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SFWA Names Recipients of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award and the Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Awards.

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2014 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards (presented 2015), nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories Even Though the Pay is Peanuts
by Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams

It’s no secret that writing short stories usually isn’t very lucrative. A five-thousand-word piece that you labor over for two weeks (and fiddle with for two months beyond that) will maybe net you enough dough to make a small part of one mortgage payment.

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Veteran’s Day 2014 Charity Challenge

Information from a Veteran’s Day charity promotion: On Veteran’s Day 2014 (Tuesday, November 11), 50 veteran authors will pledge 100% of their print, ebook and audiobook royalties to their favorite veteran’s charity. In most cases, these are organizations that assisted the authors personally and they are trying their best to give back.

Veterans from each service branch and every conflict period, from Vietnam to even one author deployed to Afghanistan at this moment, are pledging. This diverse collection of works includes New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers and covers most genres. From romance to action-adventure and everything in between, there’s something for every taste here!

The ultimate goal of this event is to raise at least $10,000 for the 15+ veterans charities they’re supporting. If you aren’t interested in any of the books available, they have a page set up ranking the money raised for each charity and spotlighting bonus donations. Whether you contribute to the best performing or the least performing, either way your donation will be put to good use!

The complete collection of participating books and charities can be found here:http://bit.ly/VeteransDayChallenge

Note: For the sake of transparency, each author will post their donation receipts within 90 days. If you are a veteran author, they are accepting submissions untilnoon (EST) on 11 November. Please visit the Writer’s Cafe at Kboards for submission details:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,199976.0.html

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"Backstory is tricky to interweave into your story effectively. Sometimes, it is introduced too soon, or all at once in one large info-dump. At other times, its power is undercut by giving it away for free before the reader has been primed to hunger for it, or by failing to take advantage of the motivating power of shameful secrets.

When and how can backstory be feathered in effectively? Think of it as a series of skeletons in the closet your protagonist does not want to reveal, then analyze your piece for optimal timing, setting and delivery method."


For more, head to Susan Forest's post at SFWA!

http://www.sfwa.org/2014/08/back-story-secrets/

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Support the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund with a great deal on awesome SF!

Pay what you want. Support charity. Get exceptional titles. Last year, the Humble Book Bundle raised over $55,000 for the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. Offering pay-what-you-want pricing, you could receive the following titles:

The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The Reluctant Swordsman by Dave Duncan
Freehold by William Dietz
The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly
Wingman by Mack Maloney.

Beat the average price and you'll receive all of the above as well as:
Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster
I Have No Mouth and I Must Screamby Harlan Ellison
The Forge of God by Greg Bear
and Song of Kali by Dan Simmons.

Pay $12 or more to receive everything previously mentioned as well as:
Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes
and Blackcollar by Timothy Zahn.

Separately, this instant eBook library would typically cost you more than $86, but you can set the price!

The books are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub. Instructions can be found here.

"If you like this bundle, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!"

For more information or to get great books and help support the SFWA EMF, head to Humble Bundle.  This is a limited time offer!

Thank you for your support.

In Memoriam - Jay Lake 1964-2014

Jay Lake (b. Joseph E. Lake, Jr. 1964) died on June 1.

Lake began publishing stories in 2001 with the story, “The Courtesy of Guests” and went on to win the Campbell Award for best new author in 2004.  His win inspired him to create a set of artifacts around the award, including the Campbell tiara, which is passed from winner to winner, along with official Campbell nominee pins.

Lake’s early writing, most of which appeared in what were considered non-traditional venues, was collected in GREETINGS FROM LAKE WU, which was illustrated by Frank Wu.  At the time, Lake also co-edited the POLYPHONY anthology series and a variety of other anthologies with Deborah Layne.  His first novel, ROCKET SCIENCE, was published in 2005. Lake’s subsequent novels include the books in the CITY IMPERISHABLES series, the Mainspring universe, and the Green universe, as well as the stand-alone The SPECIFIC GRAVITY OF GRIEF.

In 2008, Lake was diagnosed with colon cancer and has very openly discussed his diagnosis and treatment over the years.  When he used crowdfunding to have his entire genome sequenced in the hopes that it would suggest a treatment or serve to help future cancer victims, Lake raised nearly $50,000. Around the same time, Waterloo Productions began work on a documentary following Lake’s battle with cancer, entitled LAKESIDE.  A rough cut of the film was shown at LoneStarCon with its final release scheduled for 2014.

Lake has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula for his novella “The Stars Do Not Lie,” and has also received nominations for the World Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and the Sidewise Award.  His 2003 novelette “Into the Gardens of Sweet Night” was a quarterly winner of the Writers of the Future contest as well as a Hugo nominee. Lake was popular among authors and fans alike, emceeing with his friend Ken Scholes at the 2011 Hugo Award ceremony in Reno.

SFWA President Steven Gould noted, "Even though we knew this was coming, the loss of a friend and colleague like Jay is devastating. The directors and staff of SFWA extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

The family's request is that donations in his honor be made to:

Clayton Memorial Medical Fund

c/o OSFCI
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228

 

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The Norton Award: A Call for Jurists

Want to be a member of the Norton jury? Interested volunteers (see qualification requirements below) should contact the office of the vice president at vp@sfwa.org by March 15th.

The Norton Award is presented to young adult or middle grade science fiction and fantasy novels, collections, or anthologies. The Norton jury is charged with reading widely in the field over the course of the year.

The membership at large votes to place several works on the Norton ballot. The Norton jury can augment these with up to three additional selections.

Please include your name and email address as well as a sentence or two about the following:

1) Your experience (if any) as a reader, writer, or curator of young adult and/or middle grade fiction.

2) Your interest in serving as a juror for this award.

Service on the Norton jury is limited to current members of SFWA who have joined on the active level (as opposed to the associate or affiliate levels). Memberships are accepted year-round; if you qualify as an active member of SFWA, but are not currently a member of the organization, you are welcome to join at this time so that you can apply for jury service. Please contact vp@sfwa.org if you have questions about that process.

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