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Philcon 2022

This November 18-20, I’ll be attending Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ and participating in the following program items:


11:00 AM – Autographs

1:00 PM – State of the Short Fiction Market
Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde, Margaret Riley, Neil Clarke, Stephanie Burke


12:00 PM – Meet the Editors!
Michael A. Ventrella, Ann Stolinsky, Ian Randal Strock, Neil Clarke, Margaret Riley  

Capclave 2022

I’ll be attending Capclave (Rockville, MD) this weekend and will be on the following panels:


4:00 PM The State of Small Press Publishing
Participants: Cathy Green (M), Joshua Benjamin Palmatier, Mike McPhail, Neil Clarke
It’s no secret that Capclave loves small press publishing. What’s considered a small press today and how is it different than years past? What’s new and exciting in small press publishing?


1:00 PM Anthology Builder
Participants: Alex Shvartsman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, David Keener, Jeanne Adams, Joshua Benjamin Palmatier (M), Neil Clarke
Your anthology questions answered! How do you come up with a theme and properly curate your anthology? How do authors produce readable fiction in the confines of an original themed anthology? How do the stories get picked? What sells and what doesn’t?

2:30 PM From Amazon to Zines – Publishing in the 2020s
Participants: Ingeborg Heyer, Joshua Benjamin Palmatier, Neil Clarke, Ty Drago (M)
The publishing industry continues to evolve in surprising ways. How has Amazon, self-publishing, technology, the internet, or other factors changed the way books get made? What direction might publishing go in the near future? What do authors and readers need to know about publishing trends?

4:00 PM Ask the Editors
Participants: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Joshua Benjamin Palmatier, Neil Clarke, Scott H. Andrews (M), Ty Drago
Here’s your chance to ask our panelists all your burning questions about being an editor. Our panelists will give an overview of their role and then turn it over to you.

2022 Hugo Award for Editor (Short Form)

I won the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) at Chicon this past weekend. I was absolutely convinced this would be my tenth loss. That also means that I was completely unprepared to give a speech. Fortunately, I’ve been keeping a list of names in my jacket pocket for years (that list was falling apart so I had to copy it to a new piece of paper that day) and was able to make the best of it. Barely remember what I said, but people have been very nice about it. I’ll have to watch the video sometime.

My thanks to this year’s Hugo voters.

Oh and if you are wondering what the TSA has to say when you take a rocket through airport security, it was one word: “Nice!”

2022 Worldcon Schedule

These are the panels I am scheduled for this year at Worldcon in Chicago. I will also be at a number of other events (Hugo Awards stuff and other things) still being scheduled.  Clarkesworld will not have a table in the dealer’s room this time (sorry, only at cons I can drive to). If you see me wandering around though and would like to chat, feel free to stop me. If you’ve had a story rejected by me at Clarkesworld, you can always ask for the card. If you don’t know what that is, you can ask about that too. Good icebreakers.

Launching and Maintaining a Magazine (Crystal Ballroom C)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Table Talk – Neil Clarke (Crystal Foyer)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Get to Know Short Fiction Publications (Crystal Ballroom A)
Friday, September 2, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Ask an Editor: Short Fiction (Michigan 1)
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Best of the Year (Crystal Ballroom A)
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Autographing – Neil Clarke
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 11:30 AM CDT

Hugo Awards Rehearsal
Sunday, September 4, 2:30pm – 3pm Pro Artist / Editors (Short & Long form)

The State of the Translation Market (Randolph 3)
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Hugo Awards Reception
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 6-8pm

Hugo Awards Ceremony
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 8pm-who knows

Sorry for not including the names of the other panelists, but it’s not easy to copy and paste from the scheduling system. I’ll add them when I have it in an easier to use format.

Spanish Language Submissions at Clarkesworld

In a November 2020 editorial, I announced our plans to hold a Spanish language submission window at Clarkesworld sometime in 2021. What I didn’t see coming was seven months of kidney stones and related hospital stays. It became very difficult to keep up with my normal obligations and fell behind on more than a few. This inevitably led to the project being delayed.

For much of 2022, work on this project has been in the background. I spent months working on revisions to our submissions system. I would go as far to say that these changes are the most significant updates I’ve made to the software since I began working on it in 2008. More recently, a small group of volunteers translated all the author-side text, prompts, and emails into Spanish so they could be added to the system. I hope to move this update into production during the next month or two.

This month, I will start training our Spanish language team on English language submissions. We have a few people on-board, but it would be nice to have a few more. Here is what it entails:

  • reading 1000-8000 word science fiction stories submitted in Spanish and providing notes (in English)
  • if you will not be recommending a story for translation, it does not need to be read through to the end,  but you will need provide a short summary of what you read, and your reasons for rejecting it (these will be kept confidential)
  • if you will be recommending a story for translation, you will need to provide a thorough summary and your reasons for recommending it (also confidential)
  • you may occasionally be called upon to give a second opinion of a story recommended by another reader
  • response time is important to us, so we’d like readers to commit to reading three-five stories each day
  • the submission window for this trial project is one month, but may be extended to two if we don’t receive a satisfactory number of submissions from a variety of Spanish speaking regions of the world in the first month
  • training will take place on live English language submissions so we can better assess and provide feedback on your summaries and comments (during training, we read every story you read)
  • the dates for our submission window is directly related to how well training goes and the team’s availability (we hope late 2022, at worst early 2023)
  • we take confidentiality very seriously–you are not permitted to talk about stories, cover letters, authors, or any other data found in submissions or our submission system with anyone outside of our fiction team

When it comes to slush readers, we normally look for people are (or want to be) authors or editors. (We see this as an educational opportunity and it serves those groups best.) We also expect a certain level of familiarity with what we’ve published in recent years and an ability to clearly state your likes and dislikes, even if you know I won’t agree. (Tell me what you think. Not what you think I want to hear.) Obviously, you should be fluent in Spanish and English.

During the time you are working with us on this project, you will not be permitted to submit your own fiction in either language. A small stipend will be provided.

If you are interested, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.

We’ve received far more applications than expected and are currently reviewing them.

Confluence 2022

I’ll be attending Confluence this weekend as their Guest of Honor. If you’re in the Pittsburgh, PA area, why not stop by and say hi!

Here’s some of the panels I’ll be on:

Friday 4 pm: SF/F/H Magazines: Print versus Online [Commonwealth West]
Saturday Noon: Reading Short SF: Why You Should Be Reading Short Fiction, Both Classic and New [Commonwealth West]
Saturday 1 pm: Autographing [Near Registration]
Saturday 3 pm: GoH Interview [Ballroom 1]
Saturday 5 pm: Where To Next? Trends in Recent SF [Commonwealth East]
Sunday 11 am: Kaffeeklatsch [225]
Sunday Noon: How Do Editors Shape Their Publications? [Commonwealth East]

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