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Funding
A Hand of Knaves
Help publish a new Australian science fiction & fantasy anthology featuring rogues and scoundrels!
Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild CSFG
Canberra, Australia
$920 AUD raised by 18 backers
37% of $2,500 
flexible goal
a month left
The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild is a not-for-profit organisation with an incredibly simple goal: we want to pay our writers and artists for their blood, sweat and tears! Because that’s what our writers give to you. Our book may smell of ink and fresh paper, but in fact it’s written in blood and glued together with the sweat and tears of writers who are, quite literally, slaves to their craft. We think that’s worth something – so let’s give back to them!

What Is Our Project?

A Hand of Knaves is an anthology of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories featuring characters inhabiting the shadowy corners of speculative fiction. Rogues, thieves, pirates and ne’er-do-wells abound in genre fiction. Sometimes heroic, sometimes villainous, often somewhere in between, rogues are as likely to steal one’s heart as one’s purse, and show little remorse while helping themselves to either.

Australian authors from across the planet have been called to submit their most adventurous stories to this exciting anthology to be published by CSFG Publishing, and edited by Chris Large and Leife Shallcross.

Submissions will be read blind (free of information identifying the author) giving new and emerging writers an equal footing with their more established counterparts. We expect stories to explore the interplay (or lack thereof) between justice and the law, ways in which magic or technology may be used by those with less-than-pure motives, and how far the lure of gold, revenge, or the promise of a stolen kiss may push an impulsive scoundrel toward the brink of what is honourable, and that which lies beyond.

Why Are We Raising Funds?

CSFG publishing has been producing themed speculative fiction anthologies since 2001.  We know what it takes to produce an anthology of diverse writers on a tiny budget! The bulk of work that goes into pulling our books together is undertaken by volunteers and the reward has largely been the published article plus a token amount.  But this year we would like to reward the artists, writers and editors with a payment that better reflects the value of their work! 

We have been working very hard on this project and we are well on our way but we need your help! We are seeking to raise $2500.00 for the following:
a.    to pay authors MORE
b.    to pay artists MORE
c.    to pay editors MORE
d.    to help fund the printing

We are also hoping crowd funding will help new readers discover booty-bag of shiny stories and bevy totally upstanding and not-at-all-disreputable authors we'll be showcasing in A Hand of Knaves!

Ways Can You Help?

Your financial contribution is greatly appreciated. Any amount is welcome and will make a difference!

Please share us far and wide!! We’d love to reach new people!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AHandOfKnaves/

                     http://www.csfg.org.au/publications/

                  

PERKS! – What you can get!

We’ve pulled together an enormous swag of rewards for those of you who agree that creatives are worth their weight in gold (coins) or possibly precious gemstones and bootleg hard-to-get tech!

Speaking of treasures, that is exactly how we describe the rewards you’ll receive by pledging to the Hand of Knaves Crowdfunding Campaign. Take a look. We know you’ll find something to love in this mammoth swag of loot:

  • beautiful artwork, to a deck of cards custom-designed for A Hand of Knaves by Shauna O’meara,
  • writing services offered by the likes of Alan Baxter and Georgina Ballantine
  • Flash fiction from Kaaron Warren written on discarded playing cards
  • a critique and discussion of your writing by previous CSFG anthology editor, Aurealis Awards judge and physicist Dr Rob Porteous,
  • and even immortalisation in a forthcoming novel from Nicole Murphy.

We will be rolling out these perks and more, over the next 40 days, so stay tuned…

 

THANK YOU!

 

… A bit more about us: CSFG Publishing

We’re proud of our track record in offering opportunities for Australian writers to have their stories read, and especially in taking a chance on never-before-published writers. Our instincts are excellent! Stories in our anthologies have appeared in Year’s Best compilations, won Aurealis and Ditmar Awards and launched careers.

We have worked hard to become a fixture on the Australian speculative fiction writing landscape.  This has given us the opportunity to feature some of Australia’s best known authors of fantasy, science fiction and horror, such as: Kaaron Warren, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Cat Sparks, Richard Harland, Alan Baxter, Lee Battersby, Maxine McArthur, Joanne Anderton and Jason Nahrung.

