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Here's where you can find out about workshop members' latest sales and other accomplishments in the world of science fiction and fantasy--click on the links to visit the publications, publishers, author sites, or book information.


December 2004

Nigel Atkinson's short story "The Interstellar Public Health Inspector" is included in the DEEPER MAGIC anthology recently published by Amberlin Books, available at in the US ( and UK (

We notice chance (a.k.a. Catherine M. Morrison) in the list of authors for the latest issue of Say...have you heard this one?

Hannah Wolf Bowen sold workshop grad "Vision" to Say...have you heard this one? She informs us that it's a sequel to "Steal a Heart," forthcoming from Alchemy and adds a possibly vigorous, though under-punctuated, "Huzzah."

Marlissa Campbell sold a reprint of "Germ Theory" to Periodot Books! She informs us that "it's scheduled to appear in Vol. 23, Jan 1, 2005. It was one of the first stories I ever wrote (before I joined the workshop), and it originally appeared in the online magazine HMS Beagle in March 2001."

Wendy Delmater's workshopped story "Retaliation" was a semi-finalist in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine's "Slsar Twist" contest, a competition of Hitchcockian-style stories with surprise endings.

The indefatigable Mark Fewell has a story, "China's Song," in the December Astounding Tales. He informs us that the story "was workshopped at one time on the horror workshop before the workshops merged."

Charles Coleman Finlay sold workshop grad "Moons Like Great White Whales" to Strange Horizons.

Jennie Goloby sent us two for the, and we quote, "Woo-hoo Files." She says that "Story House Coffee just published 'Coo,' the one about the woman with a pigeon for a father. They're a great market--it's really fun to get a can of coffee with your story printed on it. And the coffee's good, too!" She also sold "A Man and His Son" to Night to Dawn for the October 2005 issue.

We are exceedingly happy to announce that Ed Hoornaert's science-fiction novel THE TRIAL OF TOMPA LEE, the opening chapters of which were critiqued on OWW, has been accepted for publication by Five Star Speculative Fiction. We'll be publishing more news here as we get it.

Sandra McDonald sold her story "Constituent Work" to Say...have you heard this one?.

Ruth Nestvold has sold "Happily Ever Awhile" to Strange Horizons. She tells us that "The story was up on the workshop in October as 'Ever Afters.' I got great suggestions from Wade White, Elizabeth Bear, Linda Dicmanis, Daniel Sackinger, Vylar Kaftan, and Kevin Miller, all of which helped me to whip it into shape."

Sarah Prineas'a story "Liberty Pipe" will appear in Strange Horizons. She adds, "My third story sale to SH, a personal goal!" If that weren't enough, her dark fantasy story "The Dog Prince" appears in the Winter issue of Talebones.

Jaime Lee Voss, who gets top-billing because she e-mailed us with the news, and John Borneman sold "Minotaur" to The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. The section Jaime wrote is written from the perspective of Queen Pasiphae and how she pities the Minotaur, and the section John wrote written from the perspective of King Minos, and how he envys the Minotaur. Jaime adds "The Magazine of Speculative Poetry was the fourth market we tried."

November 2004

Melissa Alsgaard took in a harvest of sales this October, "Pixie on a Pin" to Flytrap, "Blessed Woman" to Shadowed Realms, and "Vows" (which was workshopped as "Penance") to Aoife's Kiss. She sends her "thanks to the usual suspects including but not limited to Michael Keyton, Roger McCook, Chris Manucy, Carol Seck, & Randy Simpson. An extra thanks to Ben Rosenbaum whose review of 'Pixie' led me to a lightbulb-over-my-head moment. Thank you all."

Keri Arthur ( sold FULL MOON RISING, a dark urban fantasy, and two sequels to Bantam.

Nigel Atkinson's story "Vigilante Man" is in the October (Halloween) edition of UK magazine Thirteen.

Kate Bachus's short story "Echo, Sonar" appears in the November 8 issue of Strange Horizons.

LitHaven, a blog portal to spec fiction on the Internet, recently published a mini-interview with Elizabeth Bear. And she's got her name on the cover of the latest issue of Interzone, where you can read her story "When you Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel, Be Certain not to Miss the Samango Monkeys."

Brad Beaulieu's "Flotsam" placed second in Writers of the Future XX early last year and is the current volume of the WRITERS OF THE FUTURE anthology ( He told us: "This story was created based on one of the Writing Challenges: write a story that doesn't use sight. It spurred this story, and just look what happened. I wrote the story and then workshopped it on OWW. I definitely think those crits helped push 'Flotsam' over the top."

