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Pantera acquires Liminal anthology ‘Collisions’

Pantera Press has acquired world rights to Liminal magazine anthology Collisions: Fictions of the Future (ed by Leah Jing McIntosh, Adalya Nash Hussein, Cher Tan & Hassan Abul).

The anthology features emerging and established Indigenous writers and writers of colour longlisted for the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize. Contributors alongside winner Bryant Apolonio include Claire G Coleman, Elizabeth Flux, Bobuq Sayed, Mykaela Saunders and Eda Günaydın.

Pantera writes about Collisions: ‘A tense dinner party is held amid an impending climate catastrophe. A father leases his backyard out to a cemetery. Activists plan an attack on ASIO drones in a shock-jock run government. A voyeur finds herself caught in time. These stories are sites for collisions: against Eurocentric ideals, against narrow concepts of excellence, against stagnant ideas of the world to come.’

Editor Leah Jing McIntosh said, ‘I’m so thrilled to be publishing Collisions with Pantera Press. It feels strange to be making anything in 2020, but as we contemplate our shared future, it feels necessary to listen to and engage with new perspectives. This book is by turns a reprieve, an imagining, and an examination of our times.’

The Liminal Fiction Prize was established in 2019 in partnership with the Lifted Brow, following McIntosh’s research into Australian literary prizes, which confirmed an historical bias in favour of white writers. The prize sought fiction loosely themed around ‘the future’ and was judged by Julie Koh, Evelyn Araluen and Brian Castro. The anthology was originally scheduled for release by Brow Books, before the publisher announced it was pausing its operations earlier this year.

Pantera publisher Lex Hirst said, ‘This exceptional collection is by parts insightful, hopeful, disquieting, provoking and deeply, quietly moving—but mainly it’s a dazzling display of literary talent. We are honoured to be partnering with the Liminal team to showcase these remarkable stories.’

Collisions will be published in November 2020.


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