Reading for awards

Hey guys!

If you’ve published stories this year, I would like to read your best work and consider nominating it for an award.

I read/nominate for Hugos and Nebulas (and Campbell). I’ll read short stories, novelettes, or novellas. Tell me the category when you send the work. Please send only one item per category. Make sure you use the subject line AWARD READING 2014 so I see it. Doc or rtf files are best. You don’t need to sales-pitch me in your email note; that really turns me off, I’m afraid. Just say hi and tell me what you’ve got for me. Entertaining me is optional. 🙂 Thanks. web AT vylarkaftan DOT net.

If you’re also reading stories in order to nominate, I would be delighted if you’d consider my novella The Weight of the Sunrise, which was originally published in Asimov’s. It’s an alternate history where the Incan Empire survives into the 19th century and bargains with the Americans for the smallpox vaccine. If you’d prefer a mobi or epub file, just contact me and I’d be happy to give you one. (I may put them up on the page, but I haven’t yet.)


Latest writing news

Christmas Wedding is reprinted at GigaNotoSaurus. This story is secretly one of my favorites. Okay, not so secret since I’m telling you. 🙂 Queer polyamorous wedding. I wrote this one after Shannon and I eloped at Christmas some years ago. After we married, I turned to him and said, “You know, we have just smooshed together two of the sappiest things ever. Christmas and weddings. …Wait, now I have to write a story called Christmas Wedding.” And that is how that started.

I just signed a contract for “Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” to appear at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. This is pretty damn dark, so if you like me when I’m violent and angry, this might be the story for you. It’s my homage to Lovecraft, sort of, without the overblown prose. There are dinosaurs in it.

I did an interview about the Singularity and the current state of science fiction, which I will link to when it’s up.


Ordinary Things sold to Kaleidoscope

Woot! My story “Ordinary Things” will appear in Kaleidoscope, a new YA anthology dedicated to YA fantasy from diverse perspectives. It’ll have stories showing diverse races, classes, gender identities, and many more.

I think this is awesome because a young adult antho has the power to reach diverse younger readers, who will have the chance to see people like themselves shown in the stories–especially readers who may not have seen many characters like them.

If you like this idea, please help support the anthology and make it possible!


Worldcon schedule

Here’s my schedule for Worldcon programming! I think in particular that the alternate history panel and the short story writing panel are going to be amazing. And a full hour for reading! That is going to ROCK. 🙂

Things They Never Tell You about Getting Published for the First Time
Friday 11:00 – 12:00

What should you look for in a short story contract? What might you hear about your story from readers and reviewers? What should you be doing in terms of social media? Does getting published once help you get published again? Bring your own questions about publishing in the early part of your career.

Moshe Feder (M), Vylar Kaftan, David Liss, Michael J. Martinez, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

“What If” Moments in History
Friday 14:00 – 15:00

How would things have turned out if Charlemagne died as a young man held hostage by the Turks? What if Henry Wallace succeeded FDR instead of Truman, and made a different decision about using nukes on Japan in WWII? What if Pizarro’s quest to conquer the Inca failed (as it should have!). What’s your favorite turning point?

Vylar Kaftan (M), Jo Walton, Harry Turtledove, David Liss

Reading: Vylar Kaftan
Friday 17:00 – 18:00

[I haven’t decided what to read yet, but I promise it’ll be worth your time.]

How to Write a Short Story
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00

A Q&A session. You can ask pros all your questions about how to write short stories–including plot, characters, themes. Learn techniques to improve your writing.

Vylar Kaftan (M), Michael Swanwick, Cat Rambo, James Patrick Kelly

Gender in SF
Saturday 12:00 – 13:00

How has SF influenced and reflected the changes in gender and gender roles over the past half century? As we look back to the work of writers such as Ursula LeGuin and Joanna Russ in the sixties and seventies, what can we say about their impact and that of their heirs today?

Vylar Kaftan (M), Jonathan Oliver, Eileen Gunn, Tili Sokolov, Lezli Robyn

How to Scare Your Reader
Saturday 14:00 – 15:00

What techniques can you use to write dark fiction? How do you scare the pants off your reader while keep them turning the pages?

Vylar Kaftan (M), John Hornor Jacobs, Amanda Downum, Alastair Reynolds, M. L. Brennan

Autographing: Lois McMaster Bujold, Vylar Kaftan, Nancy Kress, Leigh Perry
Sunday 11:00 – 12:00

Kaffeeklatsch: Vylar Kaftan
Sunday 16:00 – 17:00
[Come ask me things about writing and publishing. Sign up in advance, or just drop by and see if there’s space!]