2020 Snapshot: Tom Dullemond

Tom Dullemond has sold fiction to magazines like Antipodes, Betwixt, Aurealis, and SQ Magas well as sundry anthologies. He writes a regular science fiction column for the CSIRO’s Double Helix magazine and is co-director of the writing management site www.literarium.net. He likes making beer. Argue with him on Twitter @Cacotopos

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I’m refocussing a little this year (prompted a bit by isolation). I’m still working on my regular gig writing short fiction for CSIRO’s Double Helix magazine, as well as editing the occasional issue of Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, but I’m not writing much short fiction apart from that. Instead I’m working to expand my ongoing side project Literarium to include rights management and submission management tools for the publisher/agent side of the equation (instead of just writers). I’ve been watching Submittable slug its way around small publishers and a commensurate rise in submission fees ($3 USD per submission!) that’s pushed onto authors. That really sits wrong with me so my goal is to provide an alternative to small publishers that doesn’t punish authors or limit magazines.

2. What has been the best publishing experience or SF community of your career so far?

I really enjoyed 2016’s Contact, despite being on the organising committee which tends to keep you from being free to just experience an event like that. I love going to Australian cons, mostly to catch up with my friends and acquaintances in the Oz community, but unfortunately it’s often such an expensive outing to fly interstate and get accommodation and so on.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

I’m a fan of cross media work and so Josh Donellan’s creepy https://sixcoldfeet.com/ podcast was really enjoyable. I recommend checking out some of the short fiction work by Emma Osborne (@redscribe) and Rivqa Rafael @enoughsnark. As you can see it’s mostly short fiction that keeps my interest at the moment, although I do go through phases.

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