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Awards Eligibility 2019

The nomination period for the Nebula Awards is officially open, so it seems like an appropriate time to share what all I published this year. I’m also collecting eligibility posts and recommendation links from other folks. As you’re catching up on your year-end reading, please do check out the list. I update it regularly, and if you have your own links to share, please let me know! I’ll be posting my own favorite works from 2019 at some point as well, but in the meantime, here’s what I did this year.

Short Stories

Uncanny Magazine July/August 2019 CoverHow the Trick is Done appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Uncanny Magazine. It’s a story about illusions, real magic, unrequited love, ghosts, and a rabbit who is most definitely not named Gus.

How many people can say they were there the night the trick went wrong and the Magician died on stage? Certainly, that first morning on the strip—dazed gamblers blinking in the rising light, the ambulance come and gone, with the smell of gunpowder lingering in the air—everyone claimed they knew someone who heard the Magician’s Assistant scream, saw the spray of blood, saw a man rush on stage and faint dead away.

The Ghost Sequences, appeared in Ellen Datlow’s anthology, Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories published by Saga Press in August 2019. I highly recommend checking out the whole anthology. It’s full of unsettling, haunting, beautiful stories, and at nearly 800 pages of fiction, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. My particular contribution looks at art, and the nature of hauntings – what causes ghosts to linger, and what happens when the ones you want to stick around don’t.

Now close your eyes and count to one hundred, then you can come back inside, Helen says. Libby closes her eyes and starts counting aloud while Helen walks backward toward the house. When she gets to the door, Helen is planning to lock it behind her, and then she’ll make the rest of the pack hide. But before Helen can get to the house, Libby screams, and Helen freezes. Libby is thrashing, clawing at the stocking. By the time the other girls run out of the house, it’s too late. Libby isn’t breathing. It’s as if something pulled her into the tree and left her there to hang.”

Novella

Catfish Lullaby CoverCatfish Lullaby is my first foray into longer fiction, a novella published by Broken Eye Books in September 2019. The best way I can think to describe it is Southern Gothic meets weird cosmic horror, with a helping of found family, family-by-blood, and queerness. It’s about monsters, but also the power of stories, and how legends are made.

There are stories about him from the Mississippi Delta all the way down to New Orleans. Every place’s got their own name for him – Wicked Silver, Old Tom, Fishhook – but where my people come from, smack dab in the middle of nowhere Louisiana, it was always Catfish John. Depending who you talk to, he’s either a hero or a devil, one so wicked even Hell won’t take him.
— Myths, History, and Legends from the Delta to the Bayou, Whippoorwill Press, 2016

 

Non-Fiction

My various review columns make me eligible for Best Fan Writer when it comes to the Hugos and, I believe, in the Related Work category for the Aurora Awards.

Words for Thought, at Apex Magazine was a short fiction review column that morphed into the Shiny Shorts column on my own website now that Apex no longer publishes monthly.

I also contribute two semi-regular review columns to The Book Smugglers – Non-Binary Authors to Read, and Women to Read.

That’s it. Don’t forget to share your own eligibility posts, and check back for updates to my links compilation and for recommended reading posts coming a bit later in the year.

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What Have You Done, What Have You Loved? 2019

An Interesting Story (Miss Ray)It’s that time of year again! Editors, publishers, and authors’ minds turn toward Year’s Best list, and awards. Which also means it’s time for said authors, editors, and publishers to get out there and self-promote. It can feel icky or uncomfortable, but it’s a valuable service to those who nominate for awards, and those who just want to catch up reading what they might have missed during the year. So step forward, take a deep breath, and shout about what you wrote this year. While you’re at it, shout about the things you loved too! No one can read everything that comes out in a given year, but together we can help each other find excellent things to read, and perhaps even nominate.

As I have in the past, I’m gathering award eligibility posts here as a handy reference. Cat Rambo also maintains such a list, so please do check out her blog, and reach out to her with your own eligibility links. If you have a link for me to add, or a correction to make, feel free to drop a note in the comments, tag me on twitter (@ac_wise) or email me at a.c.wise [at] hotmail.com. I also have sections below for recommendation posts and for general resources like review sites. But first off, the eligibility links!

Oh, and I will update this post regularly, so please check back often!

