Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Do Not Write Award-Winning Short Fiction

...and I don't expect I will for several more years, if ever. I'm just not that kind of writer! (He said coquettishly, batting his eyelashes.) But it does seem to be that time of the year, and it'll be a nice retrospective if nothing else.

I had two short stories and one novelette published last year, including my first SFWA-qualifying professional sale:

  • "Zugzwang" (SF short story) in Daily Science Fiction, magazine edited by Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden, September 19, 2014
  • "Making Waves" (horror short story) in SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, anthology edited by Geoff Brown, July, 2014
  • "Somebody's Daughter" (SF novelette) in Leading Edge Issue 65, magazine edited by Diane Cardon, January, 2014

I suppose Thursday's Children: Flash Fiction from 512 Words or Fewer is also technically eligible, but I have no idea what category that would be. More to the point, nobody cares about a self-published short fiction collection.

I'm not fronting humility here. My work last year was nowhere near the best that the field had to offer. Have you read "As Good As New" by Charlie Jane Anders or "The Hymn of Ordeal, No. 23" by Rhiannon Rasmussen or "Brute" by Rich Larson or "Tasting Gomoa" by Chinelo Onwualu or "Con/Game" by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang?

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, dude. My potatoes are the smallest.

So if you're attending Sasquan, or a current Active or Associate members of SFWA, please go nominate someone else for the Hugos and Nebulas, respectively. Here are just a few links to get you started:

Exercise for the reader: Do a Google search for "award eligible work 2014" and see what else turns up. Add the name of your favorite author/editor/artist for possibly better results!


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