Leah Bobet saw her short story "Sonnets Made of Wood" in the December issue of Realms of Fantasy. Someday she may let Charlie forget that he didn't care for the title... but somehow we doubt that. You can also read her poem "Leonid's Family Reunion" in the October 25 issue of Strange Horizons. And her story "Displaced Persons," originally published in Strange Horizons, will be reprinted in THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY FOR YOUNG READERS, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Jane Yolen. The anthology is slated for release from Tor in hardcover in May 2005.

Hannah Bowen has sold workshop grad "Pursued by a Bear" to Strange Horizons. Also, we don't think she ever officially announced that back in August ChiZine bought "Troll Bridge" -- perhaps because it still needs a new title. She tells us that "Those are SFWA-pro sales three and four. Guess I've gotta stop claiming the first ones were flukes." Fluke, fluke, fluke, fluke.

Michael C. Farrell has a story in the latest issue of Flash Me.

Mark Fewell's "Some Bullets" is the lead story in Hardosaur Tales #20. Mark writes: "This story was solicitied by Selina Rosen of Yard Dog Press for an anthology of modern day fairy tales. In other words, it was a story I was asked to write. Selina rejected it so I sent to it to Hardosaur Tales where it was accepted."

Charles Coleman Finlay saw his short story "Pervert" translated into Hebrew by Rami Shalheveth for the September 2004 issue of The Tenth Dimension, an Israeli fantasy and science fiction magazine.

Kyri Freeman's story "The Elf Knight and Lady Isabelle" appears in CLOAKED IN SHADOW: DARK TALES OF ELVES. About the story, Kyri wrote: it was inspired by the similarly-named traditional ballad. While listening to the Steeleye Span rendition in my car, I screeched to a halt (on a dark and fortunately deserted Santa Cruz Mountains road), shouting, 'I know why he kills them!' From that sudden inspiration, the story was born."

Ilona Gordon, co-authoring with husband Andrew, has the feature story in the latest Flash Me.

Eric Griffin's story "The Second Chance of Clevon Walker" won first place in the 2003 Phobos science fiction contest and was published in ALL THE RAGE THIS YEAR.

Vylar Kaftan sold "Sharksheep Suit" to Lenox Avenue. Vy chose the market "because of the incredibly funny bios of the editors on the site, and I figured they'd appreciate a story about sharksheep."

Sandra ("Go Red Sox!") McDonald sold "The Instrument" to Chiaroscuro, aka ChiZine, for January 2005 publication and also sold "Papa and the Sea" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for June 2005. In addition to helpfully providing urls to us for the magazines, she writes: "Both stories were workshopped on OWW and many thanks to Robert Haynes, Greg Faherty, Michael Pignatella, William Freedman, Roger McCook, jo van de walle, chance m, Marlissa Campbell and Brit Marschalk (and anyone I may have forgotten!) for their feedback and encouragement."

Maura McHugh writing as Maire NicAodh has a story in the latest issue of Flash Me.

Pam McNew's poem "Rural Blessings" appeared in the November 15 issue of Strange Horizons. She says "although it wasn't workshopped at OWW, workshop members Jaime Voss and Simon Owens contributed to its construction." Go read it. Go on. You know you want to.

J. P. Moore's novel ONE SOLD was recently published by Double Dragon Publishing as an e-book. Several chapters of ONE SOLD were workshopped under the title THE MINOTAUR. Chapter 1 won one of our first Editor's Choice spots, and the whole manuscript was one of the finalists in the e-book contest OWW ran with Del Rey. Jeff sends "special thanks to all of the editors and members of the OWW community who helped make this possible!"

Chelsea Polk's story "If One Should Pass This Way Again" appears in the November issue of The Fortean Bureau. We had to find this out for ourselves by reading the magazine, which we strongly recommend to everyone, because Ms. Polk is too busy creating new fictions to keep us informed about her publications. Alas.

Former OWWer Sarah Prineas saw her novelette "The Chamber of Forgetting" in the December issue of Realms of Fantasy.

Benjamin Rosenbaum sold short story "Orphans" to Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern.

Richard Dean Starr's story "Unfinished Business," co-authored with Ed Gorman, appears in the HELLBOY: ODDER JOBS anthology, edited by Christopher Golden. And his story "Fear Itself," workshopped at OWW, sold to CEMETERY DANCE magazine and will be appearing in early 2005. He told us: "The workshop has been an invaluable creative tool for me. I look forward to being a part of the workshop for many years to come!"

