If you liked the story I had published in Kisses by ClockworkEscapement (which was also nominated for a Ditmar Award and republished in a Year’s Best anthology!), you might be interested in Aurum.  Aurum will contain a novella set in the same universe as Escapement (and actually overlapping the events of Escapement).

Ticonderoga is running a Kickstarter campaign for the project right now.  You can contribute/pre-order the collection here.

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Aurum is an anthology of awesome speculative novellas by some of Australia’s biggest names and brightest talents. At this point we have locked in Joanne Anderton, Stephanie Gunn,Juliet Marillier, Angela Rega, Lucy Sussex, and Susan Wardle, and expect to have at least a couple more awesome names before we go to print.

Aurum will be approximately 90,000 words of exceptional original fiction, all novellas (more than 7500 words) giving the writers space to develop stories and write at a length not always considered commercially acceptable. We’re giving the writers an opportunity to tell the stories they want to tell, and the space they want to tell them in.

Aurum will be edited by the A. Bertram Chandler Award-winning editor Russell B. Farr.

And I can tell you, the novellas by the five writers above are just incredible. You will want to read them.


Aurum also celebrates the 20th year in publishing for Ticonderoga. We started way back in 1996, and since then have produced over 50 titles. Aurum was originally planned as our 50th title (hence the name) but a few other books came through and pushed it back a little. Numbers aside, Aurum will still be our golden book.

How you make Aurum real

Every dollar helps. In 20 years of publishing we’ve learnt that it is an upfront business – the publisher pays the writers, the printers, the artists before the book is produced, and then sends out books to reviewers and bookshops, all before any money comes in. As a small press we are sometimes limited in our ability to absorb these initial outlays.

We’ve priced our reward levels as good value pre-orders. You’ll get the book for what you’d expect to pay in a store, we get a bit of a buffer, and everyone gets paid!