The tally so far (some literary stocktaking)

In addition to the website updates recently, I’ve been doing some literary stocktaking … and the results surprised me.

Over the last six years, I’ve had published (or accepted for publication):

  • 1 collection.
  • 1 chapbook.
  • 2 novellas.
  • 3 novelettes.
  • 56 short stories.
  • 104 total short fiction reprints.
  • 2 comic book scripts (short stories).

The vast majority of these short stories have been (or will be) published in Australia and the USA. In addition, I’ve sold reprints in Canada (in French), Spain, Poland, and France. Intriguingly, I’ve never sold a story in the UK (although admittedly, I haven’t tried very hard on this front).

In that same time, I’ve edited 11 publications:

  • 6 magazines (including HorrorScope and my day job mag for four years, Medical Forum).
  • 5 anthologies.

Also, I’ve been nominated for 28 awards (and a disputed 29th for Shadowed Realms, which has my name on it but for which I don’t claim credit):

  • 11 Tin Ducks (no wins)
  • 9 Ditmar Awards,  for 2 wins!
  • 2 William Atheling Jr. Awards (no wins).
  • 1 Aurealis Award – and 1 Highly Commended (no wins).
  • 1 Australian Shadows Award (no wins).
  • 1 Sydney Galley Club Award (no wins).
  • 1 Premios Ignotus – Spain’s SF Award (no wins).

I also made the Preliminary Ballot for the Stoker Award last year, but that’s more of a case of ‘close but no cigar’ rather than a nomination.

I won’t even attempt to quantify the total number of interviews, articles, reviews, and news items I had published in this period (in HorrorScope, Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, Hellnotes, and Eye of Fire – but not including Medical Forum as it’s not spec fic), but they would easily number in the hundreds.

So the moral of the story? I’m not sure, to be honest, but I think I need to have something published in the UK – it’s a bit of a major hole in the CV! I’m probably Australia’s biggest SF award loser, too! Go me!



  1. An impressive brag list. Now all we need to see is the novel.

    Regards, David Conyers

  2. Nathan says:

    I’ll ditto David. That’s a lot of creative horsepower rumbling under the bonnet. Look forward to seeing how you travel long distances rather than sprints!

    All the best,


  3. Shane Jiraiya Cummings says:

    Thanks, Gentlemen!

    Nathan, I’m beginning to find my rhythm as a novelist, and I think a lot of people will be surprised at how I travel!

  4. @Shane Jiraiya Cummings

    Look forward to the road trip…