Clarion San Diego accepting applications till March 1st

If you want to write science fiction and fantasy there is no better crucible and proving ground, classroom and community, than Clarion San Diego.  I have already written a whole page on it, and updated the writers for 2010.  It looks to be awesome.  You have about six weeks to turn in applications to go.  If you want a career in writing science fiction and fantasy, this is the right investment.  After this, you don’t have to invest in another writer’s workshop for more… this is all you need.  The writers are some you know and some you might not yet:  Samuel R. Delany, George R.R. Martin, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Delia Sherman and Dale Bailey.  The opportunities you get to move your work around and let people see it are great.  

See more information here.

Go to their website here. 

That’s us in the picture, on the bluffs outside La Jolla, near San Diego.  That’s me pointing to the future.  I say, “Hey, look, I can see a whole group of published writers!”  And then someone says, “Out to sea, huh?”  Okay, we didn’t say that.  But these people became some of my closest friends.  

  I seem to be doing more pointing.  I do that a lot.  People just stare at me like I’m one of those people.  

Clarion solidified my “calling”–not only because everyone sacrificed to get there, but because we were taken seriously.  I wrote a lot and wrote intensely.  I was challenged.  Wow, was I challenged.  And I experienced some great moments of my life.  I would love to relive this again–and really relish it this time.  You get so busy writing you sometimes forget.  

If you think it’s too much, it will be.  But I took a third of everything I had and put into this workshop financially, and I wasn’t the only one.  I love where it brought me, and where it let me stay for six weeks, and where it’s carrying me in the future.  I think you will too.  

There are a lot of workshops–Odyssey, Clarion West, etc—but I think this one is the best.  And if you respect the 18 other students there, you will get the most out of the workshop.  If you feel defensive about your work before you go, you might not get as much out of the workshop.  Because certainly the work will be up for critique–but not you.  You are up for amazing moments and good, solid career information. 

Go.  You’ll be glad you did.  

Rocketfuel Ignites Imaginations, the Yukon News story on my class


Photo by Ian Stewart for the Yukon News

My most excellent class of writers is the subject of a Yukon News article below.  These writers are an awesome group of imaginateurs.  I’m impressed, especially, with how they conducted themselves in an interview–thoughtful, insightful, well-read, interesting and interested in each other.  Love to start a book club with them!  

Article is by James Munson for the Yukon News.


Zeb Berryman has some demons he’d like to share.

The 18-year-old scribe is an aficionado of the “dark side” in his literary circle, a dozen Whitehorse high school students known as Rocket Fuel.

“The darkness and violence is what makes it beautiful,” says Zeb, referring to one of his current anime reads.

Zeb’s comment elicits a few nods from his fellow science fiction enthusiasts sitting around the table in the FH Collins library.

These young adults have an encyclopedic knowledge of the fantasy genre, and can discuss the intricacies of alchemists, monsters, gods and goblins at length.

“It’s like literature discussion about a whole bunch of books you never get to hear literature discussions about,” says Jerome Stueart, a science fiction writer who started Rocket Fuel two years ago.

But more impressively, it’s their own literary creations they’re the most familiar with.

Ask any one of these students about their works, and it won’t be long before another interjects.

Franz Krabel, 12, tends to kill off his characters a lot, says Santana Berryman, Zeb’s 14-year-old sister.

Santana, for her part, has an obsession with the afterlife, says Stueart.

These writers know each other inside out.

Read the rest of the article

Fantasy-Filled Young Readers Give the Season Imagination

Rocketfuel, the youngest group of science fiction and fantasy writers in the Yukon, showcased their own writing (and art and music) Dec 4th at the Frank Slim’s Building at Shipyard’s Park.  It’s a nice venue with a roaring fireplace.  Makes it cozy.  Snacks were had, parents were entertained.  Must have been about twenty people there.  

About the readings–wow.  Okay, I know, I’m biased, but even I was blown away that night.  My boss, Mia Lee, was also amazed.  And the parents were too.  The writing was great, and fun.  We had readings about a day in the life of one of the heads of Cerberus, an alien abduction, a psychiatrist who knows a bit too much about Hell, an amulet that everyone wants, and other writings of imagination. 

Even the parents got to play when we brought out Justin Whitney’s patented Story Seeds, guaranteed to jump start a story, and starting playing the game around the room.  

I’d like to thank all those students in our Rocketfuel afterschool writing program–Franz, Hal, Santana, Zeb, Kylie, Erica, Kalyna, Renyka, Aubrey–and our emeritus writers Ashley, Bailey and Victoria.  We really do believe that writing contributes to the well-being of a young adult, and that fantasy and science fiction are part of our culture–a vivid part–that contributes to our cultural identity.  It can also change the way we see our world.  

Every culture holds dear a story that has supernatural elements in it, and this story defines and contributes to that culture.  Someone had to write about the dragon, Grendel and his mother, chomping on knights in the King’s Hall, or a Monkey to bring back the wisdom from the West, or captured a Djinn in a lamp, or brought a people across a sea split by the hand of God, and someone defined vampires, werewolves, ghosts and the Devil for a culture that enjoyed hearing the dark stories as much as the light ones….  Fiction even changed the way we celebrate Christmas. When our young writers write fantasy they are contributing to a long line of fantastical stories–to explain their world, even as they live in ours.  

