Award Season – Starlit Wood Nominations!

Award season is here! Voting for Locus Award is still going strong, and so is voting for the Hugo Awards. However, some award nominations are already being announced.

Today the nominees for the Nebula Award were posted, and Amal El-Mohtar’s story from The Starlit Wood, “Seasons of Glass and Iron“, is on the list! Navah and I are thrilled for Amal. I think it’s a superb list. I particularly love the novel nominees – really terrific material. I’m also glad to see nominations for excellent work by Victor LaValle, Seanan McGuire, Fran Wilde, Alyssa Wong, Jason Sanford, Cat Rambo, Brooke Bolander, Sam J. Miller, and many other folks. I’ve read most but not all the nominated works, so I’m excited to start on those I’ve missed.

In other award news, the nominees for the Australian Aurealis Award have been announced, and another Starlit Wood story has garnered attention: Garth Nix’s “Penny for a Match, Mister?”. Garth’s story is nominated for both Best Fantasy Short Story and Best Horror story. Again, Navah and I are incredibly happy to see this.

Here’s hoping we see more nominations for Starlit stories in the near future!



Locus Recommended Reading List & Year’s Bests

Here we are, February already. It’s been a rough 2017 for pretty much everyone I know, so we’re due for some good news. The folks at Locus Magazine have compiled their annual recommended reading list,  and it includes a ton of work I’ve enjoyed throughout the year, along with additional material I need to read. Big congratulations to everyone on the list.

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Navah and I are pretty thrilled that THE STARLIT WOOD: NEW FAIRY TALES made the list, along with three stories and two novelettes:

  • Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron
  • Daryl Gregory’s “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious”
  • Sofia Samatar’s “The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle”, Sofia Samatar”
  • Aliette de Bodard’s “Pearl”
  • Naomi Novik’s “Spinning Silver”

Year’s Bests

Starlit stories have also been doing well with Year’s Best anthologies, totalling six reprints so far. These are:

  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron” in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror and Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  • “Spinning Silver” in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror and Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  • “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious” in Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  • “Pearl” in Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year

That’s it for the good news for now. Who knows, maybe the future holds more reprint opportunities for Starlit stories. That would certainly be nice.


My 2016

Like a lot of folks, I’m going to focus this 2016 retrospective on my professional work, not on social and political happenings because, well, you know.

2016 was a big year for me on the editorial side. The year kicked off with the publication of Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Bestiary, and I was an editorial assistant on that one. It picked up some nice reviews, and the book itself is a thing of beauty. It’s always a pleasure working with the VanderMeers, and this project was no different. I’m particularly excited to be working as a consultant on their next project, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, to be published by Vintage.


I’ve been working on the editorial side for a number of years now as an assistant and consultant, and May saw the publication of my first anthology under my own byline: Clockwork CanadaSteampunk Fiction, from Exile Editions. This was a huge undertaking for me, editing my own book. I’ve worked on smaller projects in the past, and as an assistant, but this one was all mine. We had two launches for CC. The first was at Ad Astra, the second in Toronto. Both had a good number of attendees, and the book was met with enthusiasm. Later CC received rave reviews from Quill & Quire,, Lightspeed Magazine, Broken Pencil, and other lovely places. CC was the first anthology of Canadian steampunk, and I’m tremendously pleased with the reception. In fact, it will be going for a second print run in 2016. Definitely something to celebrate!


The year continued with my next BIG undertaking, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, an original cross-genre anthology of retold fairy tales I co-edited with Navah Wolfe. Starlit was an editorial dream come true. I couldn’t have asked for a better co-editor in Navah, and working with her and Saga was pure delight. The entire process was terrific, and the final book is perhaps one of the most lovely physical books I’ve ever seen. Everything from the table of contents to the cover and interior art to the overall design is wonderful. We launched Starlit at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, to a ravenous crowd that bought up all the copies we had for sale. The book’s reception has been fantastic, garnering excellent reviews from the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi blog,, the Portland Herald Press, Booklist, Library Journal, and many others. I’m particularly proud to report that Starlit made it onto the Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016. Also, several stories are being reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies, but we aren’t able to announce all of them yet so I’ll do a separate post on those later.

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On the writing side, 2016 was quiet. I only published one story, “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” in Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories, edited by Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay. I was lucky enough to have the story singled out for praise in the Publishers Weekly starred review of the book. “Where…” was also longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $15,000 short fiction contest. Editing is my main focus now, so, overall, I’m rather pleased with the outcome this year considering I wrote very little original work. I’m starting to get back into it though.

Aside from fiction, I wrote a deeply personal essay, “Growing up in Wonderland“, for Uncanny Magazine. In it I discussed living with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and various other aspects of my health and disability and the impact all of it has had on my career. This was definitely the most open I’ve ever been about my disability online. It was intimidating to write, but I’m very proud to have it out in the world, especially considering there are few articles available on Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

In addition to the essay I also wrote a guest introduction for a forthcoming anthology. The table of contents hasn’t been announced yet, so I’ll post about this one later.

On the awards front, the two stories I published in 2015, “Goodbye is a Mouthful of Water” and “Spider Moves the World”, were both longlisted for the Sunburst Award this year. There was a great list of stories, and although I didn’t make the shortlist I was still the only writer to have two stories nominated, so I can’t exactly be disappointed.

Finally, my next anthology for Saga Press, this one also co-edited with Navah, is nearing completion. We finished editing the last story a few days ago and we’ll have details on the book later in the new year.

2016 Award Eligibility

I’ll do a more comprehensive year’s end review at a later time, but here’s a roundup of the material I published this year. In terms of my own work, I only published a single short story and an essay. My real focus this year was on the anthologies, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (co-edited with Navah Wolfe) and Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction, and this post is really with those in mind.

