Neil Clarke

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

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World Fantasy Bittercon

I was inspired today….

bittercon.org

Volunteers welcome.

Two more stories for Clarkesworld

We’ve accepted two more stories for Clarkesworld Magazine:

"Celadon" by Desirina Boskovich  (science fiction)
"Teaching Bigfoot to Read" by Geoffrey Cole  (science fiction)

I’m still putting together the schedule, but you should expect to see these in the first quarter of next year.

WSFA Small Press Award

I’ll be posting more about Capclave soon, but I figured I should talk briefly about the WSFA Small Press Award that was presented there this past weekend. Clarkesworld had two stories up for the award, but in the end, it went to "The Wizard of Macatawa" by Tom Doyle (originally published in Paradox magazine). The Clarkesworld stories on the final ballot were:

  • Orm the Beautiful” by Elizabeth Bear published in the January 2007 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine
  • The Third Bear” by Jeff VanderMeer published in the April 2007 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

As finalists, both authors received certificates which I was proud to accept on their behalf. If you haven’t read these stories, do yourself a favor and check them out. If you are a paper sort of person and don’t want to read them online, they are both in the first volume of Realms.

ARGH! World Fantasy Convention

The draft programming schedule for World Fantasy Con is up and I’ve been selected to moderate the Online Fantasy Zine panel. I think it’s very cool to have been invited. I would have loved to have done this, but unfortunately I’m not going to be able to attend WFC this year. It looks like I’ll have to find a Bittercon replacement panel.

Finally, a Clarkesworld Acceptance

It’s my pleasure to announce that we’ve accepted "The Jisei of Mark VIII" by Berry Henderson (selfavowedgeek). It will appear in Clarkesworld Magazine sometime in early 2009.

For those interested in numbers, in the last three weeks, we’ve read 360 stories and accepted one. That’s a 0.28% acceptance rate.

My Capclave Schedule

Next weekend, I’ll be attending Capclave in Rockville, MD. Most of the time, I’ll be in the Dealer’s Room, but they also have me signed up to be on these panels:

Do U Rd on Scrn
Fri 6pm Montrose
Traci Castleberry, Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, Jean Marie Ward
How is technology changing writing and reading? Do you write differently on a computer than pen or typewriter? Do you read differently on the Internet? How will e-texts, audible books, and the Kindle change the act of reading? How will writers write for readers accustomed to reading twitters and text messages?

Is the Face of Short Fiction Changing?
Sat 12pm Montrose
Kathryn Cramer, Neil Clarke, Edmund Schubert, Sean Wallace
As the traditional digest magazines shrink in both size and audience, what are some of the new vehicles for short stories? What new roles are being played by the small press, web magazines, corporate supported sites? Anthologies? What can be done to save short fiction?

What Editors Want

Sat 7pm Twinbrook
Edmund Schubert, Neil Clarke, David Hartwell, Moshe Feder
Editors discuss what they are looking for in a manscript and what authors can do to increase their chances of selling a story or book. What is within the author’s control? How does the editor make the decision, how quickly, and on what basis?

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