Neil Clarke

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

Month: May 2018

2018 Balticon Schedule

I’m a Special Guest at Balticon this year!

My schedule is:

Friday, May 25

4pm – Freelancing in the Publishing Industry
Christina M. Frey, Neil Clarke, John Edward Lawson
How can one survive on their own in the wild, ever-changing world of genre publishing? Hear some stories and advice from people who have!

Saturday, May 26

11am – Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke

12pm –  Dangerous Voices Variety Hour

2pm – Recognizing Predatory Business Practices
D.H. Aire (moderator), James R. Stratton, Neil Clarke, Rosemary Claire Smith, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How to look for signs that you might not be dealing with a legitimate company – including common tactics such as pay-to-play, signing over derivative works, and others.

3pm – Making a Good Book Cover
J. R. Blackwell, Starla Huchton, Neil Clarke, Jabari Weathers
What makes a cover eye-catching? How might different audiences interpret the same imagery? Our panelists will go through the design process.

Sunday, May 27

12pm – Are Advances in Technology Making Spec Fiction Harder To Pull Off?
Carl Cipra (moderator), Larry Niven, Sarah Pinsker, Neil Clarke, Nicky Drayden, Catherine Asaro
Is it possible for writers to keep up with the rapid pace of technological development? Can we we “future-proof” the challenges our characters face so there won’t be an “app for that” by the time the book comes out?

1pm – Autographs: Neil Clarke and Ted Weber

3pm – Ask Me Anything: Editors & Publishers
Walt Boyes (moderator), Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Ian Randal Strock, Jeff Young
A panel of professional editors and publishers answer questions from the audience.

4pm – Kickstarter, Patreon, and Crowdfunding Your Novel
Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, Michael R. Underwood, Neil Clarke, Lawrence Watt-Evans
In the traditional model, an author is paid per book sold. How has crowdfunding changed the way writers work and publish?

9pm – Tales From the Slush Pile
Joshua Bilmes, Neil Clarke, John Edward Lawson
Editors share tales of some of the gems they’ve received, and give advice on how to avoid becoming fodder for future panels like this.

Monday, May 28

11am – Pitches We’re Sick Of (and Ones We Want to See)
Sarah Avery (moderator), Joshua Bilmes, Neil Clarke
Agents and editors discuss trends in submissions.

12pm – Writing for Themed Anthologies
Jean Marie Ward, Alex Shvartsman, T. Eric Bakutis, Neil Clarke
Anthologies offer an excellent opportunity for writers to get their work out to new readers. Writers and editors discuss where to look for submission opportunities, how to write to a theme, and tips on catching an editor’s eye (for the right reasons).

2018 Chesley Award Nominees

Here are the nominees for the 2018 Chesley Awards! (The Chesley, named for the great astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell, started in 1985 as a means for the SF & Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements in a given year. This year’s awards are for works and achievements in the period from January 1st to December 31st 2017.)

Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dLNApxEe8czyUsoeA

  • Tommy Arnold Horizon by Fran Wilde, Tor, September 2017
  • Marcela Bolívar Julia by Peter Straub, Centipede Press, December 2017
  • Julie Dillon Final Girls by Mira Grant, Subterranean Press, April 2017
  • Donato Giancola Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr., Tor, July 2017
  • John Harris The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker, Tor, September 2017
  • Elizabeth Leggett Retrograde by Peter Cawdron, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2017
  • Marc Simonetti The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, Grim Oak Press, August 2017

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book or Ebook
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MThpAouoVebnSZ3V2

  • Julie Dillon Beyond the Stars: New Worlds, New Suns – A Space Opera Anthology edited by Ellen Campbell, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 2017
  • Aly Fell Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire, DAW, March 2017
  • Jaime Jones The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, Tor, October 2017
  • Miranda Meeks The Fisher of Bones by Sarah Gailey, Fireside Fiction, October 2017
  • Gene Mollica Call of Fire by Beth Cato, Harper Voyager, August 2017
  • Dave Palumbo Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor, Tor, January 2017
  • Stephen Youll Acadie by Dave Hutchinson,Tor, September 2017

