I do apologize, we've been pretty behind on slush this time.
In terms tips, from last week, slush pile tips, still seem pretty relevant. I also recommend you proofread your piece in terms of spelling and grammar. We generally don't toss a story for bad spelling or grammar unless it's really bad. But if we're on the fence about a story, better to be safe than sorry.
Did you know there's a very famous magazine about speculative fiction? For many years the p-zine Locus was the industry standard. In recent years the e-zine Locus has been gaining in prestige. This past weekend they announced their annual speculative fiction award winners:
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, for best science fiction novel
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, for best fantasy novel
- "Yesterday's Kin" by Nancy Kress, for best novella
- "Tough Times All Over" by Joe Abercrombie, for best novelette
- "The Truth About Owls" by Amal El-Mohtar, for best short story.
Congratulations to all the winners!