu. Shoe strangling stew. Cactus. Bugloss stems. Mome raths. NOW AVAILABLE on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/626562
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~ To PRE-ORDER a paperback of the Sproutlings anthology [PLEDGE $20] and choose [Paperback copy of Sproutlings] from the REWARDS list ~

Sproutlings is a community publishing project from Hunter Anthologies in Newcastle NSW Australia, edited by Morgan Bell, on the theme of wicked plants.  

The book Sproutlings: A Compendium of Little Fictions will be a paperback anthology containing flash fiction about carnivorous creepers, poisonous plants, and vengeful vegetation. This Kickstarter will fund the first print run. 

The more pre-orders we get for the paperback (see the $20 paperback pledge reward, or either of the $50 packages, or any of the "MULTI-BUY" options) the larger the base number of initial print order will be.

CONTRIBUTORS

Everyone was welcome to submit flash fiction and poems between 150 and 2,000 words (submissions closed May 2015). Sproutlings sought out the most fresh, most original, most weird new talent and new ideas from established talent. Authors were asked to be wild, be wonderful, and write things that have never been written before. New words, new phrases, new twists on old ideas. Aspiring and emerging writers were encouraged. Stories were judged purely on merit, not author notoriety. There will be 40 contributing authors in this anthology.

Authors: Russell Proctor, Steve Herczeg, Ashlee Jade, Sharon Boyce, Gabrielle Clover, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, Mike Cullen, Lyn Godfrey, Sam Ford,  Aarti Mahajan, Aria Peyton, Steve Dillon, Magdalena Ball, Jodie van de Wetering,  Lee-Anne Wilson-Smith, Pete Sutton, K. M. Ross, Kathryn White, M. A. Hale, Willie Southgate, Meryl Dunton-Rose, Mel A. Rowe, Ryley Miller, Jenny Blackford, Sheree Christoffersen, and many more! 

A bouquet of Sproutlings authors
A bouquet of Sproutlings authors

HISTORY

Our first anthology Novascapes (Volume 1) was the brainchild of Cassandra Page, a speculative fiction collection celebrating the shared locality of contributors - Newcastle NSW Australia - and featured award winning local authors such as Margo Lanagan, Kirstyn McDermott, and Thoraiya Dyer. As Cassandra launched Novascapes (Volume 1) at Newcastle Writers Festival 2015 and put out the call for Novascapes (Volume 2), Morgan Bell put out a call with a wider net for an anthology based on theme: wicked plants.

INSPIRATION

Jack & The Beanstalk, The Day of the Triffids, Little Shop of Horrors, Alice in Wonderland. Killer weeds, botanical atrocities, enchanted forests-woods, strangling vines, poison fruits-berries-darts, the tree of life-knowledge, carnivorous flora, cabbage patch kids, wise talking-walking trees, magical beans, primordial slime.

THE EDITOR

Morgan Bell is a qualified Technical Writer with a Grad Cert in Technical Communications from Swinburne University of Technology and a Cert in News Media. Morgan published her debut collection of short fiction, Sniggerless Boundulations, in January 2014. She is a resident film and book reviewer at Salty Popcorn, and regular volunteer with community literary events such as Newcastle Writers Festival, Hunter Writers Centre Travel Prize, the Grieve Project, and the She: True Stories Project.

Morgan Bell (Sproutlings editor)
Morgan Bell (Sproutlings editor)

THE ILLUSTRATOR

Professional illustrator Tallulah Cunningham has been commissioned to create the cover art for Sproutlings. There may also be some internal art concept sketches to come. The preliminary full-cover art shown on this page was designed and created by Tallulah Cunningham and must not be reproduced without permission. Tallulah has also designed the cover art for Novascapes (Volume 1) and Novascapes (Volume 2).

Novascapes (Volume 1) at Newcastle Writers Festival 2015
Novascapes (Volume 1) at Newcastle Writers Festival 2015

THE BOOK TRAILER VIDEO

The campaign video is a book trailer created by Vesna McMaster of Moosey Productions. As a joint promotion Moosey Productions is offering a free video creation (worth $200 AUD) for backers who pledge $85 AUD or more.

http://www.mooseyproductions.com.au/promotion.html

SNIGGERLESS BOUNDULATIONS

The horrors of life in fifteen slices. A cross-section between dreams and reality, this collection of short stories contains bizarre medical conditions, industrious creatures, conniving cops, killers, dead bodies, a rescue mission, homoeroticism, nonchalant students, a secret garden, and the road to hell.

Stories: The Tunnel, Deep Water, Shark Fin Soup. The Dermoid Cyst, Mrs Jackson, It Had To Be Done, Granted, The Package, Strings & Ribbons, Mini Play, Tiptoe Through The Tulips, Poppycock, Telfer Speck, Earth Mites, Garsdale 

[ Website ] [ Kindle e-book ] [ Audible audiobook ] [ Goodreads ]

Sniggerless Boundulations by Morgan Bell
Sniggerless Boundulations by Morgan Bell

Risks and challenges

The cover art has been completed. The editing and promotion is underway. The biggest hurdle will be with the physical printing, ordering and checking proofs for textual errors, page numbering, blank pages, front matter and back matter.

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    Editor's Choice Reading List

    You will receive an email with a one-page PDF attachment with a list of Morgan Bell's recommended reading list, including her favourite short story collections and novels. Everything you need to know to be a great short story writer.

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    You will be acknowledged on Twitter as a 'Twitter Backer' via an individual thank you Tweet from the editor, Morgan Bell (@queenboxi).

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    Pre-launch Q&A with the editor, Morgan Bell.
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    Up to 20 questions submitted and returned via email, minimum 50 word responses (unless specified as preference for less ie 'quick questions' segment).

    JPEG pics of Sproutlings book cover and Morgan Bell face pic supplied.

    Ask about the anthology process, submissions, commissioning art, contract management, editing, page design, fundraising, promotion, writing, personal questions, or anything you like.

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    'For sale: baby shoes, never worn' - Ernest Hemingway; the attribution was never confirmed, but Hemingway is credited with penning the first six word story.
    If you choose this pledge your own six word story on the topic of 'poisonous plants' will be published in Sproutlings on a page dedicated to sudden fiction titled 'Hemingway & Hemlock'. Your name will appear adjacent to your six word story.
    Conditions apply: although the intent is to be shocking, please keep to the theme, keep to common English words, avoid gratuitous swearing or vulgarity, no commercial advertising.
    If you have an idea and want to check if it is suitable, please email the editor, Morgan Bell, on morganleighbell@gmail.com prior to pledging.

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    Morgan Bell will write a 500 word guest post on any topic for your blog or website, promoting the post on her social media once a week for 10 weeks. (includes Twitter, Facebook, and Google+)

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    Morgan Bell will critique your short story (up to 2,000 words), including line editing and structural suggestions.

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    'For sale: baby shoes, never worn' - Ernest Hemingway; the attribution was never confirmed, but Hemingway is credited with penning the first six word story.
    If you choose this pledge three (3 x) of your own six word stories on the topic of 'poisonous plants' will be published in Sproutlings on a page dedicated to sudden fiction titled 'Hemingway & Hemlock'. Your name/s will appear adjacent to your six word story.
    Conditions apply: although the intent is to be shocking, please keep to the theme, keep to common English words, avoid gratuitous swearing or vulgarity, no commercial advertising.
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    The Sproutlings dedication page in the book's front matter will feature your name and your name only.
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