Self-pubbed covers, Munsey award, Convention Covid Policies, Star Trek villians and Twitter bans….


Celebrating Ray Bradbury’s Birthday
By Steve Vertlieb: 101 YEARS. As I remember what would have been his 101st birthday on August 22nd, my memories drift back to a time not that long ago when I was proud to think of one of the greatest

Pixel Scroll 8/21/21 Marvel’s Pixels Of S.C.R.O.L.L.
NEW SOLUTION FOR X. Louisiana convention CONtraflow X has been cancelled for 2021 due to the pandemic, and been rescheduled to 2022. Some unfortunate news to pass on- CONtraflow Faithful, Friends, and Fen- with the recent Delta-Variant COVID-19 surge

Pixel Scroll 8/20/21 Curse You, Pixel Scroll, For Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal
HOW DRAGON CON IS HANDLING COVID. Atlanta’s Dragon Con, being held September 2-6, devotes an entire webpage to the COVID-related attendance rules at “Updates – Dragon Con”. Today they also sent members an informational email which says they’re considering

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf Comics
The Bad Wolf Empress sure looks familiar. In November, Titan Comics will launch a special Doctor Who comic series marking the 25th anniversary of the Eighth Doctor as well as the 11th anniversary of the Eleventh Doctor, plus the return

Pixel Scroll 8/19/21 A Scroll Dinner In Pixelson
OUT OF KABUL. Allyson Reneau, who first met the girls through her work on the board of directors for Explore Mars, helped extract the “Afghan Girls Robotic Team, a group of girls ages 16-18 who have overcome hardship in order

SLF Names First Convention Grant Recipients
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced its first four convention grant winners. The SLF is awarding $10,000 over the course of 2021-2022 on a rolling basis to science fiction and fantasy conventions. Grant amounts range from $500 – $1000 each.

DisCon III Team Announces Covid-19 Policy for December Convention
The 2021 Worldcon committee has notified members that under DisCon III’s COVID Policy they will require proof of completed vaccination, and that masks must be worn at the con. They also have posted a FAQ with more information. The committee

Coast to Coast! WGA West and WGA, East Join #DisneyMustPay Task Force
Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) are joining the #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force. The Task Force’s goals are to ensure that all writers who are owed royalties and/or statements for their media-tie in work are identified and that


Preview Star Trek: Villains
Titan Comics’ essential guide to Star Trek’s most iconic villains will be on sale September 28. Star Trek: Villains features interviews with the actors behind the baddies, such as Alice Krige (the Borg Queen), Christopher Plummer (General Chang), and Ricardo Montalban

Pixel Scroll 8/18/21 Science Fiction Grand Pixel Banned From Scroll
WHEN SHALL I MAKE AN END. Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the authors who answers the question “When should writers return to old, abandoned work?” for The Writer. Can you guess the story she’s discussing? Click through to

2021 Miskatonic Scholarship Winners
Erina Lee and Mars Hawthorne are the 2021 winners of George R. R. Martin’s Miskatonic Scholarship, which supports a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror attending the Odyssey Writing Workshop. This year, due to the special circumstances and difficulties

Pixel Scroll 8/17/21 Podkayne On The Ritz
GOFUNDME FOR MIXON AND GOULD. Stephanie Maez is asking people to signal boost the GoFundMe she has set up on behalf of Aunt Laura and Uncle Steve: “Help Aunt Laura Heal”. Laura J. Mixon, who has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a/k/a

SFWA Shares Findings on Comics Writing and Graphic Novelist Pay
[Based on a press release.] The Comics Committee of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) has announced survey results documenting current industry norms for advances and per-page payment rates for the work of comics writers and

US Comic Book Layouts: A Book To Help You Do Layouts For Your Comic Books
By James Bacon: Prolific Irish Comic artist PJ Holden has designed a layout sketchbook – 9 thumbnail layouts per page (with a blank facing page) the spine is white for writing what it is. There’s 120 pages with 60 pages

Jon Del Arroz Permabanned from Twitter
Jon Del Arroz told Facebook readers today that Twitter has permanently suspended him for violating the platform’s rules. JDA published a screencap of Twitter’s suspension notice which indicates the ban is permanent unless he successfully appeals it. [Thanks to James

Jeffrey Smith’s Free Book Giveaway
By Jeffrey Smith: Here in Baltimore we have a used bookstore called The Book Thing that is either unique or close to it. You enter the warehouse, pick the unlimited amount of books you want, and leave. They’re all free.

Pixel Scroll 8/16/21 The Scroll Of Elfland’s Pixel
BLACK STARS. There are six short tales of speculative fiction in the Black Stars series of Amazon Original Stories which will be released on August 31. “2043…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)” by Nisi Shawl “The Black Pages”

The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021) Table of Contents
The table of contents has been revealed for The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021), the first ever Year’s Best African speculative fiction anthology, edited by Oghenchovwe Donald Ekpeki. There are 29 stories by 25 authors from Africa and the diaspora

Emails From Lake Woe-Is-Me — Fit the Third
[Introduction: Melanie Stormm continues her humorous series of posts about the misdirected emails she’s been getting. Stormm is a multiracial writer who writes fiction, poetry, and audio theatre. Her novella, Last Poet of Wyrld’s End


2021 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Winners
The 2021 Silver Falchion award winners were announced on August 21. The awards are given by the Killer Nashville Writers Conference in Franklin, Tennessee. The Silver Falchion award categories cover the spectrum of popular literature. The conference’s Reader’s Choice nominees also have been

2021 Splatterpunk Awards
The winners of the , honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror, were announced during KillerCon on August 21. BEST NOVEL The Magpie Coffin by Wile E. Young (Death’s Head Press)

Harvey Wins 2021 Munsey Award
Rich Harvey has been named the winner of the 2021 Munsey Award. Nominated by the general pulp community, Harvey was selected by previous living winners of the Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards. The results were announced at Pulpfest on August 20. Here

Crime Fiction Award News
2021 CRIME COLOGNE AWARD SHORTLIST The shortlist for the 2021 Crime Cologne Award, a German crime fiction award tied to a festival which isn’t being held this year, has been announced. “Crime Cologne Award 2021: Die Shortlist steht fest”. Here

2021 Young Reader’s Choice Awards
The Pacific Northwest Library Association has announced the 2021 Young Reader’s Choice Award winners. Junior Division (Grades 4-6) Wings of Fire. The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui. T Sutherland; adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9) City of

See All 300 Self-Published Science Fiction Contest Book Covers
All three hundred covers of the books accepted by the inaugural Self-Published Science Fiction Contest can be viewed on the Pinterest board created by Fantasy-Faction. Eight out of the ten teams have also put up posts or videos about their assignments.

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