World Fantasy Nomination!

The whirlwind continues!

The Starlit Wood book is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award! 

That means the book has been nominated for the Locus Award, the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award, and it won the Shirley Jackson Award.

In addition, Amal El-Mohtar’s story “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, which has already been nominated for a ton of awards and won the Locus and Nebula Awards, is a finalist for Best Short Story! I’m glad to see she’s up against Brooke Bolander and Maria Dahvana Headley, both of which had great stories this year.

It’s quite a lovely list of nominees. I’m particularly pleased with the books in the anthology section: terrific anthologies by Mike Allen, Jack Dann, Ellen Datlow, and Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams. Starlit has some hefty competition.

I’m so happy to see Mishell Baker’s Borderline in the novel section. Michelle wrote a fantastic book, and I take no small pleasure in the fact that my co-editor Navah was Mishell’s editor on that book. dominated the Best Long Fiction category, which isn’t surprising. They’ve been publishing  some superb work, and I’m particularly pleased with the nominees here. I thought the stories by Victor Lavalle, Kij Johnson, Seanan McGuire, and Kai Ashante Wilson were very strong. (I haven’t read the Paul F. Olson yet.)

For Best Collection, I love that Ken Liu and Jeffrey Ford are nominated – those were some truly excellent collections. I haven’t read the L.S. Johnson book, but I’ve read a number of stories from her and she’s very talented.

The Special Award – Professional section is also looking good. Glad to see Joe Monti nominated again for his contributions to the genre, and he will have some stiff competition (Kelly Link!). It’s a great category. Same goes for the Non-Professional award. I’m particularly happy to see Uncanny Magazine and Fireside here along with the always excellent Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Wonderful stuff!


Uncanny Magazine / Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter LIVE

Uncanny Magazine’s Year 4 / Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction went live on Monday and….. Year 4 is already funded. That’s right, in a matter of days funding for the Magazine’s next year is already secured. Does that mean our work is done? Hardly.

For one, the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction double issue is the first stretch goal. We have yet to reach that goal! And then there are all manner of other excellent stretch goals, the most exciting of which (for me) is the final $45,000 goal where we would get physical copies of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. The previous Destroy series (Women, Queers, PoC) with Lightspeed all secured enough funding for physical copies, and I would love to do the same with this issue. Those were all fantastic projects, and personally I would be thrilled to have Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction next to them on my shelf.

So, if you haven’t already checked out the Kickstarter, please do! Every day Uncanny is releasing a new essay by a disabled artist, each one specifically for this project. We have a lot to offer with the double issue, and all the essays running throughout the Kickstarter, so check back often!

(Uncanny will also have another special issue in year 4 – a Shared-World Dinosaur Themed issue with some stellar writers. It’s going to be really cool.)

So, cause for celebration, but we also still have work to do!

Shirley Jackson WIN and British Fantasy Nomination!

Well that was certainly an eventful weekend…

I left for Readercon, one of my favourite conventions, on Friday afternoon. I was terribly late registering due to a variety of personal circumstances, so I didn’t make it onto any programming. I couldn’t even get a room in the con hotel. Basically, everything was set up for a very quiet con, which was actually pretty welcome. It didn’t quite turn out that way.

I received a call from Navah on Friday just as I was about to board the plane and learned that The Starlit Wood is a finalist for the British Fantasy Award. It came as on hell of a surprise. The full list of nominees is available here. I’m particularly happy to see People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction as another finalist in the anthology category.

The conference was quite wonderful, as always. I like the new location, and it was a real pleasure to spend so much time surrounded by such passionate people. The absence of my usual group resulted in me spending a lot of time with new friends, and that was also lovely. One of the high points was definitely staying up on the patio till sunrise on Saturday and having all manner of weird and wonderful discussions.

Then, on Sunday, this happened:


That’s right, we won the Shirley Jackson Award for Edited Anthology. It felt a little surreal. This was my first con as a nominee, and I was a bit of a nervous wreck for the acceptance speech. The ceremony started with F. Brett Cox delivering an excellent speech on behalf of Ruth Franklin, the recipient of the Board of Directors Award for her biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, which I really must read. Then Naomi Novik discussed Jackson’s legacy and the importance of her work. Again, wonderful stuff.

When it came to the actual award portion I was terribly nervous. I can steel myself just fine for panels and readings because I’m prepared for them, and I do genuinely enjoy it once I’m on the stage, but in this case not knowing was really quite nerve-wracking. When Naomi (herself a contributor to the book) announced The Starlit Wood as the winner I felt my knees go weak, and I walked up to the stage with my legs shaking. I know awards don’t mean much to some folks, but it’s been a difficult year for me in terms of health, and this recognition has been incredibly uplifting. As I said in my speech, it is heartening as this is the first of several collaborations with Navah, and we’re incredibly proud of the work we’re doing together.

I was actually messaging Navah throughout the ceremony, informing her of the winners. When it came to our category I told her it was our turn, and then I failed to message for several minutes. She was actually able to tune in to Scott Edelman’s live video of the ceremony and catch me walking down the ramp with the award, so she knew then we’d won. Afterwards my phone exploded with notifications and messages from friends, family, and acquaintances. Later I was able to get pictures with the trophy and contributors who were attending the con – Karin Tidbeck, Daryl Gregory, Max Gladstone, Catherynne M. Valente, and Naomi Novik. I also got a picture with Ellen Dattlow, which meant a lot because her anthologies have had a great influence on me.

Thank you again to all those who have supported this project. It is very dear to my heart, and seeing the book’s reception has been overwhelming. Congratulations also to the other winners, and to all the nominees. The full list of nominees and winners can be found here.

