Sword & Sonnet is an Aurealis Award finalist!

The complete list can be found here, but we are delighted to share this honor with the following anthologies:

  • Sword and Sonnet, Aidan 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)

Two stories were also singled out, “Eight-Step Koan,” by Anya Ow  among the Best Young Adult stories, and “Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring,” by Suzanne J. Willis among the Best Fantasy stories.

Sword & Sonnet is an anthology of stories devoted to the union of battle and poetry. We successfully funded in December 2017 through Kickstarter; the book features genre stories about women and non-binary battle poets. Lyrical, shimmery sonnet-slingers. Grizzled, gritty poetpunks. Word nerds battling eldritch evil. Haiku-wielding heroines.



Heian-era writer Sei Shōnagon was renowned for intimidating the men of court with her knowledge of poetry. We want to publish stories with awesome take-no-prisoner poets like Shōnagon.

You can find our full list of contributors here.

The project editors are Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones and E. Catherine Tobler. As well as having editorial experience with PodCastle and Shimmer, we’re also award-nominated writers. Our cover art is by Vlada Monakhova.