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Nov 27

Submissions now open for Queermance Anthology 2016

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It’s been a while–but yes, Queermance is back and planning for 2016 is happening in earnest. We have a lot of plans for the future, some of which aren’t ready to be talked about, but right now, please sharpen your pencils, grab your favourite pen or charge your electronic device of choice and start writing – because Submissions for Queermance Volume III are now open.

This year we’re looking for the best Oceanic Queer short stories:

Submission Criteria:

  • Between 3000-5000 words in length
  • Showcase one or more queer relationships
  • Have a strong sense of character or strong sense of place that fits with Oceania.
    • For the purposes of this Anthology, we’re defining Oceania as Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Southeast Asia.
  • Stories will be paid with a flat fee of $25 Australian Dollars per story.
  • Submissions are open to all authors regardless of geographical location, gender identity or sexuality.
  • Please send all stories to submissions@queermance.com.au in .docx .rtf .doc or .pdf format.
  • Submissions close midnight Saturday the 30th of January.

This means you can have a story about an Australian in New York, or about two queer aliens crash landing in Singapore or the Solomon Islands as long as the place shines through.

If you’d like to see what we’ve published before, please check out Queermance Vol I, and Queermance Vol II, available as ebooks from Clan Destine Press.

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Apr 10

Anthology Announcement: We have stories!

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It’s been a long time in the making, we can finally reveal the stories and authors who will be published in this year’s Queermance Anthology. In alphabetical order (by story title) they are:

  • First Kiss – JJ Carroll
  • Better with Bacon – Matthew Lang
  • Birds – Lou Kohler
  • Coffee & Kisses – JFR Coates
  • A Daddy for Muffin – Beck Mitchell
  • Hard Feelings – Renae Kaye
  • Jess – May Wilson
  • The Birthday Present – NM Harris
  • Nettles & Lillies – Marion Adams
  • Purple Forever – Scott Thornby
  • Rosellas in Flight – Nicole Field
  • Shattered Lives – EE Montgomery
  • The Girl from TGI Fridays – Dominica Malcolm
  • The Instructor – Victoria Brown
  • Waiting – Isabelle Rowan

The Anthology will officially be launched on Friday night. Come along to grab a copy, hear readings from the Anthology stories and listen to some light entertainment courtesy of the RMIT Occasional Choral Society.

The launch is a free event, but remember that festival pass sales close in a couple of days, so book your tickets now.

 

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Publishers

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When: 4:00 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Publishers, as the world knows, have long lunches, lazily spend time with their feet up reading through amazing books which people send them for free and jealously guard the gates of publishing from amazing aspiring writing talent who have at least one amazing book in them.

Publishers, as anyone in the industry knows, have found that the days of long lunches are over, that it’s harder to get talent noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and wading through the ever growing slush pile in the hope of finding the next gem is both a draining and exhausting prospect. And please don’t mention delicate writer egos.

Following the success of last year’s Meet the Publishers Panel, we’re bringing along more publishers and giving you all a chance to meet, mingle chat and maybe even pitch a story or two over tea, coffee and nibbles on a casual Sunday afternoon. Book your ticket now for this limited entry event or grab a festival pass and come and meet publishers and editors from Clan Destine Press, MidnightSun Publishing, eXtasy Books, Little Raven, Fireborn Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Press, Stein & Wilde Publishing, Dark Matter Zine and Writing from Below Journal.

Across the Genres

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When: Saturday 18th of April, 4:00 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

It’s been said that there’s two types of fiction–fiction you like, and fiction you don’t. The rest is just a way to organise bookshelves in stores. On the other hand, sometimes you want to know if you’re opening a book to robots, magic, spaceships, werewolves, a detective story or any of a number of genres that are being printed. Want cowboys? Okay. Kick ass lesbian crime fighters, we’ve got that covered too. The story of a young man finding he was born in the wrong body, yeah.

