Clarion West Alumni News for July 2014

This is a busy time of year in the speculative fiction world — the Six-Week Workshop and the Write-a-thon are both underway, the Clarion West Summer Reading Series is happening every Tuesday evening, awards are being announced, and here in Seattle residents are attempting to cram a year’s worth of outdoor time into our three months of reliably good weather.

This month, there’s a lot of publication news, awards, and a reminder about the Write-a-thon and upcoming events.


Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Locus Award for Best First Novel for her book Ancillary Justice. She was also profiled in an article for the St. Louis Riverfront Times.

James S.A. Corey (half of whom is Daniel Abraham, CW ’98) won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Abaddon’s Gate.

Congratulations, Ann and Daniel!


The first issue of “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland”, co-written by Maura McHugh (CW ’06) and Kim Newman, is now available as a digital comic and in comic shops everywhere.

J. Y. Yang’s (CW ’13) story “HarvestFruit” has been published at Crossed Genres. Yang has also had “Storytelling for the Night Clerk” published at Strange Horizons.

Alex Kane’s (CW ‘13) story “The Vines of Cvancara” has been published at the new online edition of OMNI. This was Alex’s Week One story for Clarion West.

Nik Houser (CW ‘12) has recently sold his stories “The Drawstring Detective” and “History’s Best Places to Kiss” to Lightspeed and F&SF, respectively.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has a story called “The Things They Were Not Allowed to Carry” out in Daily Science Fiction.

The table of contents of the anthology Upgraded has been announced, and includes stories by Helena Bell (CW ’13), E. Lily Yu (CW ’13), and Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05).

Corinne Duyvis (CW ’11) has just had her novel Otherbound published by Abrams Books.

James Robert Herndon’s (CW ’12) story “Mammals” has been published as a chapbook by Omnidawn. Jeff VanderMeer selected it as the winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize, and James worked with artist Hermawan Susanto on the memorable cover art.

Ari Goelman’s (CW ’01) novel The Path of Names has been shortlisted for the young adult category of the Sunburst Award for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic.

Mary Anne Mohanraj (CW ’97) has a story titled “Communion” in Clarkesworld.

Michael R. Underwood’s (CW ’07) superhero fantasy novel Shield and Crocus was published in June by 27North.

J. M. Sidorova (CW ’09) has a story titled “Rohrschach Redemption” in Devilfish Review.


David Edison (CW ’13) was interviewed on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast about his novel The Waking Engine. The podcast is free to listen to here:

Clarion West Events

The Write-a-thon is in full swing! Sponsoring writers is the very best way to ensure that Clarion West is able to forge new voices in science fiction and fantasy for years to come. It’s quick and easy to sponsor a writer, and it means so much to the writers who are contributing their words to the Write-a-thon. If you’re a Write-a-thon writer, thank you so much! Check the participant page for news about upcoming events.

The Clarion West Summer Reading Series happens on Tuesday nights in Seattle. If you’re in town, please join us.

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