Readings are moving along nicely for Clockwork Canada. I’m developing a good list of shortlisted works, but keep those stories coming. The deadline is the end of this month. I’ve responded to all submissions up to March 21st with either a rejection, a rewrite request, or a hold. If you submitted before that and haven’t heard back from me, please query.
Some of the projects I’ve worked on with the VanderMeers have recently had their table of contents posted online. They’re really fantastic books, with exciting lists of contributors.
The first is Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, coming out in May from PM Press. It’s a really exciting retrospective from the 1970s onward, with contributions by Eleanor Arnason, Kelly Barnhill, Octavia Butler, Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, L. Timmel Duchamp, Carol Emshwiller, Kelley Eskridge, Angelica Gorodischer, Hiromi Goto, Eileen Gunn, Nalo Hopkinson, Leena Krohn, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rose Lemberg, Pat Murphy, Nnedi Okorafor, Susan Palwick, Kit Reed, Anne Richter, Joanna Russ, Pamela Sargent, Vandana Singh, Rachel Swirsky, Karin Tidbeck (one of my favourite new writers of short fiction), James Tiptree Jr., Catherynne M. Valente, and Elisabeth Vonarburg.
The second is a anthology of original fiction by some of today’s best fantasists, The Bestiary. The book is a modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, with an ampersand and an invisible letter. Contributors are Karin Lowachee, Gio Clairval, Corey Redekop, Karen Lord, Dexter Palmer, Dean Francis Alfar, Michael Cisco, Brian Conn, Stephen Graham Jones, Brian Evenson, Joseph Nigg, Karen Heuler, Rochita Loenin-Riuz, Felix Gilman, Reza Negarestani, Catherynne M. Valente, Karin Tidbeck, Michal Ajvaz, L.L. Hannett, Micaela Morrissette, Cat Rambo, Eric Schaller, Rikki Ducornet, Amal El-Mohtar, Rhys Hughes, Vandana Singh, Richard Howard, and China Mieville. There are also gorgeous interior illustrations by Ivica Stevanovic. The anthology is a signed, limited edition book from Centipede Press.
I’m working on new anthologies, but more details on those later.
I’ve also had work published recently. My story “Spider Moves the World” was published in issue 6 of Lackington’s, and is now available free online. The story is illustrated by one of my favourite artists, Galen Dara. I’m incredibly pleased with Galen’s illustration for “Spider”. The issue also includes great work by Steven Earnshaw, David K. Yeh, Rhonda Eikamp, L.S. Johnson, and Michael Cisco, as well as illustrations by Tomasz Wieja, Cherry Valance, Carrion House, Likhain, Gregory St. John, and Kat Weaver.
Lastly, my poem “A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist”, written for Helen Marshall, was published in Mythic Delirium 1.4. The poem is available now to subscribers and will be free online in June. This month’s free stories and poems are by C.S. MacCath, Wendy Rathbone, and Jane Yolen, with more work available in the next few months by Jessy Randall, Jane Yolen again, Adam Howe, and Natalia Theodoridou.