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Another Unlikely Update

I’m gathering up a few bits of news related to Unlikely Story, some of which I’ve mentioned elsewhere, but all of which are worth repeating.

With the publication of Unlikely Story #8: The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, we’re moving to a subscription-only model for the PDF version. We’ll continue to publish each new issue online, but now you can also get the PDF version sent straight to your inbox. And it’s free! What’s not to like about that? So head on over to the Unlikely Story blog, and sign up for your free subscription today.

Speaking of Unlikely Story #8, the issue just received a very nice review from Lois Tilton at Locus Online. Congratulations to all of our authors, particularly Barry King and Mari Ness whose stories earned a coveted ‘Recommended’ rating.

And speaking of Locus Online and going back to Unlikely Story #7: The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Maria Dahvana Headley’s story, The Psammophile made the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List, which also means it’s on the ballot for the Annual Locus Award. Anyone can vote, and the deadline is April 15. The ballot also allows for write-in nominations, so the other original work published by Unlikely Story in 2013 is eligible as well.

Looking ahead, we’re closing in on our final selections for Unlikely Story #9: The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, which will be published in June 2014. While we’re finalizing our selections, we remain open to submissions for Unlikely Story #10: The Journal of Unlikely Entomology.

That’s all the Unlikely news that’s fit to print.

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Award Eligible Work

There’s really no subtle, or non-awkward way to do this, at least not if you’re me. I’m not, as they say, smooth or debonair. So here’s the deal. I wrote a bunch of stuff, which was published in 2011. In fact, if you scroll down a bit, you’ll find a post detailing said stuff. Being that it was published in 2011, it’s eligible for various and sundry awards, and most of it you can currently find in print or online. Except for Final Girl Theory (and isn’t that just the way Jackson Mortar would want it?). A one-man quest to erase Kaleidoscope can only go so far, though. Final Girl Theory will be reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four later this year, and podcast at Pseudopod in June (and can’t you just imagine how Jackson will squirm?).

But the point is, it’s not available now, and I’ve noticed a fair number of search hits landing here, presumably looking for it. Furthermore, the story has gone and got itself on the 2011 Locus Recommended Reading List, which means one could theoretically vote for it for the Locus Awards. It’s hard to vote for something that isn’t currently accessible (as hard as building a cult following for a non-existent movie). So, the non-debonair-and-smooth bottom line is, if you’re interested in obtaining a copy of Final Girl Theory for award consideration, I’m happy to make one available. Drop me a line at a.c.wise at hotmail.com, and I’ll send one your way.

(Passed from hand to hand, person to person, whispered in the dark, the way it should be.)

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