It’s that time of year when speculative fiction writers collect the public-facing work they’ve done and urge you to read it (or reread it), and remind you that they are eligible for Hugos and Nebulas and all other such lovely peer validations and recognitions.
The Memory of Chemistry
Short story, 6819 words, Fantasy Magazine
You are forewarned, this story has them all. Plus a coven of scientists. Read it here, and about it here and here and here.
This year I guest-edited the Nostalgia issue of Apparition Lit, and — I kid you not — every story included in it is worthy of being nominated:
The Hungry Tree by Auden Patrick
A, B, B, A by Russell Nichols
Solo le quedaron ocho (Then There Were Eight) por elena félix
Wing/Flower by Endria Isa Richardson
Entre cráteres, nosotros por Ana Hurtado
I am less familiar with the awards available for speculative poetry, but the two poems included in this issue are noteworthy as well:
Backward Compatibility (Quinceañera on a Generation Ship) by Katherine Quevedo
Icarus, and the Truths That Bore Him by Jessica Cho
If you are a Hugo nominator, please also consider nominating Apparition Lit in the Semiprozine category. Editors Rebecca Bennett, Amy Henry Robinson, Tacoma Tomilson, and Clarke Doty are a dedicated and talented lot, and the magazine they’ve been producing since 2018 is far too good to continue fly under the radar.
For awards which recognize anthologies (the World Fantasy Awards, for example) please consider nominating Dreams for a Broken World, edited by Julie C. Day and Ellen Meeropol.
The story of mine that is included in the anthology is a reprint (La Gorda and the City of Silver) but there are a number of originals included (Zig Zag Claybourne’s wonderful Finding Ways, for example) and many of them are incredible. You can read about the anthology here and here.
Happy reading and nominating!