The Young Author’s Conference understands this, and every summer, when the writers gather with our high schoolers, those writers read the works of our kids and at least half of them are fantasy and science fiction.  It’s important to develop a vivid and detailed imagination.  This is how adults solve problems—by imagining the solutions AND how to get there.  

Watch for the Yukon News article on Rocketfuel on Dec 23rd!  Woo-hoo!  

In January, TWO Rocketfuels start back up after school.  One at Porter Creek on Tuesdays and one at FH on Wednesdays.  If you think someone in your family might enjoy this, sign up through the Parks and Recreation, City of Whitehorse Leisure Guide or by calling Mia Lee at 668-8327.  

Treats, Beverages, and a bit of Fantasy, Shipyards Park, Fri. Dec 4

Students who are a part of Rocketfuel, the science fiction and fantasy writing group afterschool program–sponsored by the City of Whitehorse–will have a reading Friday night–TOMORROW–at Shipyards Park.  They’ll be reading from some of their current work.  There might actually be a story of Santa Claus meeting the Reaper…you never know.  


Shipyards Park

Friday Dec 4, 7-9 pm.  

Treats, goodies, beverages like tea and coffee, and a bit of Fantasy to go home with and share with your season….

If you’re free tomorrow night, come by.  We’d love to have you.

Tesseracts 14: Canadian Sci-fi/Fantasy Anthology Open for Submissions


Canadian authors of science fiction and fantasy, get your stories ready.  Tesseracts 14, is open for business.







Tesseracts Fourteen:
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS (Sept. 1, 2009 – Nov. 30, 2009)

Submissions are now open (from September 1, 2009 to November 30, 2009) for volume 14 of the Tesseracts anthology. If you are a Canadian author and write speculative fiction, we want to see your stories, poetry, radio plays, flash fiction etc. [SEE GUIDELINES BELOW]

The editors for this antholgy are:

John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory.    




  • This anthology is open to Canadians, landed immigrants, long-time residents, and expatriates.

  • Open to submissions in either English or French. (Francophone stories must be translated into English for publication if accepted.) Canadian authors who write in languages other than French or English are welcome to submit an English translation of their work, provided it otherwise falls within the parameters of this anthology. Please supply details of original publication for any submission that originally appeared in a language other than English.

  • Translation into English is the sole responsibility of the authors.

  • Genres: all the genres of imaginative literature, including but not limited to magic realism, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, slipstream, supernatural horror, weird tales, alternate history, space opera, planetary adventure, surrealism, superheroes, mythic fantasy, etc.

  • The Tesseracts anthology series is open to both short fiction and poetry.

  • Payment is $20 for poetry, $50 for stories under 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $100 for stories of over 5,000 words (longer stories are paid a slightly higher fee, but in order to exceed the word length limit of 7,500 words, the editors must judge a story to be of surpassing excellence.)

  • Deadline: 30 November 2009.

  • Do not query before submitting.

  • Email submissions:

  • Emails MUST contain the word “submission” in the subject line, or they will be deleted automatically by the server. Please also include the story title in the subject line.

  • Submissions MUST come as an attachment: RTF is the only acceptable format.

  • Emails MUST contain a cover letter in the body of the email; for security reasons, email attachments with no cover letter will be deleted unread and unanswered.

  • Cover letter: include your name, the title of your story, your full contact information (address, phone, email), and a brief bio. Do not describe or summarize the story.

  • If your address is not within Canada, please indicate in the cover letter your status vis-à-vis Canada.

  • Reprints (stories having previously appeared in English in ANY format, print or electronic, including but not limited to any form of web publication) can be considered but will be a hard sell; reprints must come from a source not easily available in Canada. If your submission is a reprint, please supply full publication history of the story. If your story appeared previously, including but not limited to anywhere on the web, and you do not disclose this information to the editor upon submission, you will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Submission format: no strange formatting, colour fonts, changing fonts, borders, backgrounds, etc. Leave italics in italics, NOT underlined. Put your full contact information on the first page (name, address, email address, phone). No headers, no footers, no page numbering. DO NOT leave a blank line between paragraphs. Indent paragraphs. ALWAYS put a # to indicate scene breaks (a blank line is NOT enough).

  • ALWAYS include your full contact information (name/address/email/phone number) on the first page of the attached submission.

  • Rights: for original fiction, first World English publication, with a two-month exclusive from publication date; for all, non-exclusive anthology rights; all other rights remain with the author. (DO NOT INDICATE WHICH RIGHTS YOU ARE OFFERING; SUBMISSIONS MARKED WITH RESTRICTIVE RIGHTS WILL BE DELETED WITH NO REPLY.)

  • Spelling: please use Canadian spelling, as per the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

  • Response time: initial responses (no / rewrite request / hold for further consideration) will be made within thirty days after the close of submissions. Final responses no later than 31 December 2009.

