My short story, “The Silence of Clockwork”, picked up third prize in the Conflux 9 short story competition. I’m especially pleased about this as the story works as a prequel to my novel, Heart Fire, by showing some of the history of its male protagonist, Ruk, a bold, daring shapeshifting spirit who plots to escape the human word, but his shifterness prevents him.
Conflux 9 was held in Canberra in late April. It’s theme was steampunk (angels, junk and steam), an added bonus.
I wrote and edited the “Silence of Clockwork” at the same time as I was madly finishing my PhD, squeezing it in before bed over 5 days — the quickest 3000 word story, I’ve completed ever! It was subsequently published in the Conflux 9 Convention Programme book (page 37).
Many thanks to the Conflux 9 judges, Joanne Anderton, Jenny Blackford, Dirk Flinthart, to Elizabeth Fitzgerald for her fine editing, and also to the convention organizers for putting on such a great convention.