2015 Hugo Awards

Just like last year, Clarkesworld Magazine is not eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. Please don’t toss away your vote by nominating us in that category. There are plenty of eligible semiprozines to choose from. Check out this list.

I’m still eligible in the Editor (short form) category.

Clarkesworld’s stories are eligible in the appropriate categories, as are the stories from Upgraded. (Links will take you to posts that inform you which category a story is eligible in.)

Thanks for considering us for your Hugo ballot. Honored, as always.

 

World Fantasy Award Winner

After three prior World Fantasy Award nominations, I had grown accustomed to sitting in the back of the room and staying there as the winners were declared. No stress. We knew we wouldn’t have to get on stage… “Magazines never win.” I’m eating those words today.

2014 World Fantasy Award Winner: Special Award Non-Professional
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace for editing Clarkesworld Magazine

Completely unprepared, Sean and I made our way to the stage. (Kate was on a family vacation in Disney.) Unlike the Hugos, I remember being on stage. I acknowledged that we expected to be staying in our seats and hadn’t written anything. I told everyone that this was the first time my family accompanied me to a ceremony, and I was very happy they were there for this moment. I thanked the judges, everyone involved in Clarkesworld, and our readers. I also warned my children that if they misbehaved on the way home, I would put the award in their room. I then turned it over to Sean. (These are the events as they played in my head. If I stood there and said BIM-BIM-BIM-AYEEEYEEEEEE for a few minutes, that would not shock me.)

We returned to our seats stunned and watched the rest of the slate of winners take the podium. It’s an honor to be among such an amazing group of people.

Afterwards, they took lots of pictures. Some serious. Some goofy. We had a lot of fun…. and then we all had to run. It’s so sad that the award ceremony is the last thing we do at World Fantasy Con. I would have liked the opportunity to celebrate a little with the people who helped make it possible.

Here’s a picture Lisa took of Sean and I with all three awards:

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BIM-BIM-BIM-AYEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Capclave 2014

I will be at Capclave in Gaithersburg, Maryland this coming weekend. I’ll have a Clarkesworld table in the dealer’s room (and plenty of copies of UPGRADED). I’m also scheduled to be on a few panels. Not sure why they all have six participants. That will make things a bit different.

Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace

Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you’re publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?

Saturday 11:00 am: Anthology Builder

Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Robert Greenberger, David G. Hartwell, Mike McPhail, Alex Shvartsman

So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn’t? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?

Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans

So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds – what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.

Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing
Saturday 8:30 pm: WSFA Small Press Award Ceremony

(“Bits” by Naomi Kritzer, from our October 2013 issue is a finalist)

Clarkesworld wins a British Fantasy Award!

The British Fantasy Awards were announced at a ceremony at FantasyCon in York this past Sunday. I would have liked to have attended, but UK flights are expensive and Lisa would probably kill me if I tried to jet off to the UK again so soon. (Doesn’t help that I feel like I’m still recovering from Loncon last month.)

Clarkesworld was competing in the “Best Magazine/Periodical” category and we won! Such a wonderful surprise and honor. A big thank you to the judges and BFS members! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our work and I hope we can continue to live up to your standards.

Wooo-hooooo!

World Fantasy Award Nominees!

The 2014 World Fantasy Award nominees were announced just the other day and I’m very honored to report that Kate, Sean, and I have been nominated for our work on Clarkesworld Magazine in the Special Award Non-Professional category! Non-professional? Yes, this isn’t what we do for our living. The criteria are very different that what is used to determine “professional” in Hugo terms, where we are professional. In other words, we’ve reached that awkward middle stage on our way to professional. 🙂

I’m also pleased to see Yoon Ha Lee on the Short Story ballot for “Effigy Nights” (Clarkesworld, 1/2013) and Julie Dillon for Best Artist. Among her many amazing works last year were three Clarkesworld covers and she’s also the cover artist for my upcoming anthology, UPGRADED.

This is our fourth nomination for Clarkesworld and all three of us will be on-hand for the award ceremony at the World Fantasy Convention in DC this November.

Best of luck to all the nominees! It’s a strong ballot and I don’t envy the judges on this one.

Clarkesworld is a 2014 British Fantasy Award Nominee

Clarkesworld is a 2014 British Fantasy Award nominee for best magazine! (nominee list)

The other nominees are:

  • Black Static, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)
  • Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)
  • Shadows & Tall Trees, Michael Kelly (ed.) (Undertow Books)

This is our first time on the ballot.

A big thank you to BFS members and the attendees of FantasyCon 2012 and FantasyCon 2014 that nominated us! The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2014 in York on 6 or 7 September 2014.