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I Won 1st Place in Writers of the Future
Yesterday, the official 1st Quarter results for Writers of the Future were announced. If I'm in your twittersphere or book of faces , you may have heard the good news already: my name somehow crawled its way to the top of the list. I won 1st place! In my la...
Yesterday, the official 1st Quarter results for Writers of the Future were announced. If I'm in your twittersphere or book of faces, you may have heard the good news already: my name somehow crawled its way to the top of the ...
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Read "Item Not As Described" in Kasma Magazine
In 2013, I sold Item Not As Described to UFO Publishing for the second entry in their  Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series . This was my first short story sale at pro rates, and as such, it will always hold a special place in my heart. So I'm happy ...
In 2013, I sold Item Not As Described to UFO Publishing for the second entry in their Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series. This was my first short story sale at pro rates, and as such, it will always hold a special pl...
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An Overdue Update (on Writing, LonCon, and Life)
When I transitioned my blog away from weekly "content" style updates in favor of a more traditional author site, I knew this would mean posting less. I did not, however, anticipate leaving the poor thing in a lurch for months at a time! I can't believe my l...
When I transitioned my blog away from weekly "content" style updates in favor of a more traditional author site, I knew this would mean posting less. I did not, however, anticipate leaving the poor thing in a lurch for months at a time! I can't believe my last update was in July (not counting ...
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Read "The Unworthy" in Fantasy Scroll Magazine
The second issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine hit the interweb today, featuring a flash piece of mine called " The Unworthy ." Along with my story, you'll find great stuff by Mike Resnick, Brandon Barrows, and many other fine folks. They also pack each issue ...
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I did a little shopping today. 
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+Chris Kelworth You can't put a price on happiness. ;)
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To those of you not subscribed to Daily Science Fiction's mailing list, you can now read my story "Child Soldier" for free on their website. Nothing like #free   #scifi  to ring in the new year, I say.

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Writers of the Future, Guest Posting
Writers of the Future A funny thing happened yesterday. I received a call on my cell phone marked "NO CALLER ID." Now, here's where I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of phone conversation. In most cases, I'll gladly take a text or a tweet instead. So usually wh...
Writers of the Future A funny thing happened yesterday. I received a call on my cell phone marked "NO CALLER ID." Now, here's where I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of phone conversation. In most cases, I'll gladly take a text...
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Thanks very much, +Tyro Vogel! At some point, I'll have to start believing it's real life. Hope you enjoy the story!
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Read "The Dragon Weeps" in Sorcerous Signals (and Mystic Signals)
The Dragon Weeps is one of the first short stories I ever cobbled together when I started taking this writing thing seriously. Looking back now, it seems so long ago. When I think back to those fabled days of yore (aka 2012), I think, "Man . . . a baby wrot...
The Dragon Weeps is one of the first short stories I ever cobbled together when I started taking this writing thing seriously. Looking back now, it seems so long ago. When I think back to those fabled days of yore (aka 2012),...
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My London WorldCon (LonCon 3) Schedule
In a couple of weeks, I'll be attending  LonCon 3 , the 72nd annual WorldCon (and my first). Last week, they officially announced their programming schedule , and I'm pleased to say I'll be on a couple of panels. In addition to participating in the stuff be...
In a couple of weeks, I'll be attending LonCon 3, the 72nd annual WorldCon (and my first). Last week, they officially announced their programming schedule, and I'm pleased to say I'll be on a couple of panels. In addition to participating in the stuff below, I'll be bouncing around the con in a ...
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Kickstarter Watch: Fantasy Scroll Mag
If you read my last post , you may be familiar with Fantasy Scroll Mag , a new science fiction and fantasy magazine that will be publishing a story of mine called The Unworthy in one of its first issues. Fantasy Scroll Mag is currently running a Kickstarter...
If you're a reader of science fiction and fantasy, it's more important than ever to support new markets in the short fiction space. It's also worth mentioning that one of Fantasy Scroll's stretch goals is to be able to raise their pay for writers to pro-rates, and that would be fantastic.
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Sale Braggage: "The Unworthy" Sold to Fantasy Scroll Mag
I am pleased to share a little good news from this past weekend. A story of mine called The Unworthy has been accepted for publication by Fantasy Scroll Mag , an upcoming speculative fiction magazine run by the creator of the Fantasy Scroll writing blog . F...
The Unworthy is a dark fantasy piece that leaped from some weird corner of my brain a couple of years ago when I first started experimenting at flash fiction length, and I'm glad it's found a home at Fantasy Scroll Mag. FSM's editor-in-chief, Iulian Ionescu, invited me to submit something after ...
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Kickstarter Watch: Unidentified Funny Objects 3
In the first of what may become a regular occurrence here on the site, I'd like to point you lovely people in the direction of a speculative fiction market currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. This particular market may be familiar to those of you who ...
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J.W. Alden has a fascination with the fantastic. As such, he's made speculative fiction his domain—though some other weird things sneak in from time to time.

He lives just outside West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Allison, who doesn't mind the odd assortment of musical instruments and medieval weaponry that decorate his office (as long as he tries to brandish the former more often than the latter).

Alden is a 2015 Writers of the Future winner, a graduate of the 2013 class of Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of Codex Writers and SFWA. Check out the "Published Fiction" tab on AuthorAlden.com to give some of his stuff a read.

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