Not a bad way to start off the week!
Today’s release day for Writers of the Future, volume 32, and it’s climbing the Amazon charts—it’s in the top 100 now for both SF and fantasy anthologies, and hopefully it will keep moving up the list. With 42 reviews so far, and an average of 4.8 stars per review, things are looking pretty great.
I sent out my first newsletter today, and there were two time-sensitive items I’d like to bring to your attention:
First, the Untethered Kickstarter has a mere 48 hours to go, and is only halfway to its goal. Now’s the time to contribute.
Second, I’m giving away a sampler with three stories from Writers of the Future, volume 32. If you e-mail me and request the sampler, I’ll send it your way. The catch is, release date is Tuesday, May 3rd, and we’re trying to get as many Amazon reviews as possible—250 or more—on that day.
As with many anthologies these days, there’s a Kickstarter to fund publication. Please consider supporting Janine, my story, and the nineteen other stories in this book.
I’m thrilled beyond reason to announce that I’ve been accepted into the Clarion West class of 2016. I’ll be joining seventeen other writers, taught for six weeks by some of the best writers working today. For a long time, it’s been a goal of mine to attend, and this is my year.
Congratulations to the other members of the UCSD Clarion and Clarion West classes of 2016, and condolences to all who applied but were not accepted. The only rule I know for sure about writing is never give up; its corollary is keep submitting. I would encourage all of you to try again.
Congratulations are also due to David Cleden, who won the 2016 James White award. While of course I’m sorry not to have won, it’s an incredible honor to have been a finalist–particularly in the same year as my Writers of the Future win, not to mention my Clarion acceptance. It’s already been an incredible year for me as a writer, and my thanks go out to everyone who’s supported my literary ambitions.
Time permitting (ha!), I’ll be re-tooling this site in the near future, to put more focus on my fiction.
I got the word this morning that my story Wreckwalkers was shortlisted for the James White Award, a significant British award for non-professional SF writers.
Even if I don’t win, I must say it’s truly an honor to be recognized in this way. Between this and Writers of the Future, I feel that my consistent efforts are beginning to bear fruit.
The winner will be announced next week. Good luck to all the finalists!
I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that a story of mine has taken the top place in last quarter’s Writers of the Future contest.
I can’t say which story—the details need to be kept secret, because my story is in the running for the annual grand prize, which will go to one of the other quarterly first-place winners—but suffice it to say that I’ll be headed to Los Angeles for the writers’ workshop and awards gala in April, and I’ll post more details after that.