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Obligatory Award Eligibility Post 2016

It’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on what all I did in 2016. Since I’ve been encouraging others to share their eligibility and recommendation posts (please do!), it seems only fair that I do it myself. I’m still catching up on reading, but I’ll be assembling my recommendation posts soon. In the meantime, here’s my award eligible work for 2016.

Short Stories 

Tekeli-li, They Cry, published in Tomorrow’s Cthulhu

Seven Cups of Coffee, published in Clarkesworld

The Ghosts of Mars, published as part of the March Geeky Giving bundle

A Guide to Birds by Song (After Death), published in Clockwork Phoenix 5

In the Name of Free Will, published in Superhero Universe (Tesseracts 19)

The Men From Narrow Houses, published in Liminal Stories

I Dress My Lover in Yellow, published in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu

The Last Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841), published in The Dark

How Objects Behave on the Edge of a Black Hole, published in Strangers Among Us

How to Host a Haunted House Murder Mystery Party, published in Bourbon Penn

Novelette

When the Stitches Come Undone, published in Children of Lovecraft

Collection

The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, published by Lethe Press

The collection is eligible as a whole for things like the World Fantasy Award. It also contains two original short stories – Juliet & Juliet(te): A Romance of Alternate Worlds, and It’s the End of the World As We Know It – and two original novelettes – The Astronaut, Her Lover, the Queen of Faerie, and Their Child, and The Kissing Booth Girl.

As a Canadian, I’m also eligible for the Prix Aurora Awards, in addition to awards like Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, etc.

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Cover Reveal: The Kissing Booth Girl

The most excellent Lethe Press unveiled the cover and table of contents for my upcoming collection earlier today. The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories contains fifteen stories (eleven reprints, and four brand spanking new). Follow the link to see the full ToC at Lethe Press’ site. The cover is stunningly gorgeous, and I could not be happier with the way it turned out. The artist is Reiko Murakami. Do yourself a favor and browse through her portfolio; her work is incredible. The collection should make its way into the world in October. In the meantime, here is the aforementioned cover. Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands!

The Kissing Booth Girl

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Goings On

There are various goings on happening, now or coming up soon, so instead of a really substantive post, I’m going to tell you about them.

On April 5th at The Brooklyn Commons, I’ll be taking part in the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings’ launch party for Clockwork Phoenix 5. Clockwork Phoenix is an excellent anthology series, and the fifth entry is no exception. It’s full of fantastic stories, some of which I’ve covered in my recent Women to Read posts at SF Signal, and my Non-Binary Authors to Read posts right here on this blog. You can find the posts in question here, here, and here. Clockwork Phoenix 5 is currently available for preorder, and will be officially available as of April 5th. Starting March 18th, you can also enter to win your very own copy at Goodreads. I highly recommend grabbing a copy any way you can.

01 Publishing is currently running a Kickstarter for Whispers from the Abyss 2. As you might guess from the title, this is an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction. It contains a story a story of mine set in the same universe as Venice Burning, where R’yleh has risen, time is broken, and humanity is essentially fucked to hell. It’s a love story, of course. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, you can claim a critique from me – up to 8000 words for either a story of a novel excerpt. There’s lots of other fantastic rewards on offer, too. Go check it out!

Speaking of Kickstarters, Apex is currently working toward their second Stretch Goal for their anthology Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. The anthology is edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates and packed full of fantastic authors such as Sunil Patel, Alyssa Wong, Haralambi Markov, Maurice Broaddus, Michael Underwood, and Nisi Shawl taking tropes and flipping them on their heads. Thanks to meeting the first Stretch Goal, I will be contributing an essay to the anthology all about the Heroine’s Journey and everyone’s favorite goblin sparkle fest, Labyrinth.

This March marks Lethe Press’ 15th Anniversary. To celebrate, they’re holding a massive ebook sale. Buy a minimum of three ebooks and get them for $1.50 each. For less than the price of a fancy cup of Starbucks coffee, you could get, oh, say The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, along with two other fabulous titles. That includes excellent things such as Christopher Barzak’s Before and Afterlives, Richard Bowes’ Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe edited by Steve Berman, Heiresses of Russ: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edited by Jean Roberta and Steve Berman, or Livia Llewellyn’s Engines of Desire.
And that’s just the tip of the highly affordable iceberg. What are you waiting for? Head on over and buy up some ebooks!

 

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Remembering Barry King

Back in 2009, I attended my first real convention as a writer. It was a Worldcon, and the only reason I got up the courage to go is because it was being held in Montreal, my hometown. Having never been to a con before, my general impression was of something huge and overwhelming where everyone already knew each other, and where I most definitely didn’t belong. I attended panels, and for the most part spent the weekend too terrified to talk to anyone. The exception was the workshop I signed up for, where a pro and a neo-pro author teamed up to take on small groups of writers and teach them how to critique each other’s work, as well as offering feedback of their own. I came away from the workshop with largely positive feelings, and the other authors who participated did as well. After the convention, we suggested keeping the group going through a private online workshop, which grew into Anticipation, named after the convention where it all started. One of the authors who was key in making this happen was Barry King.

