Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Au Contraire Redux and 'Regeneration'

I am very excited to find out that next year's New Zealand con will be a redux of 2010's Au Contraire, AND New Zealand indie publishers Random Static will again be putting out a companion NZ SpecFic anthology to go with the convention!

I very much enjoyed Au Contraire in 2010 and I'm looking forward to going again. The anthology 'A Foreign Country' was the perfect companion to be released at the same time, marketing to and showcasing our national specfic and author population. 

The anthology will be called 'Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2', and submissions are open from now through to December 31st at Random Static's online submission form. Editor Anna Caro also gives more information at this blog post here.
Tell us stories of how cities and societies regenerate after disaster; of bodies regenerated by science or magic, and the consequences; or natural – or unnatural – environments thriving once more. We’d also like to see stories that examine the psychological or moral dimensions to regeneration, or any other interpretation of the theme.
I have only now begun to examine disaster and rebirth themes in my writing, and coincidentally just finished a piece that would seem perfect for submitting to this anthology. I look forward to what my other local writer friends may come up with, as they process their experiences with the Christchurch earthquakes. For some, putting the experience into fiction can be a healing process.

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