2015 Awards Eligibility Post

January 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm

It is that time when people are nominating things for awards! If you would like to nominate my stories or me for awards, here is what I published in 2015. Since there are no major awards that I know of that recognize flash fiction specifically, everything here is eligible under the Short Story category for the Hugos, Nebulas, and so on.

  • “The Attic of Memories,” Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (September 2015) [960 words]
    Jacinda’s attic craves memories. So she travels the universe collecting them.
  • “The Merger” [Amazon] [Payhip], The Book Smugglers (June 23, 2015) / StarShipSofa (November 4, 2015) [Podcast] [6390 words]
    Paresh meets an alien blob who wants to use him as a host body. It’s prepared to offer substantial compensation equivalent to the value and potential val—wait, this sounds like a corporate merger.
  • “Marcie’s Waffles Are the Best in Town,” Flash Fiction Online (June 2015) [988 words]
    After the apocalypse, Marcie’s diner is closed forever. There are things out there, monstrous things. But sometimes she lets someone inside.
  • “The Robot Who Couldn’t Lie” [audio], Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (May 2015) [2555 words]
    Silvi builds a robot and tells it stories. But can the robot tell a story of its own?
  • “Sally the Psychic Alligator,” Fireside Magazine (April 2015) [976 words]
    Madhuri searches for Sally. Sally is an alligator. Who is psychic.
  • “Stranger,” Saturday Night Reader (March 11, 2015) [329 words]
    Sejal discovers a strange creature in her bedroom at night. Her mother warned her about strangers.

“The Merger” is my most popular and well read story, so if I were to suggest you throw all your nominating power behind one story, it would be that one. “The Robot Who Couldn’t Lie” is a story I am proud of that I would love to get more attention, so if you would like to read it for awards consideration, please e-mail me and I will send you a copy. It is also available in the SFWA Forums and is included in the Up and Coming collection of stories by Campbell-eligible authors.

This is my first year of Campbell eligibility. The Campbell Award for Best New Writer is not a Hugo, but it is nominated for, voted on, and presented alongside the Hugo Awards, so it’s kind of a big deal.

I am also eligible for Best Fan Writer thanks to my Twitter. And a couple blog posts like “What Sunil Patel Learned About Writing from John Wick and Mad Max: Fury Road and “I Read a Bunch of Romance Novels and You Should Too.”

“Anatomy of a Sale, Part 1” and “Anatomy of a Sale, Part 2” are possibly eligible under Best Related Work? If you call it “Anatomy of a Sale”? Look, a blog post on A Dribble of Ink won the damn Hugo, so I figure it’s worth a shot.

There you have it! Mothership Zeta is too new to be eligible for awards as a magazine, but all the stories I edited in Issue 1 are eligible, so give them a look!

Even if you don’t nominate anything listed here, I hope you enjoy reading!