Neil Clarke

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

Month: November 2008 Page 1 of 2

Clarkesworld Closing to Submissions

Clarkesworld Magazine will be closed to fiction submissions December 1, 2008 – January 15, 2008.

The slush pile will be cleared before we take our break. Our average response time for the last 30 days has been less than a day, so you should expect quick reply.

Sneak Peek: Realms 2 Cover Art

I’ve selected the cover art for Realms: The Second Year of Clarkesworld Magazine:

"Progress on the Horizon" by Aaron Jasinski

We’re just getting started on this one, so we probably won’t start taking preorders until after the holidays.

My Philcon Schedule

I’ll be at Philcon this weekend. No table in the dealer’s room, but I have been assigned a few panels:

Sat 10:00 AM in Plaza IV (Four)—What is the Final Taboo? (51)
Is there any topic that no one will ever write about in the field?
Neil Clarke (mod), L.A. Banks, Cortney Marabetta, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Stuart Jaffe

Sun 11:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Three—Meet the Editors Panel (27)
Magazine and book editors tell us what they are currently buying.
Hildy Silverman (mod), Neil Clarke, Marvin Kaye, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Ty Drago

Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—So You Want to be a Publisher (85)
How to start a small press.
Hildy Silverman (mod), Neil Clarke, Chris Logan Edwards, Scott Christian Sava, Gordon Linzner

I’m not on the Free Online Fiction panel (odd that I’d get assigned to Taboo instead of this one), but I’ll certainly be in the audience. That one is scheduled for Saturday at 7pm. The guest of honor is Tim Powers, so I should be able to find many more interesting panels to fill out the rest of my  time there.

A Clarkesworld review worth sharing

The November issue of Locus Magazine has a very nice Clarkesworld Magazine review by Gardner Dozois:

The stories are usually elegant and well-crafted, many of them quite surreal, sometimes a bit perverse–mostly slipstream and fantasy, some horror, the occasional SF story. My favorites here last year were stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Elizabeth Bear. So far, my favorite this year is Jay Lake’s autumnal "The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black," an actual SF piece, although Jeff Ford’s "After Moreau," a revisionist postmodern take on the Wells’s classic, is quite good too, and there are also good stories here by Tim Pratt, Mary Robinette Kowal, Catherynne M. Valente, Stephen Dedmen, and others. Ironically for an online magazine that has no real physical existence, the covers are quite striking, some of the best I’ve seen in awhile. I particularly like the cover for Issue 19.

This is what the large-size Asimov’s should look like, but probably won’t.

 

Clarkesworld Books Holiday Sale

I’ve reopened Clarkesworld Books for a holiday sale. Most of our inventory of books and magazines has been marked way down in an attempt to get a lot more of it out of my house. I’m still trying to clear out the spare bedroom (one of the storerooms) so I can move the kids into the bigger bedroom. With any luck, there will be a holiday surprise for them. 🙂

We’ll be open through the holidays and closing again in January. If you order more than $100 worth of books, I’ll thrown in a copy of Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine as a thank you present. 🙂

If you can’t afford to buy any books (even at these prices, I can see that happening in the current economic climate), please do me a favor and spread the word. If we sell as many books as we did last holiday season, I should be able to give my kids the room.

October Slush Statistics at Clarkesworld

I broke out the spreadsheet last night and compiled Clarkesworld’s slush statistics for October.

Total Submissions:
386

Submissions by Gender

    Male: 267 (69.17%), 2 accepted
    Female: 119 (30.83%), 1 accepted

Average Response Time: 1.23 Days (roughly 30 hours)

21 people (5.44%) had their stories rejected for not following the guidelines. (Gender breakdown matches the overall submissions breakdown.)

In the future, I’d like to see more of a gender balance in the slush pile. We’ve maintained a healthy balance in our first 26 issues and I’d hate to see that change. Suggestions, comments, etc. welcome.

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