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Today’s been a happy day; I’ve been in the Dallas Morning News and Art & Seek for my Nebula nomination (along with my fellow DFW-area friend William Ledbetter).

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.

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Two Big Bits of News

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.

Award Eligibility 2016

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:

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.

2nd Prize in the Selected Shorts Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

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.

I’m eligible for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction or Fantasy

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:

For more info/links to my stories & poetry, click here.

When I sell a story, my partner buys me a potted plant. This is rosemary in the shape of a wreath. :D
When I sell a story, my partner buys me a potted plant. This is rosemary in the shape of a wreath. 😀

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.

Art & Words: lots of people squeezed into one little gallery
Art & Words: lots of people squeezed into one little gallery

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).