Welcome to the December edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. New Markets 1986 Anthology Currently Open Analog Science Fiction & FactAsimov’s Science FictionBeneath Ceaseless SkiesCast of Wonders(Recently Opened)Clarkesworld MagazineCloud Lake LiteraryCossmass Infinities(Recently Opened)Daily Science FictionDeep MagicDerelictEscape PodFantasy Magazine(Recently Opened)FIYAHFlame Tree Fiction NewsletterFlash Fiction Online(Recently Opened)Jim Baen Memorial Short Story AwardKit Sora Flash Fiction / Flash Photography ContestLittle Blue MarbleNature: FuturesPodCastle(Recently Opened)ReckoningRetconSamovarTerraformThe Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving HumanityWhen Worlds Collide Recently Closed Apex MagazineBeyond the Veil(Permanent)Disturbia(Permanent)Firesidekhoréo magazine (khoreo)PseudoPod Upcoming Market Changes Apex Magazine‘s Closed For Submissions ends soon.Cast of Wonders‘s Submission Window ends soon.Cossmass Infinities‘s Limited Demographic Submission Window: Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors begins soon.Cossmass Infinities‘s Submission Window ends soon.Departure Mirror opens soon.Derelict permanently closes soon.Fantasy Magazine‘s Submission Window ends soon.Fantasy Magazine‘s Submission Window begins soon.FIYAH‘s Submission Window ends soon.Flash Fiction Online‘s Closed For Submissions ends soon.khoréo magazine (khoreo)‘s Submission Window begins soon.Mysterion‘s Submission Window begins soon.PodCastle‘s Submission Window ends soon.Rune Bear Quarterly‘s “Dead of Winter” Theme ends soon.Strange Horizons‘s Submission Window begins soon.The Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving Humanity permanently closes soon.When Worlds Collide permanently closes soon. ••• The SFWA Market Report is...
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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) is pleased to announce that Nalo Hopkinson has been named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.” Hopkinson joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as C. J. Cherryh, Peter S. Beagle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Joe Haldeman. The award will be presented at the 56th Annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony, held online the weekend of June 4–6, 2021. Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, was published as the winner of the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest in 1998 and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She has published five additional novels, including the Andre Norton Award–winning Sister Mine, and three collections of her short fiction. Hopkinson has also proven herself an adept editor, guest-editing an issue of Lightspeed Magazine and editing five anthologies, including Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy. Hopkinson...
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Former SFWA President Ben Bova (b.1932) died from COVID-19 related pneumonia and a stroke on November 29.  Bova served two consecutive terms as SFWA President from 1990-1992. Bova published his first novel, The Star Conquerors in 1959 and published several novels and short stories throughout the 1960s.  In 1972, he took over the reins of Analog following the death of John W. Campbell and edited the magazine until 1978, when he became the editorial director of Omni magazine through 1982. While serving as the editor of Analog, Bova was one of several editors that contributed to SFWA’s The Science Fiction Hall of Fame series. In the 1980s, Bova began writing the Voyagers and Orion series, the former about humanity’s first contact with aliens, the latter about an eternal hero who Bova placed in a variety of different historical (and mythical) contexts. His publication in 1992 of the novel Mars kicked off what would eventually become a twenty-two volume series known as “The Grand Tour” which applied hard science fictional techniques to most of the planets in our solar system, most recently Uranus, published earlier this year. Bova was the Author Guest of Honor at Chicon 2000, the 58th Worldcon. He was a lifetime achievement recipient from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation,...
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By Piper J. Drake Earlier this year, an author of color announced the acquisition of her new historical romance series. In direct reply to her tweet, someone publicly questioned the historical accuracy of the series. The author of color was prepared because she knew she would be challenged about “historical accuracy” and she provided an organized response. The challenger deleted her tweet but doubled down on her right to question the author and circled back to her own feed to gain sympathizer support for the attitude she was getting from the author of color because she “just asked a question.” For those sympathizers, I broke down the original challenge to demonstrate why it wasn’t just a question but, in reality, an insidious attack. Let’s unpack this, because one might wonder why we’re even discussing historical accuracy in science fiction and fantasy. After all, these genres are fiction. Accuracy doesn’t need to come into play. But here’s the thing: when the question of historical accuracy is raised regarding fiction, it’s rarely — if ever — actually about facts or history.  It’s about the default, the norm. It’s about what some people consider to be true simply because they’ve never questioned those assumptions,...
