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).

“They Come With the Carnival”

On Monday, my short short story “They Come With the Carnival” came out on Daily Science Fiction. Read it online for free here: http://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/magic-realism/bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/they-come-with-the-carnival.

Just in time for Halloween, this creepy, apocalyptic story was inspired by art from my Art & Words Show. I never participate formally in the show, but every year I’m so inspired by the artwork that I always complete a few stories of my own.

Art is part of the Carnival Series by Kris Goto. Check her out; she’s amazing!

“The Mammoth” — Ideomancer (December 2013)

My story “The Mammoth” appeared on Ideomancer in December of 2013.

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First line: “The mammoth skeleton stands in the distance, barely visible below the drooping limbs of monstrous evergreens.”

Inspiration: Set in a world populated with the skeletons of extinct animals, “The Mammoth” is about a father and daughter who take a camping trip together, and the secrets that are revealed during that trip. This is the second story set in this world, which was inspired by a dream I had. These skeleton stories have been some of my favorite to write, mainly because they allow me to visit the Oregon wilderness once again.

Read for free: http://www.ideomancer.com/?p=2634