Skywriters Anthology 2019

Something I’ve learnt from this writing gig, is the value of patience and perseverance… Back in 2017, I wrote a short SF story called The Real Deal. At the time, I submitted it to a major SF mag, without success. So I put it on the back burner, knowing I would come back to it later with fresh eyes. Some stories you have an affinity for, and I certainly felt an affinity for the main character in this one. In mid 2018, I heard about the Skywriters Anthology, through someone in my local writers group, thanks Niko The theme seemed a perfect fit for the real deal, so after a little tweak here and there, I submitted it in January 2019. By April I thought, oh well, another one bites the dust. Then out of the blue, in May, I got the email, any writer likes to see… Your story has been accepted. The Skywriters Anthology will include some 50 stories, and will appear in print and other formats in November 2019. There will be launch events, and even the possibility of royalties. It’ll be my first story to appear in an official print publication. So in the end The Real Deal, turned out to be a big deal for me:-)

Skywriters website


Special Delivery

Been a while since I posted, but not for lack of writing! Have a few stories looking for a home. Latest is a little Flash fiction called “Special Delivery” which appeared in the 250th Anni very issue of Antipodean SF, celebrating 21 years of this great Mag. Hats off to the editor Ion for such dedication to Spec Fiction. This issue will also be available in print form, making this my first foray into trees and ink. For now you can catch the story here:

Dickinson Literary Comp

Well, a long time between posts. Been a big crazy year…with good and bad stuff happening…guess that life. But Ive kept the writing ticking along and managed to win second place in the Dickinson Memorial Literary comp, run by Braille House in QLD Australia. I found out about it from someone at my writers group with only 2 weeks to submit. The end result was a story called “The Painter”. You might say its slightly autobiographical, although that wasnt my intention. I hope to put a copy up here or  someone where.

Anyway, farewell to 2018…bring on the New one!

Tinker’s Curss

Tinker’s Curs is my latest story for AntipodeanSF. Its been a busyy first half of 2018 with a house move under way and well, life in general…so writing has taken a bit of a back seat. Interesting how you get out of the swing of things, and takes some work to get back into writing mode…or the “Writing Habit”, as they say.

I have stories on the boil and waiting on one more to get published before I self publish a short story collection as an Ebook through Amazon. Just going through the process of putting the collection together now, including some artwork. Will be a fun excersise, if nothing else.


Requiem is my first story to appear in a pro market magazine. At 250 words, it’s also my shortest. Getting published in a pro, or paying market magazine, has been a personal writing goal of mine for some time.… So I’m a happy boy 
You can read the story in the archives of Daily Science Fiction. It will also form part of a short story collection, which I will self publish through Amazon, Hopefully in mid 2018.


The Machine…Accepted!

Accepted…When this happens it makes everything else seem worthwhile, and since my last post about Rejection Ive had two accepted…Happy Days! The first is still in the process of being finalized but its with Daily SF, which is a BIG one for me as its my first Pro market mag. A personal goal Ive now achieved after having 2 other stories rejected by DSF in the past. You win some – you lose some – you learn along the way.

The other story “The Machine” is currently up on Quantum Muse for the month of November and is my longest story published to date. This one has seen allot of rewrites over a long period and was also rejected by a different mag. There was a point were I thought this one might just end up as a writing exerciser but I stuck with and Im glad its found a home. Also chuffed to see it has hit 5 out 5 in the reader ratings….very happy for the Machine and its Creator (:


Rejection is a part of life, especially if you are a writer who submits your work to any number of Mags, print or online. But its part of the writing game. No matter how well you think your story is, or how thoroughly you checked your spelling and grammar, its not a guarantee of acceptance.

This happened to me recently. A story I was reasonably confident would get in, wont name the Mag, was rejected. Oh its always a polite rejection, usually along the lines of “we don’t feel its a good fit for our style of magazine.” Of course I thought it was, but there you go. I was bummed for about half a day, then got back on the horse and stared writing something. The story is called “Nine Mile” and its not Si Fi…amazingly. I will take another look at it, possibly tweak a sentence or two, then submit it somewhere else. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Finding the right Mag for your story is very important. They always say, read the Mag before you submit anything. Other than that, it MUST conform to that Mags guidelines and it MUST be squeaky clean in terms of spieling and grimmer. Whats left is the Story. It must stand on its own two feet from there. Hopefully you’ve done a good job of telling it and the editor doesn’t reject it. But hey, if they do, you pick yourself up, learn something from it, and carry on. I remember someone saying at a workshop…. A writer must always be the eternal optimist!

PS: A few days after posting this I had another rejection on a 100 word story, arr well, back to the keyboard….