The Starlit Wood is available to SFWA members voting for the Nebulas on the SFWA forum. Voting runs from November 15 to February 15, and Active and Associate members of SFWA may submit nominations through the online ballot.


 My Work

From The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales

In the Desert Like a Bone Seanan McGuire Short story
Underground Karin Tidbeck Short story
Even the Crumbs Were Delicious Daryl Gregory Short story
The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest Charlie Jane Anders Short story
Familiaris Genevieve Valentine Short story
Season of Glass and Iron Amal El-Mohtar Short story
Badgirl, the Deadman, and the Wheel of Fortune Catherynn M. Valente Short story
Penny For a Match, Mister? Garth Nix Short story
Some Wait Stephen Graham Jones Short story
The Thousand Eyes Jeffrey Ford Short story
Giants in the Sky Max Gladstone Short story
The Briar and the Rose Marjorie Liu Novelette
The Other Thea Theodora Goss Novelette
When I Lay Frozen Margo Lanagan Short story
Pearl Aliette de Bodard Novelette
The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle Sofia Samatar Short story
Reflected Kat Howard Short story
Spinning Silver Naomi Novik Novelette

From Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction

La Clochemar Charlotte Ashley Short story
East Wind in Carall Street Holly Schofield Short story
The Harpoonist Brent Nichols Short story
Crew 255 Claire Humphrey Short story
The Curlicue Seahorse Chantal Boudreau Short story
Strange Things Done Michael Wojcik Novelette
Buffalo Gals Colleen Anderson Short story
Our Chymical Séance Tony Pi Short story
The Seven O’Clock Man Kate Heartfield Short story
The Tunnels of Madness Harold R. Thomson Short story
Let Slip the Sluicegates of War, Hydro-Girl Terri favro Short story
Equus Kate Story Short story
Gold Mountain Karin Lowachee Short story
Komagata Maru Rati Mehrotra Short story
Bones of Bronze, Limbs like Iron Rhea Rose Short story

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have just announced their next big project: The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, to be published by Vintage Books. This book, like their Big Book of Science Fiction, will be a massive undertaking, collecting fiction from roughly 1850 up to WWII.

I’m incredibly excited about the project, but I’m particularly excited for this part of Jeff’s post:

“We’re also very happy to have Dominik Parisien on board as an editorial consultant for this project. Dominik is the co-editor of stellar anthologies such as the current The Starlit Wood.” 

Yes, I will be joining them on their adventures in classic fantasy! The VanderMeers have a strong international focus to their books, so you can be sure this is going to be a bold, ambitious project.

Those Who Make Us

Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creatures, Myths, and Monsters (Exile Editions) was released on November 1st, and it includes my story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins”, which was longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $10,000 Short Fiction Contest.

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The book received a starred review from Publishers WeeklyThis all-Canadian anthology of fantastical stories, featuring emerging writers alongside award-winning novelists, poets, and playwrights, is original, elegant, often poetic, sometimes funny, always thought-provoking, and a must for lovers of short fiction.

My contribution was, according to the reviewer, one of the standout stories and this is what they had to say about it: Dominik Parisien’s “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” is an epistolary story that unfolds gracefully, with just the right balance between the sinister and the liberating.

There was a launch earlier this month in Toronto at the See-Scape bar, and it was a lot of fun. We had a huge number of readers (9, I think?) and by the end the bar was over capacity. A very successful event indeed!

The Starlit Wood – One Month Later

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales was released exactly one month ago. How has it fared up to this point? Well, Navah and I are certainly pleased with the results so far! Pretty damn pleased, I’d say. Here’s some of what’s happened since the release day (which was also eventful, as you can see here).

We launched the book at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, and the response was incredible. Our party suite was full to bursting, and we sold out of books. The launch was a joint party with the fine folks at Uncanny Magazine, and Uncanny’s Michael Damien Thomas proved invaluable in our planning efforts. We were also lucky enough to have some of our authors on hand to celebrate with us and sign books: Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, Genevieve Valentine, Jeffrey Ford, and Daryl Gregory.

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Some reviews:

  • Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy BlogFor fairy tale aficionados, this volume is a must-read; for those interested in sampling the work of some of the best short fiction writers in sci-fi and fantasy today, it is no less essential.
  • Portland Herald PressClever, touching, frightening, funny and frequently surprising, “The Starlit Wood” shines with magical possibility.
  • Tor.comThe Starlit Wood furthers the conversation that surrounds the evolution of fairy tales in the context of a society that’s removed itself significantly from the world these tales originated from. What are our needs, now, as an audience? You’ll have to wander through the woods (and beyond) to find an answer, but it will be a wondrous journey.
  • Black Gate MagazineAre you searching for that fairy tale feeling in your own reading life? That deepening, that enrichening, that gilding and scarifying and ensorcelling of your inner landscape that changes the way you see the outside world in a myriad small ways?  If so, then The Starlit Wood is the marvel-limned, shadow-skinned, witch-infested, magic-invested place to start.
  • The Little Red ReviewerIf you were ever fascinated by fairy tales as a child, if you have ever read a fairy tale to a child and watched their face light up, this is an anthology for you.

These are in addition to the excellent early press from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and The Romantic Times, as well as a number of reviews on various blogs.

Articles, Essays, and Other Things


Today we also announced the winner of our Twitter draw for the beautiful The Starlit Wood pendant, made by Elise Matthesen. Congratulations, A.C. Wise!


We’ll have some more exciting things to announce soon, so check back!