Stewart Sternberg sold "The Demon You Say" to Sinisteria. He told us that the story was "reviewed on this site, and then I got a tip for the submission as well." The critbone is connected to the networkbone.

Wade White sold "Night of the Living Thread" to Fortean Bureau. And he didn't say anything more about it to us than that!

Jeremy Yoder had what he considers a mainstream piece entitled "The Cost of Mermaids" to Leafing Through. Jeremy says: "It's a new ezine that pays in pounds. But for now it's a shaky market since the contract was unique: 'Payment is 25 pounds, unless issue 1 does poorly, in which case, 10 pounds.' But as its website says, it does take SF, F, and H." He adds: "On a side note, the always sharp-looking Deep Magic is now running my 'Dueling Wizards' fantasy piece in their November issue." He also has a story in the just-released anthology CLOAKED IN SHADOW: DARK TALES OF ELVES. And finally, just as we were going to press, he wrote us this: "My novella 'The Outcasts' that I submitted a year ago was accepted by Novel Books, Inc. for an antho that will contain 4 novellas. Thanks to Seth Skorkowsky, Eric Bresin, Isaac Jourden, and Gary Beharry, for critting the first 5000 words way back then."

October 2004

Aleta Daknis and the staff of Abyss & Apex wanted us to announce that issue #11 is currently online. It contains work by a couple of OWWers as well as some other fine writers.

Sales and Publications:

Elizabeth Bear had never sold to the same market twice... until this month, when she broke the jinx twice! First she sold her story "One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King" to Lenox Avenue. She told us: "I'd like to thank John Borneman, Kathryn Allen, Jaime Voss, Kyri Freeman, Chris Coen, Leah Bobet, Hannah Bowen, Kenneth Woods, Sarah Prineas, Rebecca Sims, and Chelsea Polk (and anyone I may have forgotten). The story was inspired by living in Las Vegas and the exceedingly weird Masonic markings on the promenade on Hoover Dam, and the weird way this city has of eating its young. I liked the characters so much that I'm currently writing a novel about them." She also sold her Lovecraftian category romance "The Follow Me Light" to SCI FICTION. She send her thanks to "Kat Allen, Amanda Oestman, Jodi Meadows, Jaime Voss, and quite possibly somebody I've stupidly forgotten, because I can't find my list for this one."

John Borneman's poem "Gargoyle" may be found in the latest issue of Abyss & Apex.

Cecilia Dart-Thornton is the winner in the annual 'Affaire De Coeur' Reader/Writer Poll, in the category of Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, for her novel THE BATTLE OF EVERNIGHT, volume 3 in THE BITTERBYNDE, which was once an Editor's Choice winner here on the workshop. "At least I think I am the winner," she writes. "Maybe I'm just a finalist, it's hard to tell... they sent me a letter saying I was the winner." Details at Affaire De Coeur.

Linda Dicmanis reported to the mailing list that she went to the book launch of HORSE DREAMS in Melbourne. The anthology contains her work. She notes that book signing gets difficult after ten or so because one runs out of things to write!

Mark Fewell received an e-mail from WRITERS OF THE FUTURE that said "Your entry placed in the quarter-finals for the 3rd quarter 2004 (April 1 - June 30, 2004)." He told the mailing list: "This is the second quarter in a row that one of my stories has made it through the first round into the quarter-finals. Still haven't won though. The stories, 'Gone To Happy Valley' and 'Bernice And The Talking Oak Tree,' were both workshopped stories."

Wade Markham III sold another lyric to the band Retroheads. This one is called "Fly Away Butterfly" about an abused woman who needs to heal before starting another relationship. Wade met the band deejaying for a progressive rock station on the net.

Maura McHugh's flash piece "Who Hears Our Cries in Forgotten Tongues?" has been accepted by Flash Me. "Before I'm asked, it was inspired initially by Elizabeth Hull's plaintive cry to this mailing list in August that she'd love an elf story for the magazine. Thanks to the reviewers who gave me useful insights on the first version: Peter Sprenkle, Calvin Bates, and Kevin Miller. I subsequently reshaped the piece, and got input on the penultimate draft from Brandon Bell, Susan Elizabeth Curnow, Jim Whited, Will McIntosh and Rob Campbell."

Nigel Read sold his fantasy spoof "The Dwarf, the Elf and the Aardvark" to Full Unit Hook-up, the zine also known as FUHU. He told us: "This was a story that was completely rewritten several times, and received many very useful reviews from the folk at OWW." Which is exactly how it's supposed to work!

