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PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (See full text below)
BTS Book Reviews eMag Announces First Annual Red Carpet Awards
Loncon3 Rates Increase in July
Clarion West News
Plentary Resources: Fuel in Space
Night Shade Books June
Spark Contest 6 Opens Today
Unearth Art Exhibition
We Need To Talk About This (Powerful essay on harassment)
Supporting Diverse Voices
What Its Like To Talk About Racism, Over and Over and Over
My Kids Can Be Heroes Too (Black Science Fiction Society)
Anti-Harassment Pocket Card (Note: comments include suggestions for changes/additions)
Teenage Girl Science Fiction Adventures (Exploring YA For Teenagers)
The Political Debate In Science Fiction & Voices Seldom Heard
A Unique Recording of C.S. Lewis (via SF Signal)
Coming In July: Delany’s The American Shore
Prelude To Axanar to Premiere At SDCC (video)
StarshipSofa #341: Sean McMullen (Podcast)
James Gunn’s Ad Astra Third Issue
DRAX Poster (Guardian of the Galaxy)
Star Lord Poster Completes the Set
Wonder Woman, Shazam, Green Lantern and Flash Team Up
What Happened Before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Don’t we know this already?)
Twilight Zone Comic
Alien Isolation Game
TOR: British SF Focus
The Fermi Irritation XKCD: Fermi Paradox
Rocketman Retro Commercial (video)
Age of Ultron Set Photo Set
June 8th Was John W. Campbell’s Posthumous Birthday
FANtastic Detroit Fund: Get Some Dollars For Detcon1
Phoenix Comiccon Report
Toner 2 To Be Held At Galaxycon
What Happens When Nicholas Cage’s Collectible Comics Are Stolen?
Cosplay Photos From Phoenix Comic Com
Is It Time For A Women’s Speculative Fiction Award? (via SF Signal)
Bisexual Book Award Winners
Gillian Pollack Wins GUFF
Danny Danger Oz Wins A. Bertram Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award
Australian Chronos Awards
2014 Seiun Award Nominees Announced
Exit Log Awarded Imagination Honors At Tribeca Film Festival (video)
Rosny-Aine Award Nominees
David Gemmell Award Winners
Bait-and-Switch For Authors
Finnish Author Launches In US, UK & Australia Sells Rights To 14 Other Countries (Who is her agent!?)
SBPRA To Pay Author Restitution
ReAnimus Acquires Advent Publishers
Hollywood SciFi Museum Crowdfunding
Pro Se Productions Publishes Rat-A-Tat
Who Do You Want To Distribute Your Digital Comics
Replacements For Google Alerts
The Weird: Vandermeer, Gaiman, Le Guin Lockwood Goldstein Krauss (Podcast)
Digital Renaissance For Short Fiction?
Exoskeleton Used For World Cup First Kick (video)
When an Engineer Owns A Dog (video) Smart Dog!
WARP Drive Spaceship Design (NASA)
Flying Saucer Can’t Fly – Winds Are Too Strong
New Satellite To Monitor Carbon Dioxide
TESLA Motors Goes Open Source
Soccer In Space (video)
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
Red Carpet Review Awards
BTS Book Reviews eMag is proud to announce our first annual Red Carpet Review Awards for 2014.
The awards will honor the best in literary and genre fiction. The presentation of awards will be conducted at an upcoming convention in 2015. Convention details will be released soon.
Trophy ? The Grand Prize is a beautiful crystal Shooting Star trophy as pictured below.
Two Page Feature in BTSemag ? The overall winners for Readers Choice and Reviewers Choice awards will receive this prize. http://btsemag.com/advertising/emag-feature/
One Page Sneak Peak Feature in the BTSemag ? All first place finalists in each genre will receive this award. See example.
Award Certificate ? Any finalists who attend the Awards Presentation at the convention will receive a certificate.
Nominated Authors ? Nominated authors will receive an award graphic for use on their website.
Readers Choice ? Readers to vote on their favorite (one only) in each of the genres. Voting on all 4 & 5 star reviews in each genre.
