I missed the original announcement but the Horror Writers Association has created the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship for female horror writers. Maybe SFWA should consider doing something similar, given the amount of flak they’ve been taking over the last couple of years. Here’s the HWA press release: Starting from 2014 the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has instituted the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, open to female writers who are members of the HWA. The Scholarship is designed to address the unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women. The first Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship has been awarded to Erinn Kemper, a Canadian writer who resides in Costa Rica. Erinn Kemper (E. L. Kemper) grew up in an isolated mill town in coastal British Columbia, Canada. From there she moved to the city to study Philosophy at the University of Victoria. Over the years she’s worked as an eye glasses repair person, a fish farmer, a cabinet maker, a parks department laborer, a book store clerk, a home nurse, a teacher—and lived in a camper, in Japan and on a forty foot wooden sailboat. She now lives in a small town in Costa Rica on the … Read More
I’m a big fan of Angry Robot Books – Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City is one of my favourite books so far this year – so I was pleased to see their announcement of not one but two debut authors they discovered during the open door reading month, both of them signing two book deals. Casandra Rose Clarke gives an entertaining account of her reaction to the news that she’d sold her books to Angry Robot here and Lee Collins gives a less exuberant but no less entertaining account here (at least, the first part of it. Angry Robot received over 990 submissions during their open door month and are planning to repeat the exercise next year.