Rebecca A. Willman's story "Moon Lantern" may be found in the latest issue of Abyss & Apex.

September 2004

Gregory Banks's story "The Last Living Thing" will be in the September issue of AlienSkin.

Elizabeth Bear sold her April Fool's Monkey Challenge story, "When you Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel, Be Certain not to Miss the Samango Monkeys," to Interzone. She sends thanks to Ruth Nestvold, Jim Butler, Kathryn Allen, Pete Rauschal, John Tremlett, Cynthia Cloughly, and Chris Coen!

Bill, who forgot to tell us his last name, woohoo-ed the mailing list because his story "Fish Stew and Other Alchemy" has just been published by RevolutionSF. He commented that the story was workshopped in 2002 and has a beautiful illustration by Emily Veinglory.

Hannah Bowen reports that ChiZine wants her story "Troll Bridge." She adds: "Talking animals and all. There was frolicking. Oh, yes, there was. And: bonus. This makes my SFWA-pro sale count go one-two-three. Don't know about you, but I feel better." We feel better too.

Eric Breslin sold an article titled "Writing Fantasy in a World that Doesn't Get It" to fellow member David Wood's new magazine Gryphonwood.

Scott Clements short story "Into Pohjola" was voted by readers of Deep Magic as the Fantasy Story of the Year. Congratulations!

Linda Dicmanis received her contributor's copy of HORSEDREAMS: THE MEANING OF HORSES IN WOMEN'S LIVES. She never thought it would be this good!

S. Evans sold her story "Grandfather's Journey" to Fortean Bureau for their September anniversary issue.

Mark Fewell's story "Night Of The Space Princess" will appear in the special editors' fiction issue of Calliope, the official publication of the Writers' Special Interest Group of American Mensa Ltd.

Charles Coleman Finlay sold his cannibal unicorn space station story, "Horny in the Underworld," to Electric Velocipede. He says "Ook! Ook ook ook!" Whoops. Wrong challenge.

Rhonda Garcia finally fesses up. "The gossipmongers got it right this time; my story 'Douen Mother' was a quarterfinalist for the Second Quarter of this year. However, I had no idea until this past week because my notification got lost in the mail. I finally got up the courage to send an inquiring e-mail just two days before my package arrived to confirm my quarterfinalist finish. Although I did not workshop this story, I did write it with all the knowledge I had gained in the Workshop over the last two years. OWWers such as John Borneman, Susan Curnow, Elizabeth Hull and Pam McNew reviewed it for me. Special thanks to John B. who posted the story for me. There were several others such as Greg Byrne and Sheridan Baz that I owe for taking a look as well. If I've forgotten anyone, I apologize, but I wanted to thank all those who have helped me improve over the last few years including EBear, Kat, Stella the Wonderful, Larry the Loyal and John Tremlett."

We've heard that Ruth Nestvold sold "Troy and the Aliens" to NFG. Also that her latest story, "The Tiresias Project," may be found at Futurismic.

Mike Pignatella's short story "Unsung Hero" has been accepted for publication in the MODERN MAGIC anthology. He writes that, "although not workshopped, it was an old trunk piece that I dusted off because it fit the theme of the anthology. I significantly revised it, and undoubtedly the lessons I've learned on the OWW helped turn a trunk story into a published story!" Two of his previously reported sales are now in print -- "Alphabet Soup" appears WONDROUS WEB WORLDS anthology, volume 4, and "Farmer Blackburn's Wife" appears in Dark Corners. (We can't tell you what she's doing in those dark corners. You'll have to read it for yourself....)

Sneaky Chelsea Polk mentioned in an aside on another mailing list thread that she sold "If One Should Pass This Way Again" to Fortean Bureau, after it sat in her trunk for close to three years untouched!

John "Mmmm, clockwork" Schoffstall sold his story "Clockwork Dragons Must Die!" to Fortean Bureau for their September issue. He tells us that "it was critted on OWW last year. Special thanks to my critters for making this a better story: Meredith L. Patterson, M Thomas, Leland Davis, and Aaron Pogue."

We read online that Jeff Spock (is it our Jeff Spock?!?) sold his short story "Fender's Bender" to Quercus SF. The first page can be seen here.

Jeremy Tolbert, fresh off his POLYPHONY success, sold "The Kansas Jayhawk vs. The Midwestern Monster Squad" to the premiere British SF magazine, Interzone. It's about darn time he started making big sales! Congrats.

Mikal Trimm has a story in the latest issue of Abyss & Apex.

Amber van Dyk has a story, "Sour Metal," in Alchemy #2. She wrote a swell message about how she came to write -- and sell -- it for the mailing list.

