Judge’s Report for the KSP Speculative Fiction Award

Back in November, I had the pleasure of judging the annual Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Award. The results along with my judge’s report can be found at the KSP website, along with the results of the Short Fiction Award and The Karen W Treanor Poetry Awards.

It was great see the wide range of speculative fiction ideas presented by both new and accomplished writers. The winning stories of the Open Section were of a high standard and would require minimal polishing for publication. The Young Writer’s Section had a range of stories with varying strengths in different areas; but all tackled thought-provoking ideas. To judge these fairly, I needed to consider each entrant’s age, which ranged from eleven to twenty years. Overall, my decisions were based on stories that not only held my attention from beginning to end, but also resonated with aspects of the real word while seamlessly incorporating fantastical elements. I looked for stories that illuminated something interesting about the human condition, told from the points of view of well-rounded characters whose personalities were not based on stereotypes. More…

Congratulations to the winners and commendeds. Congratulations also to my writing buddy, Joanne Mills for her poem, Flying is Easy, which won third place in The Karen W Treanor Poetry Awards.

Jack Gorman Got Cut by a Girl with Sarah Lee Parker

Congratulations to my dear friend and Egoboo writing buddy Sarah Lee Parker whose short story, “Jack Gorman is Dead” in the anthology, Jack Gorman Got Cut By a Girl, is now available for purchase as an ebook from Musa Publishing, an Anthology of Stories by: Goldeen Ogawa, Sarah Lee Parker, Heidi Berthiaume, Keyan Bowes, Nancy DiMauro, Brandie Tarvin.

“Karma is a bitch, and Jack Gorman is about to find out how much.

Jack Gorman would rather spend his time swilling brewskies, scoring with the babes, and watching football. Instead, he’s been cursed by sword-bearing girl he harassed while on a bender….From small California towns to a steampunk past, a magical future, and a space odyssey of narcissistic proportions, Jack flirts and drinks his way across reality only to discover that girls with blades are everywhere…”

Friends Getting Published

I should have posted this last week, but I didn’t have this blog then…

My friends are getting published all over the place:

My dear friend and Egoboo WA crit buddy Joanna Fay has just released her first novel, Daughter of Hope, the fabulous Book One of a an epic fantasy quartet about gorgeous winged Gods, love, betrayal and redemption set in an amazing world of beauty and magic. You can buy it as an ebook from this link at Musa Publishing.

It was an honour to see this book evolve from first draft to finished novel. And what a stunning cover!

On the short story front, my Clarion buddy Chris Reynaga has an excellent Indian story, Trickser’s Song over at Expanded Horizons, while An Owomoyela has a story about facing truth in If the Mountain Comes, over at Clarkesworld Magazine. Congratulations to you all.