The Locus Science Fiction Foundation Honors Clarion West

Workshop Administrators Micaiah “Huw” Evans, Neile Graham, and Jae Steinbacher pose with the Special Award for Community Building and Inclusivity, awarded to Clarion West

Seattle, WA – The winners for the 2018 Locus Awards were announced on Saturday, June 23.

We are delighted to announce that Clarion West is the recipient of the inaugural Special Award for Community Building and Inclusivity. Accepting the award on Saturday were James Tiptree Jr. Award winner and Clarion West board member Nisi Shawl and Clarion West Workshop Director Neile Graham. A full list of award winners can be found on the Locus Awards Website. This is the second major genre award that Clarion West Workshop Director Neile Graham has accepted over the last year. Graham was also personally honored at the World Fantasy Awards for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director at Clarion West.

The Clarion West Six Week Summer Workshop is a transformative fiction writing workshop. The program helps diverse writers at the beginning of their career to develop their voice and acquire skills for success. Among writers of speculative fiction, the program is legendary. Each week is taught by a different instructor and while every Clarion West instructor is selected for their contributions to the field, some of the well-known writers and editors who have taught at Clarion West include Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Ellen Datlow, Karen Joy Fowler, Daniel Abrahams, N. K. Jemisin, and many more.

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation (LSFF) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Its central activity is the publication of Locus, the Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field, and its website Locus Online. LSFF is also responsible for the annual Locus Awards, first presented in 1971, to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature. In addition, the Foundation is responsible for preserving the Locus Collection, a large, historical library of speculative fiction materials.

Clarion West Writers Workshop a nonprofit literary organization based in Seattle, Washington, with a mission to improve speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) by providing high quality education to writers at the start of their careers. As an extension of its primary mission, Clarion West also makes speculative fiction available to the public by presenting readings and other events that bring writers and readers together.