Clarkesworld Reader’s Poll – Nomination Phase

We’re bringing back our Clarkesworld reader’s poll and letting you pick your favorite 2017 Clarkesworld story and art, but we’re going to do things a little differently this time.

Phase 1 – A 24-hour flash nomination phase. Starting right now, readers can nominate up to five works in each of the following categories:

  • Best Story
  • Best Cover Art

Phase 2 – Using the data from phase one, a short list of the top nominated works will become the finalists. The finalists will be announced in our February issue and a new poll will launch and be open until February 24th.

Winners will be announced in the March 2018 issue of Clarkesworld.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN NOW AT:
https://clarkesworld-2017-nominations.questionpro.com 

The phase 1 poll is now closed. Finalists will be announced in the February issue of Clarkesworld and you’ll have another chance to vote then.

Hugo Eligibility for Best Editor Short Form

I had someone point out that I buried my own Hugo eligibility at the tail end of the list of stories eligible from Clarkesworld and was encouraged to put it front-and-center in a new post, so here it is:

I’m eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (short form) for editing the following in 2017:

Clarkesworld in 2017 – Hugo Award Eligibility

It’s January, which for some people means it is time to start figuring out what stories to nominate during this year’s awards cycle. Each year, I assemble a list to help our readers figure out what Hugo Award categories best apply to the people or works associated with Clarkesworld.

Eligible for Best Short Story (alphabetical by author)

Eligible for Best Novelette (alphabetical by author)

Eligible for Best Novella

Eligible for Best Professional Artist

Above Authors Eligible for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • A. Brym
  • Eleanna Castroianni
  • Burt Courtier
  • Simone Heller
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Finbarr O’Reilly
  • D.A. Xiaolin Spires
  • Suzanne Walker

I’m eligible for Best Editor (short form) for editing the following in 2017:

2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists

The 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalists were announced this week and I’m very pleased to say that two stories from Clarkesworld are on the list:

The other finalists are:

  • Nina Allan, “The Art of Space Travel,” Tor.com
  • Amal El-Mohtar, “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales
  • Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom, Tor.com
  • Ian R. MacLeod, “The Visitor From Taured,” Asimov’s
  • Dominica Phetteplace, “Project Empathy,” Asimov’s
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Future is Blue,” Drowned Worlds
  • Kai Ashante Wilson, A Taste of Honey, Tor.com

The winner will be announced next month at the Campbell Conference at the University of Kansas.

 

 

April/May Catching Up

I’ve been meaning to post more here, but it’s been tough recently. Being sick in April completely undermined my schedule. New issues to prep, ebooks to design for other publishers, slush to catch up on, an anthology to wrap contracts and deliver to the publisher, a trip to Chicago to talk with the Myth-Ink writers group, a family get-away, and prepping for the SFWA Nebula Awards Weekend… so a quick catch-up post feels necessary.

I’m a Hugo Nominee Finalist for Best Editor Short Form for the fifth time. The award ceremony will be held at Worldcon in Finland. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend. My travel budget is significantly restricted now that I’m self-employed and that trip turns out to be considerably more expensive than I was told it would be. Will miss attending in person, but Ann VanderMeer has agreed to accept on my behalf should I win, so I will be well-represented. 🙂 A big thank you to everyone that saw fit to nominate me again this year.

Story selections for my next anthology, More Human Than Human, are now complete. I will be announcing the table of contents and revealing the cover (an original by Donato Giancola) sometime in the next week or two. This was the one project most disrupted by that illness as it collided with previously scheduled travel and events.

I went to Chicago last month to talk with the Myth-Ink student writer’s group at Columbia College in Chicago. I enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with students and hope I was able to share some useful knowledge with them. Have to find a way to do more of this sort of thing. It was one of the things I enjoyed most about my old career and a nice way to keep that part of my life. Weather was perfect, so I had some time to wander around Chicago with some of the students beforehand. (There’s a story there about our collective sense of direction.)

Obviously, the May issues of Clarkesworld and Forever came out. I’ve been trying to do some marketing work on this side of things. I’m currently trying to make a push for the Patreon page so I can cover my healthcare expenses. It’s a considerable cost and like many others, I’m seriously concerned about what happens to me if the various healthcare changes go through. I have more than a couple of pre-existing conditions and need to maintain the level of plan I have.

Most recently, the Locus Awards announced their finalists. Clarkesworld is once again a finalist for Best Magazine, “Afrofuturist 419” is up for Best Short Story, and for the first time, I’m on the list for Best Editor. Normally, I’d be thrilled by this, but they also increased the list of finalists from five to ten and if that’s why, it’s bittersweet. It’s silly, but it wouldn’t feel earned.

Amusingly, I’ll be a short distance away from the Locus Awards this year. I’ve agreed to be a workshop leader for the Cascade Writers June workshop in Tacoma.

Before that, however, I have the Nebula Awards Weekend (the mass signing there is always something else and I’ll be participating this time), wrapping up work on Clarkesworld: Year Nine, and the June issues of Clarkesworld and Forever. Before you know it, Readercon will be upon us and the fifth anniversary of my heart attack there. Time is flying by!