2019 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

Saturday night I received SFWA’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. I’m much too tired to go into details at the moment, but I had a wonderful time at the conference and definitely won’t be forgetting that night anytime soon.

Lisa took a few pictures when I got home:

The award is made by Mike Libby.

2019 Nebula Conference

Tomorrow morning I’m boarding a flight for LA and going to the SFWA Nebula Conference. I’ll be on the following panels on Friday:

  • 10:00-11:00 – Short Fiction Contract
  • 3:30-4:30 – Navigating as “Gatekeepers” of Publishing

and participating in the mass signing event from 1:30-3:30 on Saturday.

I’m also going to be receiving a Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community” at the Nebula Awards ceremony on Saturday night. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. It’s quite an honor and a bit overwhelming. I’d also like to congratulate Nisi Shawl, who will also be receiving a Solstice Award this year. Sadly, she’ll be unable to attend.

Norwescon 42

I’m off to my first Norwescon (SeaTac, WA) next week! Very flattered to be one of the Guests of Honor (as Honored Professional) this year alongside Mary Robinette Kowal (Writer), Tran Nguyen (Artist), Dan Koboldt (Science), Nancy Pearl (Special), and Subterranean Press (Spotlight Publisher). I’m flying in on Wednesday and taking the red-eye home on Sunday night. At present, my schedule is as follows:

Thursday

  • Guest of Honor Banquet – 5:00PM – 6:30PM
  • Opening Ceremonies – 7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Grand 3
  • Norwescon Writers Workshop Meet & Greet – 8:00pm – 9:00pm
    Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke, Craig Laurance Gidney

Friday

  • Norwescon Writers Workshop Critique Session – 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Welcome to Slush – 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 9
    Jaime O. Mayer, Coral Moore, Cory Skerry, Neil Clarke, Yilin Wang
  • Lifetime Members’ Dinner – 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday

  • Autograph Session 1 – 10:00am – 11:00am @ Grand 2
  • Autograph Session 2 – 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Grand 2
  • Interview and Q&A with Neil Clarke – 12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Evergreen 3 & 4
    Neil Clarke, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson
  • The New Norwescon Writers Workshop Q&A – 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 11
    Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke
  • Start a Small Press, E-zine, or Web Comic – 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 10
    Lee Douglass (M), Patrick Swenson, Neil Clarke, Yanni Kuznia
  • Norwescon Writers Workshop Reception – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
    Sienna Saint-Cyr, Carol Berg, Barth Anderson, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke

Sunday

  • Genres Without Borders – 10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 12
    Neil Clarke (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Yilin Wang
  • Writing for Anthologies – 12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 12
    K.G. Anderson (M), Marta Murvosh, Neil Clarke, Yanni Kuznia
  • Closing Ceremonies – 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Evergreen 3 & 4

The 100,000

Sometime in March, the Clarkesworld Magazine submission system received its 100,000th story since being installed in September 2008. Since then, we’ve been open for submissions every month, except two. Back when I started developing this software, we were receiving about 300 submissions/month via email. (If I had to guess, somewhere between 4000 and 5000 of the earliest submissions to Clarkesworld are all that is missing from the database.) Since then, the monthly volume has increased to nearly four times that. (We were occasionally hitting 1200/month before we stopped accepting horror story submissions.)

It’s not the best way to count authors, but the system has submissions from just over 44,000 distinct email addresses and of those, 28,000 have only ever submitted one story. Three email addresses have broken 100 and a handful are approaching that milestone.

That’s a lot of people who have sent us their short fiction. Thank you and I look forward to reading the next 100,000! (Assuming they don’t all fall into the queue today.)

2019 Finalist for Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form)

The 2019 Hugo Award finalists were announced today and I am very honored to be among the finalists for Best Editor (Short Form). I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me.

This year’s Worldcon is in Ireland and my family has been looking forward to it for some time now. We (my parents are from Navan and will be joining us, along with Lisa, the boys, my sister, and her family) are taking the week before the convention to visit family and do a little sightseeing. Lisa and the boys have never been to Ireland or a Hugo ceremony.

It’s my seventh time as a finalist in this category and I am currently winless. I don’t know if the luck of the Irish or lucky number seven will come into play, but either way, I expect to have a great time.