Hugo Award for Cat Pictures and Other Hugo Stuff

You’ve probably already heard, but “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story last weekend. It was such a pleasure to be there to see her win and even more special to me because this was the first Clarkesworld story to win the Hugo.

After the award ceremony, everyone rushes to take a look at the detail voting summary. This year “So Much Cooking” by Naomi, “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” by Catherynne M. Valente, “Today I am Paul” by Martin Shoemaker, and “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard were on the long lists for novelette and short story. Glad to see those stories getting the recognition they deserve. (Three of them from our one hundredth issue!)

I was a finalist for Best Editor Short Form, but the award went to Ellen Datlow. Can’t complain there as Omni was the first magazine subscription I bought and SciFiction‘s closing was one of the reasons Clarkesworld launched. Her work has been one of my influences. Sheila Williams placed second. If you read my introduction to volume one of Best Science Fiction of the Year, you already know I think Asimov’s had an incredible year. I placed third, which is my best finish in four nominations, so I can be happy with that accomplishment. Thanks for voting for me!

Sixty-nine people nominated Clarkesworld for Best Semiprozine. While I appreciate the support, we haven’t been eligible to compete in that category for a few years now. I hate thinking we might have pulled nominations from someone who could have used them. Something to keep in mind for next year.

I won’t go into detail about the rest of the categories–sorry, just don’t have time–but I will say that I was fairly happy with the final results. Even when a winner wasn’t my personal top choice, books, stories, and other things I enjoyed won.

Chesley Award Winner!

I’m finally back from Worldcon. Had a great time, but it was exhausting and a day longer than anticipated. (Most Sunday flights to the NJ area were canceled due to a big storm blowing through.) A lot happened, but let’s just start with Thursday and skip right to Thursday night.

I attended the Chesley Award ceremony as a presentor for the Best Cover Paperback category and the acceptor for shichigoro-shingo, whose cover for Clarkesworld #109 was up for Best Magazine Cover.


I was also a first-time finalist for best art director. Given who I was up against:

  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Jeremy Jarvis for Wizards of the Coast
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Lightspeed
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Betsy Wollheim & Sheila Gilbert for DAW

I was more than thrilled just to be in their company and had no expectations of winning.

They sat the presenters in the front two rows. My category placed me between two amazing artists: Kinuko Y. Craft (who would later win the Lifetime Achievement Award) and John Picacio (who would later win in Best Product Illustration for a Loteria card featuring Jay Lake). Best Magazine Cover went to Tran Nguyen’s beautiful cover for Uncanny, so I figured I was done for the evening.

Then my category was announced and the unthinkable happened:


I had to scramble for something to say. Yep, completely unprepared. Never do that.

So thank you to all the incredible artists I’ve worked with and ASFA for this incredible honor. I never consider this part of my job work because it’s always so much fun. Days later, I still can’t believe it.

The award itself will arrive sometime later. A prototype was on display, but in the rush for nominee/winner pictures at the end, I completely forgot to grab a shot. I did, however, get this pin that features one of Chesley Bonestell’s paintings:



2016 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

The 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists have been announced:

  • “The Art of Deception,” by Stephanie Burgis in Insert Title Here, ed. by Tehani Wessely, published by Fablecroft Publishing, (April 2015);
  • “Burn Her,” by Tanith Lee in Dancing Through The Fire, ed. by Ian Randal Strock, published by Fantastic Books (September 2015);
  • “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (January 2015);
  • “The Empress in Her Glory,” by Robert Reed, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (April 2015);
  • “The Haunting of Apollo A7LB,” by Hannu Rajaniemi in Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction published by Tachyon Publications, (May 2015);
  • “Headspace,” by Beth Cato in Cats In Space, ed. by Lawrence M. Schoen, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);
  • “Leashing the Muse,” by Larry Hodges, published in Space and Time Magazine, ed. by Hildy Silverman, (May 2015);
  • “Leftovers,” by Leona Wisoker in Cats In Space, ed. by Lawrence M. Schoen, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);
  • “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (August 2015).

A big congratulations to Naomi, Martin, and Robert. Will one of them be the first to take home this award for Clarkesworld? We’ll find out at Capclave!

My 2016 Worldcon Schedule

I’ll be attending Midamericon II (Worldcon) from August 18th through 21st. Here’s my current list of signings, panels, and award ceremonies I’ll be attending. I was originally scheduled to have a Literary Beer, but the time they assigned me didn’t work. I can’t say that they’ll be able to reschedule, so if you planned on going to that, please feel free to catch me after a panel, as I wander the con, or even at the Clarkesworld at Ten panel.

