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

Month: April 2020

Twitch

 
I tend to be a stay-at-home kind of person, but I’ve had to cancel traveling to a lot of conventions and events in the last year. One of the things I tend to enjoy the most about those events is the interactions I have with fellow attendees (fans and professionals).

Later this month, I’ll be hosting some online short fiction-related panels with some friends and colleagues, but Kate has been pushing me to try using Twitch for more “just me” stuff. I’ve created an account and plan on holding informal kaffeeklatsch-like events there. If that sentence doesn’t make sense to you, let me translate…

Twitch is a video streaming site. If you go to this page, you’ll find my profile there and can sign up to be notified when I’m “streaming” (on camera and available). I can’t see the audience members, but they can “talk” to me via the chat room. At conventions, a kaffeeklatsch (or a literary beer) is an informal event where you can go and have a group chat with one of the guests. The participants ask questions about the work you do and other related stuff.

I’m going to give this a try and see how it goes. The first session will be Thursday, April 9 at 1PM EDT. How long it runs will completely depend on the audience. Hope to “see” some of you there. (If this works out, I’ll schedule others at different times and different days. Not trying to favor any one particular time zone here.)

2020 Hugo Finalist for Best Editor (Short Form)

 
The 2020 Hugo Award finalists were announced yesterday and I am deeply honored to once again be a finalist for Best Editor Short Form. (This is the eighth time. No wins so far.)

Like many conventions, however, Worldcon (New Zealand) has had to make the difficult decision to cancel their physical convention and replace it with an online convention and award ceremony. This will be the first virtual Worldcon and Hugo Award Ceremony and I’m looking forward to taking part in all they offer. I encourage you to do so too.

Being a finalist this year has been a source of some amusement for me. My career in publishing started online with Clarkesworld and it has occupied a dominate portion of the work I’ve done over the last fourteen years. I find novelty in the fact that there’s a chance that my first win could happen during the first digital Hugo Award ceremony. Somewhat poetic even. Win or lose, however, it’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, particularly after the last six months.

I’d also like to congratulate to my fellow short form finalists: Ellen Datlow, C.C. Finlay, Jonathan Strahan, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, and Sheila Williams. Quite a fine club to be a part of, don’t you think?

Slush Reader Application 2020

 
If you are interested in being a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine, I highly recommend that you fill out our application. When a vacancy opens, we consider/reconsider every application turned in during the last year before soliciting new applications on social media. Quite often these positions are filled from existing applications.

A few notes:

  1. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
  2. Slush readers & other staff are prohibited from submitting stories or articles to the magazine.
  3. You should have time to read an average of five stories a day. (You can stop reading a story when it’s clear that we shouldn’t publish it.)
  4. Priority is given to writers and those considering becoming an editor.

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