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AntipodeanSF is devoted to 'down under' science/speculative fiction stories of about 500-1000 words or less.

Yet while its intent is in part to highlight and promote Australian/NZ writers (who are, after all, resident in the antipodes), the meaning of antipodean is not limited by the editor to a mere description of locality. Thus AntipodeanSF is open to submissions from anywhere in the world, as long as the story has a surprise ending, twists normal notions of SF/F/H upside-down, is especially humorous, takes an oblique perspective on otherwise 'normal' events, or attempts to subvert the foundations of Western capitalist ideology (for example).

At this time AntipodeanSF is an online and electronic-reader/audio publication. It rewards its writers with web-space for published stories and short biographies, and promotion via a weekly radio show and podcast (this includes links to the author's web pages; if any exist). All material accepted for publication in AntipodeanSF will remain online for approximately four weeks, and will be available as an audio podcast in the following month. Subsequently, all material is archived by the National Library of Australia (see below), and the audio may be aired at any future time on the Australian community radio network (CBAA/CBF). Copyright is otherwise retained by the author/s at all times, although archiving at the NLA means that every published story will remain accessible in perpetuity on the net.

Material accepted for publication will not be altered or edited for online presentation without the consent of the author/s. Reprints, as long as they are about 500-1000 words, and subject to editing, will also be considered for publication.

All material first published in AntipodeanSF by Australian authors is eligible to be submitted to the convenors of the Australian Aurealis Awards to be considered for an award in its year of publication. Authors are encouraged to submit their work to the Awards after publication.

Similarly, Australian works will be indexed by Austlit <www.austlit.edu.au> for scholarly citation purposes, and listed at the Australian SF site.

AntipodeanSF is considered to be of 'cultural significance' here in Australia and it is archived at the National Library of Australia. You may view past issues by visiting the library's PANDORA pages on the Internet. <http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/10063>.

Material appearing in AntipodeanSF may converted into Braille by the Royal Blind Society so that blind readers might experience the pleasure of reading SF.

Material appearing in AntipodeanSF is converted into tablet, e-reader and mobile phone formats and be distributed via various other service providers so that it can be easily read by all SF lovers.

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Material appearing in AntipodeanSF is converted into audio format for distribution as a podcast/community radio broadcast under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives license.

Please note that the editor, Ion, is liable to make suggestions about how to make your story fit the theme of this website, or to improve it (in his subjective opinion). In other words, he might edit it. But please don't be afraid of that. Submit those stories. AntiSF needs them!

AntipodeanSF 'online' is firmly devoted to the shorter forms of SF. Therefore, all submissions must be of about five-hundred to one-thousand (500-1000) words or less. Longer works by authors with a publication history at AntipodeanSF will be considered for inclusion in the magazine, but these longer stories are still restricted to around 2000-3000 words. Please query the editor for more information, or to find out about the submission of longer items (which may be serialised across a number of issues).

Such dire restrictions on story size mean that character development and in-depth treatment of complex subjects are almost invariably precluded. In short-short (flash) stories such as those AntipodeanSF 'online' seeks, the idea is paramount.

Don't be fooled — writing fiction such as this is not as easy as it might seem — fewer words does not equal easier writing. Even so, AntipodeanSF urges you to take the challenge and "'ave a go".

Antipodean SF may also publish science-fact and science-fiction oriented cartoons, limericks, anecdotes, cryptic problems, rebuses and other 'trivia' of a shorter nature from time to time. Imagination and laconism are the keys to publication. But remember, our focus is on short-short stories.

Please do not submit more than one story at a time without seeking permission from the editor first (i.e. no multiple submissions).

Submissions are collected once or twice per week, and will be acknowledged soon after receipt. AntipodeanSF does not accept submissions via snail-mail on deceased trees.

