Looking for Interviewers for Clarkesworld Magazine

This month is Chris Urie’s last month as interviewer at Clarkesworld Magazine. We’re sad to see him leaving us in this capacity, but fortunately he won’t be leaving us entirely. (Chris started as a slush reader and has asked to rejoin the slush team.)

When a position goes vacant, I look at it as an opportunity to rethink what we’re doing. This means that the new person (or persons) that end up working on our interviews will have an opportunity to help shape how we do these moving forward.

If you are interested in being an interviewer for Clarkesworld Magazine, here’s a few things you should know:

  • for the moment, we expect the interviews to remain about the same length (so check some out before you apply)
  • interview subjects are assigned, but interviewers are welcome to and encouraged to make suggestions
  • Chris was handling 1-2 interviews per month. We expect to maintain that schedule, but it doesn’t have to be all on one person
  • all pieces will be subject to a final editorial pass by our Non-Fiction Editor, Kate Baker
  • you can work from anywhere in the world, but we do need you to read/write in English
  • interviews are paid on a flat-rate

If you are interested, please fill out this application: https://forms.gle/3rvWUHdqYESu1FtCA

ALL INFORMATION IN APPLICATIONS WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
The only people reading these are Neil Clarke and Kate Baker.

Book Birthday: Best Science Fiction of the Year #4

The fourth volume in my Best Science Fiction of the Year series is officially out today! This is the first volume (and my first US anthology) to be available in hardcover. Most bookstores list that as coming later this month, but the publisher tells me they’ve already shipped to bookstores and will be heading out to customers ahead of schedule.

This volume is dedicated to Gardner Dozois.

Special Clarkesworld Pins for Dublin Worldcon

This August, I’ll be attending the Dublin 2019 Worldcon in Ireland. In honor of the occasion (and to celebrate my Irish roots–both of my parents are from Navan, Ireland) I made an alternate version of our Clarkesworld pins:

These will be given away for free and only available in Ireland. Assuming there’s a freebie table, I’ll be putting out some of them there, but I’ll have them with me most of the time. If you see me there, feel free to say hi and ask for one.

If you aren’t familiar with the pins, here’s the ones we’ve made so far:

Each color is special. The yellow-green pin (right) is normally given away at conventions to our readers. The blue pin (top) is given to people who have had work (art/articles/stories) published in the magazine or are part of the Clarkesworld team. The yellow (left) and purple (bottom) have not been assigned or handed out yet.

2019 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

Saturday night I received SFWA’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. I’m much too tired to go into details at the moment, but I had a wonderful time at the conference and definitely won’t be forgetting that night anytime soon.

Lisa took a few pictures when I got home:

The award is made by Mike Libby.

2019 Nebula Conference

Tomorrow morning I’m boarding a flight for LA and going to the SFWA Nebula Conference. I’ll be on the following panels on Friday:

  • 10:00-11:00 – Short Fiction Contract
  • 3:30-4:30 – Navigating as “Gatekeepers” of Publishing

and participating in the mass signing event from 1:30-3:30 on Saturday.

I’m also going to be receiving a Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community” at the Nebula Awards ceremony on Saturday night. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. It’s quite an honor and a bit overwhelming. I’d also like to congratulate Nisi Shawl, who will also be receiving a Solstice Award this year. Sadly, she’ll be unable to attend.