Our annual Write-a-thon starts today! Join us and write to support Clarion!
Our annual Write-a-thon starts today! Join us and write to support Clarion!
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Dear Jason,
So far, 2020 has been a time of intense struggle and upheaval, and there is likely more in store for us before it's all over. Whichever one of you opened up the blood portal to this dark timeline, I think you've made your point. Could you please close it now? 
In all seriousness, we hope you're staying healthy from COVID-19, that you're managing to navigate the intense economic disruption, and that you and your loved ones are staying safe during this time. The current and ongoing police violence against African Americans in the United States is deplorable, and Clarion would like to reiterate its strong and unequivocable support for our black community members and the Black Lives Matter movement.
To that end, we would like to invite you to join a special event celebrating Octavia Butler (Clarion 1970), hosted by our friends at the Carl Brandon Society. Learn more below!
In an ordinary year, today would have marked the start of our Clarion workshop. However, although we can't host the workshop this year, we are still running our annual Write-a-thon! We hope you're ready to go with your draft and ideas. We also wanted to give a special shout-out to members of the Clarion class of 2020/2021, some of whom have joined this year's Thon. We hope you'll write alongside them and support them this summer. 

In this issue, we'll have a refresher on the Write-a-Thon, a reminder to sign up for summer events, some special opportunities, and a fresh crop of astounding alumni news. Read on!

Join the Clarion Write-a-thon!
Want to participate as a writer?
Start your Write-a-Thon journey here. This year's Write-a-thon runs from June 21 to August 1. As always, the Write-a-thon's goal is to build community, help you reach your writing goals, and to raise money for student scholarships and workshop operations. Our goal is $15,000--we can only reach this with your support! 

Don't have time to participate? 
If you have funds left to spare, you can donate directly to Clarion here. Donations to the Clarion Foundation writer's profile will be counted towards our fundraising goal. All tax-deductible donations are made through The Clarion Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN #20-3114945.
We know this has been a challenging year and there are, as always, many worthy causes. You can support us by signal boosting and spreading the word about Clarion writers and their work, especially our Thon participants--every little bit helps!

Questions? 
Learn more from our FAQ, or get in touch at writeathon@theclarionfoundation.org. We hope you'll participate and make a difference!
Celebrating Octavia with the Carl Brandon Society

Celebrating Octavia E. Butler with the Carl Brandon Society

On June 26, 5-6 PM EDT, Agent Merilee Heifetz and authors Tananarive Due, Sheree Renee Thomas, Nisi Shawl, and Steven Barnes will celebrate Octavia's birthday with stories and remembrances and laughter, all in support of an organization committed to making more room in the SFF community for Black, Indigenous, and other writers and fans of color.

This panel will be livestreamed to YouTube on the 26th. To watch the event live or to get early access to the recording, make a donation by purchasing a ticket. All proceeds go to the Carl Brandon Society and support our major programs, including the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship for writers of color attending the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops.

Learn more and register

Don't forget to register for our very own Clarion Conversations!

Visit our website to register, learn more about our guests, and see what's up ahead!
Register Here
SD Futures: Imaginative Writing for Teens

Is there a young writer in your life that needs inspiration this summer? 


Our friends at the Arthur C. Clarke center have put together a series of free workshops specifically for teens. SDFutures' goal is to help young people write science fiction and fantasy stories by developing their skills, meeting other young writers, and stretching their imagination with incredible professional writers of speculative fiction as guides. 

Instructors include: Rebecca Roanhorse · Minh Lê · Kali Wallace · Lilliam Rivera · Patrick Coleman · Leah Thomas · Jeanelle Horcasitas · Olivia Quintanilla

More information, including how to register, at sd-futures.org.

Questions? Contact us at info@imagination.ucsd.edu.

SDFutures is part of the New Profiles of the Future initiative at the Clarke Center.

Paid Job Opportunity from Pantera Productions

Pantera Productions is looking to hire a sci-fi writer to work with their story producer on developing a treatment for a unique sci fi trilogy with the potential to grow into penning the screenplay. The writer must be able to meet regularly with the story producer in San Diego and sometimes in Los Angeles, as well as enjoy collaboration. This is a paid position; depending on experience, the salary range is $1200 - $2500 a week/full time.
The project involves time travel/portal travel, mythologies, EDM music and the psychedelic world. The writer must be passionate about these subjects. The job is research intensive with lots of collaboration with the story producer.
If interested, please submit your resume and bio to Brett at californiagroupllc@gmail.com. Indicate in your information that you are a Clarion workshop alumni.

Clarion Alumni News


Hi, everyone! Got something to share? Email us at bulletin@theclarionfoundation.org. Please include your name, year, news item, and any links for reading or purchase you'd like to include. 

1974

Carson Barnes


Has 30 to 40 prints filling the Rankin Center at Columbus State University in Columbus Georgia in September.

James Patrick Kelly

"Faithful Sister" was published in June 2020 in Daily Science Fiction.

Bruce Sterling

“Hornet and Butterfly” (with Tim Cool) was published in the May/June 2020 issue of F&SF.

1978

Richard Kadrey


(1) The Grand Dark is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Horror Novel. (2) The Grand Dark is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novel – Horror).