Awards, Nominations and Honourable Mentions

“Dragon Girl”, Cat Sparks, The Never Never Land, Reprinted in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2015, Ed. Liz Gryzb and Talie Helene, Ticonderoga Publications 

“The Nexus Tree”, Kimberly Gaal, The Never Never Land, nominated for 2015 Aurealis Best Young Adult Short Story Award

“Girl Finds Key”, Chris Large, Next, honourable mention in Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013, Twelfth Planet Press

“Babel”, Robin Shortt, Winds of Change, honourable mention on Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Vol 4 longlist 2011

“Seventeen”, Cat Sparks, Masques, winner of the 2009 Aurealis Best Young Adult Short Story Award

“Woman Train”, Kaaron Warren, The Outcast, nominated for the 2006 Aurealis Best Horror Short Story Award

“Stella’s Transformation” by Kim Westwood was selected for The Year’s Best Fantasy Volume 5, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

“Happy Faces for Happy Families” listed as recommended reading by Ellen Datlow in her Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror collection.

Five of Elsewhere’s stories received honourable mentions in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling: “A Stone to Mark  My Passing”, “Kidnapping”, “The Devil in the Text”, “The Birdcage”, and “State of Oblivion”.

“State of Oblivion”, Kaaron Warren, Elsewhere, nominated for the 2003 Aurealis Best Science Fiction Short Story Award

“The Trojan Rocks”, Michael Barry, Nor of Human, nominated for the 2001 Aurealis Best Science Fiction Short Story Award

“Happy Birthday To Me”, Alison Venugoben, Nor of Human, nominated for the 2001 Aurealis Best Horror Short Story Award

“Tales From the True Desert”, Matthew Farrer, Nor of Human, nominated for 2001 Aurealis Best Fantasy Short Story Award

 

