David Steffen’s Long List Anthology, designed to celebrate more of the fiction loved by the Hugo Award voting audience, will go as far as Kickstarter donors want to take it — which may be all the way, because the appeal has already achieved its initial $1,250 goal and is now at work on making its first stretch goal.
The works on the final ballot receive a great deal of attention every year, between copies of stories distributed to voters and discussions about voting on various forums. Every year at WorldCon the Hugo Award administrators publish a list of the top fifteen nominees in each category including those that were on the Hugo ballot. But the works on the long list, also greatly loved by the group of fans voting for the Hugo, tend to not get very much attention. For this anthology I am soliciting the works from this long list to bring more attention to these works, and provide a place to discuss them.
Steffen is known for running the Submission Grinder, a webtool to help writers track their submissions and find markets. The Submission Grinder is an extension of his efforts at Diabolical Plots, which has been publishing genre content since 2008, and earlier this year began publishing original short fiction paid at professional rates.
The basic goal of the Long List Anthology includes purchasing reprint rights for the 9-10 available short stories.
- “Covenant” by Elizabeth Bear
- “This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear
- “Goodnight Stars” by Annie Bellet
- “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard
- “When It Ends, He Catches Her” by Eugie Foster
- “A Kiss With Teeth” by Max Gladstone
- “Makeisha in Time” by Rachael K. Jones
- “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman T. Malik
- “Toad Words” by Ursula Vernon
- (and up to 1 other)
The stretch goals are —
$2500 Novelette Level
Purchasing reprint rights for the 7-9 available novelettes
- “The Magician and LaPlace’s Demon” by Tom Crosshill
- “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys
- “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- “The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch
- “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado
- “We are the Cloud” by Sam J. Miller
(and up to 2 others)
$3000 Selected Novella Level
Purchasing reprints rights for 2 novellas (determined available at the time of campaign launch):
- “The Regular” by Ken Liu
- “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” by Rachel Swirsky
(up to 4 other novellas if rights can be acquired)
$4600 Novella Level (If Reprint Rights are Available)
Purchasing reprint rights for up to 4 other novellas if reprint rights can be acquired.
And Steffen has addressed how he will deal with “Hugo” being a service mark:
I’ve asked the Hugo administrators what is acceptable use, and they said that it’s fine to make mention of “Hugo” as long as I don’t use it in the title or claim that the Hugos endorse the project. There will be an entry on the copyright pages of the anthology saying who owns the “Hugo” service mark, etc.