By Carl Slaughter: E. Lily Yu burst on the scene in 2012 as winner of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
That same year, she was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards for best short story (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2011), as well as the Million Writers Award.
In 2012, she was included in year’s bests by Jonathan Strahan and Rich Horton. This was also the year she attended the Sewanee Writers Conference as a Stanley Elkin Scholar.
Then 2013 was another busy year, with half a dozen short stories and the Clarion West Workshop.
“The Urashima Effect” (Clarkesworld Magazine, June 2013) was nominated for a Sturgeon in 2014, and that year Strahan and Horton again included her in their year’s bests.
Look for “Paul Flitch’s Slap-Bang Fracas With Mister Delusio” in Daily Science Fiction in August and “Darkout” in the Cyber World anthology (edited by Josh Viola and Jason Heller) in November. In 2017, Tor will publish “The White-Throated Transmigrant.”
Lily Yu showed promise as early as 2005, winning a 69-word story contest sponsored by The Writer magazine. She specialized in creative writing at the New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts and attended the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ YoungArts Week 2008. Yu is also an accomplished poet and her first published poem received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Horror.