Angie Rega

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Fae Winter Special Gnomes and Gardens Edition is here!

Posted by Angie on December 18, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been such a long time since I've posted anything on my blog - I'm hoping I make more time next year to update these pages with musings and thoughts about books and writing. I'm just so excited to share this! I have a piece in this Winter's Fae Magazine's special edition on Garden and Gnomes. This issue of Fae is whimsical and filled with magic and I'm delighted to have a piece included in this. You can purchase the magazine at The Fae Shop


Norma K Hemming Finalists Announced!

Posted by Angie on April 23, 2019 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

My story, With this Needle I thee Thread, published by the amazing Ticonderoga Publications is a finalist in the Norma K Hemming Award. Congratulations to all the other finalists. I'm so honoured to be a part of this list with you.

You can read the finalist list here:

The finalists for the Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words) are:


“Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

“Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott (

“The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone, TTA Press)

“With this Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

“Shatterglass”, Susan Wardle (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

“Knitting Day “, Jen White (Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press)


The finalists for the Long Work category are:


Icefall, Stephanie Gunn (Twelfth Planet Press)

City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor Books / Transworld)

Catching Teller Crow, Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)

The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press)

Final Results of the 2018 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Posted by Angie on March 9, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The final results of the 2018 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize were announced this week and I'm over the moon to say that my short story, Paper Boats was awarded runner up! 

Congratulations to the winner, George Haddad for his story Katharis and co runner up, Ashleigh Synnot for her story, Eva and Tobias. 

Thank you to Overland Journal, the judges and the Malcom Robertson Foundation.

Shortlist for the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Posted by Angie on February 25, 2019 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Neilma Sidney short story prize is for excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. The competition is open to writers internationally and the first place prize is $4000 and publication in Overland 235. Two runner-up stories will be awarded $500 each and will be published online on the Overland Journal.

There were approximately 400 entries and six stories shortlisted. I'm so excited to announce my story, Paper Boats is one of the six shortlisted! 

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors! So honoured to be a part of this list.

The press release is here:

Aurealis Awards Shortlist Announced

Posted by Angie on February 20, 2019 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced and I'm over the moon to see my horror novella, With This Needle, I Thee Thread, published in Aurum by Ticonderoga Publications and edited by Russell B.Farr, shortlisted in the Horror Novella category! 

This is the first time I've ever been shortlisted for an Aurealis. This news couldn't have come at a better time as I recover from some major surgery -it has really lifted my spirits!. I'm so honoured and excited to be included on this amazing list and very excited I get to share this moment with my very special  Clarion buddies, Suzanne J. Willis and Aidan Doyle, who have also been shortlisted. 

A huge thank you and congratulations to the amazing Russell B. Farr, editor of Aurum, who has also been shortlisted for best anthology. 

A huge congratulations to all the finalists! You can see the full list here:

2018 Aurealis Awards – Finalists


The Relic of the Blue Dragon, Rebecca Lim (Allen & Unwin)

The Slightly Alarming Tales of the Whispering Wars, Jaclyn Moriarty (Allen & Unwin)

The Endsister, Penni Russon (Allen & Unwin)

Secret Guardians, Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)

Ting Ting the Ghosthunter, Gabrielle Wang (Penguin Random House Australia)

Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt, Rhiannon Williams (Hardie Grant Egmont)


Deathship Jenny, Rob O’Connor (self-published)

Cicada, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)

Tales from The Inner City, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)


“A Robot Like Me”, Lee Cope (Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Moon Collector”, D K Mok (Under the Full Moon’s Light, Owl Hollow Press)

“The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone #277, TTA Press)

“Eight-Step Koan”, Anya Ow (Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear)

“For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights”, Deborah Sheldon (Breach #08)


“The Offering”, Michael Gardner (Aurealis #112)

“Slither”, Jason Nahrung (Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, IFWG Publishing Australia)

“By Kindle Light”, Jessica Nelson-Tyers (Antipodean SF #235)

“Hit and Rot”, Jessica Nelson-Tyers (Breach #08)

“Sub-Urban”, Alfie Simpson (Breach #07)

“The Further Shore”, J Ashley Smith (Bourbon Penn #15)


“Andromeda Ascends”, Matthew R Davis (Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, Things In The Well)

