Neil Clarke

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

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My Philcon Schedule

I have the privilege of being a guest at Philcon this weekend and will be on the following panels:

  • Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza IV (Four)—The Editors Panel (Short Fiction) (54)
    Hildy Silverman (mod), Darrell Schweitzer, Gardner Dozois, Neil Clarke, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

    Professional Science Fiction editors of magazines and anthologies explain what they are looking for and discuss the nature of the Science Fiction and Fantasy short fiction market.

  • Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza II (Two)—Agents And Editors Panel (48)
    Hildy Silverman (mod), Ty Drago, Neil Clarke, Neal Levin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Brian Koscienski

    You know the drill — find out what they are looking for in the current market.

  • Sun 11:00 AM in Plaza IV (Four)Is The Short Story On Its Way Out? (71)
    Neil Clarke (mod), Larry Hodges, Lawrence M. Schoen, Dina Leacock

    There have been dramatic declines in magazine subscriptions in recent years. Is the short story medium on its way out or is it an essential part of the genre? Or is it all going digital?

  • Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom TwoThe New Generation Of SF Writers (59)
    James Daniel Ross (mod), Neil Clarke, Stephanie Burke

    These are writers who grew up in a science fictional world of computers, space travel, virtual reality and robots. How does this affect their approach to the subject matter and technique of their work?

  • Sun 3:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—The Future of Print Genre Magazines (45)
    Alan Beck (mod), Gardner Dozois, Thomas Nackid, Tony DiGerolamo, Tom Purdom, Neil Clarke

    The major print magazines have suffered a large loss of circulation and many smaller magazines have gone out of business altogether. Is there a future for genre fiction magazines or are they going the way of the dinosaur?

I’ll also have a table in the Dealer’s Room, where I’ll be selling surplus from Clarkesworld Books and the latest books from Wyrm Publishing. If you’ll be joining us in Cherry Hill, NJ, stop by and say hi! Oh and if there is something you want me to bring for pickup there, you should order before Thursday night at 8PM EST.

Cat Rambo Contest (Clarkesworld Magazine & Paper Golem)

In celebration of Cat Rambo’s story, "The Mermaids Singing Each to Each", in this month’s issue of Clarkesworld Magazine, we’re running a contest with the good folks at Paper Golem.

PRIZES
Two trade paperback copies of Cat’s recent collection, Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Midnight.

HOW TO ENTER
Email contests@clarkesworldmagazine.com with your name, where you’d like the book sent, and the titles of all three of Cat’s Clarkesworld Magazine stories.

DEADLINE

All entries must be received before December 1st, 2009. Two winners will be picked at random on December 1st.

Clarkesworld Citizenship Drive and Census – Update

The Clarkesworld Magazine Citizenship Drive was launched last week and I’d like to thank everyone who has shown their support with a donation. When I launched this fundraising program, I intended to let people build up their own empires and recognize specific Clarkesworld authors. This past weekend, I wrote up a system to help make that possible.

If you visit our Census Page, you can become an Overlord’s minion, a subject of a Royal’s court, move to a Burgermeister’s town, or become a follower of one of our authors in the Clarkesworld Pantheon. If you have previously donated at the Overlord, Royalty, or Burgermeister levels, there is a link for people to join (or become competitors to) your town, realm or domain. If we’ve published a story by you, fans can colonize Clarkesworld and choose you as their household diety. Steal the links. Spread the word. Build your empire!

Want to start your own domain, realm, or town and collect your own subjects? You can do that too.

Clarkesworld Magazine Submissions

Clarkesworld Magazine will be closed to short story submissions from December 1st through January 15th. The holidays are crazy enough without having to keep up with a slush pile. 🙂

I shouldn’t need to say this, but….

This does not mean that we’re shutting down the magazine. It is simply a vacation for the slush readers. Through this period and for the foreseeable future, new issues will be published monthly, as scheduled.

The Clarkesworld Citizenship Drive

Clarkesworld is now accepting applications for citizenship.

 
For the last three years, Clarkesworld Magazine has been providing free and unrestricted access to the many wonders our authors and artists have created. In that time, we’ve never asked for anything in return.

Today, we ask for your help. Today, we start our Citizenship Drive.

Citizenship? What?

Anyone who donates $10 or more to Clarkesworld Magazine becomes an honorary Citizen of Clarkesworld. It’s a nice little way for us to identify the generous people who support us. As a citizen, you get your name listed in the Census appendix of Realms, our annual print anthology, and some other perks that depend on your level of citizenship. Details available here.

The darker side of World Fantasy 2009

I knew this post by Vylar Kaftan was coming, so I didn’t mention these unpleasant (putting it mildly) events in my previous post about World Fantasy Con. I was with Vylar as these events unfolded and what she presents is a very accurate representation of how things unfolded. She puts it in far better words than I ever could.

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