Also, Layla Al-Bedawi wrote a lovely article about Art & Words for ArtHouston that was recently posted online. Submissions open tomorrow, and I am thrilled to see this write-up.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks! Last week, on my birthday, I found out that my novelette “The Orangery” was nominated for a Nebula Award! I’m psyched to be on a ballot with so many friends and great writers and very much looking forward to celebrating in Pittsburgh. The full list of nominees is here.
And more news! As of today, I’ve signed with agent Connor Goldsmith at Fuse Literary. I’m very much looking forward to working with him.
It’s that time of year again, when people like me rush to catch up on all the fiction we’ve missed throughout the year in order to nominate them for various awards including the Nebula, the Hugo, the World Fantasy, the Tiptree, etc. Lots of great stories this year. I’d be honored if you’d consider one of mine.
Thus, the annual Awards Eligibility Post. There’s just one work I present for consideration for the year 2016:
In the Novelette Category
The Orangery (December 2016 | 8,700 words | Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Eligible for Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, etc.
In several myths, women turn into trees to escape unwanted sexual advance. I combined three of these stories to tell my own story, an exploration of the cruel treatment of women in mythology.
The Orangery is a haven for these women-turned-trees, watched over by the Guardian. When Apollo breaks into the Orangery looking for Daphne, the Guardian must fight him–and make sacrifices in the process.
This one’s received some great reviews, with the following nice things being said about it:
- “This is a neat story that to me tackles a lot of the tropes in mythology, the image of a woman transforming into a tree to escape the unwanted advances of a man, and draws out a story about desire and consent, violation and, ultimately, respect.”–Quick Sip Reviews
- Included on the 2016 Favorites lists of A.C. Wise, Jason Sanford, and Ada Hoffman
- “The Orangery by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies in December is another a story, like Takács’ “Standing on the Floodbanks,” which touches on the power of choice.”–Words for Thought at Apex Magazine
- “A Great Twist on the Apollo-Daphne Myth.”–Rocket Stack Rank
- Added to the Nebula Recommended Reading list
- Inclusion on the Tangent Recommended Reading List
Other People’s Work
Or: this is not an exhaustive list of everything I have loved this year, and I am still catching up on so much reading!, but here are some places you might start with if you are like me and working through All the Fictions
All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders | Tor | Novel
Anders combines sci-fi and fantasy to create a clever story of witches, AI, and apocalypse.
Summerlong | Peter S. Beagle | Tachyon | Novel
Well, we’ve established that I love retold myths, so Beagle’s retelling of the Persephone story is right up my alley.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison | Samantha Mabry | Algonquin | Norton YA
Beautiful magical realist YA novel about a boy who falls for a teenage girl rumored to be poisonous to the touch.
Sooner or Later Everything Falls into The Sea | Sarah Pinsker | Lightspeed | Novelette
I love Pinsker’s stories about musicians’ lives after the dissolution of society. This novelette is one of my favorites from the year.
Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire | Tor.com | Novella
This one explores what happens to children who, like Alice or the Pevensie kids from Chronicles of Narnia, have visited other worlds but are now not allowed to return; they’re sent to a home where they try to heal (and some try to go back any way they can).
This is Not a Wardrobe Door | A. Merc Rustad | Fireside | Short Story
I’ve been shirking on my short story reading this year, but this was one of the stories I read and loved, which, like the above, plays with portal fantasy tropes in a brilliant way.
Bogi Takács | Bogi Reads the World | Fan Writer
Love Takács’ reviews of works from marginalized authors and was excited to see their reviews given their very own space here.
Sarah Gailey | Women of Harry Potter | Tor.com | Fan Writer
Gailey’s series about the oft-underappreciated women in the Harry Potter world are brilliant–and part of my inspiration for re-watching the movies and re-reading the books.
One of my favorite writers, T.C. Boyle, chose my as-of-yet-unpublished short story “Barking Dog Nocturnal” as 2nd prize in Selected Shorts/Electric Lit’s 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Link to the announcement–and to read the 1st place story–here.
This is my second and last year of Campbell Award eligibility. Since my eligibility period, I’ve sold a total of 35 stories and five poems (woo hoo!).
Here are some highlights:
- “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” in Lightspeed! (January 2015)
- “Everything Beneath You” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (January 2015)
- “The Wanderers” in Clarkesworld (February 2013)
- “The Siren” in Strange Horizons (April 2013)
- “They Come in Through the Walls,” originally in Expanded Horizons (May 2012) was reprinted in French for the Ténèbres anthology
- “The Damaged” and “Sleepers” in Interzone (January and May-June 2014). “Sleepers” was reprinted online for free reading at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.
- “The Stink of Horses” in Hobart (June 2014)
- “The Hoof Situation” in Scigentasy (July 2014)
- Three stories in Daily Science Fiction (May 2013, June 2014, October 2014): “An Exodus of Wings,” “Hero,” and “They Come with the Carnival”
- Two poems in Goblin Fruit (Spring 2013 and Summer 2014): “The Ferryman” and “Kites.” “The Ferryman” was given an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six.
- “Where You Came From” in Three-Lobed Burning Eye (December 2014)
For more info/links to my stories & poetry, click here.
For the last three years, I have also put together the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth, Texas, in which I coordinate an art show involving up to 12 (mostly genre) writers and 12 visual artists in a collaborative inspirational project. The show was featured in Poets & Writers in early 2014. Each year, the show gets better and better as I learn more about how best to put it together. Currently I’m working on growing the project and finding ways to expand its reach so that the hard work of the participants will be recognized by a larger audience. Several of the works written for the show have gone on to be published; for a list of those works, visit the Art & Words page on Art on the Boulevard’s website. For more info about submissions, which are open each March, click here.
Who can nominate for the Campbell? WorldCon attendees of 2014, 2015, or 2016. So if you attended LonCon in 2014, are attending Sasquan in 2015, or are signed up to attend MidAmericaCon II in Kansas City in 2016, you have the ability to nominate for the Campbell.
Who else is eligible? Some of my favorite writers are also eligible: Lara Elena Donnelly (read “Chopin’s Eyes”), Carmen Maria Machado (go for “The Husband Stitch” or “Inventory”), Sam J. Miller (try “Kenneth: A User’s Manual”), Bogi Takács (“This Shall Serve as a Demarcation”). A few Art & Words participants are eligible, too: Tony Pisculli and Alisa Alering. Other names can be found here: http://www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell (and oh man, I just looked over the list and there are so many awesome people on it there’s no way I can list all my favorites here).