  • Submit up to three stories at the same time, butUNDER SEPARATE COVER (only one submission per email).

  • Simsubs are not encouraged but are acceptable. Should you receive a “rewrite request” or “hold for further consideration” response, please indicate immediately whether your story is under consideration anywhere else.

  • The Moon Over Marsh Lake (and Tokyo) through Leaves in the Fall

     My new story is up at Fantasy Magazine.  In honor of that, I took this footage out at Family Camp this weekend, a time where our church goes out and camps together.  A spectacular full moon found us there, and I took this footage through spruce and pine and poplar there at Marsh Lake.  It’s quiet at first, but wait for the screams at the end.  

    The story, “Moon Over Tokyo through Leaves in the Fall,” which is up at Fantasy Magazine, is ready for your reading.  

    Enjoy the peace of the full moon over Marsh Lake (and the screams).  Sorry it’s so black except for the moon….usually the moon lights up much more.  And enjoy the story.  Thanks!

    Two After-School Fantasy/Sci-fi Writing Classes for Teens: PC and FH

    Starting Sept 16 at FH and Oct 1 at PC, I will be offering science fiction and fantasy writing to interested secondary students.  

    The Little Girl and her Giant Crocodile, Mauro Lira
    The Little Girl and her Giant Crocodile, Mauro Lira

    Are you attending Vanier, FH or PC this year?  Do you like to read science fiction or fantasy, and do you like to write your own?  Come join a group of dedicated young fantasy/sci fi writers like yourself on Wednesdays at FH Collins, or on Thursdays at PC, after school.  Snacks will be provided for the hungry.  Bring your own notebook paper and pen.  A journal is best.  We’ll play some writing games and get you pulling stuff out of your imagination–and then writing stories.  

    After two successful years of running the first group–which last year landed at FH Collins–I’m starting a group up at PC.  If you think you’re interested or know someone who might be, get in contact with the Parks and Recreation folks at 668-8325 and register for either the FH or PC version.  Registration begins on Sept 8–one week from today.  Classes begin earlier at FH Collins—and their program is 13 weeks; PC, since we’re just starting out, has an 8 week run.  

    FH Collins begins: Sept 16

    PC begins: Oct 1

    Crocodiles will not be provided.  Please bring your own.

    Stories of Intergalactic and Fantastical Hoochies wanted for Anthology


    Looks like the cast of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    Looks like the cast of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Yep, you heard it right.  An anthology about the “World’s Oldest Profession” is looking for submissions.  Stories need to have a genre twist to them—science fiction, fantasy, something that makes them a bit different.  The anthology is “Ladies of Trade Town” and the Press is a good one.  


    For more info, go HERE   According to the Website:

    The stories selected for this anthology will build on that varied background to tell well-crafted tales of the women and men – and other sentient beings – who “ply the trade” in a variety of times and settings. I’m looking for original science fiction, fantasy, and related genre short stories that entertain and play to the imagination of the reader. Show me something I haven’t seen, read, or written. (For examples of that last, see “Lady Blaze” in Roby James’ Warrior Wisewoman 2  and the title cut of the filk CD that gives this volume its name.) Humor, characters of all orientations and gender-identities, and new writers all welcome.

    Despite the theme, I am *not* looking for porn, erotica, or gore-soaked horror. Absolutely no child abuse, incest, or non-consensual situations. Also not looking for poetry, fanfic or proselytizing either for or against the theme.Vekma

    STORY LENGTH:: between 3,000 – 10,000 words. Mostly looking for stories in the 5,000 – 6,000 word range, but I’d like to have a few stories on the upper and lower ends in the mix. The upper limit is firm for unsolicited stories.

    PAYMENT: $0.02 a word on acceptance of completed anthology manuscript by the Publisher, as an advance against pro-rata share of the royalties after earnout, plus one contributor copy.

    READING PERIOD: Opens January 5, 2010, closes June 9, 2010. Manuscripts received before or after this period will be discarded unread, unless prior arrangements have been made otherwise.

    Flash Me, for short short fiction–all Fantasy Issue, due August 31

    Flash Me Magazine’s All Fantasy Issue
    FLASH ME MAGAZINE will be doing another ALL FANTASY ISSUE October 31, 2009. All stories submitted for the fantasy issue must contain some element of fantasy and be 1,000 words or less. The submission deadline is August 31, 2009.

    Special guidelines apply, so please visit our website prior to submission. You can view the fantasy issue submission guidelines here.

    The deadline’s coming up, and we’re still searching for spectacular stories – maybe yours?? 

    FMM Admin Assistant

    (thanks Specfic Markets)

    Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing–at FH Collins and PC


    Artist: C. Gerber
    Artist: C. Gerber

    Starting in the fall, I’m going to be doing the afterschool programs for teen writers at FH Collins (our second year!) and now, at Porter Creek.  It’s for science fiction and fantasy writers, and everyone’s welcome.  There is a fee.  We do serve food.  


    It’s through the City of Whitehorse.  You can contact Mia Lee at 668-8327 or to be a participant.  More information to come.  Programs will start up in late September or early October.  The guide comes out in two weeks so we’ll have more info then.