August 2004

James Allison doesn't know we're reporting it here, but his story "We Sing the Body Dysmorphic" appears in the recent issue of Fortean Bureau.

Triple treat: Melissa Alsgaard sold "With Bread & Blood, I Sought You" to Star*Line and "Voyeurs" to Dark Krypt. She sends "thanks to all who offered insight on my 'Bread & Blood,' especially Roger McCook, to whom I am always indebted, and Craig Hickman, whose comments were exactly on target." She also sold "Moon Flowers and Red Linen" to Brutarian Quarterly: "Although it wasn't workshopped here, the invaluable support I've received from workshoppers in my fiction must be leaking into my poetry."

The train they call Elizabeth Bear keeps on rolling. Her short story "Two Dreams on Trains" just sold to Strange Horizons. The story was a May '03 Blood Challenge and won an EC last year when it was workshopped as "The Train they call the City." She sends her thanks out to Kelly Link for the EC review. "Other thanks go to: Seth McNally, Siobhan Carroll, Rhonda S. Garcia, Simon Siddall, Linda Dicmanis, Kevin Kibelstis, John Schoffstall, Kevin Jones, John Tremlett, Stella Evans, Mel Melcer, Heather Williams, Larry West, Mike Dwyer, Laura Waesche, Dan Strong, Megan Crewe, and the wonderful Kathryn Allen. And Kenneth Woods and Penelope Hardy, who answered my endless questions about living in the Big Easy."

"Midnights on the Bloor Viaduct," a story by the lovely and talented Leah Bobet, appeared in the Summer 2004 issue of On Spec. She also sold them her story "Bliss" for the upcoming addiction issue. And her story "Displaced Persons" appeared in the August 2 Strange Horizons.

A workshopper, publishing as Cassandra Broderick, has a story up at Clean Sheets.

A little woohoo! Marlissa Campbell's short-short "Effects of Vampire Serum on the Longevity of Human Fibroblast Cells Grown In Vitro: The Laboratory Notebook of Edith A. Brown, Ph.D." is up at Eggplant Literary Productions Library. She sighs wistfully, "It's a spin off from a longer story that was workshopped a while back. Now if only I could sell that one...."

And can we have a newsletter without another sale by the incredible S. Evans? She reports two this time. Her short story "Save What You Can" was accepted by Invitations, an anthology of fiction for YA readers published by Sam's Dot Press. It's a story about expectations, fertility, and the places where love and cultural taboos shouldn't mix. Her novelette "Ex-Libris" sold to Challenging Destiny for Issue #19. It's a gumshoe-werewolf-cranky-cat-and-wizardry-magical- realism story, and this is the 14th market that it's been to. She sends "Many thanks to Bear, Chance, Rhonda Garcia, and Marsha Sisolak, among others. Both these stories were workshopped extensively."

Charles Coleman Finlay sold his novel THE PRODIGAL TROLL to Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. It will be released in June 2005. He workshopped it so many times he owes thanks to a couple dozen workshoppers, but S. K. S. Perry, Lisa Deguchi, Robert Sinclair, Marsha Sisolak, and Chance Morrison all deserve extra recognition. He also sold a collection, WILD THINGS, to Subterranean Press for 2005. "All the stories in there are workshop grads or workshop-inspired. Thanks."

We've heard a rumor that Rhonda Garcia was a quarterfinalist in the Writers of the Future contest a couple quarters back. Rhonda? What's the story?

Tamara Siler Jones' novel GHOSTS IN THE SNOW is scheduled for release by Spectra on October 26. She would like to point everyone to the listing at Clarkesworld Books ( She has a new Web site ( and will be doing readings at Worldcon in Boston, Archon in St. Louis, Icon in Cedar Rapids, and World Fantasy in Tempe. Check your local listings! Her follow-up novel THREADS OF MALICE is scheduled for release next fall and it, too, is a gruesome murder mystery featuring Dubric Byerly and his ghosts.

Sandra McDonald sold her vampire story "Last of His Kind" to Rosebud Magazine. It will appear in the Winter 2004 issue, on sale at Borders and Barnes & Noble in the U.S. and Canada. "This story was workshopped on OWW in May and many thanks to Randy Simpson, Greg Wachausen, Chris Manucy and Ray Gonzalez for their comments and suggestions." Her story "Lost and Found" from Strange Horizons picked up an Honorable Mention in the YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION.

