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

HUGO AWARDS REHEARSAL

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!

 

Clarkesworld Magazine and Award Eligibility

It’s closing in on that time of year again… award nomination season.

As has been the case for the last few years, Clarkesworld Magazine is not eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. We are professional by their definitions. I remain eligible in editor short form. Oddly enough, we are still classed as non-professional according to the World Fantasy Awards.

If you are considering nominating any of our 2015 stories for the Hugo, World Fantasy, or Nebula Awards this year, here are the appropriate categories and links to the stories:

Novelettes
(Note: World Fantasy differs here. Stories with * are novellas by their definition. Others are short stories.)

Short Stories

My 2015 Worldcon Schedule

I’ll be attending Sasquan (this year’s Worldcon) this August. Here’s my schedule:

Does SF/F Need Young Adult Magazines?
Thursday 15:00 – 15:45, Bays 111C (CC)
Deby Fredericks (M), Neil Clarke, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jessica Rising
Anime and computer games are a huge trend among youth world-wide, but many of these potential readers are less in tune with “printed” science fiction and fantasy. How do we tap into this community of young fans to share with them the depth and breadth of SF/F short stories? Moreover, is there a viable market for a digital or print teen magazine? What would it take to get one going? And what are the potential benefits and pitfalls of putting one together for younger readers? Join parents, teens and editors to discuss the ins and outs of a YA SF/S magazine for the next generation of fans.

Literary Beer – Neil Clarke
Thursday 17:00 – 17:45, Exhibit Hall C – Literary Beer (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Beer available for sale at the bar, snacks available in the snack bar in Hall D.

Stroll with the Stars
Friday 09:00 – 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)
A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

Autographing – Neil Clarke, William Dietz, Rhiannon Held, Mary Soon Lee, John Picacio, Charles Stross, Jo Walton
Friday 12:00 – 12:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

The Range of the Small Press
Saturday 10:00 – 10:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)
Jennifer Brozek (M), Neil Clarke, Brad Foster, Rebecca Moesta, Kristine Rusch
Small presses publish more than just limited editions of books. We have small press magazines, art, even audio books. People who manage different types of small presses will discuss some of the similarities and some of the differences in their publishing worlds.

The Future of Short Fiction: Online Magazines Today
Saturday 14:00 – 14:45, Bays 111B (CC)
Scott H. Andrews, Anaea Lay, Mike Resnick, John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke
10 years ago reading original fiction online was limited to the occasoinal author’s web site. Now, online magazines are a major force — maybe THE major force — in publshing short fiction. The panel looks at what and why?

I’ll also be attending the Chesley Awards (Thursday 7pm) and the Hugo Awards (Saturday evening). 

2014 Nebula Award Nominees

SFWA has just announced the 2014 Nebula Award Nominees.

So very pleased to see stories from Clarkesworld and Upgraded on the ballot:

Congratulations to all the nominees!