Deadline Reminders: Shared Worlds, Clarion at San Diego, Steampunk Reloaded Antho

Just a few reminders…

First off, teen writers who are interested in a wonderfully fun and educational experience–the Shared Worlds teen SF/F writing camp is now accepting applications. Come to Wofford College for two weeks this summer and build your own fantasy/SF world, write in it, and meet awesome writers like Holly Black, critically acclaimed YA and adult authors Kathe Koja and Marly Youmans, Nebula Award winner Michael Bishop, writer and gaming expert Will Hindmarch, plus Wofford College’s own Dr. Christine Dinkins, philosophy professor, and Jeremy Jones, lecturer and camp director. Artist Scott Eagle will also conduct a workshop during the camp. Erm, and I’ll be there, too. There’s nothing like it anywhere.

Secondly, Clarion at San Diego will be taking applications for this summer’s six-week workshop until March 1st. You can find details here. Ann and I will be teaching the last two weeks, together, and before that you get the amazing Delia Sherman, George R.R. Martin, Dale Bailey, and Samuel R. Delany. Ann and I are also helping read the submissions that come in with applications. We’re extremely excited about this opportunity. Now’s the time to bite the bullet and get your application in!

Finally, the Steampunk Reloaded volume Ann and I are editing is still open to reprint submissions. As has been noted elsewhere, we may also reprint some Steampunk comics–query with regard to that. Otherwise, the short story guidelines are here. And, man, let me tell you–this anthology is shaping up to absolutely kick ass. Ann and I are very, very excited about it.


  1. emma says

    This may be a foolish question, but how does one know when one is ready to apply to something like Clarion? My heart went pitter-pat when I saw this year’s line-up, although with work issues there is almost no chance I’d be able to go in 2010 even if I was accepted – and I’m pretty sure my writing isn’t there yet. I don’t want to waste my time (and money) or the judges’ time applying every year for the next 15.

  2. jeff vandermeer says

    Emma: The experience level varies from year to year. When in doubt, always submit I would say. I don’t know what to recommend re not having the time, but if there’s a chance you could commit if accepted, you should submit your work. In terms of the quality, I would say always put yourself in a position to have your work considered and don’t talk yourself out of it.

  3. says

    I would add to what Jeff said that.. at whatever point in your writing you’re at, Clarion will bring you to another level. So you needn’t wait for the ‘right’ time. If you’re at the point of considering Clarion, it’s probably _a_ right time for you.

    If a particular lineup of instructors resonates with you, then now is definitely the time to apply.

  4. John Tennyson says

    Wow! I’m wracking my brain, trying to figure out how I can take six weeks off of work this summer for Clarion. My favorite non-sleeping fantasist and favorite sf writer [Delany] both as instructors?

    Hard to believe.

  5. emma says

    Thank you very much, Jeff and Julie, for taking the time to kindly encourage a perfect stranger. It looks like this probably isn’t my year – but you were right, I’m glad I let others make that call for me.