Sarah Prineas sold her "heavily workshopped" story "The Red Cross Knight" to Cicada. She sends "a big extra thanks to Charlie for that one--he gave me an awesome crit, leading me to add another scene which made it a much stronger story. I also got the best crit evah on that story from Dan Goss, who wrote it in Chaucerian verse." She also reports that two of her stories, "Seamstress" from Realms of Fantasy and "The Savage Infant" from Paradox, received honorable mention in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR.

Keith Robinson has not one, but two--count 'em, two!--stories in the August issue of Alien Skin. "Blender" is a sci-fi yarn about a teleportation gone wrong. "Restroom Horror" is an epistolary about a slimy creature lurking in an unlikely place. He says: "Both these stories were critted on the OWW, and I'd like to thank Gary Tinnams, Tom Shafer and Michael Kilgore for their input on 'Blender,' and Gary Peterson, Gill Ainsworth, Randy Simpson, Roger McCook, Kevin Miller, Barry Hollander, and Jon Paradise for their help on 'Restroom Horror' (critted in its former incarnation as 'Missing Staff'). If I missed anyone, I'd like to thank those critters too!"

Writers of the Future picked John Schoffstall's story "In the Flue" as its first-place finisher in the second quarter of 2004. It's his first pro sale! "In the Flue" was a June 2003 Hot Air Challenge story. He sends "special thanks to those who critted it on OWW, and made it a better story: Vikki Everson Green, Ruth Nestvold, Leah Corsaro, Jesse Werner and Debbie Moorhouse."

James Stevens-Arce received a letter from the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting advising him that his screenplay "Sins of the Heart" is one of only 323 out of 6,073 to make the quarterfinals. The Nicholl is run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the folks who give out the Oscars) and eventually the writers of five of those 323 scripts are each going to win a cash award of $30,000. Wish him luck!

Josh Wagner sold his story "The Apnoeist" to Not One of Us. He says, "Thanks for this site, and thanks to everyone who offered input!"

July 2004

Audra Bruno is happy to report that her first novel, FOREVER CROSSED by A. Leigh Jones (workshopped as LEOPARDS IN LOVE), is now available Amazon and wherever books are sold! She says, "I don't think I could've written this book without the workshop. Special thanks to Kirsten, Dan, Jaime, Jo, Jeff and Teresa, who kept on reading, and reading, and reading, even when the reading was really rough! Thanks also to Hannah, who encouraged me right at the very beginning, and to Charlie, who helped me understand the ins and outs of ImaJinn's contract, and what all that legalese means for a just-starting-out writer like me."

Wendy Delmater sold two poems to Scifaikuest, one poem in their August online zine and another in their August print magazine. Scrybe Press also wants to publish her story "Where the Rubber Meets the Road" as a stand-alone chapbook with an e-book version. She tells us that it was "workshopped on OWW and was a focus story. Thanks for everyone's input on this story!"

Rhonda Eudaly sold her one and only vampire short story, "After School Special," to the Mundania Press anthology BEYOND THE MUNDANE: VAMPIRES AND WAREWOLVES AND MONSTERS, OH MY! It's due out Summer 2005.

S. Evans has two woohoos this month (down from four last month): "Dog Dreams" earned an Honorable Mention in the ChiZine Story Contest and "Indra's Rice" will be included in the BEST OF STRANGE HORIZONS 2003 anthology.

Anna Kashina's novella "Mistress of the Solstice" has yet to find a home in English language publications, but the German translation will be appearing in the anthology DRACHENNACHTE (Dragon Nights), published by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, alongside other authors like Marian Zimmer Bradley. She tells us: "The novella has been extensively workshopped in several versions. I couldn't have done it without my OWW reviewers!"

Ruth Nestvold sold "Dragon Time" to FANTASTIC COMPANIONS, a YA anthology edited by Julie Czerneda. Ruth sends her thanks to "all the wonderful OWWers who made it possible for me to sell it the first time out: Tempest, Bear, Larry West, Katherine Miller, Scott Clements, Melissa Alsgaard, Nora Fleischer, Linda Dicmanis, William Freedman, Phillip Spencer and Jeremy Tolbert."

Keith Robinson's story "Contagion" appeared in the July issue of Deep Magic. Keith tells us that it "underwent a lot of revision through the OWW some time ago. Thanks to all those who critted this story." It's his first published story!

June 2004

More Awards:

Gary Braunbeck, OWW's sometime Guest Editor for Horror, won the Stoker Award for his story "Duty" -- congratulations, Gary! Look for his EC review in next month's newsletter.

