November 2014 - Page 2

Support Fund for Writers

imageI have been asked a lot if I offer scholarships for The Brainery. It’s a topic that weighs heavily on my heart because I wouldn’t have been able to afford my education without the benefit of scholarships or competitive fellowships. But it’s tricky because The Brainery is still a new business, and I am still on WIC and Medicaid.

I spoke with the Speculative Literature Foundation about fiscal sponsorship, but they advised me against pursuing nonprofit status at this time since I don’t have big donors lined up.

So, yesterday, I started the Support Fund for Writers, which is a happy middle ground: I donate half the cost of a workshop, donors contribute 25%, and the writer is only responsible for the last 25%.

I’m happy to report that less than 3 hours of starting the Support Fund, I got my first donation large enough to sponsor a writer’s seat, and today I got my first application. So, less than 24 hours after starting the fund, it has successfully helped one writer secure a seat in the workshop.

I am excited about being able to offer this new resource to offer my fellow writers. And, as a former academic on the alt-ac track, I am proud of being able to financially help students without the benefit of university affiliation.

Queers Destroy Science Fiction!

Queers Destroy Science Fiction

Pays: Unclear, although Lightspeed Magazine pays professional rates $0.08/word.

Looking for: Science fiction from anyone who identifies as queer. “How do you define queer? Gay, lesbian, bisexual, demisexual, asexual, pansexual, intersex, transgender, genderfluid, genderqueer–if you fit within the QUILTBAG, we want you. Identity is what matters for this issue. (Please note that the “A” in QUILTBAG is for “ace/on the asexual spectrum,” not “ally.” We hope allies will support this special issue, but if you are not yourself queer, please do not submit. I’m queer. What can I submit? Science fiction short stories, up to 7500 words. No fantasy for this special issue, though if our Kickstarter campaign goes well we might unlock Queers Destroy Fantasy! and Queers Destroy Horror! special issues as well.”

Closes: Submissions open October 31, 2014 and will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 15, 2015.

Help Me Create the Reading List for Science Fiction Fairy Tales


I’m teaching Science Fiction Fairy Tales in the spring as part of the course offerings for The Brainery; it’s a sub-genre that I love and desperately want more of, but, sadly, have a difficult time finding.

I started a small conversation on Twitter that, weirdly, only got responses from super famous writers: Genevieve Valentine, Marissa Meyer, and Cory Doctorow (you can read their tweets in the Storify slideshow above). I only say weirdly because I was hoping some of my other Twitter buddies would join in on the conversation. I’m hopeful that in the coming days #ScienceFictionFairytales will be a thing (and if you tweet about it, please include me!).

On Facebook, the conversation was more in-depth, but I am still on a quest to create the ultimate science fiction fairy tale reading list. So help me! (Also, I kind of want to publish an anthology of science fiction fairy tales now that I can’t find one. It’d be handy, ya know?)

Anyway, so far on the Science Fiction Fairy Tale list:

  • Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Each to Each” by Seanan McGuire
  • “A Famine of Music” by Micah Dean Hicks
  • I want some steampunk in here, considering stories from Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link–I haven’t picked individual stories from this collection, yet, though.
  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
  • Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M.  Valente
  • The Sun, the Moon, the Stars by Stephen Brust
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  • All of Terri Windling’s BORDERLANDS books
  • Ben Loory’s Stories for Nighttime & Some for the Day


What else should I add to the main list? Also: how crazy is it to want to put together a handy-dandy anthology?

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