Clarion West Alumni News for January 2016

Welcome to the new year! Everyone here at Clarion West is excited about what the new year holds: the Summer Workshop, One-Day Workshops, the Summer Reading Series, the Write-a-thon, and more.

Applications are still open for the Clarion West Summer Workshop, and the application fee is discounted to $30 before February 10. If you or a friend wants to apply, now is a great time to get your application in! You can find out more about the workshop and the application process on our Six-Week Workshop page.

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a flash fiction contest in honor of Octavia Butler, called Door to a Pink Universe.  One of the prizes for this contest is a Clarion West One-Day Workshop registration. For details on the contest, eligibility, and deadlines, please visit the Door to a Pink Universe site.


Greg Beatty  (CW ’00) story “Tag” won the Ligonier Valley Writers 2015 Flash Fiction Contest.  “A Towel for the Mermaid, a Lighthouse for Magic” won a commendation in the 2015 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards, and “A Grave Concern” was shortlisted for Every Writer’s 2015 Halloween flash fiction contest.

Nicole Idar (CW ’13) won first place in the New Rivers Press American Short Story contest for “The Naked Mole Rat Experiment,” which was written at Clarion West.

Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has been shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Welcome to Orphancorp.

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) has won the 2015 ICN Award for Best Writer Published Outside of Ireland.


Alyx Dellamonica’s (CW ’95) book Daughter of No Nation has just been published by Tor Books. You can read an excerpt and find out where to buy the book at

Greg Cox (CW ’84) has a number of upcoming publications, including Star Trek: Miasma, an ebook-only novella due out in February;  “Mummiya,” a short story in X-Files: The Truth is Out There, an anthology due out in March, edited by Jonathan Maberry; Star Trek: Legacies, Book I: Captain to Captain, the first book in a collaborative 50th Anniversary trilogy, due out in June; and The Librarians and The Lost Lamp, the first book based on the TNT television series “The Librarians,” due out in Fall 2016.

E. Lily Yu’s (CW ’13) week 4 story, “Braid of Days and Wake of Nights,” is in the January/Febuary issue of F&SF. Also in that issue is “Squidtown” by Leo Vladimirsky (CW ’15).

Patrick Weekes (CW ’00) had a great 2015, with The Paladin Caper, the third novel in the Rogues of the Republic series, coming out in October. At work at BioWare, Patrick was also the lead writer on the critically praised “Trespasser” DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition that came out in September, and has been named lead writer for the Dragon Age franchise moving forward.

Margaret Killjoy’s (CW ’15) story “One Star” is available to read on Motherboard.

Maura McHugh’s (CW ’06) story “Family” and Helen Marshall’s (CW ’12) story “Yellow Bird” are available in the anthology Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos.


Alex Lamb (CW ’97) has had his book Roboteer published by Gollancz in 2015. Roboteer is a fast-paced space opera that mixes themes of AI, religion, and contemporary ecological politics into a fable that asks the question of what makes the difference between a species that learns to thrive, and one that snuffs itself out.

 Henry Lien’s (CW ’12) novella “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society,” which first appeared in Asimov’s, has now been made available to read on the Web.

Fabio Fernandes (CW ’13) has a story, “Mycelium,” in Perihelion Science Fiction.

Marlee Jane Ward (CW ’14) has a new story out in Apex: “Reconstituted.” This story was a winner in Apex’s Christmas Invasion contest.

Caroline M. Yoachim’s (CW ’06) story “Birthday Child” has been published in Daily Science Fiction.

The January 2016 issue of Asimov’s has stories by three alumni: “The Singing Bowl” by Genevieve Williams (CW ’02), “The Baby Eaters” by Ian McHugh (CW ’06), and “Atheism and Flight” by Dominica Phetteplace (CW ’07).

Emily Skaftun’s (CW ’09) story “Dad’s Christmas Presence” appeared in Every Day Fiction in December.

Katrina S. Forest’s (CW ’09) story “Water, Floor, Leaves” is available to read now in Crossed Genres.

Folly Blaine (CW ’14) has a Christmas horror flash story called “O Tannendoom” at Every Day Fiction.

E. C. Myers (CW ’05) has a new book coming out in May 2016 from Adaptive Books: Against All Silence. This book is a sequel to his book Silence of Six.

Greg Beatty (CW ’00) will have his story “The Thing Is, the Basement” published in Third Flatiron Publishing’s spring 2016 anthology with the theme “It’s Come to Our Attention.”

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 (edited by Sean Wallace) has stories from:

  • Rebecca Campbell (CW ’15)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)

The Best Science Fiction of the Year (edited by Neil Clarke) has stories from:

  • Caroline M. Yoachim (CW ’06)
  • An Owomoyela (CW ’08)
  • Ann Leckie (CW ’05)
  • David D. Levine (CW ’00)
  • Richard William Larson (CW ’14)

In other anthology news, The Apex Book of World SF 4 has stories by Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13), Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14), and JY Yang (CW ’13).


Jude-Marie Green (CW ’10) will be running the 2016 Potlatch Writing Workshop on March 19.  There’s still time to get a manuscript in if you’re attending Potlatch.

Foolscap 2016 features two workshops led by Clarion West alumni: Randy Henderson (CW ’09) with “Level Up as a Writer” and Cory Skerry (CW ’12) with “Writing in (and about) a Diverse World.” Both workshops are on February 5 in Seattle.  See the Foolscap site for more information.

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