Slush Reader Application 2018

If you are interested in being a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine, I highly recommend that you fill out our application. When a vacancy opens, we consider/reconsider every application turned in during the last year before soliciting new applications on social media. Quite often these positions are filled from existing applications.

A few notes:

  1. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
  2. Slush readers & other staff are prohibited from submitting stories or articles to the magazine.
  3. You should have time to read an average of five stories a day.
  4. Priority is given to writers and people considering becoming an editor.

A version of this post is reblogged every year or so with minor changes. We anticipate needing to fill two positions in March. More may open as the year continues.

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.

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:

Clarkesworld Citizens

Patreon has decided NOT to implement the awful fee structure they proposed! (If you don’t know about this, don’t worry. It’s not happening anyway.) In the last few days, we lost about six months worth of gains at Patreon. It’s been brutal, but totally understandable. I was vehemently opposed to the changes and made sure to let them know about it.

I’ve worked with Patreon for four years and have come to trust people in the company. This last week was a total aberration and I’m planning on sticking with them. I’m less trusting now, but willing to give them a chance to earn it back. Some of our supporters might not feel the same way and I totally understand that. Several have asked that we provide an alternative, so for the last few days, I’ve been working on a new monthly subscription and pledge site:

https://clarkesworldcitizens.com

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that people who are already supporting us leave Patreon, Amazon, etc. There’s value in having a third party handle the support and all that. However, it pays to have options. It probably would have saved me a lot of headaches this week if I had this in place then. Regaining that lost income will be a challenge, one that is compounded by a $500/month increase in my health insurance premiums that starts next month. Augh.

Back to work!

Capclave 2017 Schedule

Ken Liu and I are Guests of Honor at this year’s Capclave. (October 6-8 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.)

Hope to see some of you there!

Here’s my schedule:

Friday 6:00 pm: How Not To Get Published (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Mike McPhail, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Editors will discuss all the things authors shouldn’t do if they want to be published. For instance, submission guidelines exist for a reason. And no matter how brilliant your story is, threatening the editor will reduce the probability that it will be published to zero.
Friday 7:00 pm: The WSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ken Liu, Margaret Ronald, Alex Shvartsman (M), Fran Wilde
Current finalists and past finalists and winners discuss what the awards means to them and the place of short fiction from small presses in the genre.
Friday 8:00 pm: The Clarkesworld Magazine Chinese SF/F Translation Project (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), Neil Clarke, Ken Liu
Guest of Honor Neil Clarke and Ken Liu discuss Clarkesworld’s commitment to publishing Chinese science fiction and fantasy in translation, including how the stories are chosen, interaction with the authors, and general audience reception to the project.
Friday 10:00 pm: Clarkesworld Book Club (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Sam Lubell (M), Sean Wallace
Sam Lubell, the head of the WSFA Committee to Actually Discuss SF/F will moderate a discussion with audience participation, of the current issue of Clarkesworld as well as a discussion of which stories over the last decade have particularly stuck with people.
Saturday 12:00 pm: Small Press Publishing in 2018 (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Joshua Palmatier, Lezli Robyn, Ian Randal Strock (M), Sean Wallace
Capclave is lucky to have a number of small press publishers as program participants. The folks from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick, Prime Books, Zombies Need Brains, Wyrm Publishing, and Fantastic Books talk about their upcoming projects
Saturday 1:00 pm: Neil Clarke Publisher/Editor Guest of Honor Interview (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
GOH & Interviewer: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke
GOH Neil Clarke is interviewed by Scott H. Andrews
Saturday 2:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Alex Shvartsman, 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 crowd funding 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 4:00 pm: Anthology Builder (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer
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?
Sunday 11:00 am: Editing the Short Story (Ends at: 11:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke (M), Scott Roberts, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists talk about the work of editing short fiction, keeping things interesting and on-pace and making sure all the elements of a good story are in place when there are only so many words to work with.
Sunday 3:00 pm: Endings – Bang or Whimper? (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Joshua Palmatier, Irette Y. Patterson, Sarah Pinsker (M)
So many short stories start out well but end abruptly or just trail off, leaving the reader to wonder, what’s the point. Why does this happen and how can writers avoid this fate? How do you determine your endings? Is a twist ending a cheat?

August Submissions – World Wordle

Been having too much fun with Wordle lately, so why stop. Here’s a look at the August submissions for Clarkesworld after you take out the US, UK, Canada, and Australia (because with them you can’t see anyone else).

 

Top ten countries by submissions

811 United States 68.1%
105 United Kingdom 8.8%
64 Canada 5.4%
38 Australia 3.2%
16 India 1.3%
10 Japan 0.8%
9 South Africa 0.8%
7 Finland 0.6%
7 New Zealand 0.6%
7 Germany 0.6%