WotF33 Q2 Winners
The full list of winners, finalist, semi-finalists and honorable mentions for the second quarter of the next volume of Writers of the Future, WotF33, has also been posted this week. Congratulations to the three latest winners:
- Doug Souza from California
- Walter Dinjos from Nigeria
- Stephen Lawson from Kentucky
The fourth and final quarter for volume 33 closes on 30th September, so if you were planning an entry, your time grows short. Good luck!
16th September 2016
IotF33 Q2 Winners
The winners and finalists for the second quarter of Illustrators of the Future 33 have been announced. Congratulations especially to the three winners:
- Christopher Kiklowicz from California
- Shan Shu Man from British Columbia, Canada
- Jason Park from British Columbia, Canada
16th September 2016
WotF33 Q1 Winners
The full list of winners, finalist, semi-finalists and honorable mentions for the first quarter of the next volume of Writers of the Future, WotF33, has been announced. Congratulations in particular to the three winners:
Welcome to the family!
- Dustin Steinacker from Utah
- Sean Hazlett from California
- Anton Rose from the United Kingdom
15th September 2016
IotF33 Q1 Winners
The winners and finalists for the first quarter of Illustrators of the Future 33 have been announced. Congratulations to the three winners! In no particular order:
- Aituar Manas from Kazakhstan
- Chan ha Kim from Washington State
- Yader Fonseca from New York
15th September 2016
New Story: Who Binds and Looses the World with Her Hands, by Rachael K Jones
Of course Rachael has another story out. Her publications are the inevitable heartbeat of the universe, the metric against we measure all time.
On days when Selene locked me in the lighthouse, an old familiar darkness would well up within me, itching my skin like it had shrunk too tight to contain my anger any longer. I had grown accustomed to the rage’s ebb and flow, sometimes bubbling near the surface, sometimes dormant as a seed awaiting the right time to break open. But it always rose to high tide on my days of confinement.
Who Binds and Looses the World with Her Hands at Nightmare Magazine.
14th September 2016
New Story: The Lives of Riley, by Sean Williams
WotF32 judge and guest author Sean Williams has a new short story from his Twinmaker world out in Lightspeed Magazine today:
The sirens are growing louder. Riley doesn’t know how the peacekeepers found out—he was so careful, so sure he’d covered every trace of his existence, all of it—but that’s less important now than getting away. He cannot afford to make any more mistakes.
The Lives of Riley, at Lightspeed Magazine.
14th September 2016
New Story: Five Recipes You Can't Live Without, by Stewart C Baker
Stewart has a story in the first issue of Spirit's Tincture, Five Recipes You Can't Live Without:
One — Vanilla-Almond and Anise Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- With your dead sister’s image foremost in your mind, chant an awakening spell and light a stick of absinthe-infused sandalwood afire
Spirit's Tincture, Issue 1 (turn to page 30)
2nd September 2016
Blog Post: Matt Dovey on Conflict in Squalor & Sympathy
Matt Dovey has written another blog post dissecting his winning story, this time discussing how to add enough conflict into a story: Anatomy of a Golden Pen: Conflict
23rd August 2016
WotF32 eBook on sale!
The eBook version of the anthology is on sale for a limited time at 99 cents in the US and the UK. Choose your preferred eBook vendor from the links on the right and get a copy now--it will never be cheaper than this!
12th August 2016
New Podcast: Squalor & Sympathy, by Matt Dovey
PodCastle have released an audio production of Matt's story from WotF32, Squalor & Sympathy, narrated in a proper Lancashire accent by Louise Ratcliffe. It's available to download for free now as episode 427.
3rd August 2016
New Story: Reclamation, by Ryan Row
Ryan has a story out today in Clarkesworld, one of the top pro markets:
The stars change. One cycle they are fine and dense, and she sifts them between her fingers like sand. One cycle they are fireflies, and she’s back on Earth, sipping a beer and sweating poetry in the Mojave, where she’s from. One cycle they are open mouths crying the future in unison. Space is all prophecy, as far as she can tell. Space is all future, all drift and slide.
She is Drift now by any definition. If she survives this, she will make people call her that. She slides through space. It’s a fall toward nothing. The stars, this cycle, are little hearts that beat slow in time with her breath.
Reclamation on Clarkesworld
2nd August 2016
New Story: Mamihlapinatapei, by Rachael K. Jones
Another month, another story by Rachael, and it is--of course--about dinosaurs.
