I woke up this morning to notifications from fellow SFF/speculative fiction writers that I’m on Rich Horton’s Campbell Award-eligible recommendation list!
I’m honored to have my name alongside the nine other wonderful new writers!
Finally, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This is given to the best writer whose first professional publication in the SF or Fantasy field appeared in the past two years (2016 or 2017). Writertopia has a page, not guaranteed to be complete, with a list of eligible authors: http://www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell .
I went through that list and came up with the following writers who have done something that impressed me:
G. V. Anderson (who already has a World Fantasy Award!)
R. S. Benedict
J. R. Dawson
Giovanni di Feo
Benjamin C. Kinney
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
D. A. Xiaolin Spires
Interestingly, I don’t think any of these have published novels, and in fact I didn’t recognize a novelist among all the eligible writers listed. (Probably there were some, but I hadn’t seen their novels.) Typically novelists have an advantage. Maybe this year will be different.
I have a novel!!– well, not really, yet. But, I have two novels-in-progress (one currently tabled) and one novella out with beta-readers! These longer forms will come–eventually!
It was certainly nice seeing my name included on the recommendation list– and now I have a lot of fantastic works to (re)read by fellow Campbell-eligible authors!