Short Story Winner

The Random Static anthology, A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction, was officially launched on Friday, August 27th.¬† Claire Brunette did a reading of her story ‘Beneath the Trees’, after which many people bought books, happy authors collected their copies, and we lined up for signings. My story, ‘The Future of the Sky’, about sylph mythology is the first story in the book and Juliet Marillier’s beautiful ‘Back and Beyond’ closes the collection. Juliet did a reading of her story at the Con and it was very moving.

Au Contraire Competition

Many of the stories submitted to the anthology were selected via the open competition run in conjunction with Au Contraire. Entries were judged by author and Au Contraire Guest of Honour Sean Williams ( who commented:

“This was VERY difficult. Each of the top three was brilliant in its own way. Weird how themes of parenthood, dreams, and loss weave through all of them.”

And the winners are:

1st Place – ‘The Future of the Sky’ by Ripley Patton
2nd Place – ‘Dreams of a Salamander Nation’ by Susan Kornfeld
3rd Place – ‘Cry of a Distress Rocket’ by Brian Priestley
Honourable Mention – ‘Beneath the Trees’ by Claire Brunette

Congratulations, to my fellow writers, place-takers or not. The anthology is truly a work of art.


A Foreign Country is now available HERE and via an ever-expanding list of bookshops¬† in New Zealand including Parsons, Unity and The Bookie in Auckland and Arty Bees in Wellington (some of these may not have it on the shelves right now, but they should soon). We’re talking to a number more – if you have a connection to your local independent bookstore, please mention A Foreign Country to them. Bookshops which don’t have copies in stock will be able to order them in for buyers on request (if you know people wanting to do this, please give them the ISBN (978-0-473-16916-9). There will also be copies for sale at the Going West Festival, Armageddon in Auckland and other events to be confirmed.

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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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