On Navarino Island off the coast of Chile, Marta mops outside the tyrannosaurus habitat as the tourists press in to see the dinosaurs.
They come with their reluctant children in tow. They weave their fingers through chicken-wire fences and gaze down into open pits while the kids tug at their legs and demand ice cream. Outside the tyrannosaurus pen, the children snub the King of Lizards and chase the gulls instead.
For these children, there has never been a world without dinosaurs.
Mamihlapinatapei at Flash Fiction Online
1st August 2016
New story: Play Stewart's story Images Across a Shattered Sea as interactive fiction
Stewart, being a clever sod, has rewritten his winning story Images Across a Shattered Sea as an interactive fiction piece for sub-Q. Now with three alternate endings!
Play Images Across a Shattered Sea at sub-Q (takes about 10 minutes, so you have no excuse not to).
12th July 2016
New stories: Rachael & Stewart in IGMS
Rachael & Stewart are sharing a Table of Contents again in this month's issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.
Rachael's story is The Raptor Snatchers:
Dad said you can't buy friends, but that's not always true, because I bought my best friend Zilla with my tenth birthday money. She didn't cost much because velociraptors were pests, which meant there were too many of them in Absence, and nobody liked them. Rooster's Rescue was overflowing with raptors.
And Stewart's story is The View from Driftwise Spindle:
The plural for meeting, thought Gayatri Anwar, ought to be headache. And even for a surface stint, where meetings always played a heavy role, she'd had a lot of headaches since the Martian Disaster. The announcement that a rogue planetoid had struck their sister planet, and that meteor-sized pieces of ejecta would crash into Earth in five months' time, had everyone scrambling to get off-planet. Driftwise, as the only spindle with no ties or obligations to a particular nation, seemed to be bearing the brunt of the attention.
11th July 2016
WotF32 on Publishers' Weekly bestseller list!
After placing on the B&N bestseller list, #WotF32 has now officially made it onto the Publisher's Weekly Fantasy bestseller list for the four week period ending May 29th according to Nielsen BookScan data. Congratulations to all the bestselling authors & illustrators in the anthology!
7th July 2016
New story: The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles, by Rachael K Jones
Rachael has a new story at Beneath Ceaseless Skies today, The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles:
In the desert, all the footprints lead into Oasis, and none lead out again. They come for water, and once they find it, no one returns to the endless sand. The city is a prison with bars of thirst and heat.
Outside the gates the reptiles roam: asps and cobras, great lazing skinks, tortoises who lie down to doze in the heat. Where they go as they pad and swish and claw their way through the sand, no one knows, save the women who look over the walls and feel the deep itching pressure in their bones, the weight of skin in need of sloughing.
It's free to read online, or--even better--free to listen on the BCS podcast.
7th July 2016
Interview: Stephen Chatting with Sherri
Stephen was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio about his novel, The Jack of Souls. His #WotF32 short The Jack of Souls is a prequel to this full novel, the first in a trilogy.
29th June 2016
WotF32 is a bestseller!
Excitement! Writers of the Future 32 has hit the Barnes & Noble bestseller list for May 2016, and is officially a bestselling book!
1st June 2016
Radio interview: Matt Dovey
Matt Dovey was interviewed by Robin & Larry of WOCA The Source about life, writing & the contest, and the half-hour recording is available on YouTube now.
31st May 2016
Group interview: Mind Meld
Sean, Stewart, Stephen, Matt, Jon & Christoph gathered round a virtual table for an SF Signal Mind Meld (hosted on James Aquilone's site, following SF Signal's shut down) to answer: what are your favorite visions of the future in the SF genre?
Five of the answers are insightful and intellectual. One is based on the spaceships being bigger and spikier. Find out which one: MIND MELD: Visions of the Future.
26th May 2016
New Story: The Mother of Sands, by Stewart C Baker
Stewart C Baker has a reprint online at Digital Fiction Pub today.
Smilšu māte, mother of sands--how I wish I had never heard that name, that I had never learned what waits on the far shore of that river we must cross upon dying. But I have, and I did, and I must share what I witnessed with you, my closest friends.
The Mother of Sands at Digital Fiction Pub.