1989

Ted Chiang


(1) “Omphalos” was nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. (2) “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” was nominated for the 2019 Nebula Award for Best Novel. (3) “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Novella. (4) “Omphalos” is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Novelette. (5) “It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning“ is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Short Story. (6) Exhalation is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Collection. (7) Exhalation is a finalist for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards for Best Collection. (8) “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” was nominated for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novella. (9) “Omphalos” was nominated for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. (10) Exhalation is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Collection). (11) “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novella). (12) “Omphalos” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novelette). (13) “It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning“ is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

1992

Nathan Ballingrud


Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell was nominated for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection. (2) Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell was nominated for for the This Is Horror Awards 2019 for Short Story Collection of the Year. (3) Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Collection). (4) “The Butcher’s Table” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novel).

Cory Doctorow

“Radicalized” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novella). (2) “Unauthorized Bread” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novella).

1993

Alex Irvine


"One Hundred Sentences about the City of the Future: A Jeremiad" was published in the May 2020 issue of Lightspeed.

1995

Nalo Hopkinson


“Repatriation“ is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

Kelly Link

“The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear” is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Short Story. (2) "The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear" is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

1999

Tobias S. Buckell


“The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex” was nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. (2) “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex” is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Novelette. (3) “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

Tim Pratt

The Forbidden Stars is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novel – SF).

Jenn Reese

“A Mindreader’s Guide to Surviving Your First Year at the All-Girls Superhero Academy“ won second place (tied) in the Uncanny Magazine 2019 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll.

2001

Theodora Goss


(1) “How to Become a Witch-Queen” is a nominee for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story. (2) “A Country Called Winter” is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Novelette. (3) Snow White Learns Witchcraft is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Collection. (4) The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novel – Fantasy). (5) Snow White Learns Witchcraft is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Collection). (6) “A Country Called Winter” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novelette). (7) "A Statement in the Case" was published in the Feb 2020 issue of Lightspeed.

Nnedi Okorafor

“Binti: Sacred Fire” is a finalist for is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Novelette. (2) Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Nonfiction). (3) “Binti: Sacred Fire” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novelette).

2002

Jason Erik Lundberg


His first novel (and 25th book), A Fickle and Restless Weapon, was released in June 2020 in paperback and ebook by Epigram Books. 

2007

Jerome Stueart


“Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun” is a finalist for the 2020 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction.

Caleb Wilson

"Bow Down Before the Snail King!" was published in the April 2020 issue of Lightspeed.

2003

Will McIntosh


“Nic and Viv’s Compulsory Courtship” was published in the July/August 2020 issue of Asimov’s.

2009
Val Nolan
“Make America Great Again” was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Interzone.

2010

Tamsyn Muir


Gideon the Ninth was nominated for the 2019 Nebula Award for Best Novel. (2) Gideon the Ninth is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for First Novel. (3) Gideon the Ninth is a finalist for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel. (4) Gideon the Ninth WON the 2020 Crawford Award. (5) Gideon the Ninth is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (First Novel).

Karen Tidbeck

“The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir“  was nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. (2) “The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir“ is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

Kali Wallace

"Her Cage of Root and Bone" was published in April 2020 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

2011

Brooke Bolander


“A Bird, a Song, a Revolution“ is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

2012

Jonathan Fortin


Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus was published in March, 2020, with Crystal Lake Publishing. 

Carmen Maria Machado

(1) In the Dream HouseWON the the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ Nonfiction. (2) “The Things Eric Eats before He Eats Himself” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story). (3) "I Bury Myself" was published in the May 2020 issue of Lightspeed. (4) "There and Back Again" was published in the March 2020 issue of Nightmare.

Sam J. Miller

Destroy All Monsters is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel. (2) Destroy All Monsters is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novel – Young Adult). (3) “Shucked” is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

2013

Marrie Vibbert


"A Place to Stand On" was nominated for 2019 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards. (2) "Single Malt Spacecraft" was published in the June 2020 issue of Lightspeed. (3) "Some Form of Contact" was published in February 2020 in Daily Science Fiction. (4) “ON THE CHANGING ROLES OF DOCKWORKERS” was published in the July/Aug 2020 issue of Analog.

Isabel Yap

“Windrose in Scarlet“ is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novelette).

2014

Nino Cipri


Homesick was nominated for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection. (2) Homesick is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Collection).

Vida Cruz

"In the Shadow of the Typhoon, Humans and Mahiwaga Cooperate for Survival" in An Invite to Eternity: Tales of Nature Disrupted was longlisted for a British Science Fiction Award. "Odd and Ugly" (novelette) will also be reprinted and narrated at PodCastle.

2015

Nathan Hillstrom


"Opportunity Space" was published in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of Asimov's.

Eugene Ramos

The Only Podcast Left (the podcast I wrote with Aron Eli Coleite, Carly Woodworth, and Gabriel Ho) was nominated for a Webby Award.

Lilliam Rivera

Dealing in Dreams is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Novel – Young Adult).

2017

Karen Osborne


(1) “The Dead, in Their Uncontrollable Power“ was nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. (2) “The Dead, in Their Uncontrollable Power” was nominated for the 2019 Nebula Award for Best Novel. (3) “The Dead, in Their Uncontrollable Power“ WON second place (tied) in the Uncanny Magazine 2019 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll. (4) “The Dead, in Their Uncontrollable Power“ is on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List (Short Story).

2018

Senaa Ahmad


"Let's Play Dead" (written in week 2 at Clarion) was published in The Paris Review's spring issue.
That's it for now. We'll see you again soon with updates on the Thon and more about our summer series. Stay safe and well in these extremely challenging times--and write on!
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