August News: WSFA Small Press finalist

…is me.

So I’ve been lax at updating this blog (as usual), thinking “Oh, I’ll update when I have some news to share.” Well, consider me sufficiently motivated to set down my coffee and type this out.

“Foster-Child of Silence and Slow Time,” my story in the Zombies Need Brains anthology My Battery Is Low And It Is Getting Dark, is a 2021 WSFA Small Press Short Fiction award finalist! From the WSFA website:

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction.  The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2020). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association ( and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave (, held on October 1-3, 2021 at the Rockville Hilton, Rockville, MD.

File 770 has the full press release, including the rest of the nominees.

Congratulations to all the finalists. There are some stunning stories in that list, and I’m baffled and humbled to be included among them. But I’m beyond elated to be among the nominees… even if it means I should update my blog a bit more frequently.

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