Come join Nigel Bartlett, Kevin Klehr, Beany Sparks and Lindy Cameron, author and publisher at Clan Destine Press as they talk all things across all the genres. Or you know, as many as we can fit in an hour and a half.

Mar 08

More Events? Sure

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So if you’ve been paying attention to our program page, you’ll have noticed we’ve been switching around panels, as well as playing with times as we try to organise the best possible line up of events for you. We’re very excited that were able to bring back both of last year’s stand out evening events–the Queermance Anthology Launch and the Queerbaret, but we’re also very pleased to be bringing you an Author Showcase of some of the biggest local and interstate authors at Queermance 2015, including a very special international guest. Who is it? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

We’re also bringing you a fifth panel, which we weren’t expecting, and we’re going to be celebrating some of the amazing art that we use to support our stories, whether that’s digital art, painted media, or amazing photography. We’ll be bringing you a selection of the amazing work in our community soon, and there may be the chance to walk away with a print or two.

Given our late morning start, we’ll be providing two meals rather than three — lunch and afternoon tea–and turning the afternoon teas into social events where you’ll be able to come and meet the Queermance Authors and an even bigger range of publishers than we had last year. We’ve currently confirmed Clan Destine Press, Dreamspinner Press, MidnightSun Publishing, Firebrand Publishing and EXtasy Books and we’re in discussion with a few other publishers about having a presence at Queermance this year.

And no, we’re not increasing our ticket price. So if you’d like to get a festival pass, day pass, or book yourself in to just the Meet the Authors or Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea, book in before we sell out. We’ll be releasing single session tickets to our panels and workshops shortly, so stay tuned for more info.

Aug 30

Call for Submissions: Queermance Volume II

We’re back for another year! In conjunction with Clan Destine Press, Queermance Australia is searching out the best of Australian and New Zealand Queer Romantic Fiction for our second Anthology and we’re once again throwing the doors open to all writings both published and aspiring.

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We are looking for Stories which:

  • Include a queer relationship. Other elements are encouraged but a relationship must be part of the story, even if it is not foregrounded.
  • Are a minimum of 4000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words
  • Have a strong connection to either Australia or New Zealand. This could be an Aussie or Kiwi expatriate overseas or a story set somewhere in Australia with a strong sense of place.
  • Are in by Monday the 15th of December 2014. Please email to submissions@queermance.com.au

The best stories will be included in the Queermance Anthology. We are currently seeking funding to pay for our stories, but we are unable to commit to funding at this time–stay tuned for an update! Regardless, authors may be contacted by our editorial team in regards to future publication possibilities, including standalone publication. Queermance Vol II will be overseen by Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press, and will be launched at the Hare Hole on Friday the 17th of April 2015.

If you’d like to see what we’ve published before, please check out Queermance Vol I, our inaugural Anthology, available as an ebook download from Clan Destine Press.

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Lindy Cameron: Author and Publisher

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An independent publisher and crime writer, Lindy is author of the trilogy Blood Guilt, Bleeding Hearts and Thicker Than Water, featuring lesbian PI Kit O’Malley; the mystery adventure Golden Relic; the (subtext) action thriller, Redback; and the sf crime Feedback. She’s also co-author of the true crime collections Killer in the Family (with her sister Fin J Ross); and Women Who Kill (with Ruth Wykes).
Lindy is a founding member and National Co-Convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, and the Publisher of Clan Destine Press.

Lindy will be hosting our Across the Genres panel on Saturday, performing a reading at the Saturday Night Queerbaret, and representing Clan Destine Press at our Sunday Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea. She is also publisher and editor of our Anthology, Queermance Vol II, which launches on Friday night.

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These and her other books are available through Clan Destine Press

Mar 18

Announcing: Queermance Vol I

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Our Anthology is ready to go and contains some amazing stories we know you’re going to love. We’re proud to announce the following stories will be launched this Friday the 21st of March at The Hare Hole.