Reviewers Choice ? Reviewers choose their favorite book. Staff and BTS family will vote for top winner. Cover, blurb, review and overall presentation to be considered.
All genres covered in the BTSemag will be considered: Contemporary & Romance, Historical & Western, Erotic, Mystery & Suspense, S/F, Fantasy & Paranormal, Young and New Adult. Sub-genres such as Urban Fantasy or Horror will go under the appropriate genres.
Awards for 2014 will end with the November/December 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews magazine. Please note, we have a 2 month lead-time for our reviewers, this means your book must be submitted by September 1st, 2014 in order to fit the timeline requirements. Any qualified books reviewed after the November/December 2014 will be considered for the 2015 Red Carpet Review Awards.
Voting will start in October. The top 3 Finalists in each genre will be announced on the website by December. We hope the Finalists will consider attending the Presentation of Awards. Every Finalists at the ceremony will be presented with an Award Certificate.
Please submit your books for review consideration via our website. When your book is chosen for review, it will be published in the BTS Book Reviews eMagazine. Your book will automatically be nominated for a review if it receives a 4 or 5 star review.
Note: Please note that reviews and awards are open to all. BTS does ask our reviewers give first consideration to authors who have bought an ad or feature. This is a courtesy we offer authors who work with us. There is no purchase necessary to have your book reviewed or to be considered for the Red Carpet Review Awards.
Myra’s website: www.myranour.net
MEDIA RELEASE #26
Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
14-18 August 2014 at ExCeL London
Loncon 3 rates to rise on 14 July
LONDON, UK. 10 June 2014: On 14 July 2014, membership rates to join Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, will rise as follows:
- Full Adult Attending membership rates increase from £125 (US$205 / €160) to £135 (US$225 / €175).
- Young Adult Attending membership rates (for members aged between 16 and 25 as of 14 August) increase from £65 (US$110 / €85) to £75 (US$125 / €100).
- Child Attending rates (for children aged between 6 and 15 as of 14 August) increase from £30 (US$50 / €40) to £35 (US$60 / €50).
- Infant rates (for children aged 5 and under as of 14 August) increase from £2 (US$3 / €3) to £5 (US$10 / €10).
- Family membership rates (for two adults and two or more children) increase from £280 (US$470, €360) to £300 (US$500, €400).
The rate for a Supporting membership is unchanged at £25 (US$40 / €35). This is the first increase in Young Adult, Child, and Infant membership rates in 22 months.
Only a little time is left to buy a membership, or to upgrade from a Supporting to an Adult Attending or Young Adult membership, at the current prices.
Loncon 3 is expected to attract more than 7,000 fans to London ExCeL, including hundreds of writers, editors, artists, and other professionals from across the science fiction and fantasy genre. The convention celebrates the genre in all its forms and, in particular, the work of Guests of Honour Iain M Banks, John Clute, Chris Foss, Malcolm Edwards, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.
Full details of how to become a member of Loncon 3 are available at
ABOUT THE WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION
Founded in 1939, the World Science Fiction Convention is one of the largest international gatherings of authors, artists, editors, publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. The annual Hugo Awards, the leading award for excellence in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, are voted on by the Worldcon membership and presented during the convention.
Loncon 3 is the trading name of London 2014 Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, company number: 7989510. Registered Office: 176 Portland Road, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1DJ, UK.
“World Science Fiction Society”, “WSFS”, “World Science Fiction Convention”, “Worldcon”, “NASFiC”, “Hugo Award”, the Hugo Award Logo, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Trophy Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.
This email is stuffed full to the brim with good things. Read on for five reasons to join the Clarion West Write-a-thon, the June Alumni News, and an invitation to our party at the Locus Awards.
Clarion West Write-a-thon
Registration is now open for the Clarion West Write-a-thon at http://www.clarionwest.org/writeathon/begin/. Registration closes on June 22.
If you’ve already registered, thank you! But just in case you’re on the fence about participating, here are yet more reasons to sign up and help support Clarion West:
- Set your own writing goals — and achieve them. Have you been meaning to get to writing that story in the back of your head? Do you have a screenplay that you want to finish? Having sponsors counting on you is a fantastic way to motivate yourself.