Resident Editor James Patrick Kelly and OWW member Ruth Nestvold both made the finalist list for the juried Sturgeon Award. Jim's story is the same one that's on the Hugo ballot, and Ruth's is the same one that made the Tiptree short list -- both good stories! Read the announcement in Locus Online.

Sales and Publications:

Elizabeth Bear sold "Sleeping Dogs Lie," workshopped as "Liam Lie Down," a/k/a/ "The maudlin flying dog story," to Flytrap. She tells us "It was my Dog Dreams challenge story, and I'd like to thank: Terri Trimble, Allen Newton, Kyri Freeman, Kathryn Allen, Matt Horgan, Leah Bobet, Derek R. Molata, Hannah Bowen, Meredith L. Patterson and Ruth Nestvold for their reviews -- Thanks!" And her debut novel HAMMERED is now available for pre-order! See ( And order!

Leah Bobet sold "Displaced Persons" to Strange Horizons. This was a monkey story! For the great April Fool's Day monkey challenge of 2004! Go Leah!

Rhonda Eudaly reports that her story "Why Don't You Get A Real Job?" is available in Sinister Sleuths at Fictionwise.

Fore! Er, four! S. Evans sold her short story "A Piece of the Sun" to Talebones. She tells us "This story was not only workshopped, but it was an EC piece in November '03. This is the 10th market it was sent to, and a market that Chelsea Polk turned me on to by a casual mention about a year ago. Special thanks to Bear, Chels, Larry West and Rhonda Garcia." You can also look for her short story "The Ravelled Sleeve" in the June issue of Kenoma. She practically taunted everyone to go read it: "It's a story about what happens 80 years AFTER the swan brothers are rescued, set in a nursing home." Her story "Pearls & Wisdom" will appear in Fortean Bureau -- "The story is about decision, fear, and ownership, and it was workshopped extensively on the OWW. Huge thank-you to Bear, Tempest, Larry West, Nora Fleischer, Rhonda Garcia, and most especially Chelsea Polk." Finally, we also know that one of Dr. Evans's stories won the Minnesota Medical Association's writing contest. But we're not sure which one! Perhaps she'll write back and tell us for next month.

Mark Fewell sold his workshopped story "All Wars Are Old Wars" to Hadrosaur Tales. It will appear in issue #23, due out in August 2005.

Charles Coleman Finlay sold his novel THE PRODIGAL TROLL, but shhhhh! Don't tell anyone yet. He's waiting for the publisher to announce it first.

Karen L. Kobylarz sold her story "Cleopatra's Needle" to Paradox for their June issue, where it will appear with Charles Coleman Finlay's "The Ill-Fated Crusade." You can order a copy of the magazine from their Web site. Karen would like to "thank all the workshop members who took the time to critique this story. I had it posted back in 2002."

Sandra McDonald is happy to report that Realms of Fantasy just bought her story "Fir Na Tine."

Mike Pignatella's story "Farmer Blackburn's Wife" sold to Dark Corners magazine. He told us "it was workshopped on the OWW and the feedback was, as always, tremendously helpful." The most recent issue of Wicked Hollow contains his workshopped story "A Dish Best Served Cold."

Sarah Prineas sold her novelette "The Chamber of Forgetting" to Realms of Fantasy and her short story "The Dog Prince" to Talebones.

Nigel Read sold "The Dove," previously known as "Childhood's End," to the Encounters anthology. He tells us that "the comments of those who critiqued it at OWW were invaluable."

After the Big 4-9, the Big 5-0! Mikal Trimm sold his story "It's All In The Knowing" to Abyss & Apex and another story, "Swallowed By The Shadow," to Flytrap. After the second sale, he informed us: "This is my 50th sale of original fiction (poems/stories)." And we answered: "Wow!"

Former member Josh Wagner just had his novel THE ADVENTURES OF THE IMAGINATION OF PERIPHERY STOWE published by BAM Publications in San Francisco.

Wade White sold his story "Rocket Ship of Dreams" to new market Lenox Avenue for their second issue due in September. He thanks his reviewers, Michael Pignatella, T. J. Taylor, M. Thomas, Michael Keyton, Marsha Sisolak, Ruth Nestvold, Maura McHugh, Sherry Thompson, Stephanie Burgis, and Lynne Batik.

Rebecca A. Willman sold her story "Moon Lantern" to Abyss & Apex for the September/October issue. It's her first sale ever, and she says "I just spent about ten minutes bouncing up and down going 'Eeeeeee!' The story first originated by playing the picture game months and months ago. I have to say that this story was a big stretch for me, nothing I would have come up with without the impetus of the picture game. I highly recommend it to anyone." This is at least the third workshop picture-game story to sell somewhere.