25th May 2016
Blog: Matt Dovey discusses research & historical accuracy
Matt Dovey has started a blog series dissecting his WotF32 story, Squalor & Sympathy, and begins with a breakdown of the research he did and the historical references in the story.
Anatomy of a Golden Pen: Research on mattdovey.com.
24th May 2016
Blog post: JW Alden recaps the workshop week
JW has posted the third post of his WotF blog series, recounting the week of the workshop and displaying the many aesthetic views of the back of his head.
24th May 2016
Blog: Matt Dovey recaps the WotF32 week for Kobo Writing Life
Writer Matt Dovey has been featured on the Kobo Writing Life blog this week with a pair of guest posts, detailing the week that was. If you want to get a glimpse of what life was like in Hollywood for one week in April--the excitement and the madness--have a read.
Living the Dream: Writers of the Future - Part One
Living the Dream: Writers of the Future - Part Two
With thanks to Mark Lefebvre, guest speaker from the 30th WotF gala and Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations for Kobo, for the opportunity.
20th May 2016
New story: Project Earth is Leaving Beta, by JW Alden
The new flash story up at Nature Futures today is by our own JW Alden.
The beta test of Project Earth is finally over. We can't thank you enough for your patience and generosity during our crowdfunding period. But before we roll out Earth 1.0, there's a few things you should know.
First, the bad news: this update comes with a server wipe.
Project Earth is Leaving Beta at Nature Futures.
19th May 2016
Interview: Christina Alberici
Autumn Evelyn (aka Christina Alberici) was interviewed on WOCA The Source Radio today; you can view a recording of it on YouTube.
16th May 2016
Blog: JW Alden interviews Christina Alberici
Continuing his posts on WotF32, JW Alden has posted an interview with his illustrator Autumn Evelyn (credited in the anthology as Christina Alberici) about her illustration, her inspirations, and her hopes for the future.
WotF Recap, Part 2: The Art (with Autumn Evelyn)
10th May 2016
Group interview: Chatting with Sherri
Matt, Mari, Julie, Killian & Stewart were interviewed for the book launch on Blog Talk Radio with Sherri for her half-hour show, Chatting with Sherri. You can listen to the recording online now!
3rd May 2016
Writers of the Future volume 32 is available now! It's on sale all over the place--check the links on the right. And thank you to everyone for all the phenomenal support we've had; it means so much to have so many people cheering us on. We're ecstatic to share these stories and illustrations with you at last, and we hope you enjoy them!
--the writers & illustrators of Volume 32
3rd May 2016
Blog: JW Alden recaps the writing of The Sun Falls Apart
JW Alden is starting a series of blog posts about WotF32 on his site, opening with the story behind his story, The Sun Falls Apart.
Writers of the Future Recap, Part 1: The Story
3rd May 2016
New Stories: Stewart C Baker
Q1 winner Stewart C Baker has one new story and one reprint out today in two different venues:
- "Just Another Night at the Abandoned Draft Bar and Grill" in Galaxy\'s Edge follows the metafictional misadventures of three put-upon novel characters. Will they be able to succeed in teaching their author how to write a decent story?
- "Love and Relativity" in Flash Fiction Online tells the story of Indira, a woman with a big bibliography and a big problem. (Originally appeared in Nature Physics in November 2015.)
2nd May 2016
Stephen Merlino Featured in University of Washington Newspaper
Writer winner Stephen Merlino was featured in an article in The Daily, the University of Washington's newspaper. Merlino graduated from UW in 1988 with a Bachelor's in English. You can read the article at The Daily's website.
30th April 2016
Radio Interview: J.W. Alden
J.W. Alden is at it again! Alden was interviewed on news and talk radio channel WOCA about his win and his writing on April 27, and the full segment is available to view online now on YouTube.
27th April 2016
Interview: J.W. Alden
J.W. Alden is interviewed over at Sputnik's Orbit today, following previous interviews with Kate, Julie and Matt. Go read it and find out how JW was tricked into becoming a writer instead of the world's first pro-wrestler-turned-astronaut. (There's still time, JW. The class of WotF32 believes in you.)
Meet the Winners: JW Alden
21st April 2016
Writer Winner Stephen Merlino Awarded Silver IPPY for Indie-Published Novel
Stephen Merlino's novel The Jack of Souls received a silver medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (or IPPYs) earlier this week! Stephen's winning story, also titled "Jack of Souls," is set in the same universe as his novel and acts as a prequel. You can learn more about the IPPY award at The Independent Publisher's Award Announcement.
