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AHWA NEWS DIGEST [16.01.09-31.01.09]

The following digest of recent horror news is compiled from pieces published to HorrorScope and the Australian Horror Writers' Association website.

AHWA Mentor Program 2009
The 2009 Australian Horror Writers' Mentor Program will be open to applications from the 1st to the 28th of February, 2009. The program aims to further develop the depth and quality of Australian horror and dark fantasy.

AHWA Critiquing Groups

From February 25th the Australian Horror Writers' Association will be accepting expressions of interest from AHWA members wishing to take part in facilitating critiquing groups.

Eclecticism #7
After a relaxing festive season, the Eclecticism E-zine is back in full-swing, with the 7th issue now available.

Aurora Script Workshop
The NSW Film and Television Office (FTO) has re-focused Aurora, its intensive professional script development program, and is calling for applications for the 2009 intake.

The Myer Foundation Small Grants Program
The Small Grants Program in the Arts and Humanities is now accepting applications for funding. The closing date for applications is Wednesday the 4th of February, 2009.

Build Your Audience: People in the Arts TAFE Accredited Disability Awareness & Access Training
Accessible Arts is offering their first of two workshops for 2009. The half-day TAFE accredited module, is designed for individuals working in the arts and arts organisations.
The Australian Script Centre in collaboration with PlayWriting Australia, Currency Press and Playlab Press, have launched a new website - a one-stop shop for theatre professionals, community groups, researchers, educators, students and others with an interest in fine writing for performance.

CASP grants open for 2009
Is your community planning an arts project for 2009? The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is now taking applications for projects in 2009. CASP delivers small grants for community and cultural development, for amounts between $300 and $3,000.

The Hub of Horror Convention
The Hub of Horror convention will feature guests of honour Robert Englund, Brad Dourif, Tony Todd, Jeffrey Combs, and Suicide Girls performers. It will be held in Melbourne over the black Friday weekend of 13th-15th March, 2009.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2009
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2009 sub-committee of SFFANZ has issued a call for nominations for science fiction and fantasy works first published or released in the 2008 calendar year. Nominations close on the 28th of February, 2009.

Down Under Fan Fund

The Down Under Fan Fund is seeking Australasian nominees to head to North America in 2009. Nominations close on the 29th of March, 2009.

Horror Story and Other Horror Stories

ChiZine Publications has released its second title, the short story collection Horror Story and Other Horror Stories by Toronto writer Robert Boyczuk, in trade paperback. They are also making the book available as a free PDF download, and the story Falling available as an MP3, both under Creative Commons Licenses.

The Bullsheet #83
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet #83, February 2009 edition is now available. This issue details various publishing news, and an overview of upcoming writing, speculative fiction and fan events.

Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror
Permuted Press is proud to announce the publication of Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror. Edited by Ryan C. Thomas, the anthology features tales by Steve Alten, Guy N. Smith, and many others - including the short story Six-Legged Shadows from AHWA Member David Conyers, co-authored with Brian M. Sammons.

Writers' Digest Self-Published Awards
Writers Digest have issued a call for entries to the 2009 Writers' Digest Self-Published Awards. The awards are open to international authors, with a recent self-published book. The deadline  is the 1st of May, 2009.

AntipodeanSF #128
AntipodeanSF Issue #128 is online for your reading pleasure; once again presenting an excellent selection of spec-fic flash stories from both new and favourite authors.

Preliminary Ballot for The Bram Stoker Awards
The Horror Writers' Association (HWA) have released the preliminary ballot for The Bram Stoker Awards.

Write in Your Face
Express Media is proud to present Write in Your Face, a program supporting emerging forms of writing practice by young writers, or organisations working with young writers. Proposals are invited from people who are using language in innovative ways.

2009 Aurealis Award Winners
The Aurealis Awards, which honour works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, have announced the award winners for 2008!

Submitting News
If you have news about Australian and New Zealand Horror publishing and film, or news of professional development opportunities in the field, feel free to submit news to Talie Helene, AHWA News Editor. Just visit HorrorScope, and click on the convenient email link. (International news is not unwelcome, although relevance to Antipodean literary arts practitioners is strongly preferred.)

For information on the Australian Horror Writers' Association, visit

This AHWA NEWS DIGEST has been compiled, written, and republished in select Australian horror haunts by Talie Helene. Currently archived at the
AHWA MySpace page, Southern Horror, and Darklands, and hosted by AHWA members Felicity Dowker, Jeff Ritchie, Brenton Tomlinson, and Scott Wilson.

If you would like to support the AHWA News effort by hosting a copy of the AHWA News Digest on your blog or website,
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