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!
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: Our fabulous guest author lineup, including Tamora Pierce, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and… Read More »
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 want. Feel free… Read More »
Here at the Alpha citadel, we’ve gotten some questions about the word count guidelines for Alpha application stories–that is, the requirement that application stories must be between 2000 and 6000 words. So, we wanted to talk a little about why this requirement is in place and how you can edit your story to fit within… Read More »
Are you between the ages of 14 and 19? Do you write science fiction, fantasy, or horror? Want to learn about the craft and business of writing from guest authors including Tobias Buckell, Bruce Coville, and Tamora Pierce? Apply to Alpha! This year’s workshop will be held July 25-August 3, 2014, at the University of… Read More »
So you’re going to apply to Alpha. You have it all planned out. You’ve convinced your parents. You can’t stop talking about it with your friends. You’re so excited to have the chance to spend two weeks of your summer with famous authors and other young writers just like you. The application doesn’t even look… Read More »
[Editor’s note: This post originally went up around this time last year, but here it is again for anyone who’s relatively new to the Alpha blog. Enjoy!] Some of you, no doubt, are very diligent human beings who don’t know the meaning of the word “procrastinate.” You plan your weekend activities by Monday night, you… Read More »
3. ???? 4. PROFIT! First and foremost, applications are now open for the 2012 Alpha workshop. The deadline is March 1, so start working on your application stories! This post, however, is mostly about the Dell Awards. Or, more precisely, the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The deadline… Read More »