Flooded Streets – Julie A Pollard
Leaving Home – Susan Beck
I Blame the Cat – Alison Evans
It’s So Very Lonely – Kerry Greenwood
The Dancers – Kristen Henry
Vanilla – Mary Borsellino
Fearless: Rosalie – Anders
Late Bloomer – NM Harris
The Selkie – Nicole Field
Inheritance – Matthew Lang

Entrance is free and the Anthology itself will be available on the night for a gold coin donation. There will be readings from select pieces and live entertainment courtesy of the RMIT Occasional Choral Society. Click on the cover image above to find our Facebook event and we look forward to seeing you there!

Queermance would like to thank Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press and Jacob Coates of Jaffa Books for curating the 2014 Anthology.

Mar 09

Panel: The ABCs of Social Interaction – Writing Relationships

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10:30AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicole Field (Gothic), Matthew Lang (The Secret of Talmor Manor), and Lindy Cameron (Thicker than Water, Publisher at Clan Destine Press). Hosted by Lisa-Skye. 

We all have relationships. Some are good, some aren’t. Some last for years, some last hours. Describing even one of them fully would easily take more than the eighty to ninety thousand words of your average novel. So what bits do you put in? How do make it compelling? And do you really need to explain to straight people that gender roles aren’t part of a same sex relationship?

We bring you authors who have first hand experience of types of relationships they write about, and written stories that speak to the communities that are featured in their work. Sometimes they write romance. Sometimes they write crime. Sometimes is speculative fiction. But all the time, it’s the crafting of moments–a touch, a conversation, a look–that progress a relationship through the pages of a novel, often while something else entirely is going on.

Whether they’re explicitly sexual or not, or even if you’re writing a friendship rather than a romance, balancing characters and their connections is crucial to any story. Situations come and go, and more often than not the conclusion to a story is assumed to be know. The telling of the journey is what matters, and what makes each journey different are the people that undertake it–the people you create in the realms of your imagination.

Mar 09

Queermance Opening Night and Anthology Launch

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8:00 PM Friday 21st of March 2014
The Hare Hole

Join us for the opening night of the Queermance Literary Festival and the launch of Queermance Volume I. Published by Clan Destine Press, the Anthology features stories from Kerry Greenwood, Matthew Lang and many more. With entertainment from ROCS and readings from the authors, the event is free entry and the Anthology will be available for a gold coin donation.

You can of course, still book tickets to the Queermance Festival below.

Feb 27

Panel: Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published

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11:45AM Saturday 22nd March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring Lindy Cameron, owner and publisher at Clan Destine Press), Jacob Coates, owner and publisher at Jaffa Books and Alison Todd, editor at Rooster and Pig and former editor in chief and acquisitions editor at Silver Publishing. Hosted by author Nicolas G. Frank.

Publishing it is said (although they never say by whom) is a lot like childbirth. Inspiration is easy to come by, exciting, fun and just like sex, it’s a bit transient. Work takes time to gestate and form, and while you bask in the warm glow of impending artist-hood, you also run around trying to set up the nursery. Do you have an ABN? Do you even need one? What about professional editing? 

Of course, all analogies can only go so far. To even get to childbirth you have to keep working, refining, redrafting and getting past the gatekeepers of taste known as Acquisition Editors. Of course, some people have no problems getting past the slush pile. Some people know how to write a submissions query. And some are on the other end reaching for the wine glass as they wade through yet another letter about someone’s pride and joy and willing the story they’re about to read to be worth risking money on…

We bring together three of the people on the other side of the slush pile to answer your questions on just what it takes to get published, and what publishing houses are actually looking for.

Feb 26

Queering the Text

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8PM Saturday 22nd March

Can you judge a book by its cover? Do plots really make sense? Do authors really know what that toy is for? Join us as we ask the hard, not so hard, and downright silly questions to authors and publishers of queer work. And can you really sell ‘Queer’ as a commodity? Featuring some of Australia’s best Queer authors and publishers, including Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin, Ink), Matthew Lang (The Way You Are, The Secret of Talmor Manor), Jacob Coates of Jaffa Books and Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press.

