Monthly Archives: November 2014

Clockwork Canada Guidelines

I will be editing a new anthology, Clockwork Canada, for Exile Editions. I am interested in stories from 2,000 to 8,000 words. I pay 5 cents/word (CAD). Stories must be set in Canada and written by Canadian authors. Canadians living abroad must indicate their status in their cover letter. Please indicate if you consider yourself any of the following in the cover letter: Aboriginal writer, culturally diverse writer, Francophone writer, new generation writer (definitions below). You are welcome to indicate your gender and if you self-identify as LGBTQIA (otherwise called QUILTBAG).

The full guidelines can be found on the Clockwork Canada page. I will periodically be posting links to Steampunk resources and recommended stories here on my blog, including updates on the anthology.

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Poetry Sale

My poem “A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist” was accepted by Mike Allen for Mythic Delirium. This will be my second appearance in Mythic Delirium, but my first on the relaunched online version of the magazine. Poems and stories from the first year of the new MD were recently compiled in an anthology format, and the book received some very nice praise from Publishers Weekly.

I wrote the poem for Helen Marshall after I finished reading her magnificent poetry collection, The Sex Lives of Monsters

Strange Horizons

There are only three days left for the Strange Horizons annual Fund Drive.

Strange Horizons is one of those magazines that does so much for the field: they’ve a really strong focus on international and under-represented voices, they publish fiction, poetry, reviews, and opinionated and insightful columns, and they have podcasts with great readers. They’re also staffed by volunteers. And they’ve published me in the past, but that’s the least of it for me; they’re the real deal, a long-running online magazine dedicated to great work.

Seriously, just check out this new story by Indrapramit Das.

I’ve already donated, and they need an extra push to reach their goals. You should help them out. Oh, and they also have a great selection of prizes for those who donate.

WFC 2014

The World Fantasy Convention in Washington D.C. happened.

Unsurprisingly, I find myself missing people already. Fortunately the post-con blues were lessened this time by a gradual withdrawal: I had the lovely company of Madeline Ashby, David Nickle, and Michael Rowe at Reagan Airport, then Gillian Chan on the plane ride, and then Michael again on the car ride home.

Much of my time was spent with roommates and friends C.S.E. Cooney, Patty Templeton, and Nicole Kornher-Stace. Late-night shenanigans were a common occurrence and always welcome. I also managed to spend a good deal of time with my close friend Ann VanderMeer, whom I hadn’t seen in person since WFC 2012 in Toronto.

We managed to restrict most of our meals fruits and veggies kept in our room and the con suite – there was a fairly good selection – though there were a few lovely dinners: one with the VanderMeers, Peter Straub, Thomas Olde Heuvelt and Singha Samwel, Desirina Boskovitch, Jeremy Zerfoss, and Stephen H. Segal; another with Nicole, Patty, Claire, and Mike and Anita Allen; and another with Patty, John O’Neill and Elwin Cotman.

I managed to keep my book purchases to a minimum this year. Books purchased include Monstrous Affections from Small Beer Press and Patty’s There Is No Lovely End, amongst a few others.

Sofia Samatar took the Best Novel award for her superb A Stranger in Olondria. I’ve rarely been more pleased about a win. Her acceptance speech gracefully addressed the topic of the award itself, a bust of H.P. Lovecraft. There’s been an ongoing discussion on the issue of representing an international award with the bust of a well-known racist, and I hope Sofia’s tactful appeal to community and ongoing debate will help further the discussion.

A full list of the award winners can be found here.