Author Archives: Sarah Brand

Matching Donations for the 2015 Scholarship Drive!

The 2015 Alpha scholarship drive is underway! Since 2010, our alumni-run scholarship drives have raised money to make sure no student has to miss out on Alpha for financial reasons. This year, we’re already about 1/3 of the way to our goal of $5,000. We’d like to thank everyone who’s donated so far, and the folks… Read More »

2014 Annual Alumni Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again! The fourth edition of the Alphanthology, a gorgeous PDF anthology of flash fiction written, edited, illustrated, designed, and produced entirely by Alpha alumni, is available as a gift in return for donations to our scholarship fund. You can donate through the PayPal button on our Donate page, and once you’ve… Read More »

1. Apply to Alpha. 2. Enter the Dell Awards.

3. ???? 4. PROFIT! First and foremost, applications are now open for the 2012 Alpha workshop. The deadline is March 1, so start working on your application stories! This post, however, is mostly about the Dell Awards. Or, more precisely, the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The deadline… Read More »

NaNoWriMo Isn’t For Everyone

Last week, we posted about strategies for making it through National Novel Writing Month. This week, a couple of us are going to talk about why we aren’t doing NaNo this year, and why that’s totally fine. Rachel Halpern (Alpha 2007 & 2008): I learned a lot from NaNo – I learned how much plot… Read More »

Making It to 50,000 Words: Strategies for NaNoWriMo

Last week, Alpha graduate Jameyanne Fuller talked about “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly About National Novel Writing Month.” This week, Alphans discuss how they do the impossible (or at least highly improbable), win NaNoWriMo, and finish their 50,000 words. Lara Donnelly (Alpha 2007 & 2008): This may be viewed by some as semi-cheating,… Read More »

Recent Alphan Publications

This post is short, but exciting! Two Alpha alumni, Allison Jamieson-Lucy (2009 & 2010) and Evelyn Wang (2010) have recently published short stories. Allison’s story, “To Soothe Ravaged Throats,” can be found at Daily Science Fiction, and Evelyn’s story, “Tippler’s Bane,” is available in podcast form over at Pseudopod. Congratulations to Allison and Evelyn! You… Read More »

On finishing, and how to get there

Our last couple of posts have been about what to do once you’ve finished a story. But how do you finish in the first place? What happens if you’re not inspired one day, or if you suddenly (hi, college) get really busy? Having dealt with inspiration droughts and academic avalanches–or, as often as not, both… Read More »