The Alpha 2016 Share the Wait Thread

It’s a little late this year, but here’s a thread for people to fret, commiserate, encourage, and generally talk about worries. Feel free to talk about your application story, too– the judges don’t read this one. We’re here to help each other. Stay calm!

2015 Scholarship Drive Wrap-Up (and One More Reveal)

At the conclusion of our 2015 scholarship drive, we’ve raised $4,500! This has been our most successful scholarship drive ever… a huge thank you to all our generous donors, to the Alpha support staff for their hard work, and everyone who spread the word about us. To celebrate, we’re doing one more illustration reveal from the 2015… Read More »

Another Goal Reached, Another Illustration Reveal

We’re pleased to report that our scholarship drive has reached $4,000! Head over to Facebook or Twitter to see the latest illustration reveal from this year’s Alphanthology. In fact, we’ve reached $4,235, which means we’re only $265 away from the next reveal at $4,500. Want to help us get there, and help this year’s students come to… Read More »

Scholarship Drive Extended AND Illustration Reveal!

We’re extending the scholarship drive through April 1, to make sure we meet as many of our 2015 students’ scholarship needs as we can. Right now, we’re at 72% of our fundraising goal. Haven’t donated yet, or want to increase your gift? Head over to our Donate page. Also, starting at $3,500, we’re revealing an… Read More »

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 »

The 2015 Alpha Worry Thread

It’s a few days late, but here’s a thread for people to fret, commiserate, encourage, and generally talk about worries. Feel free to talk about your application story, too– the judges don’t read this one. Stay calm!

2015 Dell Award winners announced

The 2015 Dell Magazines Award winners have 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 an ICFA membership and can attend. This year, we’d like to congratulate Kayla Chronister (Alpha 2013), the winner of… Read More »

Publication: “Red Daughter,” by Alena Sullivan

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Alena Sullivan (2006 & 2008), whose poem “Red Daughter” appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Goblin Fruit: I have been lost as snow is lost On the first warm morning of May, And I have been lost as all women are lost When they abandon the road for the shadowy… Read More »

2014 Alphan Publication Roundup

Now that award nomination season is upon us, we’d like to take a moment to look back at the stories, poems, and novels that Alpha graduates published in 2014. Here’s the list. It’s complete as far as we know, but please let us know if we’ve missed any! Gillian Conahan, 2006 & 2007 “Insurrection in Silk,”… Read More »