28 October, 2010

Wild Stacks online magazine to be launched

The Alchemy Press is proud to announce Wild Stacks, The Library Of The Imagination. The first issue of this online magazine will be posted in a few months. Meanwhile, issue 0, the pre-launch issue, is already available. Wild Stacks will publish stories from all corners of the fantasy world.

We are also keen to include artwork. Please contact us if you would like to contribute.

25 October, 2010

Ethereal Tales

Renegade Writers member Jan Edwards has received her contributor's copy of Ethereal Tales 9, which includes her story "Winter Night". This magazine contains over 24 short stories, some just a page or so long. You can find out more and order a copy by visiting the Tales website.

Next Renegade Meeting

Renegade Writers meet again on Wednesday 27 October at 7.30pm in the Jolly Potters, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. All writers are welcome.

20 October, 2010

Kindle, iPad, Kobo, Nook?

Michael Bhaskar compares some of the latest ereaders: "Forget for a second the Kindle, iPad or Sony Reader – how about the Elonex, the iRex, the Bookeen Cybook or the Jinkie Hanlin? Well, maybe not. We have gone from a dearth of ereaders to an avalanche of these strange, grey devices, with their fiddly interfaces and monochromatic, button-festooned feel of an already by-gone era."

Read his essay on the Book Brunch website.

17 October, 2010

Shaun Jeffrey Signing

Shaun Jeffrey will be signing copies of his high octane zombie novel, Deadfall at Waterstone's in Hanley (The Tontines Centre, Parliament Row, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1PW) on Saturday 30 October from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Shaun's webite can be found here.

16 October, 2010

The BBC Writers' Room

If you have any aspirations for writing for TV and radio, this is an invaluable website: BBC Writers' Room.

14 October, 2010

Memoirs of a Vampire Hunter

Peter Allchin, a member of the Renegade Writers' Group, has published a novel: Memoirs of a Vampire Hunter. Find out more at this website.

The Alchemy Press

Group member Peter Coleborn has had a go at editing and producing a variety of small press publications. You can find examples on the Alchemy Press website.

Member's Website

Group member Tim Diggles' website can be found at this location. Tim has included some of his work on this site, and he says he appreciates feedback.

Creative Stoke

Creative Stoke's website is an invaluable source for information on art groups and organisations in the Stoke-on-Trent area.

Renegade Writers: Yesterday's Meeting

The Renegade Writers’ Group met again at the Jolly Potters in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, last night. It was another excellent turn out and our regular booking in the snug bar was pleasantly full.

Writing is a lonely job, and the chance to get out and talk about our shared passions is never to be sniffed at. A pint of beer or a glass of wine and a chat and the opportunity to swap news and market information is the life blood of any writing group.

Most of us that attend writers’ groups also look for intelligent and constructive comments on work in progress. And that is exactly what we had. Some excellent work was read out for comment and brainstorming for ideas to help develop the stories.

Five pieces in all were read and discussed, including excerpts from novels by Rod and Alison, plus short fiction from Peter A, Peter C and Martin (and a poem [Haiku] by Jan).

Sadly not enough time left for everyone to read work: there is always next week, and hopefully we shall see more of you there. All are welcome. 

Warrior Wisewomen 4

Warrior Wisewoman is an annual anthology series of science fiction featuring powerful and remarkable women, edited by
The anthology was conceived as a sister volume to the classic

For submission details for Warrior Wisewoman #4 go to the Norilana website.
Roby James. The first volume was published by Norilana Books in June 2008, the second volume in June 2009, and the third volume in August 2010. Sword and Sorceress fantasy series originally edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, with the main difference being that the story themes will involve science fiction instead of fantasy, and they will be intended for a more mature audience, allowing a mixture of serious contemporary issues and reasonable sexual content (but no erotica) in addition to action and adventure. The stories will have a stronger focus on the interface between scientific exploration and our sense of wonder.

Jack-o-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy

Market news: "Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy is a planned paperback anthology of speculative short stories, flash fiction, and poetry about Halloween and the traditions and legends surrounding it. All works must contain an element of science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror. If it's not speculative, I'm not interested. Also note that this will not be an all-horror anthology. I want to see science fiction and fantasy in a variety of sub-genres."

Full submission details here.

Liminality: Tales From the Borders of Speculative Fiction

The Library of Science Fiction & Fantasy presents: Liminality: Tales From the Borders of Speculative Fiction

 "Liminality is the state between states; it’s what you experience when you’re no longer what you were, but haven’t quite become what you’re going to be.
I’m looking for speculative fiction stories that are in the liminal state -- specifically, stories that are in-between genres. There are no other limitations on content, except that there must be a speculative element. What (and how many) genres you choose to muddle and how you choose to blur the lines are completely up to you (although this is under the Library’s SF&F imprint, horror and all the other genres are equally welcome). Play with the concepts of liminality and transition and find ways to use them that will surprise me. The harder you make it for me to pin you to one genre, the better -- but above all, tell a great story in the manner it must be told."

For full submission details go here.

12 October, 2010

Monk Punk: stories wanted

AJ French is "excited to announce that I will be editing a new anthology for Static Movement called Monk Punk. Here are the guidelines:

Seeking Monk Punk stories between 1000 and 6000 words that will help broaden and define this elusive sub-genre of speculative fiction. Monk Punk is a variant strain of science fiction where lovable monks are the heroes (or anti-heros) of events unfolding in a post-apocalyptic era, alt-history era, fantasy setting, or historical fiction setting.

