Neil Clarke

Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

2022 Worldcon Schedule

These are the panels I am scheduled for this year at Worldcon in Chicago. I will also be at a number of other events (Hugo Awards stuff and other things) still being scheduled.  Clarkesworld will not have a table in the dealer’s room this time (sorry, only at cons I can drive to). If you see me wandering around though and would like to chat, feel free to stop me. If you’ve had a story rejected by me at Clarkesworld, you can always ask for the card. If you don’t know what that is, you can ask about that too. Good icebreakers.

Launching and Maintaining a Magazine (Crystal Ballroom C)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Table Talk – Neil Clarke (Crystal Foyer)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Get to Know Short Fiction Publications (Crystal Ballroom A)
Friday, September 2, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Ask an Editor: Short Fiction (Michigan 1)
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Best of the Year (Crystal Ballroom A)
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Autographing – Neil Clarke
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 11:30 AM CDT

The State of the Translation Market (Randolph 3)
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Sorry for not including the names of the other panelists, but it’s not easy to copy and paste from the scheduling system. I’ll add them when I have it in an easier to use format.

Spanish Language Submissions at Clarkesworld

In a November 2020 editorial, I announced our plans to hold a Spanish language submission window at Clarkesworld sometime in 2021. What I didn’t see coming was seven months of kidney stones and related hospital stays. It became very difficult to keep up with my normal obligations and fell behind on more than a few. This inevitably led to the project being delayed.

For much of 2022, work on this project has been in the background. I spent months working on revisions to our submissions system. I would go as far to say that these changes are the most significant updates I’ve made to the software since I began working on it in 2008. More recently, a small group of volunteers translated all the author-side text, prompts, and emails into Spanish so they could be added to the system. I hope to move this update into production during the next month or two.

This month, I will start training our Spanish language team on English language submissions. We have a few people on-board, but it would be nice to have a few more. Here is what it entails:

  • reading 1000-8000 word science fiction stories submitted in Spanish and providing notes (in English)
  • if you will not be recommending a story for translation, it does not need to be read through to the end,  but you will need provide a short summary of what you read, and your reasons for rejecting it (these will be kept confidential)
  • if you will be recommending a story for translation, you will need to provide a thorough summary and your reasons for recommending it (also confidential)
  • you may occasionally be called upon to give a second opinion of a story recommended by another reader
  • response time is important to us, so we’d like readers to commit to reading three-five stories each day
  • the submission window for this trial project is one month, but may be extended to two if we don’t receive a satisfactory number of submissions from a variety of Spanish speaking regions of the world in the first month
  • training will take place on live English language submissions so we can better assess and provide feedback on your summaries and comments (during training, we read every story you read)
  • the dates for our submission window is directly related to how well training goes and the team’s availability (we hope late 2022, at worst early 2023)
  • we take confidentiality very seriously–you are not permitted to talk about stories, cover letters, authors, or any other data found in submissions or our submission system with anyone outside of our fiction team

When it comes to slush readers, we normally look for people are (or want to be) authors or editors. (We see this as an educational opportunity and it serves those groups best.) We also expect a certain level of familiarity with what we’ve published in recent years and an ability to clearly state your likes and dislikes, even if you know I won’t agree. (Tell me what you think. Not what you think I want to hear.) Obviously, you should be fluent in Spanish and English.

During the time you are working with us on this project, you will not be permitted to submit your own fiction in either language. A small stipend will be provided.

If you are interested, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.

We’ve received far more applications than expected and are currently reviewing them.

Confluence 2022

I’ll be attending Confluence this weekend as their Guest of Honor. If you’re in the Pittsburgh, PA area, why not stop by and say hi!

Here’s some of the panels I’ll be on:

Friday 4 pm: SF/F/H Magazines: Print versus Online [Commonwealth West]
Saturday Noon: Reading Short SF: Why You Should Be Reading Short Fiction, Both Classic and New [Commonwealth West]
Saturday 1 pm: Autographing [Near Registration]
Saturday 3 pm: GoH Interview [Ballroom 1]
Saturday 5 pm: Where To Next? Trends in Recent SF [Commonwealth East]
Sunday 11 am: Kaffeeklatsch [225]
Sunday Noon: How Do Editors Shape Their Publications? [Commonwealth East]

Clarkesworld Citizenship

We developed the Clarkesworld Citizenship program in the very early days of the magazine and it since has evolved into a popular option, particularly among those find everything they need in our online text or audio podcast editions. Not everyone wants or needs a print or electronic subscription, so having an alternate method to support the magazine is important.

