Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Today is the last day you can get Shiny Issue 2 for $1 all this week in celebration of Trent Jamieson's Aurealis Award win for Best Young Adult short story for "Cracks"!

It's ONE DOLLAR!! What better value??? Here's a sneak peek at Trent Jamieson's award winning story:


The dark is the dark. The song is the song.

The shadows were boiling to midday when Lolly Robson found me by the river, my feet dangling over the bank, not touching earth so I could get some peace. He grinned, that crooked stunning smile, and spat a wasteful spit on the ground like it was a challenge, like everything for Lolly was a challenge to be spat out. “Jean. I got need of you.”

“Yes I see that,” I said in my old voice. The voice that isn’t mine, but that’s all me, which you’d understand if you had what I had, and maybe you do. “And don’t be all spitting and short with me, boy. Just because I was raised peculiar, don’t mean you have the right.”

Lolly looked almost abashed, but he didn’t say sorry. Robson boys don’t. They’re haughty. Pretty too.
“I like your dress,” he said, kind of charming.

I fixed him with a black stare. “Flattery, boy. Too hot for flattery.” Though I liked it. He was a Robson after all. Not that I’d show my pleasure. “What’s your need?”

We’d done our dance. Lolly understood, and took the direct path, and snatched back a bit of the old voice’s respect.

“Snake’s bit my mum.” He touched his bicep, then a point above his wrist, near where he would be cut when he came of age, like all the Robson boys were cut. "Here and here. She's dying."

Shiny Swancon Young Adult Short Story Competition

Shiny and Swancon 2009: Contact are proud to announce the 2009 Shiny Swancon Young Adult Short Story Competition.

Judging the competition will be Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely of Shiny along with a third, as yet unconfirmed, judge. Eligible stories should be both speculative fiction and young adult in nature, with a word limit of 3000 words.

Entry to this competition is free and open to those aged 16 and under, and participation certificates will be provided for all entrants.

Submissions for the competition are due by March 20th, 10pm WST time.

Please submit your entries electronically in .rtf format to: shinystories@gmail.com with the subject heading 'Swancon Young Adult Short Story Competition'.

1st Prize is $25, subscription to the Shiny 2009 series and the complete Shiny back issues.
Two runners up will be awarded Shiny 2009 series and the complete Shiny back issues.

Prizes will be awarded at the judges' discretion. All judges' decisions are final and winners will be notified by email and announced at the Swancon Awards Ceremony on Sunday April 12th 2009.

Information about this competition can also be found on the Swancon website