15th April 2016
No Sh!t, There I was... Anthology
Writer winners Matt Dovey, Stewart C Baker, and Rachael K Jones—along with more than 20 other fine writers—have stories in Alliteration Ink's No Sh!t, There I was anthology, which is edited by Rachael Acks and currently live on Kickstarter. Check it out: No Sh!t, There I Was - An Anthology of Improbable Tales
15th April 2016
Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winners
Huge congratulations to the Golden Pen and Golden Brush winners for volume 32, Matt Dovey and Adrian Massaro! This marks the first time in the contest's history that the winners were writer and illustrator of the same story. You can read more in this press release from Galaxy Press: Matt Dovey and Adrian Massaro Top 2016 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards
12th April 2016
Writers and Illustrators of the Future Gala: Watch Online!
It's finally here! The writer and illustrator winners of Writers and Illustrators of the Future, volume 32 converged upon the Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles last night to officially receive their awards and give their acceptance speeches. You can watch the entire 2 hours worth of award ceremony on YouTube: 2016 Writers of the Future Awards Event
11th April 2016
Blog: Workshop Day 6
Another great day of lectures from award-winning writers and illustrators like Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Echo Chernik, and Olivia Wise made day 6 hard to forget. More details and photos on the main Writers of the Future website: Day 6 - Writers of the Future Volume 32 Workshop
10th April 2016
Blog: Workshop Day 5
Day 5 kicked off guest lectures for the writers and illustrators of volume 32, from industry pros like Orson Scott Card, Larry Elmore, and Locus Magazine's Lisa Trombi. More details and photos on the main Writers of the Future website: Day 5 - Writers of the Future Volume 32 Workshop
9th April 2016
Blog: Workshop Day 4
After the writers put the finishing touches (or not) on their 24-hour stories, the two groups of winners met with the official revelation of the brilliant illustrations that fill the anthology. More details and photos on the main Writers of the Future website:Day 4 - Writers of the Future Volume 32 Workshop
8th April 2016
Blog: Workshop Day 3
The illustrator workshop officially started today with instruction from Val and Ron Lindahn, and writers got started on the dreaded 24-hour story. More details and photos on the main Writers of the Future website: Day 3 - Writers of the Future Volume 32 Workshop
7th April 2016
Blog: Workshop Day 2
The Illustrators of the Future winners have arrived in LA ready to begin their workshop, and the writers have begun their first day under the instruction of David Farland and Tim Powers, and received the objects for their 24 hour writing challenge. More details & photos are on the main WotF website: Day 2 – Writers of the Future Volume 32 Workshop.
6th April 2016
Blog: Workshop Day 1
The writers have all arrived in LA and met their instructors and guides for the week, ready to start their busy schedule in the morning. There are photos and a write up in the first summary blog post on the main Writers of the Future website: Day 1 – Writers of the Future Volume 32 Workshop.
5th April 2016
New story: When Lydia Becomes a Dinosaur, by Rachael K Jones
Rachael K Jones has another story out today, at Daily Science Fiction: When Lydia Becomes a Dinosaur.
Experts estimate that by 2020, all short fiction will be authored by Rachael K Jones, and they will all be dinosaur stories. Early reception to this conjecture has been enthusiastic.
5th April 2016
Kickstarter launched for Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology
Q4 1st place winner Jon Lasser is in Untethered: a Magic iPhone Anthology, a collection of twenty short stories themed around smartphones and the magic that bubbles just under their surface. The Kickstarter just launched today, so go show your support and secure a copy early!
31st March 2016
New story: Indigo Blue, by Rachael K Jones
Rachael K Jones has a new story out in Shimmer issue 30, available to read free online now.
Above the shuttleport ticket line, migrating orison-birds roosted in twos and tens and hundreds on the skylight before lifting and wheeling east, toward the distant winter nesting grounds. Lucy thought glowfall on Indigo must look something like those flashing blue wings refracting the sunlight, but she might never find out, because far up in the shuttleport line, someone else had bought the last ticket to the planet. The last glowing sales-counter sign winked out.
Indigo Blue on Shimmer
29th March 2016
Jon Lasser accepted for Clarion West 2016
Continuing his domination of 2016, Jon Lasser has been accepted into the class of 2016 for Clarion West.
