Neil Clarke

Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

Quick Health Update

If you’ve been trying to get in touch with me, you should probably know that I’ve been in the hospital much of the last week. In short, kidney stones, but the full story is much more complicated and ugly explanation that spans eight years of medical issues. The good news is that I’m in considerably less pain. I do, however, have another procedure scheduled for next week and the possibility of needing a third not long after that.

I’ll still be working, but expect my schedule to be erratic for a bit. In-progress updates about medical stuff will be on Twitter if you want to follow there.

Capclave 2020

Like most every other convention, Capclave will be a virtual convention. It’s one of my favorites, so hopefully this gives more people an opportunity to discover them. $10 gets you a membership to the virtual convention. If you purchase a full membership for next year’s convention, you get the virtual convention for free. Information here.

Saturday 10/17

12:00 PM – Ask Me Anything – Editor Edition
Scott H. Andrews (mod), Neil Clarke, Sarena Ulibarri, Troy Wiggins

9:00 PM – Dodo Fantastic: Writing for Themed Anthologies
Michael D. Pederson (mod), Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Hildy Silverman, Joshua Palmatier, Neil Clarke

Sunday 10/18

10:30 AM Kaffeeklatsch – Neil Clarke

3:00 PM – Intro to Short Fiction Markets
A. T. Greenblatt (mod), Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Neil Clarke, Sarena Ulibarri, Scot Noel

C’monfluence

I’ll be participating in the virtual C’monfluence Conference this weekend. (Schedule and attendance information)

Friday 10/02/2020

5:00 – 5:50 PODCAST PANEL (Track 1)  – Podcasters talk about how they  put together material, how they use podcasting to strengthen their brand and possibly some of their plans to use podcasting for their own nefarious ends.  (Scott Edelman, Alan Bailey, Gail Carriger, Neil Clarke, J. Thorn)

7:00 – 7:50 KLATSCH (Track 4) – Bring your beverage of choice and come hang out with Neil. This interactive, social chat is limited to 15 participants. Some spaces will be determined via a lottery system.

Saturday 10/03/2020

2:00 – 2:50 THE BUSINESS OF WRITING (Track 2) – What’s a con with all these writers if you don’t talk about what they do after the story is written. (Gay Haldeman, Neil Clarke, Gail Carriger, Tamora Pierce, Herb Kauderer)

4:00 – 4:50 THE EVOLVING SHORT STORY MARKET (Track 1) – “Over the Transom”” doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Best advice from editors about what it takes to make an impression in the market. (Jane Noel, Scot Noel, Neil Clarke, Catherine Lundoff)

Cover Reveal: The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 5

Cover art by Pascal Blanche.

Table of contents and ordering information here.

2020 NASFIC (Virtual)

 
I’m participating in this year’s NASFIC (a con normally held when the Worldcon is outside the US) this weekend. It was supposed to be in Columbus, but like everything else this year, they’ve had to make some adjustments and become a virtual convention.

Here’s their program schedule. I’ll be on the following program items:

The Future of Anthologies (Saturday 11:00 AM)
Jason Sanford (M), Dominik Parisien, Lucy A. Snyder, and Neil Clarke

Our highly-regarded panel of editors discuss current trends in and future of anthologies.

 

COVID-FX: Traditional Publishing (Sunday 2:00 PM)
Dave Ring, Neil Clarke, and Pablo Defendini

Our panel of traditional publishers talk about the state of SF/F publishing since the pandemic. What’s changed, what’s not?

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: 2020 Submission Guidelines

The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 6 will be published in mid-2021 and select from science fiction stories (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) originally published in English in 2020.

Translations are allowed as long as their first English language appearance is in 2020. 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.

Deadlines
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.

Rights
I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.

Delivery
I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:

Print – mail to:
Neil Clarke
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980 

EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:
bestsciencefiction@clarkesworldmagazine.com

I strongly dislike reading PDFs and they are more difficult to work with, 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 10/27/2020

Magazines: Abyss & Apex, Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Cirsova, Clarkesworld, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Cossmass Infinities, Departure Mirror Quarterly, Diabolical Plots, Escape Pod, F&SF, Fiction River, Future SF, Future Tense Fiction/Us in Flux (Slate), Galaxy’s Edge, GigaNotoSaurus,  Interzone, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, Little Blue Marble, Metaphorosis, Mithila Review, Samovar, Shoreline of Infinity, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Translunar Travelers Lounge, Uncanny

Anthologies: 20,000 Leagues Remembered, A Dying Planet Short Stories, Africanfuturism: An Anthology, And the Last Trump Shall Sound, Avatar: Indian Science Fiction, Avatars, Community of Magic Pens, The Dystopia Triptych (Ignorance is Strength, Burn the Ashes, Or Else the Light), Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters, Glitter + Ashes, Made to Order, Upon a Once Time, Reading 5X5 x2: Duets, Recognize Fascism, Silk and Steel, Unidentified Funny Objects 8, Way of the Laser, Writers of the Future: Volume 36

Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.

Notes on publication dates:

  • Magazines: It is traditional for magazine cover date to be used to determine year of publication, however, if a story from a January issue is published on the website of that publication in December of the prior year, that will be considered the first publication date. This is considered an intentional publication by the publisher in the earlier year.
  • Anthologies: If the ebook or an e-Arc of an anthology is made available for purchase (and delivery, preorders don’t count) in the year prior to the official copyright year, the earlier year will be ignored when determining eligibility.  If the print edition happens to ship a few days earlier than the official publication date, causing it to drift into the prior year, the copyright date will be used. Unlike the digital publication dates, this is something that tends to be outside the publisher’s control. This is why they are treated differently.

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