Author Archives: Catherine Krahe

A Week of Prompts

The Alpha application deadline is fast approaching, and that means at least a few people are panicking. Is the story good enough? I should write another– but I don’t have any ideas! Everything is ruined! Don’t worry! Really, try to give yourself some breathing room. At Alpha, everyone writes a story in about a week.… Read More »

2014 Dell Award announcement

The 2014 Dell Magazines Award has been announced! This award is for undergraduate speculative fiction writers. The award is given at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in March, and each winner receives ICFA membership and can attend. We at Alpha encourage Alphans to submit to the Dell Award; ICFA is a… Read More »

Recent Alphan Publication: “Sunk” by Yumi Shiroma

One of my favorite parts of keeping up with Alphans is seeing their work published, especially when it’s a surprise. Goblin Fruit is a wonderful publication and I’m pleased to see Yumi Shiroma’s poem “Sunk” appear there. Congratulations, Yumi!

The 2013 Worry Thread

The deadline’s approaching fast, you might have your story in, you might not, you suddenly have to wait to find out. Use this thread to talk to each other. You can talk about your application stories too, if you want; I promise that the application committee will not read this. Take a deep breath. Support… Read More »

Dell Award winners announced

Every year, Alphans gather together to submit to the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, then to wonder just when the news will come out. This year, we’d like to congratulate Alphan Lara Donnelly, whose story “To the Dogs” won the Dell Award for 2013. The first runner-up is… Read More »

The 2012 Dell Awards

The 2012 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing has been announced. Of the eight awards given, four went to Alphans. Rick Wilber, the award administrator, commented that once again, the quality of submissions was amazing. I’ve listed all the stories below; Alphans’ names are bolded. Winner: “Superposition” by Rebekah… Read More »

Then stop.

One of the tough parts about writing short stories, especially if you’re used to reading novels or series instead, is that short stories stop. How does one accomplish this feat? You need an ending. More than that, you need a good ending. The ending, like every other part of a story, does several things. One,… Read More »