Best Magazine Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2jF2th7EMhaC2PGb9

  • Julie Dillon Clarkesworld #128 May 2017
  • Ingrid Kallick Cricket Magazine January 2017
  • Eddie Mendoza Clarkesworld #130 July 2017
  • Reiko Murakami Lightspeed #82 March 2017
  • Sergei Sarichev Clarkesworld #126 March 2017

Best Interior Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JEWYafv1NidMuNcj9

  • Gregory Manchess Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess Saga Press, October 2017
  • John Picacio “When the Devil Drives” by Melinda Snodgrass Tor.com July 2017
  • Dan Dos Santos The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Patrick Rothfuss DAW, October 2017
  • Omar Rayyan Goblin Market by Christine Rosetti Donald M. Grant, Jan. 2017
  • Marc Simonetti The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks Grim Oak Press, August 2017
  • Sam Weber “These Deathless Bones” by Cassandra Khaw Tor.com, July 26, 2017

Best Gaming Related Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/o6sjoSdFjZFJjJSG8

  • Kari Christensen Chandra Gremlin Wrangler Heroes of the Realm WotC September 2017
  • Melissa Gay Offering Sagaborn RPG Core Rule Book Lone Wanderer Entertainment August 2017
  • Piotr Jabloński Moaning Wall Magic card for Hour of Devastation WotC July 2017
  • Jaime Jones The Ur- Dragon Magic card for Commander 2017 WotC, August 2017
  • Sara Winters Compulsive Research Magic card for Modern Masters 2017 WotC, March 2017

Best Product Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zif6qgngtQkyNjB02

  • Kari Christensen Call of Cthulhu, FilmQuest Festival, 2017
  • Julie Dillon American Gods Promo art for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post, 2017
  • Annie Stegg Gerard Stormy Serenade, DragonCon Tshirt art 2017
  • Adam Hughes In a Galaxy Far, Far Away LE Art Print by Acme Archives, July 2017
  • James Jean The Shape of Water teaser poster FOX Searchlight, December 2017
  • Rachel Quinlan Knight of Cups, 78 Tarot Astral 2017

Best Color Work – Unpublished
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/geXR3MLbGco6VQa89

  • Serena Maylon Erebor Watercolor and Gouache
  • Alessandra Pisano Kindred Spirits Oils
  • Cynthia Sheppard Deconstructing Wonderland Digital
  • Charles Urbach Not All Treasure is Gold Colored Pencil
  • Eric Velhagen Respite Oils

Best Monochrome – Unpublished
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XEWnQPNhy3ivGe1e7

  • Ed Binkley “Thistledown” Digital
  • Bobby Chiu “Romeo and Juliet” Digital
  • Karla Ortiz “Ada” Oil
  • Christine Rhee “Gumiho” Graphite
  • Shawn E. Russell “Release” Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson “Dragon Drum” Ink
  • Kaysha Siemens “Pensive” Oils

Best Three Dimensional Art
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BWFvrV6pBwPxvOuf1

  • Skink Chen “Resentful Beast” Painted cast resin
  • Ellen Jewett “The Burden of Motion and Ambition” Cold porcelain and polymer clay
  • Colin & Kristine Poole “Gift of the Faun” Bronze
  • Forest Rogers “Octopoid Descending” Kato polyclay
  • Lisa Sell “Manifesting Orb Dragon” Aves Apoxie Sculpt
  • Vincent Villafranca “Fever Dream #17” Bronze

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke Clarkesworld
  • Christine Foltzer Tor.com Publishing
  • Irene Gallo Tor Books/Tor.com
  • Lauren Panepinto Orbit Books and for Muddy Colors blog articles
  • Cynthia Sheppard Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Achievement

  • Richard Hescox
  • Alan Lee
  • Gregory Manchess
  • William O’Connor
  • Allen Williams

May 2018 Issue of Clarkesworld

The May 2018 (#140) issue of Clarkesworld Magazine was published yesterday.

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