Week of Awards

IFWG aims to publish, above all other traits, quality books. While we don’t obsessively seek awards and shortlisting in awards, garnering them is a type of validation that we are heading in the right direction.

We attended GeyserCon (Rotorua NZ) last week (31 May to 2 June 2019) and just flitted through Continuum 15 (Melbourne, Australia) (7 – 10 June 2019 – which this year was also the National Awards convention for the Ditmars and several other important industry prizes). The Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced on the 2nd of June and the Shadows and Ditmar Awards were announced on the 8th – a concentration of accolades over a week.

We were ecstatic to be shortlisted for many categories in all three pertinent Awards (SJVs, Ditmars and Shadows), which in itself is no mean feat and a strong validation of where we are headed in terms of quality of publishing, and we also had two authors who actually won in their categories. The following IFWG titles achieved shortlisting and/or awards (and due to the size of lists, we will leave out non-IFWG short listed titles and winners but convey our heart-felt congratulations to them all!).

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Best Novel category: The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter (finalist)
Best Short Story category: ‘Dead End Town’ by Lee Murray (Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best Collected Work category: Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best New Talent category: Kura Carpenter (winner)

Australian Shadows Awards

Best Novel category: Contrition by Deborah Sheldon (finalist)
Best Short Fiction category: ‘The Ward of Tindalos’ by Debbie Cowens & Matt Cowens (Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
and ‘Slither’ by Jason Nahrung ((Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best Collected Work category: Shadows on the Wall by Steven Paulsen (winner)
Best Edited Work category: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 and Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (both finalists)

Ditmar Awards

Best Novel category: Faerie Apocalypse by Jason Franks (finalist)

That’s 12 finalists, of which 2 were winners. We consider this a special week.

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Silvia Brown, Shadows coordinator, and Steven Paulsen, winner of the Best Collected Work category, 2019

 

Kura Carpenter: Sir Julius Vogel Award

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IFWG is very pleased to announce that Kura Carpenter has won the Best New Talent category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, in New Zealand. It is in response to her novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt:

The award came with a commentary:

The Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective) Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong Kiwi flavour.

Congratulations to Kura!

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Forthcoming Release: The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe

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IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s third book in her Young Adult Reforging series, The Blacksmith. It will be released on 1 August in Australia/UK/New Zealand, and 23 September in North America. The ebook in Australia and New Zealand is out now. The wonderful cover art is by Catherine Archer-Wills.

How is the king like a blacksmith? He has a hammer as well as a sword.

Duncan Archer has heard that riddle many times, but he doesn’t know what it means. No one does, not even the members of the Royal Guild of Swordsmiths. It isn’t Duncan’s business anyway. Good sense tells him to stick to beating iron into shape for the residents of his backwater town, and not worry about the king and his nobles pounding Frankland into the ground.

But good sense never stopped Duncan from poking his nose into everyone else’s business. If it had, he might not be a fugitive, the subject of the biggest manhunt in the country’s history.

With a charge of murder hanging over his head like a sword, understanding that riddle becomes much more urgent…

News: Finalists in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

We are ecstatic to have a number of our editors and authors’ works reach finalist status in the New Zealand Sir Julius Vogel Awards – the awards that recognise excellence in speculative fiction and fandom. We have worked hard to support our New Zealand authors, and the following finalists and their categories gives, we think, a nod to our effort:

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New Title: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

IFWG Publishing Australia is closing in on the final titles to be released in 2020 and it is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Canberra-based author Russell Kirkpatrick’s fantasy novel, Silent Sorrow, the first of his The Book of Remezov series. “Russell has a wonderful record in fantasy literature,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and his newest manuscript blew our team away for its originality. Kirkpatrick’s work is a great inclusion for our catalogue, and adds a certain fantasy dimension to 2020 that we have long sought for.”

Silent Sorrow’s current blurb reads:

It is a foolish thing to banish the gods who keep the world from falling apart…

Remezov of Sarella is a brilliant and ambitious young geographer who, despite his low birth, is determined to be the greatest scientist in all of quake-prone Medanos. He has arrived in the ancient city of Hanemark to be received into the powerful Guild of Geographers – the youngest inductee in decades. Only then will he finally be rid of his despised heritage.

But Remezov has a secret. He’s found a dead scientist’s diary and hopes to pass off the work as his own. It tells of an imminent invasion of Necronym – malevolent beings with the power to set off world-shaking earthquakes. Superstitious nonsense, of course, except the diary explains strange occurrences that have been puzzling him. Should he surrender it, risking expulsion from the Guild and the loss of everything he’s worked for, all for a crazy warning of an invasion that may never come, or keep it and use it to make his name? It’s a decision he has to make soon, because he’s being hunted by something leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the city.

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Photo Credit and permission to reproduce by Cat Sparks

Russell Kirkpatrick (born 1961, Christchurch, New Zealand) is a geography lecturer, cartographer and a novelist. He holds a PhD in geography from the University of Canterbury, and lectured at the University of Waikato in Hamilton until 2014. He is currently living and writing in Australia, and moonlights as a sessional lecturer at the University of Canberra. He has worked on seven atlas projects, including the New Zealand Historical Atlas (1998), and authored the Contemporary Atlas of New Zealand (1999/2004). He also wrote and was photographer for a book about New Zealand waterfalls – Walk to Waterfalls (2011).

He has written two fantasy trilogies, Fire of Heaven and HuskAcross the Face of the World was the biggest selling debut fantasy in the United States in 2008. He won the Julius Vogel award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Silent Sorrow is expected to be published internationally in the second quarter of 2020.

New Acquisition: Fiction Collection by Tracie McBride

IFWG is very pleased to have acquired a short fiction collection by Melbourne based author, Tracie McBride. It’s working title at this time is ‘Drive, She Said, and Other Stories’. This collection will be released in the first half of 2020.

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“We’ve been eyeing Tracie’s fiction for some time,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “Our interest was particularly piqued with her contribution to Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud anthology, ‘The Shadow Over Tarehu Cove’, and her reputation in the Antipodean dark fiction community. Acquiring her collection is a highly satisfying result for us.”

This collection of horror and dark fantasy short stories spans nearly nine years of published work as well as some original pieces. The themes and settings are diverse, but one common thread runs through the stories – they all feature women. Women as protagonists. Women as doomed heroines. Woman as villains. Mothers and spinsters, wives and prostitutes, sisters and witches. And in some stories, monsters in feminine form.

Tracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including the Stoker Award-nominated anthologies Horror for Good and Horror Library Volume 5. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award, and her work has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards and the Australasian Shadows Awards.  Visitors to her blog are welcome at http://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com/.