Category Archives: Announcements

Sort of self-explanatory.

Publication: “Our Fire, Given Freely,” by Seth Dickinson

Congratulations to Alpha graduate Seth Dickinson (2006 & 2007), whose short story “Our Fire, Given Freely” appears today in Beneath Ceaseless Skies:
Rider Bray runs the steppe one stride ahead of her name, racing the wind cross waves of grass glazed in the light of a high cold sun. Heading home, war and longed-for glory

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

2014 Dell Award announcement

The 2014 Dell Magazines Award has 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 ICFA membership and can attend.

We at Alpha encourage Alphans to submit to the Dell Award; ICFA Read more

Author Guests Talk Alpha!

In honor of our annual alumni fundraiser this week, we reached out to our wonderful past author and editor guests to get their thoughts on Alpha, why they decided to teach at our workshop, and why the workshop matters so much. Here’s what some of them had to say:

I went to 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 Read more