“Kopura Rising”, David Kuraria (Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, IFWG Publishing Australia)

“The Black Sea”, Chris Mason (Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, Things In The Well)

Triquetra, Kirstyn McDermott (

“With This Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

Crisis Apparition, Kaaron Warren (Dark Moon Books)


“Crying Demon”, Alan Baxter (Suspended in Dusk 2, Grey Matter Press)

“Army Men”, Juliet Marillier (Of Gods and Globes, Lancelot Schaubert)

“The Further Shore”, J Ashley Smith (Bourbon Penn #15)

“Child of the Emptyness”, Amanda J Spedding (Grimdark Magazine #17)

“A Moment’s Peace”, Dave Versace (A Hand of Knaves, CSFG Publishing)

“Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring”, Suzanne J Willis (Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear)


“This Side of the Wall”, Michael Gardner (Metaphorosis Magazine, January 2018)

“Beautiful”, Juliet Marillier (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Staff in the Stone”, Garth Nix (The Book of Magic, Penguin Random House)

Merry Happy Valkyrie, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Dressmaker and the Colonel’s Coat”, David Versace (Mnemo’s Memory and Other Fantastic Tales, self-published)

The Dragon’s Child, Janeen Webb (PS Publishing)


“The Sixes, The Wisdom and the Wasp”, E J Delaney (Escape Pod)

“The Fallen”, Pamela Jeffs (Red Hour, Four Ink Press)

“On the Consequences of Clinically-Inhibited Maturation in the Common Sydney Octopus”, Simon Petrie & Edwina Harvey (A Hand of Knaves, CSFG)

“A Fair Wind off Baracoa”, Robert Porteous (Hand of Knaves, CSFG)

“The Astronaut”, Jen White (Aurealis)


“I Almost Went To The Library Last Night”, Joanne Anderton (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

The Starling Requiem, Jodi Cleghorn (eMergent Publishing)

Icefall, Stephanie Gunn (Twelfth Planet Press)

“Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)

“Singles’ Day”, Samantha Murray (Interzone #277, TTA Press)

Static Ruin, Corey J White (


Not Quite the End of the World Just Yet, Peter M Ball (Brain Jar Press)

Phantom Limbs, Margo Lanagan (PS Publishing)

Tales from The Inner City, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

Exploring Dark Short Fiction #2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren, Kaaron Warren (Dark Moon Books)


Sword and Sonnet, Aiden Doyle, Rachael K Jones & E Catherine Tobler (Ate Bit Bear)

Aurum, Russell B Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)

Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press)

Infinity’s End, Jonathan Strahan (Solaris)

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Jonathan Strahan (Solaris)


Small Spaces, Sarah Epstein (Walker Books Australia)

Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)

Catching Teller Crow, Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)

His Name was Walter, Emily Rodda (HarperCollins Publishers)

A Curse of Ash and Embers, Jo Spurrier (HarperCollins Publishers)

Impostors, Scott Westerfeld (Allen & Unwin)


The Bus on Thursday, Shirley Barrett (Allen & Unwin)

Years of the Wolf, Craig Cormick (IFWG Publishing Australia)

Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)


Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter Press)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)

City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Penguin Random House)

Lightning Tracks, Alethea Kinsela (Plainspeak Publishing)

The Witch Who Courted Death, Maria Lewis (Hachette Australia)

We Ride the Storm, Devin Madson (self-published)


Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins Publishers)

Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)

Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)

Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador Australia)

A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura Press)

The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Guest Blog: K.T. Ivanrest

Posted by Angie on July 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Horses have always conjured up myth and magic to me. I always associated them with fairy tales and wonder. They sparkled and spun on carousels, they were winged and swept stardust from the skies, they were creatures of speed that belonged in the wilderness. So when I saw that World Weaver Press was open for submissions for stories about equines I jumped at the chance. I have been fortunate enough to have my story, The Horse Witch, selected to be part of this wondrous anthology and am very much looking forward to seeing it come out. As part of our celebration and launch of the book, some of the authors have taken time to write guest blogs and I am lucky to host K.T. Ivanrest whose story, Lightless, appears in this anthology.