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A message from SFWA’s President, Mary Robinette Kowal: Last year, a member came to SFWA’s Grievance Committee with a problem, which on the surface sounds simple and resolvable. He had written novels and was not being paid the royalties that were specified in his contract. The Grievance Committee is designed to resolve contract disputes like this. As part of our negotiating toolbox, we guarantee anonymity for both the writer and the publisher if the grievance is resolved. When it is working, as president, I never hear from them. When talks break down, the president of SFWA is asked to step in. We do this for any member. In this case, the member is Alan Dean Foster. The publisher is Disney. Here are his words. Dear Mickey, We have a lot in common, you and I.  We share a birthday: November 18.  My dad’s nickname was Mickey.  There’s more. When you purchased Lucasfilm you acquired the rights to some books I wrote.  STAR WARS, the novelization of the very first film.  SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE, the first sequel novel.  You owe me royalties on these books.  You stopped paying them. When you purchased 20th Century Fox, you eventually acquired the rights...
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We know what you’re thinking. As soon as you saw that scary word—legacy—your brain turned left at Albuquerque and kept going: “I’m too young to die!”[1] “I’ll think about that tomorrow, because tomorrow is another day.”[2] “Not now, Elaine. Not now! Can’t you see I’m talking to the Man?”[3] The Legacy Kit was created in honor of Bud Webster, a driving force behind the SFWA Estates Program. It was written, researched, compiled, and produced by the members of the Legacy Committee: Jean Marie Ward, Jeanne Adams, and Erin Wilcox. It’s conceived as a way of helping SFWA members and writers from many fields prepare their estates before becoming eligible to have their names added to the SFWA Estate Project. But it should also prove useful well before any writer reaches their final happy ending. Turns out we often need the same documents and directives for the good things in life as well as the bad. For instance, if your New York Times bestseller is optioned into a blockbuster film or TV series, they’ll want to see your contracts and establish the status of your rights to the work and all its characters. This kit will help. Say you snag that visiting...
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By Cat Rambo In late 2019, Harry Turtledove approached me about a collaborative project he was doing for Arc Manor. He would write a near future novella in which the western part of the US seceded from the country in protest over US politics, James Morrow would write a second novella following on its heels, and I would write the third novella. All three would be published together under the title And The Last Trump Shall Sound, featuring a cover with a take on Grant Wood’s American Gothic, using Trump and Pence as the iconic couple. As is my way, I agreed to the project and then forgot about it until Harry turned over his part in December, followed a couple of weeks later by James’. One thing that struck me immediately was how wildly different they were. Rather than a project where I’d need to smooth some edges in order to make things fit, my job was to deliver something just as different, but just as good, an intimidating task. I spent a lot of time cautiously circling first Harry’s meticulous manuscript, full of historical quotes and politicians considering things, and then James’ much spoofier porn-star-turned-subversive-infiltrator, featuring among other things,...
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Welcome to the November edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. New Markets Beyond the Veil Currently Open Analog Science Fiction & FactApex MagazineAsimov’s Science FictionBeneath Ceaseless SkiesClarkesworld MagazineCloud Lake LiteraryCossmass Infinities(Recently Opened)Daily Science FictionDeep MagicDerelictEscape PodFantasy Magazine(Recently Opened)FIYAHFlame Tree Fiction NewsletterFlash Fiction OnlineJim Baen Memorial Short Story Awardkhoréo magazine (khoreo)Kit Sora Flash Fiction / Flash Photography ContestLittle Blue MarbleNature: FuturesPseudoPod(Recently Opened)ReckoningRetconSamovarTerraformThe Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving HumanityWhen Worlds Collide Recently Closed Campfire Macabre(Permanent)Cast of WondersConstellation Magazine (Constelación)Dark Matter MagazineFantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF)Strange HorizonsThe Reinvented Heart(Permanent) Upcoming Market Changes Beyond the Veil permanently closes soon.Cast of Wonders‘s Submission Window begins soon.Cossmass Infinities‘s Limited Demographic Submission Window: Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors ends soon.Cossmass Infinities‘s Submission Window begins soon.Fantasy Magazine‘s Submission Window ends soon.Fantasy Magazine‘s Submission Window begins soon.Fireside‘s Submission Window begins and ends soon.PodCastle‘s Submission Window begins soon.PseudoPod‘s Submission Window ends soon. ••• The SFWA Market Report is compiled by David Steffen, editor of Diabolical Plots and administrator and co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and editor of The Long List Anthology series.  The Long List Anthology Volume 6 had a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and is...