- Work in a community of writers and feel the love. We’re setting up online social events that you can attend from wherever you are.
- We’ll give you a kitten! No, actually, we won’t. But we will give you tips and tricks for setting your goals, asking for donations, and promoting the work you’re doing to friends and family. All right, and we’ll also give you a picture of a kitten.
- You can be a part of the Write-a-thon wherever you are — the local coffee shop or library, your home, or on a plane during your summer travels. The Write-a-thon is all about you and writers like you.
- You’ll be joining a group of smart, dedicated writers, united for a common cause — to make the Write-a-thon, and Clarion West, better than ever. Come with us on the adventure!
This month’s edition of the Clarion West Alumni News contains:
- Nebula Award winners
- Lots of publication news, including a special edition of Lightspeed that includes work from twelve alumni
- A wedding announcement
Go to the Clarion West site to read all the news.
Clarion West party at the Locus Awards
You are invited as a special guest of Clarion West to kick off the Locus Awards Weekend!
Please join us for this evening with Clarion West students, alumni, supporters, and instructor Paul Park. Hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar included.
Friday, June 27 from 8 to 11 pm
Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle
We hope to see you there!
Communications Specialist, Clarion West
AN IMPRINT OF
Enter our quarterly poetry & prose writing contest to win $500 and publication of your work!
For details and contest entry instructions, see the full contest listing.
Contest Six: “You Are Here”
Opens: June 15 — Deadline: July 1, 2014
The theme for this contest has several lofty terms: self-reflection, introspection, epiphany. We’ve chosen a simpler way to describe it: “You Are Here.”
Good stories give us characters we can connect to and make us care what happens to them–maybe not like them, but at least make us care what happens. The best stories go further and show some progression, development, or change in the main character. Sometimes the reader sees the change but the character does not. Other times, the character is actually aware of their personal development and understands that they have a new perspective.
For this contest, present a story where the main character or characters not only go through growth and development, as is appropriate for a good story arc, but are aware by the end of the piece that they’ve changed.
Two pieces from Spark which can be used as examples are “Perspective” by Michelle Soudier, a winning entry in a past contest and later published in Spark, Volume II, and “The Clock has Ceased its Ticking” by Alexis Hunter, published in Volume V.
For details and contest entry instructions, see the full contest listing.
Grand Prize (Poetry & Prose)
Publication in Spark, Volume VI
Membership at Scribophile
See full prize list
Second Place (Poetry & Prose)
Membership at Scribophile
Resources for writers
See full prize list
Dwight Gray, published poet, contributor to Spark, and past Spark contest winner
Danielle Lazarin, MFA, author, and fiction workshop instructor
The artwork for this contest, and subsequently for the cover of Volume VII, will be created by Tatiana Marlee and is based on the painting “You Are Here” from her recent (successful) application to the California State Summer School for the Arts as the “self-reflection” assignment. The painting this artwork will be based on can be seen to the right.
The contest entry period opens June 15, 2014. Entries must be received by the end of the day July 1, 2014.
Watch the contest detail page at sparkanthology.org/contests/six/ for links to the entry form on June 15.
Contest entries will be accepted from June 15, 2014 until the stroke of midnight, U.S. Pacific Time, on July 2, 2014. (In other words, make sure your entries are in before 11:59 pm on July 1).
There are no genre restrictions for this contest, and content guidelines are similar to our standard submission guidelines, including what we are not accepting.
Contest Six awards prizes for poetry and prose according to our contest judging criteria.
Prose includes both fiction and creative nonfiction, but we have not divided the category further because we believe that well-written creative nonfiction should tell a story so well that the result is indistinguishable from fiction. Prose must be less than 12,000 words.
Poetry includes all styles, meters, and rhyme schemes, or may be free-form. Poetry must be less than 150 lines.
For full contest guidelines, rules, and restrictions, see the contest listing at sparkanthology.org/contests/six/.
Un earth Art Exhibition