It's the Exceedingly Awkward time of year again, which seems to spin around only moments after catching our breath from the last awards season!
So let's get into the Low Down quick smart.
No Man's Land, Paper Road Press, June 2020. Historic fantasy about the land girls of World War 2 Aotearoa. Discovery of the self, magic, and queer love.
The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper on it's own will not be eligible for any collection award, but the non-reprint stories will be eligible individually. Lots of rodent pirate fun examining queer found family and collective action themes.
"How To Build A Unicorn" is the short story I'm most proud of this year, tearing apart and rebuilding how patriarchy enacts violence on the gendered, transgender, and queer body. (Note: I am disappointed and betrayed by the bigoted and abusive actions of the publisher towards marginalized creators. I support the creators affected and their work, not the publisher)
"Cascade" came out in The Future Fire in July. I like this one for it's multi-layered characters and different approach to time-travel course correction of LGBTQIA+ history.
"Tāne Mahuta" is my love letter to the kauri forests of Aotearoa which came out in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (not available to read online).