Publication News

Bradley Beaulieu wants to tell everyone some great news: “Today I’m pleased to announce that Absynthe, a novel set in a reimagined Roaring Twenties Chicago, has sold to DAW Books. Absynthe is a standalone novel, but I hope to write more in this world. More on this, obviously, as we work on proper cover copy, covers, and more. […]

Editor’s Choice Award March 2019, Horror

The Editors’ Choices are chosen from the submissions from the previous month that show the most potential or otherwise earn the admiration of our Resident Editors. Submissions in four categories — science fiction chapters, fantasy chapters, horror, and short stories — receive a detailed review, meant to be educational for others as well as the […]

Grapevine/Market News

The Speculative Literature Foundation is accepting applications through March 31st for its annual Older Writer’s Grant. Each year they award two $500 grants to assist writers over the age of 50. Full details on how to apply are here. Translunar Travelers Lounge is looking for fun stories of up to 5,000 words. A fun story […]

Writing Challenge/Prompt

First lines can be the most important part of a story. A first line can set up a story, draw in a reader, make you curious. Some starts to first lines get used again and again–“Once upon a time…” or “Long ago…”–because they work, accomplish all of those things and more, and can apply to […]

Publication News

Gregor Hartmann wrote to share some great news: “I have a story in the March/April issue of F&SF. “The Unbearable Lightness of Bullets” is about a homicide inspector investigating a case that involves cryptocurrencies on Zephyr. Thanks again to Lee Melling, William Delman, Richard Keelan, Dylan McFadyen, and Henry Szabranski, who critiqued it at OWW in […]

Editor’s Choice Award March 2019, Short Story

The Editors’ Choices are chosen from the submissions from the previous month that show the most potential or otherwise earn the admiration of our Resident Editors. Submissions in four categories — science fiction chapters, fantasy chapters, horror, and short stories — receive a detailed review, meant to be educational for others as well as the […]

On The Shelves

Ancestral Night (White Space) by Elizabeth Bear (Saga Press March, 2019) A space salvager and her partner make the discovery of a lifetime that just might change the universe in this wild, big-ideas space opera from multi award-winning author Elizabeth Bear. Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the […]

Editor’s Choice Award February 2019, Fantasy

The Editors’ Choices are chosen from the submissions from the previous month that show the most potential or otherwise earn the admiration of our Resident Editors. Submissions in four categories — science fiction chapters, fantasy chapters, horror, and short stories — receive a detailed review, meant to be educational for others as well as the […]

Editor’s Choice Award February 2019, Horror

The Editors’ Choices are chosen from the submissions from the previous month that show the most potential or otherwise earn the admiration of our Resident Editors. Submissions in four categories — science fiction chapters, fantasy chapters, horror, and short stories — receive a detailed review, meant to be educational for others as well as the […]