Living Metal has made it through to the Top 50 scripts for Screen Craft’s Residency Program, to be eligible for full tutition and travel to the Bahamas International Film Festival.

Six applicants get chosen, so hopefully I’ll make it all the way! Definitely never thought I’d get this far though.

The full list of Semi Finalists is here.

My spec TV pilot Living Metal is a Quarter Finalist in Screen Craft’s BIFF Screenwriters’ Residency Program!

There’s a few more rounds to go, but I’m pretty happy to get through the initial stages. The six winners get travel and tuition to the Bahamas International Film Festival, and workshops and networking with various writers and producers (while sunning themselves in the Bahamas).

Full list of Quarter Finalists is here.

Living Metal, my android murder-mystery pilot, has been nominated for an AWGIE Award, in the Monte Miller Category for ‘Best Unproduced Screenplay’. The AWGIEs are Australia’s top screenwriting award, so it’s very exciting to be nominated.

The winner is announced on September 11th in Sydney, and the full list of candidates is here.

My short-story ‘The Other-Faced Lamb’ has been published in Australia’s foremost speculative fiction magazine, Aurealis. 

It was inspired by a couple of things, but mainly a news story I read about pelicans dying by the thousands when their lake ran dry. As I was writing it, I came across a Daily Mail article about a lamb that had been born with a face that looked human, which I thought was just the creepiest thing imaginable, and which became an integral part of the story.

So… if you like strange stories about cults, the Outback and deformed lambs, then this is the story for you! It can be purchased here.

I’m happy to announce that I’m one of the writers that’s just been added to the AWG’s Pathways Program for aspiring Australian screenwriters. To quote the AWG, the aim of Pathways is to “showcase scripts that our experienced members uncover while judging competitions and consider to have high potential for production.”

The full list of new Pathways members can be seen here.

Living Metal, a spec TV pilot that I wrote, has been chosen as one of the shortlisted Top 6 finalists for the Australian Writers’ Guild ‘What Happens Next?’ Competition.

According to the AWG, “241 entrants submitted a synopsis, the first few pages of the script and an explanation of how the story concept could be developed, from which the judges first chose a “long list” of 18, then a shortlist of six entries that had the greatest potential for leaving the audience eager to know ‘What Happens Next?'”

Very, very happy to have got so far, especially seeing as the competition was open to professional AWG accredited writers as well. Huge congratulations to the winners, Rebecca Johnstone and Katie Pollock.

Big thanks to everyone who has read it and given me feedback. Writers are only as good as the people who can tell them “Catherine, you really need to use fewer bloody commas,” and I’m very lucky to have a lot of generous people who have given me their time and opinions!

years-best-fantasy-and-horror-v4-web‘The Nest’ has been chosen for inclusion in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013.

I’ve been reading this anthology series since it started a few years ago, and it always has an excellent range of stories and perspectives from Australian writers. It will be out late November/early December, and it’s got a gorgeous cover as well. Two anthologies for my stories this year, with another one coming out next year for Aurealis – yay!

Buy it from Indie Books Online here (or support your local science-fiction and fantasy retailer). 

Focus2013-Cover-187x300‘The Nest’ has been chosen as part of spec-fic anthology Focus 2013: Highlights of Australian short fiction, edited by Tehani Wessely.

The full table of contents and description is on Fablecroft’s site here (http://wp.me/p1U6WM-B5) but to quote the intro:

“With the framework of annual awards shortlists to inform us, we have drawn together the most critically acclaimed Australian speculative fiction of the year into one volume. Each story appearing here has won or been shortlisted for a prestigious short speculative fiction award. With this book, we showcase the crème de la crème of Australian writing for 2013, accentuated by the marvellous artwork of the multi-award winning Kathleen Jennings.”

The anthology includes stories by some fabulous Aussie writers, such as Kaaron Warren, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Cat Sparks and Joanne Anderton, so I have no idea how I snuck my way into this, but very happy that I did. And my dad’s story, Acts of Chivalry, got a special mention in the intro as well – the writing dynasty continues!

Focus 2013 is officially on sale from October 1st, and is currently available for pre-order at AmazonKobo and Smashwords for US$4.99.

SnaphotLogo2014-e1406442743873I’ve just been interviewed by David McDonald as part of the Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot for 2014. The Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot has taken place four times over the last eight years, and serves as a ‘snapshot’ of the speculative fiction community in Australia.

In my ‘snapshot’, I talk about my approach to writing, the TV show that I’m currently working on and the future of publishing. My interview can be found here, but I recommend reading everyone else’s as well, they’ve interviewed some great people, like Cheryl Morgan and Tansy Rayner-Roberts, among others. Dirk Strasser, one of the co-editors of Aurealis, has just been interviewed here as well, and he said some lovely things about ‘Monday-child’. I believe my dad’s interview will be coming out in a few weeks as well!

Look for the round up on SF Signal when it’s all done. You can find the past Snapshots at the following links: 20052007,  2010 and 2012 as well.