The Queensland Writers Centre and Hachette are running a manuscript development program for ‘emerging’ authors. For a change, they’re after commercial fiction ie they actually accept applications from SF writers for a change, rather than snubbing us for literary writers.
Classics by Andrew Kaz and Phill Ryu is a popular ebook-reading application for iPhone/Touch on iTunes right now. You might wonder why you’d pay (a pittance, while it’s on sale) for an ereader which 1) unlike Stanza, does not let you load in your own chosen texts in the format of your choice and 2) only gives you out-of-copyright books which you could get for free through Project Gutenberg among other sources. Mainly because the format is so very pretty: titles are displayed visually on a virtual bookcase, the e-page flips with a visual like a real page turning, your place is marked with a bookmark, books have illustrations, it’s a nice reading experience for the eyes…there’s some effort been put in here and it should be rewarded.
On the free side of things, there’s the Wattpad application, which you can use to read the classics if US99c really does break the bank. I hestitated to mention this ereader because, while its aim is honest – to allow people to share their own writing plus out-of-copyright books, in various formats including now with an iTunes app – it has an awful lot of books that are most certainly not out of copyright and which I have to doubt have been shared with the permission of their author…Twilight, anyone? The site does remove violating content, but it takes time. Anyway, it’s out there, it has lots of books…try to stick to the legal ones. You need wifi to load them on to iPhone/Touch, as far as I can tell.
Nominations for the Ditmar Award (Australian SF Award) close today. The award recognises excellence in SF works by Australians, and is organised by the National Australian Science Fiction Convention.