Monday, May 30, 2011

June meeting

The Adamastor Writers' Guild, which focuses on developing genre fiction in Cape Town, South Africa, will be hosting its June meeting on Saturday, June 4, at 10am until 12.30pm. If you are an aspiring or established author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, do drop by for some lively discussions and constructive criticism. Writing may be a solitary craft, but you can't create in a vacuum.

Venue: Baran's, first floor, on the corner of Burg and Shortmarket streets.
Time: 10am until 12.30pm.
What to bring: manuscripts for critique, a can-do attitude and pennies for your coffee/beer/whatevas

Please direct any queries to

Monday, May 9, 2011

Aphelion update

Posted on behalf of Casey:

I have two things to say in this post; one anyone at last Saturday's Adamastor meeting would have heard about already (but now I'm including the link), the other I only found out about after the meeting myself.

First of all; there is a monthly flash fiction contest run on the Aphelion webzine site. May's contest (started last Friday) can be found be following this link:

The contest started last Friday, and any entries need to be in by Sunday, May 22. (Note that the contest is run in a different timezone).

Full details on the requirements, how to enter, and anything else can be found by clicking on the above link. As a summary, though; the task is to write a story, of under 1000 words, on the subject of a simple, mundane, current-day real-world task that then becomes a science fiction story, without using aliens or time travel. The setting and characters should be new and fictional

(Devil in the Details, the story I asked for comment on at the last meeting, was disqualified for
using a non-fictional character prominently; the rules about historical characters were made a lot less ambiguous after that contest. This happens every now and then, so there's quite a few
important rules to look through).

After the entries close, the stories are placed on the page and all the authors, together with whoever else wants to do so, have a week to vote on the stories; after a week, the voting results are released and everyone can see which story wins.

The second thing I have to say relates to the first. You may recall that a while back I presented a book that I'd been one of the authors in; a book of stories from previous entries into this same flash contest. It's now available as an ebook on the iPad as well:

It hasn't sold anything on the iPad yet, as far as I know, but then again it's only been there for one weekend. I am quite excited about this development.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May meeting

It's time for the guild's next monthly meeting. Please bring your manuscript for critique, a good dollop of enthusiasm and some bright ideas, and spend a handful of hours with your fellow wordsmiths as we commiserate or congratulate each other. We're guaranteed not to get all glassy-eyed when you expound upon your protagonist's quirks. Fresh faces with a love for F/SF/H fiction are welcome.
Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 10am until about 12.30pm
Venue: First floor, Baran's, corner of Shortmarket and Burg streets, Cape Town
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