If you’ve ever seen one of our annual Clarkesworld anthologies, you may have noticed the key perk of being a Citizen: being officially recognized for their support.

Learning from our friends at PBS, we made Citizenship a tiered program with fun titles. You can be a Citizen, Burgermeister, Royalty, Overlord, or Diety based on your level of monthly support. Your name (or pseudonym) is listed under your title in the Census of the next volume (print and digital).

Subscriptions are important to the future of Clarkesworld and directly impact what we can pay our authors, artists, and staff. If a traditional subscription isn’t for you, I hope you’ll consider this fun little alternative available at one of these two sites: Patreon and ClarkesworldCitizens.com.

Oh and I’m working on the Year Thirteen anthology now. If you sign up soon, your name could be in that one!

 

Clarkesworld Android and Apple apps

Over the last few months we’ve experienced an increasing number of issues with the company that has been handling our Android and Apple subscription apps for Clarkesworld Magazine. Among them is the fact that they haven’t paid us since August.

Because of this, we’ve been left with no choice but to cancel our relationship with them. At this time, we have been unable to secure a list of active subscribers from them, so we are sending out an alert via the app that will direct people to this post.

We are presently investigating other options for providing subscriptions on those platforms and hope to restore that option with a new vendor. If you were an app-based subscriber, please consider one of these options as an interim or permanent replacement:

AMAZON
Monthly digital subscriptions to Clarkesworld are available for the Kindle and Kindle Apps for Android, iPhone & iPad. Issues will automatically be delivered to your device as they are released.
BUY HERE – Amazon.com (US, Canadian and International Subscribers not covered below)
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BARNES & NOBLE
Monthly and annual digital subscriptions are available for the Nook and Nook app. New issues will be delivered automatically to the Nook.
BUY HERE – barnesandnoble.com

CLARKESWORLD CITIZENS
Among the many options to support us directly at Clarkesworld Citizens are digital (EPUB, MOBI/KINDLE, and PDF) and print subscriptions. Monthly subscriptions start with the current month’s issue. Files must be downloaded to your device.
Join at clarkesworldcitizens.com.

PATREON
Among the many options to support us at Patreon are digital (EPUB, MOBI/KINDLE, and PDF) and print subscriptions. Monthly subscriptions start with the current month’s issue. Files must be downloaded to your device.
Join at Patreon.

WEIGHTLESS BOOKS
Annual and semi-annual digital (EPUB, MOBI/KINDLE, and PDF) subscriptions. Gift subscriptions available.
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If there are other subscription services that you are aware of, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and we’ll see whether or not we can add them to our list of distributors.

Chicon 8

I just booked my flight and hotel room for Chicon 8, so I’m one step closer to attending Worldcon this year. Despite that, I still have a reluctance to say that I’ll absolutely definitely be there even though it looks like I will.

Why?

Ten years ago, I was supposed to attend Chicon 7. I had just received my first Hugo nomination for Editor Short Form and I was excited to have the opportunity to celebrate with my fellow finalists. Everything was set. I had my flights, hotel, and membership. A month and a half before the convention, however, I had a heart attack and nearly died. I tried to maintain some hope that I could attend, but it wasn’t destined to happen. Trip canceled.

Here it is ten years later… I’m celebrating my tenth time on the ballot and it appears as though I’m set to visit the same city to mark the anniversary. To say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement.

That heart attack changed a lot of things for me and reshaped the direction of my career as an editor. It also left me with a significant amount of heart damage, which puts me at high risk with regards to COVID. All the other conventions on my list for 2022 are in driving distance, which eliminates the need for airports and reduces my risk of exposure to a more reasonable level. Toss in the recent end of mask requirements on planes and an expectation that cases will tick upwards towards the end of Summer, and you find the source of my uncertainty. I want to be wrong, but have to acknowledge that the ghost of my heart attack could strike again and keep me home.

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