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Easter AM service in a bar/music venue/church. "Pabst" sign on wall. Shared tables with Doc Webster, and Long Drink McGonnigle sat one over.
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Four out of five "John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer" nominees participated in the 2014 CAMPBELLIAN ANTHOLOGY. Seriously impressed! 
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Via +K Tempest Bradford, the 2014 CAMPBELLIAN ANTHOLOGY has now been written up on NPR Books!

Do you agree with her selections? Disagree? Well, that's sort of the whole point. Feel free to discuss & select your own nominees. (Just don't ask who I've nominated, because as the anthologist I swore to keep my own choices secret.)
The Campbell Award honors new writers in sci-fi and fantasy; this year's Campbellian Anthology features 111 authors and more than 860,000 words — and blogger K. Tempest Bradford has read all of them.
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If you must ever withdraw a story from a market (it happens, for a variety of reasons, and most are understandable), please do your editor the courtesy of including a brief line of explanation. You might say something along the lines of, "I have a shot at a themed anthology, and this story seems like my best fit," or, "On reflection, there are a few details I'd like to fix before submitting this one," or even, "I accidentally sent this story to two markets at the same time, because I was sleep deprived and not thinking straight."

If you don't include any sort of explanation, your editor is liable to assume you deliberately sent the story to more than one market at the same time... and if simultaneous submissions happen to be against your editor's policy, that suspicion might, perhaps, maybe in the tiniest possible way, affect the enthusiasm with which said editor greets the next appearance of your byline in the slush.
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My friend +Warren Lapine is considering an online reboot of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and he's in the process of gauging interest.

When asked about what sort of stories he'd buy, Warren was succinct: "Science fiction and fantasy. I'll announce when I'm open to submissions. For those wanting to get an idea of what I've published in the past feel free to download the e-pub on this page http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/ "

(Full disclosure: I currently do some work for Warren, and I also read slush for the anthology linked above. This post has nothing to do with my own editorial efforts, or the sort of stories that would be appropriate for STRAEON. Simply sharing information about a potential market.)
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+Jack McDonald Burnett may find this a good fit for his short stories. 
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Yes, I've been asked about the ballot. A sincere response? Read all the nominated works and vote for whatever you enjoy. That's the process.
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Apropos of a discussion on a friend's wall this morning, let's examine the effect of a simultaneous submissions policy versus an exclusive submissions policy, from the editor's side.

Say, for example, that an unpublished story by a really BIG NAME arrives in the slush. (This is not a hypothetical situation.)

Simultaneous submissions editor: "Oh my goodness! I can't believe BIG NAME sent us a story! Omigoshomigoshomigosh I'd better buy it now before another simultaneous submissions editor snatches it away from me!"

Exclusive submissions editor: "Wow, BIG NAME sent us a story! Unfortunately the impact wasn't quite as strong as in this other story by COMPLETE UNKNOWN, and I only have room left for one of them. Well, BIG NAME won't have any trouble selling that somewhere else... AND I DISCOVERED SOMEONE NEW!"

In case there was any doubt about the two, I am the latter. BIG NAMES are still welcome to send material (and some of them do), but when I read submissions I am evaluating the story, and not basing a snap judgment on the byline.
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7yo daughter: Hey! Today is the first day of April! It's April Fool's Day!

Me: No it's not. They stopped doing that one.

7yo daughter: But why?

Me: Not enough retail. It was impacting potential Easter candy and beach gear sales.

7yo daughter: Oh... WAIT A MINUTE.

(She's still giggling about it.)
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Still undecided about nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and you just realized the deadline — Monday 31 March 2014, 11.59 pm PDT — is looming? Grab a (FREE!) copy of the 2014 CAMPBELLIAN ANTHOLOGY.

http://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2014/01/announcing-2014-campbellian-anthology.html

And remember, if the Stupefying servers get hammered, you can also grab the 2014 CAMPBELLIAN ANTHOLOGY from the following wonderful folks:

Tor.com: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/02/2014-campbellian-anthology-download

StarShipSofa:  Science Fiction Audio Podcast: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2014/02/03/a-little-help-with-2014-campbellian-anthology/

Writertopia: http://www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell#anthology
First, a few words from the publisher: M. David Blake’s magnum opus, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, is now available for download! This book attempts to collect in one volume representative works by most of the writers elig...
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Here's one I haven't seen discussed very much, but it could benefit from a little attention: the DANCE LIKE A MONKEY anthology, to benefit CJ Henderson.

For those of you saying, "Why does that name sound familiar?" yes, he is the same CJ Henderson who annoyed a number of us with an ill-conceived "quiet dignity" remark in the SFWA Bulletin last year. And this anthology is edited by the very same Jean Rabe who was editor of the Bulletin at that time.

I've shared those two details not to rehash controversy, but to get them out of the way.

  1) CJ Henderson has cancer.

  2) As a self-employed working writer, CJ Henderson does not already have medical insurance through an employer.

  3) CJ Henderson loves monkeys.

That third item might seem like an odd juxtaposition, but it formed the nucleus of a project from Silence in the Library. A group of writers agreed to forgo their own compensation for whatever stories were ultimately scheduled for inclusion, so that the entirety of funds raised might go toward reducing CJ Henderson's medical-financial crisis.

At this point some of you might be scratching you heads and asking why I'd bother to publicize a benefit for an individual who, not that long ago, said something that annoyed me.

Complex answer: I do not know Mr. Henderson personally, but a friend who was aware of my work, and who was also aware of this anthology, drew my attention to the volume. "Hey," said that individual, "that <REDACTED> story of yours sort of mentions monkeys. Would you consider letting them use it for <long explanation of cause>?"

Yes. Yes, because someday I might also need a helping hand, and yes because someday I'll probably put my own foot in my mouth firmly enough to annoy everyone I care about (with any luck doing so will be an inadvertent slip, rather than a deliberate attempt to choke myself on shoe leather), and yes because we need to see more shared endeavors whose purpose is uplifting, rather than critical.

I sent Jean the story. I hope she'll be able to use it. More than that though, I hope this fundraiser exceeds its goal, and that in doing so it might ultimately strengthen the genre community.

Mr. Henderson, I wish you good health and peace of mind. May there be many more stories for you to write... and time to do so.
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