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Debra Doyle (b.1952) died at her home from a cardiac arrest on October 31st. She published her first co-written story, “Bad Blood,” in 1988 with husband James Macdonald. Doyle and Macdonald co-wrote all of their works, which included numerous young adult novels. In 1992, they received the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature for the novel Knight’s Wyrd, which also appeared on the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age the following year. Their first novel, Night of Ghosts and Lightning, was published under the house name Robyn Tallis in 1989. Their Mageworlds series consisted of seven novels, beginning with The Price of Stars. Another original series the couple wrote included The Wizard Apprentice, made up of eight volumes, and two alternate history novels: Land of Mist and Snow and Lincoln’s Sword. In addition to novels under their own names, they also wrote two novels in the Tom Swift series using the house name Victor Appleton, and they used the house name Nicholas Adams on the novels Pep Rally, Blood Brothers and Vampire’s Kiss. Additionally, they published two Spider-Man novels using the name Martin Delrio. Doyle was an instructor at the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop and is listed as one of their Emeritus instructors. The post...
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Rachel Caine (b.1962) died on November 1 after being diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in 2018. Caine, the primary nom de plume for Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, began publishing novels and short stories in 1990. At one time a professional musician and a corporate communications manager, she began writing full time in 2010. Caine’s work includes the Weather Warden, Outcast, and Revivalist series published by Roc Books, the young adult Morganville Vampires series published by NAL, the Great Library series and Stillhouse Lake series, both published by multiple houses. Her Morganville Vampires series was turned into a web series in 2014. Her works have won the RT Reviewers Choice Award—Best Continuity and been nominated for the Beehive Award—Young Adult and Thriller Award—Paperback Original. In addition to the Caine pseudonym, she has published as Roxanne Longstreet, Roxanne Conrad, Ian Hammel, and Julie Fortune. She is survived by her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad. SFWA President, Mary Robinette Kowal had this to add, “The SFF community has lost a light. During her long battle, Rachel Caine remained a source of encouragement for other writers.” The post In Memoriam – Rachel Caine appeared first on SFWA.
Recently, TIME Magazine put together a list of “The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time,” containing some of the most beloved titles of readers around the world. Out of the 100 chosen, thirty-six of the titles are written by authors who are current or past members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. “SFWA is thrilled that the accomplishments of its members have been recognized as the ground-breaking work that it is. This list represents the wide range of science fiction and fantasy writers working today,” said Mary Robinette Kowal, President of SFWA. We present the list of our writers below: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger Get in Trouble by Kelly Link Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Good Omens by...
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The next issue of The Bulletin will be available for SFWA members the end of October! The issue will be available as a PDF; eBook formats (EPUB, MOBI) of the issue will be made available in the near future. Members will be notified by email when the issue is available for download. Issue #215 is the first guest edited issue of The Bulletin, edited by L.D. Lewis (FIYAH Art Director and FIYAHCON Director). The Bulletin Issue #215 cover, “The Merman” by Paul Kellam. The Bulletin #215 Table of Contents Cover: “Merman” by Paul Kellam Contents:“From the President” by Mary Robinette Kowal“From the Guest Editor” by L.D. Lewis“Fine Weather, Isn’t It?” by Tochi Onyebuchi“Supernatural or Super Unnatural—an Examination of Postcolonial Horror” by Shiv Ramdas“‘Cities that Think Like Planets’: On Writing Sustainable Cities in Science Fiction” by Arkady Martine“Publishing Has A New York Problem” by Karintha Parker“Diversity Plus: Diverse Story Forms and Themes, Not Just Diverse Faces” by Henry Lien“Navigating the Parallel but Uneven Ecosystems of Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing” by Evan Winter“Reminders for SFWA members” The post The Bulletin #215 Issue Cover and Table of Contents appeared first on SFWA.
