South of the Sun winners!

At last!

The editorial committee putting together the AFTS anthology “South of the Sun” have finally chosen their winners. It was a truly difficult job – we were inundated with talented submissions and we’ve spent many a long hour short-listing, re-short-listing, arguing and finally agreeing on the following. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their entries.

Congratulations to everyone who’s on the list – and commiserations to those who didn’t make it.

·         Anezka Sero  ̶  The Snowgum Maiden

·         Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson  ̶  Jack, the Beanstalk and the NBN

·         Yvette Ladzinski  ̶  The Lonely Mosque

·         Melissa Min Harvey  ̶  The Wild Moon Call

·         Clare Testoni  ̶  The Lyrebird

·         Krystal Barton  ̶  North Coburg to Flinders St Station

·         Rachel Nightingale  ̶ Riverbend

·         Jackie Kerin  ̶  No Horse, No Cart, No Shoes

·         Angie Rega  ̶  The Tale of the Seven Magpies

·         Danielle McGee – The Origami Mother

·         June Perkins – Into the Song Wood

·         Zoya Nojin  ̶  Rubeliya

·         Ella Lamb – The Curse of the Swan Prince

·         Muriel Cooper  ̶ There was something different about him

·         Carolyn Alfonzetti  ̶  Hundreds and Thousands

·         Jennifer Lehmann  ̶  Cricket

·         Nola Wernicke  ̶  If Cinderella lived in Melbourne

·         Erin-Claire Barrow  ̶  The Crows

·         Natalie Cooke  ̶  Gold

South of the Sun: Australian fairy tales for the 21st century

South of the Sun is an illustrated anthology of Australian Fairy Tales, produced by the Australian Fairy Tale Society in partnership with Serenity Press.

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What is an Australian Fairy Tale? This is a question South of the Sun explores. We are challenging assumptions that fairy tales are for children, are European, and must contain fairies and pale, passive heroines. Through stories, flash fiction, poetry and illustrations we are producing inventive, intercultural new Australian fairy tales for young adults and older fantasy readers.

We are also soliciting work from new and emerging writers and illustrators, with submissions from writers closing on 13 December and from illustrators early next year. We plan to pay all contributors. If you are interested in participating, please see further details on the anthology website:

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South of the Sun: Australian fairy tales for the 21st century

Spring is stirring, along with our forthcoming Anthology, South of the Sun – Australian fairy tales for the 21st century. Due on Serenity Press (in WA) in 2020, it’s suitable for YA + adult readership, rated G.

Featuring original contributions by internationally acclaimed guest authors, with a sprinkle and twinkle of illustrations, it reflects vibrant, intercultural inventiveness.

Stay tuned for our general call for submissions opening 17th September, and crowdfunding campaign on Pozible commencing 15th October, both concluding together on 14th November, to top up the generous seed funding from The Australian Fairy Tale Society.

Keep up to date with our fairy tale Anthology news here:

We proudly direct you to the following resources:

Anthology Website:

Definition of fairy tales, by Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario, at AFTS’ website:

Introduction: The state of play in Australian fairy tale: Where to now? – by three fairy tale scholars who served on AFTS committees: Dr Nike Sulway, Dr Belinda Calderone (a former AFTS President) and Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario, writer of our Anthology’s foreword:

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