I was pleased this month that Thirstlands won a British Science Fiction Association Orbiter writing competition, judged by Ian Watson, whose science fiction work I've read since the nineteen seventies. One of the results of winning this competition is publication in an anthology called Subterfuge, edited by Ian Whates. The anthology should be available from Amazon as well as NewCon Press http://www.newconpress.com/.
As a word of explanation, Orbiters are online writing critique groups run by the British Science Fiction Association - I feel both lucky and privileged to have won this competition and to end up signing copies of Subterfuge at its launch at NewCon4 in Northampton - (pictured) - so much thanks to Ian Whates for running this. Roll on NewCon5.
Nick Wood - Oct/Nov 2008.