Sliding into Summer

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::Sticks head above the parapet… gestures vaguely at the almighty fuck up happening on multiple levels online, offline, and don’t even get me started on the burning trashfire that is the UK right now because just headdesk…::

(For the record, Black Lives Matter, Trans Women are Women, bigotry, harassment, and other abuse of power & position in genre and other spaces can go do one, and Brexit is giant donkey balls.)

So, happy things.

Fantasy Magazine is coming back with new editors Christie Yant and Arley Sorg! And they’re opening for submissions, which is quite lovely too.

Fox Spirit Books are open for genre love stories for their Fox Spirit Book of Love to be edited by Chloë Yates.

And Alchemy Press will be opening January 2021 for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters – to be edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards.

There’s a cool sounding fairy tale mash-up anthology open for subs from air and nothingness press –  Upon a Once Time

The SFWA blog is after short articles for their blog. They pay pro rates! You don’t have to be a SFWA member!

And Angry Robot will be briefly opening up for unagented book subs for a Black Voices Matter call. Black writers of SFF & Horror can hit them with subs Monday 6th July to Sunday 19th July.

Online Conventions! 

Online conventions are one of the better developments in this new plague-world, and something that is reinvigorating my love for genre get-togethers. Here’s a few to keep an eye on…

ConZealand – bringing Worldcon to the interwebs 29th July – 2nd August 2020

#conTamination2020 – coming to you 12th-13th September 2020, this online con is all about using sci-fi and fantasy to explore pandemics and the long-term future of humankind

World Fantasy Convention 2020 – have moved their normal shenanigans online – catch them 29th October – 1st November 2020

Books!

The ever fab Jan Edwards has the next in her cool cosy crime series coming out in August – Listed Dead : Bunch Courtney Investigation #3 paperback edition is available for pre-order with kindle and other digi formats available on 6th August.  Love this series to bits!

The charity anthology – Consolation Songs: Speculative Fiction For A Time of Coronavirus, edited by Iona Datt Sharma is fresh out today.  This anthology of optimistic speculative short fiction has stories from all kinds of fantastic folks and all proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 appeal being run by the UCLH Charity, the charity supporting the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.

And the awesome powerhouse combo of Elizabeth May and Laura Lam have the first book in their feminist space opera duology – Seven Devils – coming out in August.  Available for pre-order right now!

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