We’re so pleased to announce our forthcoming contest with guest judges Ann and Jeff VanderMeer to take place in October. Jeff’s body of work is almost too impressive to list. His Southern Reach trilogy, all released in 2014 were NYT bestsellers, and have been acquired by publishers in 16 other countries with movie rights purchased by Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions. Annihilation, the first book in the trilogy, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award for best novel, among many other nominations and honors. Jeff and Ann’s Wonderbook (Abrams Image), the world’s first fully illustrated, full-color creative writing guide, won the BSFA Award for best nonfiction and was nominated for a Hugo Award and a Locus Award. Ann is a Hugo-award winning editor and publisher whose work includes editing tenures at Weird Tales Magazine and Tor, guest editor for Best American Fantasy Series, and projects such as the World Fantasy Awards. She and Jeff founded the recent Weird Fiction Review, and have collaborated on many projects including, The Weird, which won the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. Impressive doesn’t even begin to cover the VanderMeer’s talents, and we’re so lucky to be working with them.
We couldn’t think of better hosts than Jeff and Ann to judge stories for our annual fiction contest in October, a contest that focuses on fiction that embraces the strange, the weird, the scary, the disturbing, and the grotesque. Submissions will be open on Sept 1 – Oct 31, with cash prizes, publication, and a letter from the judges to the winning stories. Stay tuned for more details!