So yeah, that was my weekend. I think I’m ready for a few quiet days now.





Last month Barnes & Noble broke the big news: I am co-editing another anthology with Navah Wolfe called Robots vs Fairies. So what’s it about? Robots and fairies. I know, you’re shocked.

This project was so much fun! Don’t get me wrong, there was the usual blood, sweat, and tears, but I think the excess of fairy dust in the air made it a little easier. Or maybe that was the robots plugging directly into our brains. In any case, we managed to put together what we feel is a really stellar list of contributors. The folks at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog seemed to agree, writing: “The list of contributors suggests the editors have either black magic or mad science on their side. How else to explain this list of names?” Obviously, the answer to that is: we had both on our side. Here are the folks we recruited:

  • Madeline Ashby
  • Delilah S. Dawson writing as Lila Bowen
  • Jeffrey Ford
  • Sarah Gailey
  • Max Gladstone
  • Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Jim C. Hines
  • Kat Howard
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Ken Liu
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Annalee Newitz
  • Tim Pratt
  • John Scalzi
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Alyssa Wong

So does it work? We asked our writers to write us some fun, epic stories to showcase why their particular team is, well, more epic. Simple enough. Except it’s a little more complicated than that, because of course it is: some of the stories actually feature both robots AND fairies. Sometimes members of the other team just sneak into the stories, and other times, well…you’ll see it when you read it.

When can you read it? Good question. The book is now available for pre-order, so that’s a good start, right? And there’s a Goodreads page. The official book release is January 2018.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on the gorgeous cover. In true versus mode, the cover features two different artists: Amy Sol did the fairy part, and Vault 49 contributed the robot part.



Today Uncanny Magazine published a press release about their Kickstarter for Year 4. That in of itself is pretty exciting as Uncanny is consistently publishing some of the best SF/F/H in the field.

Included in their year 4 plans is a special issue of Disabled People Destroy. Lightspeed Magazine is officially handing over the wonderful People Destroy mantle to Uncanny, and it should come as no surprise that Uncanny is doing a Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue as a result.

What is particularly exciting for me is that I am the GUEST FICTION EDITOR-IN-CHIEF for that issue! I’ve loved the People Destroy series, so I’m honoured to be working with Uncanny on this project. Elsa Sjunneson-Henry will be joining me as Guest Non-Fiction Editor-in-Chief, and we’ll be working with Judith Tarr (Reprint Editor), S. Qiouyi Lu (Poetry Editor), and Likhain as the Cover Artist.

  • Editor-in-Chief/Fiction Editor: Dominik Parisien
  • Editor-in-Chief/Nonfiction Editor: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  • Reprint Editor: Judith Tarr
  • Poetry Editor: S. Qiouyi Lu
  • Personal Essays Editor: Nicolette Barischoff
  • Cover: Likhain

The issue will feature disabled staff, writers, poets, and artists. We have already solicited work in all our departments, and we will be opening to submissions later in the year provided the Kickstarter is successful.

I’ll be posting more details about the issue once the Kickstarter is online next month, including some posts about what it means for me personally to be involved in the project.


Nebula WIN for El-Mohtar and Aurora Nomination for Clockwork Canada

Right to it: Amal El-Mohtar has won the Nebula Award for her story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” from The Starlit Wood! I was unable to attend the conference, but fortunately Amal was in excellent company. Here she is with Navah celebrating at the award ceremony! Congratulations on your win, Amal!


The full list of Nebula winners can be found here. I was glad to see Charlie Jane Anders win for Best Novel and Seanan McGuire for Best Novella.

In addition to her Nebula win, Amal has also added to her already long string of nominations for her story with additional nominations for the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction, the Sturgeon Award, and now the Aurora Award. These come in addition to her nominations for the Locus and the Hugo. What an amazing showing for “Seasons of Glass and Iron”!

In other news, my anthology Clockwork Canada has also been nominated for the Aurora Award in the Best Related Work category, alongside some excellent books by Hayden Trenholm & Mike Rimar, Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law, and Claude Lalumiere and Mark Shainblum. You can find the full list of nominees here.

I’ve been thrilled by all the lovely press Clockwork Canada has received so far, and now the nomination just makes it even more exciting.

Congratulations to all the nominees!


Shirley Jackson and Locus Award nominations!

This time last year I was in constant movement, jumping from one location to another, with no real place of my own. It was quite a period of transition. It just so happens that I am, again, visiting family at the moment, but there’s much more stability to my life now. As is still frequently the case my health has been giving me trouble of late, so some of the recent news regarding my work has been very welcome.

The Starlit Wood has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award in the anthology category. This came as a wonderful surprise to both myself and Navah. The book is a cross-genre anthology, so we certainly didn’t expect it.

The nomination is in itself is a huge honour, but I’m particularly pleased to be nominated alongside Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. My story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” was published in that anthology, and the book as a whole is a wonderful project showcasing specifically Canadian stories, from an all-Canadian team.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

They’ve also announced the finalists for the Locus Award, and The Starlit Wood is nominated alongside terrific work by Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Ellen Kushner, and Ken Liu. I’m especially happy to see my work alongside Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, who have taught me so much (and their The Big Book of Science Fiction is a monumental project of great importance).

In addition, three stories from The Starlit Wood have garnered nominations: Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” in the short story category, and Aliette de Bodard’s “Pearl” and Naomi Novik’s “Spinning Silver” in the novelette category.

I’m also thrilled to see Navah nominated in the Editor category. She also received a Hugo nomination for her novel editing, and I think she deserves all the recognition she’s been getting.

It’s a terrific list overall, and I’m so pleased to see a great deal of work I enjoyed last year be nominated. The full list is here.