It’s awards season. And that means that it’s time for us to bug you, dear readers, about nominating and voting for some of our fantastic short fiction. We’ve been pretty low-key about this stuff for the last five years, but as much as we always say we don’t care about awards, that fact is that they do matter, if only in terms of visibility (I won’t lie—it’s nice to know that people dig our work, too). We win awards, more people know about us, more people give us money, we get to pay some of the highest rates for more kickass writing and artwork. Rinse, repeat—it’s the circle of life.
So with that in mind, here’s a few things to look out for as you fire up your internets to vote and nominate:
If you’re a member of SFWA, please vote for A. Merc Rustad’s story This is Not a Wardrobe Door for the Nebula Award. The last day to vote is March 30th.
If you’re nominating for the Hugos, there are a ton of great resources out there that can help you get a good sense of everything that’s eligible for an award this year. Check out this spreadsheet, this wiki, and this blog post for a great primer.
Here’s some of the Fireside work that is eligible for nomination:
First and foremost, please nominate our #BlackSpecFic special report for the Best Related Work category. This is the most important and consequent thing we published last year, period.
Fireside Magazine is eligible for the Best Semiprozine award, and our editor, Brian J. White, is eligible for for the Best Editor Short Form award.
And finally, we have lots of contenders for your nominating pleasure in the Best Short Story category:
This is Not a Wardrobe Door by A. Merc Rustad
All That Holds Me Together by A. K. Snyder
Fairy Tales are for White People by Melissa Yuan-Innes
The Bird by Edward Ashton
Haunted by Sarah Gailey
Red as Blood, White as Snow, Black as Ebony by Jordan Taylor
The Memory Who Became a Girl by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
Forever Now by A.E. Decker
An Army of Bees by Caroline Yoachim
The Forever Girl by R.L. Thull
If X is a Real Number by Sofie Bird
Iron Aria by Merc Rustad
Imagine a World So Forgiving by Margaret Killjoy
A Place Out Of Time by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Your Body, By Default by Alexis A. Hunter
Ariadne, Abandoned on Naxos by S.M. Mack
In Memoriam: Lady Fantastic by Lauren M. Roy
Homesick by Sarah Gailey
Emergency Management Protocol by C. C. S. Ryan
The Get-Get Man by Melissa Moorer
Sometimes the Crossroads Come to You by Mikki Kendall
Dragon Soap by M.K. Hutchins