K.T. Ivanrest wanted to be a cat or horse when she grew up, but after failing to metamorphose into either, she began writing stories about them instead. Soon the horses became unicorns and the cats sprouted wings, and once the dragons arrived, there was no turning back. When not writing, Kate can be found sewing and drinking decaf coffee. She has a PhD in Classical Studies, which will come in handy when aliens finally make contact and it turns out they speak Latin. She keeps a website here.

Four (and a Half) Fun Facts about Lightless K.T. Ivanrest

1. Almost all of the names in this story are based (loosely) on Latin and Greek words (#UsingMyDegree). The MC’s name, Fulsa, is a pseudo-Latin version of Greek “Phaethon” (you know, the guy who tries to drive the chariot of the sun and goes down in a fiery inferno? I swear my story has a better ending!). Phaios is Greek for “grey, dusky,” and Aithra can be related either to “aitho” (to burn, blaze) or “aither” (air, heaven, ether). Selphoros is “selas” (light) and “phoros” (bearing, carrying), and the mare Lun is Latin “luna” (moon) with a letter missing. Only her teammate Sona gets left out—for her name I took the word “sun” and tweaked.

2. I’ve made it my authorly goal to include a flying animal in each of the fantasy worlds that I create. In the world of my trilogy-that-may-never-get-finished, there are flying snakes. In the world of Lightless, there are flying stingrays. Unfortunately, the stingrays didn’t make it into the story, so you’ll just have to wait for the novel set in the same world. It’ll happen someday. I hope.

3. When I started developing this world further in the hopes of putting a novel in it one day (see #2), I decided all the characters were going to have really dark skin and hair. This meant that Phaios’ most distinguishing characteristic no longer fit the world…but I left it in anyway. I really need to work on that “kill your darlings” thing.

4. The story is set in a world where people literally glow, and features a main character whose glow is mysteriously fading. In early drafts, criminal activity was what caused people to lose their light. As the story developed, that connection no longer worked with the character arc that I wanted Fulsa to have, but you can see an early (criminal) version of the opening scene in my other Blog Tour post.

5. I had way too much fun creating a Pinterest board for this story. (What do you mean—this is totally a fun fact!) Check it out

 Pre-order Equus now:

World Weaver Press

Equus - Table of Contents Released!

Posted by Angie on April 1, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (1)

The Table of Contents for Equus has been released and I am very honoured to be a part of it. Equus is edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press. The due date is July this year. I'm so very excited about this anthology!


Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things by J.G. Formato

Eel and Bloom by Diana Hurlburt

A Complete Mare by Tamsin Showbrook

Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Heat-Ray by M.L.D Curelas

Rue the Day by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Riders in the Sky by VF LeSann

Above the Silver Sky by Dan Koboldt

A Mother Unicorn’s Advice to Her Daughter by J.J. Roth

Ladies Day by Susan MacGregor

The Boys from Witless Bay by Pat Flewwelling

The Horse Witch by Angela Rega

Eli the Hideous Horse Boy by Michael Leonberger

Different by Sandra Wickham

To Ride a Steel Horse by Stephanie A. Cain

The Last Ride of Hettie Richter by Cat McDonald

We Us You by Andrew Bourelle

Scatter the Foals to the Wind by Chadwick Ginther

Lightless by K.T. Ivanrest

A Glory of Unicorns by Jane Yolen

Of Giants and Magical Cities

Posted by Angie on February 19, 2017 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Read the lyrically beautiful A Nightingale's Map of the City by my talented and beautiful friend, Suzanne J. Willis

Short Story Sale!

Posted by Angie on January 25, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Story Sale!

Huzzah! I'm so thrilled to announce that my story, The Horse Witch, will be published in Equus edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press.

I'm very excited to be part of this lovely anthology about magical horses, unicorns and pegasi. This book is part of the Magical Menageries series published by World Weaver Press. And now I shall do a happy dance.

Syntax and Salt Special Edition:Myths, Monsters, Legends and Fairy Tales

Posted by Angie on October 30, 2016 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)


My story Borrowing Wings is now live at Syntax and Salt’s special edition:  Myths, Monsters, Legends and Fairy Tales:  It is a story about goose girls and a library that loans out wings taken from fairy tales, changelings and Da Vinci models.

You can read it here: