‘Cunning & Cleverness’

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Only two weeks remain to enter our AFTS short story competition! Submissions close on 17 April, 2018 for short fiction on the theme of ‘Cunning & Cleverness’.

Maybe you’re deliberating about the merits of entering a writing comp? Our AFTS ezine #6 article ‘Writing Competitions: Are They Worth It?’ by author Georgina Ballantine is here to help. Or maybe you write for children and you’d like a little advice and motivation from author Pat Simmons: check out her ezine #6 article ‘Writing Stories for Children’.

Need some motivation to put fingers to keyboard? We have prizes galore! All three winners will be published in the AFTS ezine #7 (winter edition). Signed copies of books by celebrated Australian authors and illustrator are also up for grabs. Whet your fairy tale appetite with our #6 ezine excerpts from fairy tale retellings in Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women by Kate Forsyth and illustrator Lorena Carrington (1st prize), original fairy tale The Stolen Button by Marianna Shek and illustrator Leila Honari (2nd prize), and upcoming novel The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross (3rd prize). The ezine #6 also includes book reviews of all three titles. Our illustrious judges are celebrated authors Sophie Masson, Monique Mulligan and Nike Sulway.

Although the comp is members-only, don’t let that put you off if you’re not a subscriber. For the AU$25 annual membership fee you’ll receive copies of our fabulous ezine, access to our enlightening Fairy Tale Ring meetings, discounted entry to our AFTS conference on 10 June, 2018, and the opportunity to submit work for publication in our ezines.

So channel that fey vibe and wow our judges with your wondrous, far-fetched tales of
scheming selkies and brainiac boggarts, or whatever floats your fairy tale boat!

G. Ballantine

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Australian Fairy Tale Society 5th Annual Conference – Call for Presentations

2017 conference call out for members 2 pages

Theme: ‘Gardens Of Good and Evil: Growing Life, Plucking Death’

When: 10th June 2018

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Full details via link above.

Thank you Spike Deane for setting out this CfP. For those of you who haven’t yet had the fortune of discovering Spike: she’s a brilliant fairytale artist working with glass, textiles, animation and other media, based at Canberra Glassworks: http://spikedeane.com
The Australian Fairy Tale Society is privileged that Spike not only assists us with visual design on such call-outs, but also handles AFTS social media, serves on our committee and is a Sub-Editor of our AFTS Ezine, the 5th edition of which is themed on ‘Aladdin’. Thanks again dear Spike xxx

Spike Deane






Australian Fairy Tale Society Ezine #5 Aladdin – Submission Guidelines

Dear fey folk,

Wondering how far to swing that genie lamp? Where to hang that lantern? When to swish that flying carpet? Chances are, the answers to your questions are here, in our new Submission Guidelines for AFTS Ezine August 2017

In particular, please note our new word limits for a sleek flight, and our gleaming, glowing submission due date of 28th August 2017 for issue #5 of our Ezine, themed on ‘Aladdin’.

Celebrate the warmth of intercultural life. Let ancient stories spring forth, rekindle magic, and weave new patterns of smoke and silk.

Enchanted regards,

The Editorial Troupe

Australian Fairy Tale Society Ezine Issue #5 ‘Aladdin’

A warm welcome to Australian Fairy Tale Society’s new Ezine Editor, Claudia Barnett, who is doing her Masters thesis in fairy tales.

Sub-Editors are Erin Hallowell-Gartlan, Louisa John-Krol and Spike Deane.

Other members of our Editorial Troupe are Patricia Poppenbeek, Lorena Carrington, Georgina Ballantine, Marianna Shek, Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario, Debra Phillips, Pat Simmons, Tegan Webb and Sue Clancy.

Our next issue, #5, carries the theme of Aladdin.

Submission due date is 28th August 2017.

Revised Submission Guidelines will beam here in a few days.

We hope you enjoy a sense of enchantment as we ride this magic carpet together!