Publication: “Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Apocalypse,” by Claire Spaulding

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Claire Spaulding (2014) whose story “Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Apocalypse” appeared yesterday at Daily Science Fiction:
I can’t believe how bright and sharp and silver the stars look at three in the morning between gaps in the clouds. A few flakes flutter through the warm night air. What people have

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 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

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

Applications for Alpha 2015 are open!

Applications are now open for the 2015 Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers. If you’re between the ages of 14-19 and write science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror, you should apply! All the instructions you’ll need are here.

Here are some other helpful links:

2015 Author Guest: Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alpha is pleased to announce that author Alaya Dawn Johnson will teach at the 2015 workshop.

Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of six novels for adults and young adults. Her novel The Summer Prince was longlisted Read more

New Strange Horizons editor… me.

Since 2011 I’ve been a first reader for Strange Horizons. It’s a good job and I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what editors look for in a story– you read a lot of fiction, rate it, and send some of it to the senior fiction editors. Reading submissions has taught me quite Read more

Novel Publication: JALA’S MASK by Mike Grinti and Rachel Grinti

Jala's Mask by Mike Grinti and Rachel Grinti

Congratulations to Alpha alumni Mike Grinti (2002 & 2004) and Rachel Grinti (2002 & 2003), whose novel Jala’s Mask was published by Pyr earlier this month!
For two hundred years, Jala’s people

2015 Author Guests: Tamora Pierce, Ellen Kushner, and Delia Sherman

Alpha is pleased to announce that authors Tamora Pierce, Ellen Kushner, and Delia Sherman will teach at the 2015 workshop.

Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce has been publishing since the mid-eighties. Known for her powerful female heroes and her career as a writer Read more

Publication: “Helen,” by Andrea Lam

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Andrea Lam (2005 & 2006), whose poem “Helen” appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Goblin Fruit. (Normally we would include a teaser excerpt here, but the poem is short and best enjoyed all at once.)

You can read the poem at Goblin Fruit’s website, and a complete list Read more