The SFWA Self Publishing Committee is happy to announce that we are open for submissions for the next SFWA Science Fiction StoryBundle, which will run from February 10 to March 4. The theme for the bundle will be Expansive Futures. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, StoryBundles are curated collections of books offered at a discounted price. Proceeds go to the participating authors and StoryBundle, as well as a small cut for SFWA. We welcome writers who are not SFWA members (along with those who are, of course) to contribute their books for consideration in the bundle. The submitted books should be novel-length (>40,000 words), and trad-pub books are also welcome if the publisher agrees in writing. To submit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Expansive Futures StoryBundle” in the subject line and attach both MOBI and EPUB versions of your book. Submissions will be accepted through midnight, US Eastern Time, October 30, 2020. Participants will be notified by November 15, so that any books enrolled in Amazon KDP Select (Kindle Unlimited) will have time to be brought out of exclusivity before the bundle is released. You must have the rights to enter the StoryBundle, and it must not be in Amazon’s...
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Welcome to the October edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. New Markets Constellation Magazine (Constelación)Departure MirrorThe Reinvented Heart Currently Open Analog Science Fiction & FactApex MagazineAsimov’s Science FictionBaffling MagazineBeneath Ceaseless SkiesCampfire MacabreClarkesworld MagazineCloud Lake LiteraryDaily Science FictionDark Matter Magazine(Recently Opened)Deep Magic(Recently Opened)DerelictEscape PodFantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF)FIYAHFlame Tree Fiction NewsletterFlash Fiction OnlineJim Baen Memorial Short Story Award(Recently Opened)khoréo magazine (khoreo)(Recently Opened)Kit Sora Flash Fiction / Flash Photography ContestLittle Blue MarbleNature: FuturesReckoningRetconSamovarStrange HorizonsTerraformThe Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving HumanityWhen Worlds Collide Recently Closed Cossmass InfinitiesFantasy MagazineFuture Science Fiction DigestNightmare MagazineOmbak MagazineTerrifying Ghosts(Permanent)The Kid’s Ark(Permanent)The Wild Hunt Anthology(Permanent)UncannyUpon a Once Time(Permanent) Upcoming Market Changes Cast of Wonders‘s Submission Window begins soon.Constellation Magazine (Constelación)‘s Submission Window begins and ends soon.Cossmass Infinities‘s Limited Demographic Submission Window: Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors begins and ends soon.Dark Matter Magazine temporarily closes soon.Fantasy Magazine‘s Submission Window begins and ends soon.PseudoPod‘s Submission Window begins and ends soon.The Reinvented Heart‘s Submission Window ends soon. ••• The SFWA Market Report is compiled by David Steffen, editor of Diabolical Plots and administrator and co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and editor of The Long List Anthology series. ...
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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. is pleased to announce a new webinar series as part of the ongoing 2020 SFWA Nebula Conference Online! On Sunday, October 11, at 1:00 pm Pacific Time, Narrative Worlds will premiere live for Nebula conference attendees. This monthly Sunday series will dig into the idea of narrative worlds and the theory and practice of building the worlds in which stories are set. Rather than focusing on a survey of basics like “What elements do you need to create a setting?” host Kate Elliott will discuss a specific single topic in more depth each month with a guest. Topics will include technology, language, power, cosmology, use of details, agriculture, material culture, social space, and more. On that October 11 launch date, Narrative Worlds’ first guest will be award-winning author Tade Thompson! Tade and Kate will discuss “How Much Worldbuilding is Too Much? How Little is Too Little?” Upcoming guests include Zen Cho, Ken Liu, Nilah Magruder, Aliette de Bodard, Rebecca Roanhorse, and N.K. Jemisin! Attendance is free for registered attendees of the Nebula conference—if you attended the conference in May, you are already registered. Registrations may be purchased at any time from the...
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