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Philcon 2022

This November 18-20, I’ll be attending Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ and participating in the following program items:


11:00 AM – Autographs

1:00 PM – State of the Short Fiction Market
Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde, Margaret Riley, Neil Clarke, Stephanie Burke


12:00 PM – Meet the Editors!
Michael A. Ventrella, Ann Stolinsky, Ian Randal Strock, Neil Clarke, Margaret Riley  

Capclave 2022

I’ll be attending Capclave (Rockville, MD) this weekend and will be on the following panels:


4:00 PM The State of Small Press Publishing
Participants: Cathy Green (M), Joshua Benjamin Palmatier, Mike McPhail, Neil Clarke
It’s no secret that Capclave loves small press publishing. What’s considered a small press today and how is it different than years past? What’s new and exciting in small press publishing?


1:00 PM Anthology Builder
Participants: Alex Shvartsman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, David Keener, Jeanne Adams, Joshua Benjamin Palmatier (M), Neil Clarke
Your anthology questions answered! How do you come up with a theme and properly curate your anthology? How do authors produce readable fiction in the confines of an original themed anthology? How do the stories get picked? What sells and what doesn’t?

2:30 PM From Amazon to Zines – Publishing in the 2020s
Participants: Ingeborg Heyer, Joshua Benjamin Palmatier, Neil Clarke, Ty Drago (M)
The publishing industry continues to evolve in surprising ways. How has Amazon, self-publishing, technology, the internet, or other factors changed the way books get made? What direction might publishing go in the near future? What do authors and readers need to know about publishing trends?

4:00 PM Ask the Editors
Participants: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Joshua Benjamin Palmatier, Neil Clarke, Scott H. Andrews (M), Ty Drago
Here’s your chance to ask our panelists all your burning questions about being an editor. Our panelists will give an overview of their role and then turn it over to you.

2022 Worldcon Schedule

These are the panels I am scheduled for this year at Worldcon in Chicago. I will also be at a number of other events (Hugo Awards stuff and other things) still being scheduled.  Clarkesworld will not have a table in the dealer’s room this time (sorry, only at cons I can drive to). If you see me wandering around though and would like to chat, feel free to stop me. If you’ve had a story rejected by me at Clarkesworld, you can always ask for the card. If you don’t know what that is, you can ask about that too. Good icebreakers.

Launching and Maintaining a Magazine (Crystal Ballroom C)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Table Talk – Neil Clarke (Crystal Foyer)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Get to Know Short Fiction Publications (Crystal Ballroom A)
Friday, September 2, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Ask an Editor: Short Fiction (Michigan 1)
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Best of the Year (Crystal Ballroom A)
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Autographing – Neil Clarke
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 11:30 AM CDT

Hugo Awards Rehearsal
Sunday, September 4, 2:30pm – 3pm Pro Artist / Editors (Short & Long form)

The State of the Translation Market (Randolph 3)
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

Hugo Awards Reception
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 6-8pm

Hugo Awards Ceremony
Sunday, September 4, 2022, 8pm-who knows

Sorry for not including the names of the other panelists, but it’s not easy to copy and paste from the scheduling system. I’ll add them when I have it in an easier to use format.

Confluence 2022

I’ll be attending Confluence this weekend as their Guest of Honor. If you’re in the Pittsburgh, PA area, why not stop by and say hi!

Here’s some of the panels I’ll be on:

Friday 4 pm: SF/F/H Magazines: Print versus Online [Commonwealth West]
Saturday Noon: Reading Short SF: Why You Should Be Reading Short Fiction, Both Classic and New [Commonwealth West]
Saturday 1 pm: Autographing [Near Registration]
Saturday 3 pm: GoH Interview [Ballroom 1]
Saturday 5 pm: Where To Next? Trends in Recent SF [Commonwealth East]
Sunday 11 am: Kaffeeklatsch [225]
Sunday Noon: How Do Editors Shape Their Publications? [Commonwealth East]

Chicon 8

I just booked my flight and hotel room for Chicon 8, so I’m one step closer to attending Worldcon this year. Despite that, I still have a reluctance to say that I’ll absolutely definitely be there even though it looks like I will.


Ten years ago, I was supposed to attend Chicon 7. I had just received my first Hugo nomination for Editor Short Form and I was excited to have the opportunity to celebrate with my fellow finalists. Everything was set. I had my flights, hotel, and membership. A month and a half before the convention, however, I had a heart attack and nearly died. I tried to maintain some hope that I could attend, but it wasn’t destined to happen. Trip canceled.

Here it is ten years later… I’m celebrating my tenth time on the ballot and it appears as though I’m set to visit the same city to mark the anniversary. To say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement.

That heart attack changed a lot of things for me and reshaped the direction of my career as an editor. It also left me with a significant amount of heart damage, which puts me at high risk with regards to COVID. All the other conventions on my list for 2022 are in driving distance, which eliminates the need for airports and reduces my risk of exposure to a more reasonable level. Toss in the recent end of mask requirements on planes and an expectation that cases will tick upwards towards the end of Summer, and you find the source of my uncertainty. I want to be wrong, but have to acknowledge that the ghost of my heart attack could strike again and keep me home.

2021 Worldcon Schedule (Discon III)

I’ll be attending Discon III, the 2021 Worldcon in DC (December 15-19). Clarkesworld will have a table in the dealer’s room, but I can also be found on the program at the following events/panels:

Kaffeeklatsch – Neil Clarke
Thu 10:00-10:50 AM, Suite 325

Ask an Editor: Short Fiction Writing
Thu 2:30-3:20 PM, Blue Room

Public Hugo Finalists Reception
Thu 5:00-7:00 PM, Ambassador Ballroom

Signing – Neil Clarke
Fri 11:30 AM -12:20 PM, Autographs 3

The Small Press Takeover of Short Fiction
Fri 4:00-5:00 PM, Forum Room

The Finances of Running a Small Press
Sat 11:30 AM -12:20 PM, Forum Room

Hugo Award Ceremony
Sat 8:00-10:30 PM, Regency Ballroom

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