Clarion is the premier writing workshop in the world, an intensive six week course, with only a limited number of participants selected on the strength of their writing. Instructors for Clarion West 2016 include Elizabeth Bear, N. K. Jemisin and Sheila Williams.
28th March 2016
New podcast: Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit, by Julie Frost
Far Fetched Fables have posted an audio version of Julie Frost's story “Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit”, originally published in the July 2013 Stupefying Stories Showcase.
I dodged through picketers into the Expo Center, dragging a cart loaded with four aquariums and a box of tiny furniture, and swearing under my breath. Greg Carson waved to me from across the show floor, and I made my way over to him through the general chaos that always attended the Annual Clearfield County Faerie Show. “I saved you a spot, Emily,” he said.
“Thanks.” I rolled my eyes as I set my aquariums on the table. “The faerie rights activists give you any problems?”
Far Fetched Fables No.99: Julie Frost & David Steffen
22nd March 2016
Win a signed copy of WotF32
Stewart C. Baker, one of the first place winners for volume 32, is running a giveaway for a copy of the anthology signed by him and whomever else he can grab hold of during the week--if you can guess which of the four 1st place stories is his. Enter on his website now!
22nd March 2016
#WotF32 Winners shortlisted for James White Award
Jon Lasser and Matt Dovey, winners in #WotF32, have both been shortlisted for the James White Award for best new writer. The winner will be announced on Sunday 27th March at Mancunicon.
Both were first place winners in #WotF32, which means they are now competing for both the Golden Pen and the James White Award. Rumours of duelling at dawn are accurate and well-founded. The chosen weapon is believed to be Zeppelin Warfare.
20th March 2016
R. M. Graves wins in Ice Nine Contest
R. M. Graves has placed in Blue Monday Review's Ice-Nine Contest, with his story Junction. You can read the story now, for free and in full, at the BMR blog: Junction, by R. M. Graves.
18th March 2016
Q&A with Christoph Weber
Christoph Weber has a great interview up at the Nevada Sagebrush, where he discusses his winning story Möbius, ethics, and getting ideas up trees.
Q&A with Christoph Weber | The Nevada Sagebrush
8th March 2016
TV Interview: Julie Frost
Julie Frost was interviewed on PCTV Mountain Morning Show about her win and her writing on March 3rd, and the full segment is available to view online now on YouTube.
7th March 2016
New story: This is the Sound of the End of the World, by Matt Dovey
Matt Dovey has a story online at Flash Fiction Online, free to read from today.
This is the sound of the end of the world: a billion voices raised in song, a harmony twisting and ululating around the colossal vibrating bass of the core immolators, twelve shining lances of light from the Yattari ships that pierce the now-dying planet of Korthia at equidistant points and pin it in space like a dissected animal on a metal tray.
This is the Sound of the End of the World at Flash Fiction Online.
1st March 2016
New writer interview: Kate Julicher
C. Stuart Hardwick has posted another writer interview, with Kate Julicher, published finalist (or as she prefers, 'Editor's Choice').
Meet the Winners: Kate Julicher
19th February 2016
New writer interview: Julie Frost
C. Stuart Hardwick has posted the next in his series of writer interviews, this time with Julie Frost, not-so-secret werewolf.
Meet the Winners: Julie Frost
9th February 2016
Published finalist announced
Further to the twelve winners stories, the published finalist has been announced as KD Julicher. KD's story will appear in the anthology.
7th February 2016
New article: writer winner Stephen Merlino
Q4 winner has an article in My Edmonds News about his win: Edmonds School District teacher wins Writers of the Future writing contest.
2nd February 2016
New stories: Rachael K Jones
Rachael K Jones has three (three!) new stories out today at different venues:
1st February 2016
New article: illustrator winner Camber Arnhart
Camber Arnhart is featured in an article on the Daily Lobo, the newspaper of UNM: UNM student wins prestigious international award for her artwork.
26th January 2016
New writer interview: Matt Dovey
C. Stuart Hardwick has posted the first in his series of writer interviews, this time with Matt Dovey, Englishman and tea-drinker.
Meet the Winners: Matt Dovey
25th January 2016
4th Quarter winners announced
Results for the final quarter have been announced! In 1st place is Jon Lasser, who will be competing for the Golden Pen award in April; 2nd place is Stephen Merlino, and 3rd place is Julie Frost.
7th January 2016