Queering the text promises to be a night of laughs, authoroke (it’s probably exactly what you think it is), and yes, some of our favourite books.

Tickets: $15/$10
Book your ticket now at TryBookings.

You can also purchase a Queermance Festival ticket, which includes entry into Queering the Text and all other Queermance events.

Feb 03

Call for Submissions: The Best of Australian Queermance

Submissions: The Best of Australian Queermance

In conjunction with Clan Destine Press, Queermance Australia is searching for the best of Australian and New Zealand Queer Romantic Fiction, and we’re throwing the doors open to all writings both published and aspiring.

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We are looking for Stories which:

  • Include a queer, romantic relationship. Other elements are encouraged but a relationship must be part of it.
  • Are a minimum of 3000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words
  • Are written by a written by someone living in Australia or New Zealand
  • Have a strong narrative tie to Australia or New Zealand–either in terms of character or setting
  • Are in by Friday 28th of February 2014. Please email to submissions@queermance.com.au

The best stories will be included in the Queermance Anthology. At this point Queermance is unable to pay for stories, but authors may be contacted by our editorial team in regards to future publication possibilities, including standalone publication. The Queermance Anthology will be overseen by Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press, Alison Todd of Silver Publishing and Jacob Coates of Jaffa Books. The Queermance Anthology will be launched at the Hare Hole on Friday the 21st of March.

Clan Destine Press

Clan Destine Press

Clan Destine Press is all about genre.

Genre fiction in its myriad and wondrous forms: crime, mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, adventure, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, and ah-ha! – which is any combination of the aforementioned – or Adults and Young Adults.

We publish inventive, clever and original works of page-turning genre fiction; riveting cross-genre stories; and books that are heroic, questy, feral, dark, funny, spine-tingly, fast-paced, serious, silly and sensible.

Our authors are Australian and Clan Destine Press novels are gay, straight, queer, ancient, contemporary, gothic, retro, post-apocalyptic, earthbound and/or galactic.

We dabble in the non-fiction world of true crime, but we specialise in genre fiction which – for some strange reason – means we also love fictional (& factional) cats, dogs, alpacas, cosmic toucans and Sawtoothed Bunnies.

We aim to publish new and exciting, plot-driven, boundary-pushing fiction with fully-fledged characters and a strong sense of place.

It is the prime objective of Clan Destine Press to uncover, foster and promote new Australian genre writers and to provide a home where already-published authors can move in and play in new worlds.

Visit Clan Destine here.

Feb 03

Queermance Launched!

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It’s been over a year in the making, but Queermance 2014 is here. A portmanteau of “Queer” and “Romance”, Queermance runs from Friday the 21st of March to Sunday the 23rd of March and is a combination of literary festival and writers’ conference. It has a schedule of talks and workshops for writers looking to gain skills and inspiration, or just to pick the brain of other authors, editors and publishers.

For writers, conference tickets are $160, or $140 concession. This includes access to all writers conference events, including lunch and morning and afternoon teas, and access to the three big public events at the Hare Hole each night. It will also include a complimentary copy of Queermance, our inaugural Anthology of the best Queermantic short stories from Australia and New Zealand (and if you’re an author, submit your story here). Tickets for the evening events will be available soon.

Our program will continue to grow in the coming month as we lock in presenters, so check back often to find out what’s new. Currently we have confirmed Australian publishers Clan Destine Press and Jaffa Books will be in attendance, and both presses are looking for authors so get your ticket today and polish up your story pitches!

Program Highlights include:

  • Giving Birth – Everything you need to know about getting published
  • The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica
  • The Great Debate: Authors vs. Publishers
  • Queerbaret – Closing night @ The Hare Hole