2013 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

The Washington Science Fiction Association has announced the finalists for the 2013 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:

  • “Astrophilia” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, edited by Neil Clarke (July 2012).
  • “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu, published in Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams (August 2012).
  • “Bottled Spirits” by Pamela K. Kinney, published in Buzzy Mag, edited by Laura Anne Gilman (June, 2012).
  • “Coca Xocolatl” by Lawrence M. Schoen, published in ReDeus: Divine Tales, edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg (Crazy Eight Press 2012).
  • “Good Hunting” by Ken Liu, published in Strange Horizons, edited by Brit Mandelo (October 2012).
  • “Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung, published in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (Fablecroft Publishing June 2012).
  • “The Six Million Dollar Mermaid” by Hildy Silverman, published in Mermaids 13: Tales from the Sea, edited by John L. French (Padwolf Publishing Inc. December 2012)

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction.

All voting is done with the identity of the author and publisher hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave, held this year on October 11-13 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

[Via Locus Online.]

Robert Briggs (1930-2013)

Robert Briggs, who was present when the Washington Science Fiction Association “formed in a coal cellar”, died February 5 in Sarasota, FL.

He was one of seven DC fans who met at the Philadelphia Worldcon in 1947 and decided to start the Washington Science Fiction Society. Another founder, Franklin Kerkhof, recalls:

We progressed fairly well; we attracted some new and valuable members: Willy Ley attended a couple of meetings and once we had both Mr. Ley and Seabury Quinn. Then disaster threatened. Russell Swanson, who had been acting president, was discharged from the Army and left Ft. Myer for his home in Haddam, Connecticut sometime in December 1947.

Fortunately, Louis E. Garner, Jr., an energetic newcomer with a flair for organization, attended one meeting then came to the next full of plans and with the rough draft of a new constitution. The group changed its name to WSFA and elected officers. Briggs became WSFA’s first vice-president.   

The group soon decided to start a convention and Briggs chaired the first three Disclaves — 1950, 1951, and 1953 (they skipped 1952).

In recent years Briggs’ fan activity has been limited to membership in SAPS, an amateur press association, which he rejoined in 1978 after having briefly been a member in the early 1950s.

Wally Weber learned of Briggs’ death from Lutheran Services in Sarasota.

[Thanks to Robert Lichtman for the story.]

Judy Newton Update

Barry Newton copied File 770 on the latest about Judy Newton’s bypass surgery:

First, let me thank you all for the comfort and support we’ve been getting. It means a lot, believe me. Also, please keep on with prayers and good thoughts, they seem to be working.

I got down there in good time to be there when they took a good 25 minutes unhooking support devices and making them portable with her bed, then went along until they shunted me into a waiting room. A large waiting room, which gradually filled with a lot of visiting families. There was a lot of surgery happening today. Judy’s was the first of four that her doctor had scheduled. Some four nervous hours later, the surgeon appeared with the welcome news that everything had gone well, and Judy had five dear God bypasses.

The rest of the day was spent ducking in and out of ICU on short visits. She eventually woke up, was able to respond to the staff–and to me–eventually got the breathing tube out, and actually could talk. If all continues to go well, she’ll be moved out of ICU sometime tomorrow, and even encouraged to spend some time on her feet. This just blows my mind. Home sometime next week, probably Thursday.

And a correction to the earlier post – Judy Newton was WSFA President last year. Barry Newton is the current President and he adds, “Yes, this was all very amicable–other interests forced her to make a choice.”

WSFA Small Press Award
Open for Nominations

SF authors, small press publishers and WSFA members have until April 1, 2012 to nominate stories for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for short fiction, now in its sixth year.

The award honors the accomplishments of small presses in promoting and preserving sf. Eligible nominees are works of short fiction up to 17,500 words long in the sf, horror and fantasy genres, published by a small press.

The winner will be chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Blind voting is done using texts with the identity of the author and publisher stripped.

According to The Rules: “Small press publishers and periodicals may nominate up to three (3) stories, published by themselves or others. A writer may nominate one (1) story, published by herself/himself or others. A WSFA member may nominate one (1) story.” Then five members of WSFA screen the submissions and produce the list of finalists.

This year’s Small Press Award Committee is: Colleen Cahill (Chair), Cathy Green, Paul Haggerty, Gayle Surrette, Meagen Voss, and Carolyn Frank (Administrator)

The award will be presented at Capclave 12 over the October 12-14 weekend.

The full press release follows the jump.