Perks
$50
AUD
+ Shipping
Marked Cards
Prepare to be haunted by these pieces of flash fiction written on discarded jacks by Ditmar, Aurealis and Australian Shadows Award-winning author, Kaaron Warren.
Items included:
  • Flash Fiction on Playing Cards
2 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$5
AUD
Alms for the Poor
Buy a writer a cup of coffee (and as a thank you we'll put your name on our acknowledgements page).
Items included:
  • Name in our acknowledgements
0 claimed
Estimated September 2018
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$10
AUD
+ Shipping
Mail Heist
Send a loved one a cheeky note, or hang this beautiful postcard-sized playing card designed by Shauna O'Meara, on your wall as a stylish conversation starter.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Kanves postcard
1 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$10
AUD
Digital Roulette
Spin the wheel and receive one CSFG ebook out of (Winds of Change, Next and The Never Never Land).
Items included:
  • A CSFG ebook
0 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$15
AUD
+ Shipping
Pigeon Pair
You thought one postcard was a steal? Try two of Shauna's fantastic signed works of art.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$15
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Ancient Treasures
Choose a CSFG ebook and paperback from our back-catalogue of Winds of Change, Next and The Never Never Land.
Items included:
  • A CSFG ebook
  • A CSFG paperback
0 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
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$20
AUD
+ Shipping
Digital Assassin
Unlock this quartet of CSFG digital masterpieces: Winds of Change, Next, The Never Never Land, and A Hand of Knaves and 2 postcards designed by Shauna O'meara.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
  • Winds of Change Ebook
  • Next Ebook
  • The Never Never Land Ebook
1 claimed
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Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
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$20
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Named and Shamed
Feature as a non-court playing card in the Rogues Gallery of supporters which will appear in the anthology.
Items included:
  • A place in our Rogues Gallery
1 out of 38 claimed
Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
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$25
AUD
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Jack be Thimble
A master thief should always know their place. You'll never have to guess with this beautiful handmade bookmark from Aurealis Award-winning author, Leife Shallcross.
Items included:
  • Handmade AHOK Bookmark
3 out of 5 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$40
AUD
Courting Trouble
Join the most wanted list as a court card in the AHOK royal court. Your name will be published in the anthology as one of our patrons in the prime place of Jack, Queen, King or Ace of one of our bespoke suits: coins, masks, keys or daggers (as designed by Shauna O'Meara).
Items included:
  • A Place in the Royal Court
1 out of 16 claimed
Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
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$50
AUD
A Rogue in Broad Daylight
Become the (anti)hero of someone else's story as a character in a novel by multi-published author of the Dream of Asarlai and Jorda trilogies, Nicole Murphy.
Items included:
  • Your Name in a Novel
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
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$50
AUD
+ Shipping
Vault of Dark Delights
Descend into the shadowy vault, brush aside webs and stratified dust to uncover a library of magic, strange technologies, and gripping suspense. You'll love these 7 hardcopy volumes of past CSFG anthologies featuring stories from some of Australia's foremost genre writers.
Items included:
  • Collection of Past Anthologies (7)
0 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$60
AUD
+ Shipping
The Black Pearl
Fire the cannons and swing aboard to claim the ultimate hardcover edition of A Hand of Knaves signed by the editors, the definitive ebook edition, and fantastic postcard artwork.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
  • A Hand of Knaves Hardcover
3 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated October 2018
Estimated October 2018
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$75
AUD
Devil in the Detail
Exorcise the demons from your manuscript with a full structural and copyedit from editor and writer, Georgina Ballantine. Limit of 20,000 words.
Items included:
  • Editing Services
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$75
AUD
The Tallest Tower by Moonlight
Give yourself a leg-up with a short story critique (up to 5,000 words) from urban horror writer, Alan Baxter, author of the Alex Caine Series and the Australian Shadows Award-winning short story collection, Crow Shine.
Items included:
  • Short Story Critique
0 out of 3 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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$95
AUD
+ Shipping
Ark of the Covenant
Only the brave or the foolhardy would dare seek out this trove of nightmare and wonder, including a limited edition hardcover of A Hand of Knaves, a deck of cards designed by Shauna O'meara, and a beautiful handmade bookmark from Leife Shallcross (plus an extra gem or two to round it out).
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
  • Handmade AHOK Bookmark
  • A Hand of Knaves Hardcover
4 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated October 2018
Estimated October 2018
Get this perk
$100
AUD
Rumors in the Tavern
Get the edge over your rivals with this short story critique, and discuss your work over ale (or skype) with physicist, Aurealis Award judge and convenor of the CSFG's novel writing group, Dr Rob Porteous. Dr Rob will critique 3 short stories, a novella or the first 15,000 words of a novel MS plus pitch.
Items included:
  • Short Story Critique
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
