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Clarkesworld Magazine Slush Update

Since reopening Clarkesworld to submissions on the 15th, we’ve rejected just over 200 stories and accepted one. Lavie Tidhar will be returning to Clarkesworld with "The Dying World" sometime in the first half of 2009. In the meantime, you’ll just have to make due with his story from our first issue, "304 Adolph Hitler Strasse"

Clarkesworld Magazine open for submissions

Dear Authors,

Have you recently completed a 1000-4000 word story that needs a good home? Here at Clarkesworld Magazine, we might be willing to pay you 10 cents a word for your little gem. Just check out our submissions guidelines, send us your baby, and we’ll do a quick analysis to determine if your work is compatible with our patented system of product placement. ACT NOW! OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITED!

Very Flattered…

"One of the first few projects from Neil Clarke’s Wyrm publishing is just out, Jeff Vandermeer’s Shriek: an Afterword, and it’s as nicely turned out as most presses fiftieth book, let alone their third. The writing, as Vandermeer’s many fans will suspect, isn’t too shabby either!"

     — Bill Schafer, Subterranean Press

Subterranean publishes many magnificent books and Bill’s work there has certainly been an inspiration to me. I’m extremely flattered.

Someone at Albedo One has good taste in art

Yes, I know. Someone has already emailed me the link. All I can say is that someone at Albedo One obviously has good taste in art. Confused? Well, here you go… the latest issue of Albedo One and the cover to Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine:

Hugos, Nebulas and Clarkesworld: Looking back at 2008

Clarkesworld Magazine is eligible for the Hugo in the semiprozine category. If you’ve been enjoying what we’ve been doing and are eligible to vote, please consider making us one of your choices. From what I’ve been told, this may very well be the last year for this category. That’s a shame.

In 2008, we released our first volume of Realms, introduced audio fiction (now available for free via iTunes) and saw some staffing changes. With Nick Mamatas leaving for Viz Media, Ekaterina Sedia joined us for a few months to help out with the non-fiction while we searched for a permanent replacement. I stepped in as the new fiction editor and brought with me a new submission system and team of four slush readers that helped bring our response times for authors down to an average of 30 hours.

One of our stories, Summer in Paris, Light from the Sky by Ken Scholes, has made this year’s preliminary Nebula ballot. It’s a great story and I hope this gets it some well-deserved exposure. It was published in November 2007, so it’s no longer eligible for the short story Hugo. These, however, are:

The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black by Jay Lake (recently selected by Gardner Dozois for the next volume of Year’s Best Science Fiction)
Clockwork Chickadee by Mary Robinette Kowal (most recent winner of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer)
A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antartica by Catherynne M. Valente (recently selected for Rich Horton’s Unplugged anthology that features the best SF/F from the web)

Debris Ensuing from a Supervortex by Brian Ames
batch 39 and the deadman’s switch by Simon DeDeo
Teeth by Stephen Dedman
After Moreau by Jeffrey Ford
The Glory of the World by Sergey Gerasimov
The Completely Rechargeable Man by Karen Heuler
Gift of the Kites by Jim C. Hines
The Secret in the House of Smiles by Paul Jessup
Captain’s Lament by Stephen Graham Jones
Blue Ink by Yoon Ha Lee
The Human Moments by Alexander Lumans
Tetris Dooms Itself by Meghan McCarron
Passwords by John A. McDermott
The River Boy by Tim Pratt
Worm Within by Cat Rambo
A Woman’s Best Friend by Robert Reed
Idle Roomer by Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn
When the Gentlemen Go By by Margaret Ronald
Flight by Jeremiah Sturgill
Birdwatcher by Garth Upshaw
Episode 72 by Don Webb
Can You See Me Now? by Eric M. Witchey


Cheryl Morgan joins the Clarkesworld Magazine Staff

It is my pleasure to announce that Cheryl Morgan (of Hugo-winning site Emerald City fame) has joined the staff of Clarkesworld Magazine as Non-Fiction Editor. Cheryl brings with her years of valuable experience and I look forward to working with her in the months ahead. At this time, I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to Ekaterina Sedia, who so graciously served as our interim editor since late summer. It is my hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again soon.

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