tithenaii: (Autumn Lady)
A stupendous amount of last-minute reading of novellas and novelettes for award nomination happened this month, but I'm not counting them because mostly the point of listing the short fiction is to help me around award season again next year, so I want to only list what's eligible and what I've enjoyed.


A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Hope Leslie by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation by George Copway
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Touch by Claire North
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Selections from E Pauline Johnson's The Moccasin Maker: "A Red Girl's Reasoning" and "As it Was in the Beginning"

Notable Short Fiction:

"Tiger Baby" by JY Yang (short story) (review)
"Hoywverch" by Heather Rose Jones (short story) (audio only)
"The Girl Who Ate Butterflies" by Mary Rickert (short story)
"Translatio Corporis" by Kat Howard (short story)
"And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead" by Brooke Bolander (novelette) (review)
tithenaii: (Autumn Lady)
Last year was the first year I made a living from writing: a mix of reviews, articles, games, poetry and fiction. It still feels pretty incredible.

I had four short stories appear in 2014. Here they are:

"Mon pays c'est l'hiver," Lackington's Magazine
"The Rag Man Mulls Down the Day," PodCastle (audio only)
"The Lonely Sea in the Sky," Lightspeed, Women Destroy Science Fiction
"The Truth About Owls," Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (link is to reprint at Strange Horizons)

Of those, I'm personally proudest of "The Lonely Sea in the Sky" and "The Truth About Owls." Both were incredibly difficult to write; both felt like a sort of levelling up to me personally; both would have been impossible without the support of incredible editors, loving friends and family members. "The Lonely Sea in the Sky" is my first science fiction story, and the difficulties I had with writing it are documented.

The only poem of mine that appeared last year was "The New Ways" in Uncanny Magazine. But speaking of poetry!

Goblin Fruit is eligible for a Hugo award in the Best Semiprozine category.

Here are some things about Goblin Fruit. Here are some more things: this is our ninth year of operations, of putting out four issues a year of what I consider truly spectacular work. This year, beginning with our next issue, we're raising our rates to $10 a poem.

I don't think an all-poetry journal has ever been on the Hugo ballot. But it genuinely fulfils all the requirements for the category, and last year, according to the vote break-down, it was VERY CLOSE to actually getting on the ballot. So if you've been loving it for a while but haven't ever considered it because Hugo rules are complicated, know that it is eligible! Whether or not it is worthy is of course up to you.

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