Look at this anthology as a free excuse to expand your list of favourite short form writers. 1.1 million words worth, specifically, and 120 authors in their first and second years of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
I’ve never been eligible for an award before (though there’s zero chance of my winning anything or even being shortlisted). That said, thanks to my sale to The Z Chronicles back in June, I’m first year eligible for the prestigious Campbell Award. There’s been quite a kerfuffle regarding the specifics of being able to apply for this award (I don’t think the organisers were thinking fifty plus Future Chronicle writers were going to clammer to get their names on the list).
Anyway, once you’re eligible, there’s an anthology to submit to. This one is purely about exposure and the idea is it’s going to make it easier for voters in the Campbell Award to read fiction from the less well-known authors, including me. It’s taken me all morning to send off my only qualifying story ( “The Soulless: A History of Zombieism in Chiitai and Mihari Culture”) but that’s done. I’ve been trying to get myself on the list, a pre-requisite and this morning’s forced stay-at-home-with-a-chest-infection has
I’ve been trying to get myself on the list, a pre-requisite and this morning’s forced stay-at-home-with-a-chest-infection has given me the time to do the actual submission process (the deadline is like this weekend). It’s going to be made available for free for a short period so that folks can download and read in order to better educate their voting later this year. As far as I understand it, if you submit a story it will be included in the anthology.
I’m a little sad as I’m having to submit a story as Lesley and not as Asha, due to the regulations (which say you have to be paid for a story in order to submit it). The good thing is, though, that next year I will have more stories to submit and be able to do so as Asha as the award board were kind enough to put me on the list as Lesley Smith/Asha Bardon.
Again, I have no chance of winning and I don’t say that to be negative or self-defeatist, it’s simple a status of fact. I won’t win or even be shortlisted, not this year, not next year. These kind of awards are popularity contests but, that said, it’s nice to be able to say I’m on the list. It’s given me a lot more impetus to write/submit to markets. A push in the right direction is always a good thing and can only help me on my path to being a better writer.