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WSFA Votes Award to Carrie Vaughn

The Washington Science Fiction Association has given the 2011 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction to “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Lightspeed Magazine (June 2010), edited by John Joseph Adams.

The announcement was made this past weekend at Capclave, where Vaughn was a guest of honor. Michael J. Walsh explains, “While some may raise an eyebrow over one of the GoHs winning the award, I will note that winner was selected by vote of WSFA members who participate in a blind judging process — reading the texts with identity of the author, publisher and editor removed.”

2011 WSFA Small Press Award Shortlist

The Washington Science Fiction Association has announced the finalists for the 2011 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:

  • “After the Dragon” by Sarah Monette, published in Fantasy Magazine (January 2010), edited by Cat Rambo and Sean Wallace.
  • “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Lightspeed Magazine (June 2010), edited by John Joseph Adams.
  • “The Cassandra Project” by Jack McDevitt, published in Lightspeed Magazine (June 2010), edited by John Joseph Adams
  • “The Days of Flaming Motorcycles” by Catherynne M. Valente, published in Dark Faith, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, Apex Book Co. (May 2010).
  • “Enid and the Prince” by RJ Astruc, published in Worlds Next Door, edited by Tehani Wessely, FableCroft Publishing (June 2010).
  • “Lord Bai’s Discovery” by Jean Marie Ward, published in Dragon’s Lure, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jennifer Ross, and Jeffrey Lyman, Dark Quest Books (June 2010).

The winner will be selected by vote of WSFA members who participate in a blind judging process – reading the texts with identity of the author, publisher and editor hidden.

The winning story will be revealed at Capclave, held this year on October 14-16 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Nominees Sought for WSFA Small Press Award

SF authors, small press publishers and WSFA members have until May 1, 2011 to nominate stories for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for short fiction, now in its fifth year.

The award honors the accomplishments of small presses in promoting and preserving sf. Eligible nominees are works of short fiction up to 17,500 words long in the sf, horror and fantasy genres, published by a small press.

The winner will be chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Blind voting is done using texts with the identity of the author and publisher stripped.

According to The Rules: “Small press publishers and periodicals may nominate up to three (3) stories, published by themselves or others. A writer may nominate one (1) story, published by herself/himself or others. A WSFA member may nominate one (1) story.” Then five members of WSFA screen the submissions and produce the list of finalists.

This year’s WSFA Small Press Award Committee is Colleen Cahill (Chair), Cathy Green, Paul Haggerty, Gayle Surrette, Michael Walsh, and Carolyn Frank (Administrator).

The award will be presented at Capclave 11 over the October 14-16 weekend.

WFSA Award Short Fiction Nominees Announced

Finalists for the 2010 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction are these stories from 2009:

  • “each thing i show you is a piece of my death” by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, published in Clockwork Phoenix 2, edited by Mike Allen, Norilana Books (July 2009).
  • “Images of Anna” by Nancy Kress, published in Fantasy Magazine, edited by Cat Rambo (September 2009).
  • “James and the Dark Grimoire” by Kevin Lauderdale, published in Cthulhu Unbound, edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunseri, Permuted Press, (March 2009).
  • “Race to the Moon” by Kyell Gold, published in New Fables, Summer 2009, edited by Tim Susman, Sofawolf Press (July 2009).
  • “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” by Eugie Foster, published in Interzone (January 2009) / Apex Magazine (August 2009), edited by Andy Cox (Interzone,) / Catherynne M. Valente (Apex).
  • “Siren Beat” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published in Twelfth Planet Press, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (October 2009).
  • “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies issue #27, 10/08/2009, edited Scott H. Andrews.
  • “The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram” by Jeff Soesbe, published in DayBreak Magazine, edited by Jetse de Vries (October 2009).

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association, all voting done using texts with the identity of the author and publisher stripped. They hope this improves the chances of the winner being picked solely for reasons of its quality, and they’re probably right.

But who creates the pool of nominees? It’s tautological that a work can’t win unless it makes the ballot. Any room for bias to gum the works there?

Not really. According to The Rules, nominations come through a wide-open process. “Small press publishers and periodicals may nominate up to three (3) stories, published by themselves or others. A writer may nominate one (1) story, published by herself/himself or others. A WSFA member may nominate one (1) story.” Then five members of WSFA screen the submissions and produce the list of finalists.

The award will be presented at Capclave over the October 22-24 weekend.

[This is part of a continuing series titled, “It’s probably still news to someone.” Thanks to Michael Walsh for the link.]