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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

2012 Story Quest Short Story Contest

We are pleased to announce that the Story Quest Short Story Contest for speculative fiction has opened for submissions for 2012, and will close on 31 October 2012. This is our fourth contest, and the second in collaboration with SQ Mag.

The format is pretty much the same as last year - a finalist list will be compiled and announced in mid-November 2012 (usually from 6 to 8 stories) and the winner, second place and third place will be determined. These three winners will be given cash prizes, and the entire finalist list of stories will be published in SQ Mag issues 1 January 2013 and 1 March 2013. This also means that the stories will be eligible for the 'best of' anthology for 2013, published in 2014.

This year we have added a little spice, which is something we always anticipated we would eventually include - a theme. The following is taken straight from the contest web page:

"This year's theme is 'disaster'- a natural or man-made disaster that is integral to the story. It could have happened in the past, happening 'now', or is unambiguously going to happen. It can be the backdrop to a story, or indelibly connected to a character's actions or the plot - but it must be integral to the story. As per usual, this story can be written in any speculative fiction genre or sub-genre, and must also comply with all other contest rules."

We have been fortunate indeed to have excellent guest judges on our judging panels. This year we have Daniel I Russell, horror and dark fiction writer, based in Western Australia, originally from the UK. He has published a number of novels and shorter fiction, and is the vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers' Association. In other words, he is skilled and well respected in the dark fiction community, and the wider speculative fiction domain.

We invite you, writers, to visit our web page and consider entering the contest. It is free and provides you with the chance of a cash prize, and certainly a great deal of exposure. If you do wish to submit, read our rules carefully.

Gerry Huntman
Chief Editor, IFWG Publishing
Convener, Story Quest Short Story Contest

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Chap-eBook Release #006: A Concerned Citizen, by Larry Ivkovich

We are happy to announce the release of our sixth chap-ebook, the novelette sized urban fantasy, A Concerned Citizen. It is a great tie-in with Larry's recent novel, The Sixth Precept, and contains two characters from the novel. A Concerned Citizen is the first of Kim Yoshima's adventures, and provides fans of Larry's spectacular contemporary setting with something to dig their teeth into.

The blurb reads:
After serving on the Pittsburgh Police Force for twenty years, Lt. Kim Yoshima thought she had seen and heard everything. But after encountering a mysterious man with meta-acute strength, reflexes and speed, she realizes that the latest case she's working on is much, much more than it seems. So much, in fact, that the fabric of space and time is unraveling and only she can stop it. The adventures of Kim Yoshima begin... 

A Concerned Citizen is currently available in NOOK Book and Kindle formats, and will soon be released in Kobo.

New Release: The Bounty Hunter

MF Burbaugh is a prolific writer, and IFWG Publishing is pleased to publish a fair percentage of his fantasy and science fiction adventure stories. When we were approached with The Bounty Hunter, we were immediately taken by its mix of sauciness (but not excessive, and mainly humorous), heroic fantasy, and clever skepticism of authority. And yet, despite his eclectic mix, the story is also about revenge, undiluted and raw, and hope. You may ask us is it tenable for a novel to contain all of these traits - and our answer is a resounding 'yes'!

The blurb reads:

The god's do not always smile on the innocent.

Sir Wendel, once the youngest Knight in the land, has fallen from the good graces of the new king. His wife and child are brutally murdered as he is forced to watch and he is stripped of all his possessions save his sword which carries a name, a special name, called Ferocity's Revenge.

Roaming the lands of England he hires out as a bounty hunter, soon he is known by that this new name. When people want the best they seek The Bounty Hunter. With little more than a death wish he is thought to be fearless.
This England is not ourEngland, it is a forgotten one. One stuck in time. At night the people sometimes see the gods battling for control in the skies, or do they?

Join him in this saucy, revengeful, swashbuckling, epic story, as Sir Wendel finds himself in intrigue and mystery when he takes on an apprentice as part of a large fee deal, a young princess of a foreign kingdom bent on revenge and willing to do anything to get it.

The Bounty Hunter is now available in NOOK Book and Kindle eformats, and soon will be followed by Kobo and print.

New Release: The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang

IFWG Publishing is proud to release Elizabeth Lang's second installment to her The Empire Series, The Rebels. Elizabeth Lang's sequel continues her strong plot with powerful characters, knitting a poignant love story with a science fiction adventure of space opera proportions. Few can combine these two elements, but Elizabeth has, at a stellar level.

Her blurb reads:

Rebellion is a state of mind.

“Maybe I want to find out what’s worse than dying.”

On the cusp of freedom, Adrian Stannis is plunged into the world of bounty hunters and rebels, each one valuing his head with the kind of single-minded intensity that does not bode well for his dream of peace and a fully stocked lab in a quiet and obscure corner of the galaxy.

Dragged along against his will by a barbarian intent on selling him back to the Empire, Adrian 'accidentally' kidnaps an emergency room doctor--because that is the kind of thing he does, while Kali and Bryce try to find him and become embroiled in an adventure of their own, one that leads to a sinister mystery that might destroy them all.

The Rebels is currently out in ebook formats: Kobo, NOOK Book and Kindle. The print edition will be out soon.

The third installment, The Andromedans, is expected to be released in Winter 2012.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

IFWG Publishing eBooks Now In Kobo

We are pleased indeed to announce that we have set up facilities to add Kobo to our ebook platforms. We are quite speedily adding our back catalog to Kobo format, so by the time you read this blog post, most, if not all, are already available.

You can browse all available IFWG Kobo titles at the site.

Our full choice and range of eBooks can be found in our eBook Store.

Our full choice and range of Chap-eBooks can be found in our Chap-eBook Store.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Chap-eBook Release #05: Diamonds by RA Knowlton

We are happy to release the novelette sized chap-ebook, Diamonds, by RA Knowlton. A wonderful science fiction with dark undertones.

The blurb is as follows:

Jake Hollard is a restless soul, running away from life's greatest questions.

He roams the galaxy in search of easy answers, but they allude him. He hears about a distant planet that offers hardworking men a chance at riches beyond belief. Undeterred by many warnings, he set out on his quest and that's when his nightmare begins.


The chap-ebook can be found at Amazon.