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The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild is a not-for-profit organisation with an incredibly simple goal: we want to pay our writers and artists for their blood, sweat and tears! Because that’s what our writers give to you. Our book may smell of ink and fresh paper, but in fact it’s written in blood and glued together with the sweat and tears of writers who are, quite literally, slaves to their craft. We think that’s worth something – so let’s give back to them!
Perks
$50
AUD
+ Shipping
Marked Cards
Prepare to be haunted by these pieces of flash fiction written on discarded jacks by Ditmar, Aurealis and Australian Shadows Award-winning author, Kaaron Warren.
Items included:
  • Flash Fiction on Playing Cards
2 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$5
AUD
Alms for the Poor
Buy a writer a cup of coffee (and as a thank you we'll put your name on our acknowledgements page).
Items included:
  • Name in our acknowledgements
0 claimed
Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
Get this perk
$10
AUD
+ Shipping
Mail Heist
Send a loved one a cheeky note, or hang this beautiful postcard-sized playing card designed by Shauna O'Meara, on your wall as a stylish conversation starter.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Kanves postcard
1 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$10
AUD
Digital Roulette
Spin the wheel and receive one CSFG ebook out of (Winds of Change, Next and The Never Never Land).
Items included:
  • A CSFG ebook
0 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$15
AUD
+ Shipping
Pigeon Pair
You thought one postcard was a steal? Try two of Shauna's fantastic signed works of art.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$15
AUD
+ Shipping
Ancient Treasures
Choose a CSFG ebook and paperback from our back-catalogue of Winds of Change, Next and The Never Never Land.
Items included:
  • A CSFG ebook
  • A CSFG paperback
0 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$20
AUD
+ Shipping
Digital Assassin
Unlock this quartet of CSFG digital masterpieces: Winds of Change, Next, The Never Never Land, and A Hand of Knaves and 2 postcards designed by Shauna O'meara.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
  • Winds of Change Ebook
  • Next Ebook
  • The Never Never Land Ebook
1 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
Get this perk
$20
AUD
Named and Shamed
Feature as a non-court playing card in the Rogues Gallery of supporters which will appear in the anthology.
Items included:
  • A place in our Rogues Gallery
1 out of 38 claimed
Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
Get this perk
$25
AUD
+ Shipping
Jack be Thimble
A master thief should always know their place. You'll never have to guess with this beautiful handmade bookmark from Aurealis Award-winning author, Leife Shallcross.
Items included:
  • Handmade AHOK Bookmark
3 out of 5 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$40
AUD
Courting Trouble
Join the most wanted list as a court card in the AHOK royal court. Your name will be published in the anthology as one of our patrons in the prime place of Jack, Queen, King or Ace of one of our bespoke suits: coins, masks, keys or daggers (as designed by Shauna O'Meara).
Items included:
  • A Place in the Royal Court
1 out of 16 claimed
Estimated September 2018
Estimated September 2018
Get this perk
$50
AUD
A Rogue in Broad Daylight
Become the (anti)hero of someone else's story as a character in a novel by multi-published author of the Dream of Asarlai and Jorda trilogies, Nicole Murphy.
Items included:
  • Your Name in a Novel
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$50
AUD
+ Shipping
Vault of Dark Delights
Descend into the shadowy vault, brush aside webs and stratified dust to uncover a library of magic, strange technologies, and gripping suspense. You'll love these 7 hardcopy volumes of past CSFG anthologies featuring stories from some of Australia's foremost genre writers.
Items included:
  • Collection of Past Anthologies (7)
0 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$60
AUD
+ Shipping
The Black Pearl
Fire the cannons and swing aboard to claim the ultimate hardcover edition of A Hand of Knaves signed by the editors, the definitive ebook edition, and fantastic postcard artwork.
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
  • A Hand of Knaves Hardcover
3 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated October 2018
Estimated October 2018
Get this perk
$75
AUD
Devil in the Detail
Exorcise the demons from your manuscript with a full structural and copyedit from editor and writer, Georgina Ballantine. Limit of 20,000 words.
Items included:
  • Editing Services
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$75
AUD
The Tallest Tower by Moonlight
Give yourself a leg-up with a short story critique (up to 5,000 words) from urban horror writer, Alan Baxter, author of the Alex Caine Series and the Australian Shadows Award-winning short story collection, Crow Shine.
Items included:
  • Short Story Critique
0 out of 3 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
$95
AUD
+ Shipping
Ark of the Covenant
Only the brave or the foolhardy would dare seek out this trove of nightmare and wonder, including a limited edition hardcover of A Hand of Knaves, a deck of cards designed by Shauna O'meara, and a beautiful handmade bookmark from Leife Shallcross (plus an extra gem or two to round it out).
Items included:
  • A Hand of Knaves Postcards (2)
  • Handmade AHOK Bookmark
  • A Hand of Knaves Hardcover
4 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: Australia
Estimated October 2018
Estimated October 2018
Get this perk
$100
AUD
Rumors in the Tavern
Get the edge over your rivals with this short story critique, and discuss your work over ale (or skype) with physicist, Aurealis Award judge and convenor of the CSFG's novel writing group, Dr Rob Porteous. Dr Rob will critique 3 short stories, a novella or the first 15,000 words of a novel MS plus pitch.
Items included:
  • Short Story Critique
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated March 2018
Estimated March 2018
Get this perk
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