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 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 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 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! Read more

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
Insurrection

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.

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