Author/Editor/Publisher Award Eligibility Posts

Skeleton ReadingAllen, B. Morris (Note: Includes eligible stories published at Metaphorosis Magazine as well.)
Anderson, G.V.
Atthis Arts
Balthazar, Jason
Bangs, Elly
Barlow, Devan
Barton, Phoebe
Beckett, L.X.
Bennett, Rebecca
Bolander, Brooke
Brothers, Laurence Raphael
Cañas, Isabel*
Carpenter, Thomas K.
Chakraborty, S.A.
Chan, L.
Charron, Carolyn
Chawaga, Tim
Chen, Mike
Chu, John
Cipri, Nino
Clark, M.L.
Cooney, C.S.E
Cornell, P.A.
Crilly, Brandon
Das, Indra
Datlow, Ellen
Daly, Raymond Peter
Donald, Ekepeki Oghenechovwe
Reading ImageDoyle, Aidan
Drayden, Nicky
Duckett, Katherine
Dudak, Andy
Duerr, Laura
Duncan, Andy
Duncan, R.K.
Eichenlaub, Anthony W.
Eon, Louis*
Fogg, Vanessa
Frohock, T.
Garcia, R.S.A.*
Gidney, Craig Laurence
Gray, Lora
Greenblatt, A.T.
Hanosly, Christine
Harrow, Alix E.
Haskins, Maria
Hollis, Audrey R.
Howard, Kat
Hudak, Jennifer
Jo, Jessica
Jones, Heather Rose
King, Scott
Krasnoff, Barbara
Kurella, Jordan
Reading ImageLawless, J.R.H.
Lee, Fonda
Lee, Kara
Lu, S. Qiouyi
Lundoff, Catherine
Lyons, Jenn
Marcade, Jei D.
Mead-Brewer, K.C.
Mills, Samantha
Mondal, Mimi (Includes recommendations of others’ works as well.)
Moren, Dan
Mythic Delirium
Neugebauer, Annie
Nikel, Wendy
North, Bennett
O’Brien, Brandon
O’Brien, Laura
O’Dell, Claire
Ogden, Aimee
Ongle, L’Erin
Osborne, Emma
Osborne, Karen
Palumbo, Suzan
Reading ImagePayseur, Charles
PodCastle
Price, Laura E.
Pueyo, H.
Racklin, Carly
Rambo, Cat
Ramdas, Shiv
Rappaport, Jenny Rae
Ratnakar, Arula*
Reisman, Jessica
Roanhorse, Rebecca
Rodriguez, Karlo Yeager
Rowat, Frances
Rowland, Alexandra*
Royce, Eden
Sayre, A.T.
Sen, Nibedita*
Serna-Grey, Ben
Seybold, Grace
Shelby, Jennifer
Siddiqui, Sameem
Sjunneson-Henry, Elsa
St. George, Carlie (Includes recommendations of works by others as well.)
Stufflebeam, Bonnie Jo
Takács, Bogi
Talabi, Wole
Taylor, Jordan
Toasted Cake
Tobler, E. Catherine
Triantafyllou, Eugenia
Uncanny Magazine
Uzume, Setsu
Valdes, Valerie
Wagner, Erin
Wagner, Phoebe
Wasserstein, Izzy*
Wendig, Chuck
Wilde, Fran (Note: Includes recommended reading as well.)
Wilgus, Alison
Wiswell, John
Yoachim, Caroline

* Indicates author who is eligible for the Astounding Award (formerly known as the Campbell Award)

Recommendation Posts

Amazon Best Books of 2019
Coleman, Kel
Goodreads Best Books of 2019 (open for voting)
Kirkus Best Books of 2019
Library Journal Best Horror of 2019
Library Journal Bet SF/Fantasy of 2019
Publishers Weekly Best SFFH of 2019
SFWA Nebula Reading List (crowd-sourced, open to additions by SFWA members)
Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice Best Books of 2019
Washington Post Best Horror of 2019

Review Sites and Resources

Girl Reading1000 Year Plan – short fiction reviews
Antler Review (Meg Elison) – short and long fiction reviews (link goes to the most recent post)
Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi Blog – short and long fiction reviews, SFFH articles
Black Gate Magazine – book reviews, SFFH articles, etc.
Dark Matter Zine – a review site focusing on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Diversity
The Fandomentals – SFFH reviews, articles, etc.
Ginger Nuts of Horror – horror book and media reviews, articles, etc.
Maria Haskins – short fiction reviews
Horror Bound – horror reviews
Hugo Eligibility Spreadsheet – crowd-sourced eligibility spreadsheet organized by category. Open for additions.
It’s a Jumble (Vanessa Fogg) – short and long fiction reviews
Kirkus Reviews – book reviews
Locus Magazine – short fiction reviews, book reviews, media reviews, SFFH articles and interviews
Miskatonic Review – weird fiction/Lovecraftican reviews
More2Read – multi-genre book reviews
Nerds of a Feather – short and long fiction reviews, SFFH articles and interviews
NPR Book Reviews (Amal El-Mohtar) – book reviews
Publishers Weekly – book reviews
Quick Sip Reviews (Charles Payseur) – short fiction reviews
SFF Reviews – short fiction reviews
Squee & Snark – short fiction reviews and discussion
This Is Horror – horror book reviews, news, articles, etc.
Tor.com – short and long fiction reviews, articles, interviews, etc.

All images in this post are public domain works from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Top to bottom: An Interesting Story (Miss Ray), William Wood, 1806
A skeleton wearing a bishop’s mitre reading a book (vignette for the feast of dead), Jose Guadalupe Posada, 1890-1910
Reading by Lamplight, James McNeil Whistler, 1859
Woman in Robes Reading a Book, Julia Margaret Cameron, 1870
The Courtesan Hanazuma Reading a Letter from the series Beauties Compared to Flowers, Kitagawa Utamaro, 1790s
Study in a Wood, Daniel Huntington, 1861

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