Publication: “Kumara,” by Seth Dickinson

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Seth Dickinson (2006 & 2007), whose short story “Kumara” went up today at Escape Pod:
You asked me why you are alive, and this is the answer: because I was asked to do the impossible, to choose someone to die. And I loved them all, loved them as I loved Kumara

Publication: “Death and His Lover,” by Getty Hesse

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Getty Hesse (2013), whose story “Death and His Lover” appeared today at Daily Science Fiction:
Death sips Earl Grey. He prefers Oolong; it reminds him of his late mother, Death before him. But Jerome enjoys it as well, and the first night after he was run over he had gazed at

Publication: “Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation,” by Seth Dickinson

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Seth Dickinson (2006 & 2007), whose story “Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” went up today at Beneath Ceaseless Skies:
Behold Sekhmet! Blood and brawn, fang and claw, shoulders caked in salt. Risen from the anaerobic sea, the ancient broth, to hunt and kill her foe.
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Publication: “The River Does Not Run,” by Rachel Sobel

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Rachel Sobel (2008 & 2009), whose story “The River Does Not Run” appeared this month in Beneath Ceaseless Skies:
She is clad in an armor wrought of primordial isotopes, imbued with mathematics of sufficient strength to reinforce its stability against the demon’s fallout. Beneath it, she hides her war-given wounds, which

Publication: “Morrigan in the Sunglare,” by Seth Dickinson

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Seth Dickinson (2006 & 2007), whose story “Morrigan in the Sunglare” appears in this month’s issue of Clarkesworld:
They are the last of Indus’ pilots and there is nothing left to fly, so Laporte and Simms sit in the empty briefing room and play caps. The ship groans around them, ruined hull

Alpha receives $10,000 grant from Heinz Endowments

Friends of Alpha, we have some very good news.

Alpha has received a $10,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make Southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and Read more

The 2014 Worry Thread

Step 1) Send in a complete application to Alpha, including a story.

Step 2) Freak out.

Step 3) End the freakout by posting here!

This is a thread for your worries. The application committee will not read any of your comments, so you can talk about your stories as much as you Read more

Writing Prompt 7: The End Times

Here endeth the week of writing prompts. I hope you’ve gotten at least one idea from them. Leave a comment if you have a favorite exercise or prompt to inspire your next story.

The last prompt: “No one expected this apocalypse.” Read more

Writing Prompt 6: Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig has flash prompts each week. Find one you like in the archives, or use this one.

The story includes a botanical garden, fatherhood, and something talking that doesn’t normally talk.

Online writing prompt generators and lists can be very useful, particularly for practicing ideas rather than writing entire stories. One Read more

Writing Prompt 5: Dragons

Why is this dragon different from all other dragons?

Well? Read more