The 2019 Locus Award finalists have been announced! “Umbernight“ by Carolyn Ives Gilman (best novella), Clarkesworld (best magazine), and I (best editor) are all on the list and keeping some very nice company. Congratulations to all the finalists!
I’m off to my first Norwescon (SeaTac, WA) next week! Very flattered to be one of the Guests of Honor (as Honored Professional) this year alongside Mary Robinette Kowal (Writer), Tran Nguyen (Artist), Dan Koboldt (Science), Nancy Pearl (Special), and Subterranean Press (Spotlight Publisher). I’m flying in on Wednesday and taking the red-eye home on Sunday night. At present, my schedule is as follows:
Sometime in March, the Clarkesworld Magazine submission system received its 100,000th story since being installed in September 2008. Since then, we’ve been open for submissions every month, except two. Back when I started developing this software, we were receiving about 300 submissions/month via email. (If I had to guess, somewhere between 4000 and 5000 of the earliest submissions to Clarkesworld are all that is missing from the database.) Since then, the monthly volume has increased to nearly four times that. (We were occasionally hitting 1200/month before we stopped accepting horror story submissions.)
It’s not the best way to count authors, but the system has submissions from just over 44,000 distinct email addresses and of those, 28,000 have only ever submitted one story. Three email addresses have broken 100 and a handful are approaching that milestone.
That’s a lot of people who have sent us their short fiction. Thank you and I look forward to reading the next 100,000! (Assuming they don’t all fall into the queue today.)
The 2019 Hugo Award finalists were announced today and I am very honored to be among the finalists for Best Editor (Short Form). I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me.
This year’s Worldcon is in Ireland and my family has been looking forward to it for some time now. We (my parents are from Navan and will be joining us, along with Lisa, the boys, my sister, and her family) are taking the week before the convention to visit family and do a little sightseeing. Lisa and the boys have never been to Ireland or a Hugo ceremony.
It’s my seventh time as a finalist in this category and I am currently winless. I don’t know if the luck of the Irish or lucky number seven will come into play, but either way, I expect to have a great time.
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5 will be published in mid-2020 and select from science fiction stories (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) originally published in English in 2019.
Translations are allowed as long as their first English language appearance is in 2019. To keep things simple, I will be using the publisher’s copyright, magazine’s cover date, or posting date (primarily for online fiction) to determine eligibility. Serialized works will be considered published at the time of the final installment.
Print materials must be received by November 1st. Digital materials must be received by November 15th. If your project is scheduled for publication after that date, please send galleys by the above deadlines so that I will have sufficient time to consider your work.
I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.
I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:
Print – mail to:
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980
EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:
I strongly dislike reading PDFs, so please do not send me work in this format unless you have no other options.
Publishers: If sending a magazine/anthology/collection that also contains other fantasy/horror/other stories, please list the titles of the science fiction stories in your cover letter or email.
Authors: I will not be able to let you know whether or not your work has been submitted by your publisher. To avoid duplication, please check with your publisher before sending a story. If your work is self-published, please include the date and location (blog, website, Amazon, etc.) your work was originally published.
Stories published in the following magazines and anthologies do not need to be submitted. I already have (or will receive) them. UPDATED 2/18/2019
Magazines: Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Better Worlds (The Verge), Clarkesworld, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Diabolical Plots, Escape Pod, F&SF, Fiction River, Future Tense Fiction (Slate), Galaxy’s Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Interzone, Lightspeed, Samovar, Shoreline of Infinity, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Uncanny, and Wired.
Anthologies: Readymade Bodhisattva, The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction, A People’s Future of the United States, The Weight of Light
Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.
Notes on publication dates:
Night Shade Books – July 2, 2019
ISBN-10: 1949102084 (hardcover), 1597809888 (trade paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1949102086 (hardcover), 978-1597809887 (trade paperback)
The fourth volume in a new year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2018.
Available for preorder at:
Cover art: “Behemoth” by Mack Sztaba.