A few weeks ago, one of the members of our workshop reached out to the Anticipation workshop group to let us know that Barry had passed away.

Barry was young. He was full of life and energy. He was one of those people who seemed like he would always be there. Until he wasn’t, and I still can’t quite believe he’s gone.

I didn’t have the chance to meet Barry in person at that first con in Montreal. We became friends through the workshop, and stayed in touch even after I drifted away from the group. We swapped critiques. I followed his blog with interest, always eager to see his latest efforts in macro photography, or read about his cooking adventures. Both his parents (I believe) were diplomats, and he grew up everywhere. He was passionate about a great many subjects, and could talk intelligently and at length about any and all of them – history, politics, philosophy, music, and, of course, writing. I finally got to meet Barry and his wife at Readercon three years ago. We kept running into each other in the hallways, and as always seems to happen at cons, we never found the time to sit down properly and have a drink or a meal together. I regret that even more now.

Barry wrote strange, wonderful, densely layered stories. The kind of stories that stick with you long after you finish reading them. In my co-editoral capacity, I was lucky enough to publish two of those stories at Unlikely Story: Those Who Gave Their Island to Survive and Something in Our Minds Will Always Stay. Other of his works can be found at Crossed Genres, Ideomancer, and Lackington’s among other places.

Even though the members of the Anticipation Workshop have largely gone their separate ways now, we wanted to do something as a group to honor Barry’s memory. He was a giving writer, and we decided a scholarship to a writing workshop in his name would be most appropriate. We chose Alpha Workshop, an eleven day residential workshop for teens 14-19 to learn the craft of writing genre fiction from established pros. The Barry King Memorial Scholarship will provide need-based funding to help a young writer (or writers) attend Alpha. Preference will be given to Canadians, in honor of Barry’s chosen home. Anyone interested in donating can do so here. Follow the paypal link, and make sure to put ‘Barry King Memorial Scholarship’ in the note to seller field so they know where to direct the funds. If you know a teen who might be interested in attending Alpha, point them here. The application process for 2016 hasn’t opened up yet, but it will soon.

A legacy helping a new generation of SF/F/H writers hone their craft  – I think Barry would have approved.

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Award Eligible Work 2015

Rabbit season, duck season, award nominatin’ season! It’s the time of year when all the cool kids are putting up their eligibility posts. I’m relatively certain I won’t have any other stories sneak out this year, and the wonderful thing about the internet is, I can update this post if they do. As you may have noticed, I’m keeping a running list of other folks’ eligibility posts and recommendation lists as a handy reference guide as we enter award season. If you have such a post, please let me know. In the spirit of sharing stuff we’ve done, here’s my own list of eligible work published in 2015.

Short Stories:

The Lion and the Unicorn (Lackington’s Magazine)

Troublemake (Phobos)

Letters to a Body on the Cusp of Drowning  (XIII/Resurrection House Press)

Evidence of Things Unseen (What Lies Beneath/Circlet Press)

Silver Buttons All Down His Back (Apex Magazine)

The Crane Wife (Lakeside Circus)

The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate (Uncanny Magazine)

All the Spaces In-Between (The Flesh Made Word/Circlet Press)

The Double Blind (The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk/Running Press Books)

We Are Not These Bodies, Strung Between the Stars (Whispers from the Abyss Vol. 2/01 Publishing)

Even in This Skin (Shimmer)

Novelette:

And If the Body Were Not the Soul (Clarkesworld)

Collection:

The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again (Lethe Press)

Now here’s the tricky think about the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again. It’s eligible as a collection, but the majority of the stories are also original. So, Roller Girls Have More Fun, Penny in the Air, The Devil Comes to the Midnight Cafe, The Story of M, and City of the Dead are all eligible in the Short Story category. Jewels Beyond Compare and The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again or The Great G-String Men Crossover Special are eligible in the Novelette category.

Non-Fiction:

As John DeNardo at SF Signal kindly pointed out, my Women to Read: Where to Start columns are eligible as ‘related work’. You can find them all listed here by date.

I’m also eligible for editorial work as co-editor of Unlikely Story.

On top of all the usual eligibility categories noted above, I’m also Canadian, so I’m eligible for the Aurora Awards, if you’re the sort of person who votes for that kind of thing.

And that’s about it. I’ll be posting my favorite reads of 2015 sometime soonish, but the year isn’t over yet, and I’m still reading. So that’s about it. Check back for my recommendations of work I loved this year, and keep an eye on the meta post of eligibility and recommendation links for updates.