AntipodeanSF will occasionally publish an anthology of material gathered from the best of the stories that have appeared on-line. These books will be available 'on-demand'. AntipodeanSF in itself will remain a non-profit entity, and aims only to promote excellent short-short speculative fiction. Longer works of fiction may also be published in future anthologies, but submission for that purpose will be restricted to those who have had stories published online by AntipodeanSF.

Don't forget — have fun! And keep them around 500 - 1000 words.

All queries and submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a file attachment preferably in Rich Text Format (RTF) or MS Word (DOC) or (DOCX).

 

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Wild's Triplet: April 1

Believe Me — by Ed Errington
Panel presentation "Of Men & Monsters", at Contact 2016 — Grace Dugan (Moderator), Robert Hood, Jason Nahrung, Kaaron Warren, Liss Caldwell (part 5)

 

Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte: April 8

Showman — by Benjamin Hayes
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Panel presentation "Of Men & Monsters", at Contact 2016 — Grace Dugan (Moderator), Robert Hood, Jason Nahrung, Kaaron Warren, Liss Caldwell (part 6)

 

Zwicky 2: April 15

One Shot — by Griffyn Goodall
Panel presentation "Selling Across The Ditch", at Contact 2016 — Kylie Chan (moderator) Keri Arthur, Angela Slatter, Sean Williams (part 1)

 

A'Hearn: April 22

The Mask — by Sue Clennell
A Self Long Forgotten — by Ariel Braago
Panel presentation "Selling Across The Ditch", at Contact 2016 — Kylie Chan (moderator) Keri Arthur, Angela Slatter, Sean Williams (part 2)

 

Aaltje: April 29

A Kernel Of Wisdom — by Michael T. Schaper
Minties — by Rob Riel
Panel presentation "Selling Across The Ditch", at Contact 2016 — Kylie Chan (moderator) Keri Arthur, Angela Slatter, Sean Williams (part 3)

 

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The weekly program features the stories from recently published issues, usually narrated by the authors themselves.

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The AntipodeanSF Radio Show is also broadcast on community radio, 2NVR, 105.9FM every Saturday evening at 8:30pm.

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A Bertram Chandler Award
Calling for nominations for the Chandler Award 2017.  Details on how to nominate are on the ASFF website.  Do you know a person who would be a worthy recipient?  Then contact the ASFF now.  Next meeting of the ASFF Committee is 19 March and it will be considering nominations received to date.  <http://asff.org.au/chandler.htm>.

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SWANCON 42 will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, from 13-17 April 2017. (The Easter Weekend). The Guests of Honour will be Wesley Chu, Traci Harding, Douglas Adams (in Memoriam) and Davina Watson. More information at: <https://2017.swancon.com.au/>

CONTINUUM 13: TRISKAIDEKAPHILIA will be held in Melbourne from 9-12 June 2017. (Jasper Hotel, Melbourne) It will also be the 57th Australian Natcon. The Guest of Honour will be Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant. More information will become available at: <http://continuum.org.au/>

Starwalking — 40th Birthday Gala Dinner. Celebrating 40 years of Star Wars. 3 June 2017, Jasper Hotel, Melbourne. <http://www.starwalking.net/40th-birthday-banquet.html> Sadly Star Walking Inc has announced that Force V has been cancelled.  Silver lining the Gala Dinner will still go ahead.

Supanova — Melbourne April 28-30 2017, Melbourne Showgrounds. Guest David Boreanaz For more information <http://www.supanova.com.au/>

Oz Comicon —  Perth March 25-26 2017 Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Adelaide 1-2 April, Adelaide Showgrounds. <http://www.ozcomiccon.com/>

Thronecon: Melbourne 20-21 May 2017 Melbourne Showgrounds (Town Square Pavilion), Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale, Melbourne.  More information <http://www.thronescon.com/>

Nullus Anxietas VI — The Discworld Grand Tour — The Lakes Resort Hotel, West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia on 4-6 August 2017.  More information <https://ausdwcon.org/>

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