Neil Clarke

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

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2007 Million Writers Notable Stories

The Million Writers Notable Stories list for 2007 has just been posted.  The following stories from Clarkesworld Magazine were selected:

The top ten online stories will be selected and posted by the end of the month. Congratulations to all the authors involved and best of luck!

A special congratulations to our friends at Farrago’s Wainscott. They’ve won the Million Writers Award for best new online magazine or journal. “With an amazing sense of both design savy and what makes for a compelling story, Darin Bradley and the FW editors are showing the gerat heights which can be reached in online publishing. The runner ups for best new magazine were Wheelhouse Magazine and Coyote Wild.”

 

Cover Art for Tides from the New Worlds by Tobias Buckell

I just received the finished artwork for Tobias Buckell’s short story collection, Tides from the New Worlds. I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am with what Brian Dow has provided us with.

2008 Locus Poll and Survey Closes in 5 Days

The 38th Annual Locus Poll and Survey closes in just five days. Last year Clarkesworld Magazine managed to find a place in the final results and I’m hoping people are happy enough with our 2007 stories that we can do even better this year.  Additionally, three of our stories have made the ballot this year:

Clockmaker’s Requiem by Barth Anderson
Orm the Beautiful by Elizabeth Bear
The Third Bear by Jeff VanderMeer

and if your personal favorite isn’t there, you can always write it in.

You don’t have to be a Locus subscriber to participate, so if you haven’t already voted, please do it soon…. and if you vote (or have voted) for Clarkesworld in the Best Magazine or Fanzine category or for one of our stories, THANK YOU!

Psst. Here’s a great story. Pass it on.

When the topic of saving short fiction comes up, it inevitably turns to money. I don’t want to talk about money right now.  Rest assured, I’ll come back to it, but right now, I want to talk about the second best thing you can do for short story or magazine that you enjoy.

Tell someone about it.

I think David de Beer made some pretty good points in his recent post about promoting and sharing. As he mentions, I installed a tool called ShareThis at Clarkesworld Magazine back in December. It’s pretty easy to find. Just look for the little green icon and the words “Share This” at the end of any story, commentary, or interview. When you click on that button, it gives you a nice little menu of places that you can share that page with. It even gives you an option to email the link to a friend. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.

But does it help?

Definitely.

Our usage stats for ShareThis aren’t fantastic, but since adding it, I’ve seen an increase in incoming traffic from sites like StumbleUpon or Digg. The way those sites work, the more people that recommend a page, the better. A single person, even a completely friendless person,  could end up sending hundreds of people to a magazine. There’s no reason we should think of this as restricted to online magazines either. Many print magazines are placing sample content online. What better way to encourage that behavior?

To wrap this up, I’d like to ask a favor of you. Create a StumbleUpon, Digg or Reddit account today. I seem to have developed a preference for StumbleUpon. Then go recommend one or two stories you’ve read online and enjoyed. Heck, get a friend to do it too.

Show Me Your Papers!

Sometime inspiration strikes and sometimes its contagious. Not long after telling a friend about a crazy idea I had, he sends me this “draft version” of a travel visa for Clarkesworld. It’s based on a picture he found of a South Korean travel visa.

Why should the fun end here?  I know there are a lot of creative types out there reading this blog.  Email me (books at clarkesworld.com) your attempts at official documents used on or by Clarke’s World. Travel papers, passports, visa, citizenship papers, money, bill of rights, planetary anthem, holy doctrine, newspapers, or anything else that you feel inspired by. I want to be able to share these, so please don’t send anything that I can’t use. If you don’t want your name associated with your creation, that’s fine, I’ll keep the secret.

The one that amuses me the most will get a hardcover copy of Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Deadline: April 30th.

We trained him well…

And now a glimpse into my life as a dad…

Me (to Aidan, age 8): "No, we want you to be more like a robot."

Me (in robot voice): "Yes daddy, I will do my homework. I will obey. I do whatever you tell me and will not try to have the last word."

Eamonn (age 4, to me, in his own robot voice)  "I will destroy you. I will destroy you. I will destroy you. I will destroy you…"

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