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Readercon 2015

Readercon is almost here! July 9-12, I’ll be in Burlington, MA at one of my favorite local(ish) conventions. As the name implies, Readercon is focused primarily on the literary side of speculative fandom. While a few panels do cross over into other media, it’s mostly all about the written word. I’m only part of one item of official programming this year, a group reading from the upcoming anthology, The Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow. The rest of the time, I’ll be attending other panels and readings, trying to resist buying every single book in the dealers’ room, and hanging out and chatting with friends. I hope to see you there!

Friday 8-9pm Group reading from The Monstrous, a forthcoming anthology edited by Ellen Datlow.

Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears.

Ellen Datlow will be introducing several contributors to the anthology, including Peter Straub, A.C Wise, Gemma Files, John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones

Room: Embrace/Empower

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Get Your Glitter On!

Glitter CoverWhen sea monsters rise, when space eels attack, when the world needs saving yet again, who do you call? The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron, of course. Sure, there are other superheroes, but they don’t have half the glitz, the glam, or the style of the Glitter Squadron. To heavily paraphrase the famous quote about Ginger Rogers, they do everything other superheroes do, but  they do it in high heels.

All of which is to say that The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again is now available for preorder! The collection will be out in October, but I’m plotting something extra special to send to folks who do preorder. On a totally selfish level, preorders do help with reviews and convincing bookstores to carry the work, but I also want to send you things! More details on will be forthcoming once I’ve figured out which of my Top Sekrit Plans to deploy.  I promise not send you an envelope full of glitter. Unless you’re into that kind of thing. In which case I WILL TOTALLY SEND YOU AN ENVELOPE FULL OF GLITTER. (You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. If you fully and consensually agree to receive such a thing, I will send you glitter, because glitter is awesome.)

Ahem. Anyway, if reading about queer and trans and cis women (and the occasional scantily-clad cis men) teaming up to save the world, and looking damned good while doing s,o is your kind of thing this is the collection for you. The book is also interspersed with cocktail recipes, so if none of those other things I mentioned are your cup of tea, you can at least get a good buzz on. The stories are a little bit pulpy, a little bit serious, and hopefully a lot bit glitteringly fabulous.

If you want a taste of what you can expect in the collection, you can read the original version of the story that started it all, Operation: Annihilate Mars! Or, Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron, over at Ideomancer.

Saving the world may be hard, thankless work, but that’s no excuse to be anything less than fabulous.

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Giveaway: The Flesh Made Word

FMWFree smut! Get it while it’s hot! Oh, who am I kidding? This one will stay hot indefinitely. Ten writers (including me) writing erotica about writing. What more could you want? The Flesh Made Word is published by Circlet Press, and it’s one of their rare print editions, being a publisher that specializes primarily in ebooks. What makes The Flesh Made Word extra special? There are blank pages for you to write your very own naughty, sensuous, and thrilling tales. All you have to do is comment below (or if you’re particularly shy, send me an email at a.c.wise (at) hotmail (dot) com, and I’ll enter you into the drawing. The winner will be chosen by the power of a Random Number Generator. The giveaway will be open until May 16, 2015.

The contributing authors include A.B. Eyers, Andrea Zanin, Benji Bright, Trish DeVene, Nadine Wilmot, Delilah Bell, Kannan Feng, Sasha Payne, Sunny Moraine, and yours truly. You can read an excerpt of my story at the Circlet website, and while you’re there, maybe pick up another book or two that catches your fancy? If you’re in a listening mood, you can also hear the full text of my story at the Nobilis Erotica podcast.

That’s it. Throw your name in the ring by May 16, 2015, and you might just get lucky. (See what I did there? See?)

 ETA: Random number generator says email entrant MLH is the winner. Thank you everyone who entered!

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Cover Girls

The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron has a cover. Are you ready? It’s an amazing, incredible, wonderful cover and I love it to pieces. I might even go so far as to say it’s fabulous. The cover art is by Staven Anderson, whose portfolio can be found here. You really should click through; there’s some gorgeous work to be found. I couldn’t be happier with the way the cover turned out. I’m still kind of stunned my hyper/flailing description of what I had in mind turned into a real piece of art. That’s the mark of a true professional. So, without further delay, here they are – my fabulous glittering cover girls, ready to kick ass and save the world.

Glitter Cover

I am so, so excited for this collection. Now that it has a cover and an official title, it’s starting to feel real. If all goes according to plan, you should be able to get your very own copy from the wonderful Lethe Press, and other fine retailers, this Fall.

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Giveaway: Whispers from the Abyss

WhispersAbyssOne year is almost over, and a new one is about to begin. What better way to celebrate this transition than with tentacles? Lest Old Gods be forgot… and all that. In the spirit of wishing you all a tentacular New Year, I’m giving away not one, but two copies of Whispers from the Abyss, an anthology full of Lovecraftian madness penned by the likes of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Nick Mamatas, Tim Pratt & Greg Van Eekhout, Erika Satifka, and me! Drop a note in the comments by January 3rd, and the random number generator will pick a pair of winners. Good luck!

ETA: The random number generator has declared Bogi Takacs and Isabel the winners!

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