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Shelley Chappell
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I am calling for submissions for an anthology of radically retold fairy tales, WISH UPON A SOUTHERN STAR, which will be targeted at young adult readers. Send me your sassy stories of princesses doing it for themselves, your romantic tales with risky transformations, your quirky or profound reinterpretation of a favourite tale. Your story should retell a single fairy tale, which may be from the European fairy tale canon or a lesser known original (including non-European fairy tales).

Please visit my website to view the specs and/or download a PDF with all the details.

Note: This is intended as an opportunity for Southern writers to shine - writers should be citizens or residents of New Zealand, Australia or a South Pacific island.

http://www.shelleychappell.com/…/wish-upon-a-southern-star-…

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I've just released a free flash fiction for the Winter Solstice - The Longest Night.
Marda is a healer. When she walks the forest to collect her herbs, the unseen beings of the forest watch her. On the longest night of the year, they come to call. A fantasy flash fiction or short short story of 1000 words.
You can download this now from Smashwords. If you enjoy it, please leave me a review!
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/644936
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I was recently interviewed by the Christchurch Writers' Guild on my thoughts and experiences as a writer.

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Christmas time is here - the perfect time for free stories!
This year's Indie Authors' Advent Calendar holds 24 Christmas
stories by 18 authors. Somewhere in the month of December a door will open on my fantasy short story, 'The Longest Night'. I hope you enjoy!
Sign up at http://adventcalendar.katharinagerlach.com/#...
for bonus material from each of the 18 authors, including a Christmas poem from me.

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Thanks to Rebecca Fisher, Sir Julius Vogel winner and blogger extraordinaire, for her lovely review of Beyond the Briar

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Lovely review of my fairy tale collection, Beyond the Briar, on The Happy Homemaker

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My mermaid short story, "At the Water's Edge" is now permanently free in text and audio formats. See my website for further details!

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Vonda McIntyre's great historical fantasy novel, The Moon and the Sun, is being made into a film starring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt. 

The book is a mermaid story, a period drama, a brava for female freedom (both intellectual and literal) and one of the great dwarf romances (along with Tanith Lee's White as Snow) - although the absence of  Count Lucien de Chretien from the film cast list and the predominance of male stars suggests that the best and richest dimensions of the novel may be lost in the film adaptation. 

I'll defer my opinion until I see the film - meanwhile, if you'd like to form your own opinion, I highly recommend reading the novel before the film appears!

http://www.shelleychappell.com/home/the-moon-and-the-sun-will-the-best-aspects-be-eclipsed
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A nice write up of Saturday's event by Helen Lowe

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Thanks to SpecFicNZ, Helen Lowe, Beaulah Pragg, Liz Gatens, Chris Yee, Fitz, Andrew and others for organising a great event yesterday at the Fendalton Library celebrating the SJV awards and Christchurch writing! It was lovely to celebrate with A.J.Fitzwater, Rebecca Fisher, Tim Stead and all those locals interested in supporting writing and speculative fiction in NZ.
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