Seeking both Eastern and Western monks. That means Franciscan (Catholic) monks (of the Christian stock) and Buddhist monks (from Tibet and other parts of Asia, which includes monks of Chinese Mysticism and Kung Fu). The Name of the Rose movie is a good example of this (from a Western perspective) and the new movie The Last Airbender is a good example of Eastern Monk Punk. Anything involving monks that takes place in a monastery or temple, however I will also accept monks going along their own path. I will accept horror/zombie Monk Punk stories, as well as murder mystery and thriller Monk Punk stories.

For Eastern inspiration see: Geoff Ryman’s short story, 'The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai,' The Tales of the Otori Trilogy, Catherynne M. Valente’s Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams. For Western inspiration see: Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. And feel free to blend all aspects.

Please send your submissions to monkpunkantho@gmail.com Put 'Monk Punk' in the subject line and attach your story as a word document. Please proofread your work and send only your very best, as I will be submitting this book to end of the year Best Of collections (likely 2011).

Send word attachments (no .docx), single spaced, indented paragraphs with no space between paragraphs, no headers, footers, or embedded text. No underlines (use italics). No single quotation marks for dialogue (curly quotes). One space after periods instead of two. Open until filled. Response time: two weeks."

New blog

Renegade Writers member Jan Edwards has a new blog. Check it out: click here.

11 October, 2010

US rights deal for Rod Rees

Emma Thawley, Rights Director at Quercus, has sold US rights in two novels by UK novelist Rod Rees, The Demi-Monde: Winter and The Demi-Monde: Spring, to Gabe Robinson of HarperCollins. The books will be published in hardback on the Morrow imprint. World rights in Rod’s series, The Demi-Monde, were acquired pre-emptively by Quercus (who publish the first volume in January 2011) from agent John Jarrold for a major advance in 2009.

The Demi-Monde now has its own website -- worth a visit.

Duotrope's Digest

Duotrope's Digest, is an award-winning, free writers' resource listing over 3100 current Fiction and Poetry publications. They usually make several updates per day, and they check each of the current listings regularly (once a week for most listings) to ensure the most up-to-date database humanly possible. So far this week, they say they have checked guidelines for 544 listings, and have made 55 listing updates on their website. This is a valuable website when looking for a home for your polished story or poem or...

Ethereal Tales #9

Renegade Writers' Group member Jan Edwards' latest story, "Winter Night", appears in Ethereal Tales No 9. The magazine will be available on 30 October, but you can have a sneaky preview by going to their website.

The British Fantasy Society

If fantasy fiction -- from heroic quests to the darkest horror -- is your cup of tea you really should think about joining the British Fantasy Society. Think about it seriously -- it could change your writing life for the better. Details can be found at this link.

Renegade Writers': next meeting

A reminder:

The next Renegade Writers' meeting takes place on Wednesday 13 October at 7.30 pm. Again, it's at the Jolly Potters pub, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. All writers and their friends are welcome.

07 October, 2010

The Demi-Monde by Rod Rees

Look out for The Demi-Monde by Rod Rees (member of Renegade Writers' Group): "The Demi-Monde is the most advance computer simulation ever devised. Thirty million people ruled by history's cruelest tryants, locked in eternal civil war. The intention: to create the closest thing to hell, preparing soldiers for the nightmarish reality of war. But something has gone badly wrong inside the Demi-Monde...

Heydrich. Beria. Torquemada. Robespierre. History's most notorious mass-murderers -- or at least simulacrums of these monsters -- plot to escape their virtual world; their sights are set on the real world."

The Demi-Monde is due in January 2011 from Quercus in trade paperback (£14.99) and hardcover (£16.99) editions.

Renegade Writers: next meeting

The next Renegade Writers' meeting takes place on Wednesday 13 October at 7.30 pm. Again, it's at the Jolly Potters pub, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. All writers and their friends are welcome.

Renegade Writers: a member's views

From the Demi-Monde blog:

"Nell and I attended the Renegade Writers Group in Stoke yesterday evening (every Wednesday night, 19.30 at the Jolly Potter pub – the house white ain’t bad either) and had a GREAT time. I think the success of any Rees outing is directly proportional to the amount of conversation in the car afterwards and believe me the 40 minute trip back to Derby seemed to fly by. "

To read all of Rod's comments about last night's meeting, visit his blog.

03 October, 2010

Dark Valentine magazine

Group member Jan Edwards has a new story out this month in the fall issue of Dark Valentine, an online publication. Vist this link for information on downloading the magazine.

Renegade Writers: next meeting

The second Renegade Writers' meeting takes place on Wednesday 6 October at 7.30 pm. Again, it's at the Jolly Potters pub, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. All writers and their friends are welcome.

The first meeting was a great success. It was pretty informal, with lots of introductions and general chat, before some stories and a prose-poem (which was very funny: "Singles Night in Asda" by Tim Diggles) were read out.

Novel writing software

Note sure just how useful this type of software is, but you never know. If anyone has tried yWriter before, please let us know if it's any good. You can get the program at this yWriter link.