Editing and Crafting the Short Story

Thursday 16:00 – 17:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Any writer or editor can tell you that writing a short story and writing a novel require different skills in the writer’s wheelhouse. Writing on the small scale requires precision of detail from concept to completion. What do you need to know about openings, character development, narrative arcs, endings, and more that will make your short fiction pop? How does the process differ from putting the initial draft on paper to editing the text to better reflect the vision in your head? When do you know when that short story is finally ready to go?

Ellen Datlow, Alex Shvartsman, Ms. Lynne M. Thomas, Neil Clarke, Sheila Williams (M)


Chesley Awards Ceremony

Thursday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)

Ceremony held by the the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists to recognize individual artistic works and achievements.

Campbell & Sturgeon Awards

Thursday 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM, 2501D(Kansas City Convention Center)

Join us as we honor the winners of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best science fiction short story of the year. These awards are unique in that they are selected by incredibly well read authors and scholars in the field. This process side-steps the politics of other award methods. Tonight we will announce the winners and honor their talent with a brief reception.

Autographing: Neil Clarke, Brenda Cooper, Rebecca Moesta, Martin Shoemaker, Rosemary Claire Smith

Friday 10:00 – 11:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)

Rebecca Moesta, Neil Clarke, Brenda Cooper, Martin L. Shoemaker, Ms Rosemary Claire Smith


Trends in Magazine Publishing

Friday 14:00 – 15:00, 3501D (Kansas City Convention Center)

A lot of things have changed for magazine publshing. What’s the beat way in, and how do we write for a genre that is moving across media?

MR. Donald Douglas Fratz (M), John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Dr. Mary Anne Mohanraj, Jason Sanford


The State of Short Fiction

Friday 15:00 – 16:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)

More than just the magazines, short fiction is in a golden age, found in the magazine, online, in anthologies, and chapbooks.  The field’s editors come together to talk about what they are seeing, and debate whether there is a short fiction renaissance.

David Truesdale (M), Neil Clarke, Mr Jonathan Strahan, Sheila Williams, Gordon Van Gelder


Magazine Group Reading: Clarkesworld

Friday 17:00 – 18:00, 2504B (Kansas City Convention Center)

Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Clarkesworld Magazine.

Neil Clarke (M), Kelly Robson, Seth Dickinson, Martin L. Shoemaker, Naomi Kritzer, Mary Anne Mohanraj

The Place of Bookstores

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Rather than failing, bookshops are allegedly on the rise, but is this the case for all kinds or just a special few? Current and former bookstore managers, owners and users discuss the realities of selling books in an online and e-book world.

Lauren Roy, Carrie Vaughn, Cynthia Ward, Neil Clarke (M), Michelle (Sagara) West


Saturday 11:30 – 11:55, Grand Ballroom (Kansas City Convention Center)

Clarkesworld at Ten

Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)

Neil Clarke began publishing Clarkesworld Magazine in October 2006.  He, his staff, and some contributors look back on ten years.

Neil Clarke (M), Kate Baker

Submitting the Short Story

Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

The big secret to getting a short story accepted is to write an amazing story. But are there simple things an author can do to make sure their story isn’t dismissed out of hand?  We’ll also look at some of the best techniques for finding the right market to submit your work and for tracking your submissions.

Sheila Williams, Catherine Krahe, Eric T. Reynolds (M), Betsy Dornbusch, Neil Clarke

Hugo Awards Ceremony

Saturday 18:00 – Whenever, Theater (Kansas City Convention Center)

The annual and most prestigious science fiction awards ceremony comes to Kansas City.

Nebula Award Weekend and Mass Signing

bulletin-208-250The Wednesday, I’ll be flying to Chicago for the 2016 Nebula Awards weekend. Copies of Clarkesworld #115 will be in some of the attendee book bags, the latest issue of The SFWA Bulletin (which I also edit) will be distributed, and early copies of The Best Science Fiction of the Year will be available (it won’t be in stores until June). If that wasn’t enough, I’ll be attending the Nebula Awards and cheering on our three nominees in the short story category:

bsfoty1If you weren’t planning on being there, but live in the Chicago, you might be interested in the mass signing that will happen on Friday. Just check out the list of participants!