Mary Wilson's story "Puywae Child" will appear in the August issue of Alien Skin. She says "A big thanks to all who took a look at it. I really appreciate your comments. This was a challenge story, but alas, I can't remember which challenge. I want to say a fairy challenge, and I wanted to do something with undines/merpeople."

Jeremy Yoder's short story "Dueling Wizards" will appear in Deep Magic. He send "Thanks to Robert Haynes and Nathan CW Smith who critted this piece. I believe there were others, but I lost their names, so thanks to them as well." If you remember critting this one, you should drop him a line! In addition, he tells us that his story "How Christmas Stole the Scrinch," which was first published in late 2001 by Dragons, Knights, and Angels, will be reprinted next year in Nova SF.

May 2004

Nigel Atkinson's short story "The Interstellar Public Health Inspector" appears in the May 2004 issue of Deep Magic. He tells us "This has been around for a while and was reviewed in the workshop. It was a while back, but I remember former members Bob Allen and Donna Johnstone made many useful comments."

Wendy Delmater sold "Heat Sink" to Abyss & Apex. She sends her "Thanks to all you wonderful critters out there. You all rock."

The ever-modest S. Evans emitted only a smallish woohoo at selling her story "Sea Bride" to Parageography.

Mark Fewell is a publishing machine. His workshopped story "Too Many Mistakes" is up at Flash Me and his Editor's Choice story "Somewhere The Banshee Is Screaming" may be read at AlienSkin.

Kyri Freeman has a story up in the current issue of Abyss & Apex but she didn't tell us what it was. Our awesome powers of detection have determined that it's called "Swansong."

Bret Ludwig wrote us, "After three years and a novel and a half, I've finally seen my first short story published. 'The Archer and the Dove' is in May's issue of Deep Magic. This was workshopped about a year ago. Thanks go who all who reviewed it, in particular to Helen Mazarakis for serious help with nits and assistance with the characterization of a supporting character. Cynthia Cloughly and Derek Molata didn't review this piece but have my undying gratitude for their previous reviews that enlightened me as to what exactly a passive sentence is. And THANKS to the staff at OWW for keeping this site going! I never would have gotten anywhere with my writing without this resource." You're more than welcome, Bret.

chance m, otherwise known as Catherine M. Morrison, recently had her workshopped story "Elvis in the Attic" published at Sci Fiction.

Martin McGrath sold his story "Falling" (originally entitled "A Trip on Miranda") to Jupiter SF. He says it's "my fourth sale but my first actual print sale--a story I'll be able to hold in my hand! Cool! Around two and a half years ago the following people reviewed the story and helped improve it vastly, so thanks to: ChristaCarol Orris, Kyri Freeman, Glen Chapman, Dan Vekhter, Robin Holmes, Rhonda S Garcia, Elizabeth Bear, Joshua Munce, MT Reiten, Ou Shidian, Ken Scott, Glen Campbell, David Reagan."

Ruth Nestvold's story "Shadow Memory" can be found in the latest MarsDust. Thanks to editor Steve Nagy for the heads up! Steve has a review of Gregory Benford's IN THE OCEAN OF NIGHT in the same issue.

Kenneth Rapp's first story sale "Dead is Dead" is now up at Alien Skin. He says "Yay!"

Karen Swanberg's first published story, "Last Launch," may be read at Flashshot. Congrats!

M. Thomas informs us: "My site, Found Things, made it onto the Writer's Digest list of 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2004 (the listing is here). And I was just starting to wonder about the sudden jump in subscribers to my newsletter. :) "

Mikal Trimm sold "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" to the latest incarnation of Christopher Rowe's "SAY..." series (Say...Why Aren't We Crying?). He reports that it was his twentieth sale, which is a nice landmark. He also sold "With Stealth and Grace the Hunter Roams" to the new Texas-themed 'zine Lone Star Stories (Number 21), along with a couple poems. "What can I do?" he said about that one. "I live in Texas!"

Ray Walshe just made his first short story sale ever, to Neo-opsis! "Legacy Troll" was workshopped on the OWW. He sends special thanks to Carlos-Jimenez Cortez, Kevin Miller, Kevin Raybould, William Monahan, Ian Morrison, Julie Nordeen, and Zvi Zacks.

April 2004

The April edition of Fortean Bureau includes grocery lists from workshop members John Joseph Adams, Elizabeth Bear, S. Evans, and Benjamin Rosenbaum, and OWW Resident Editor James Patrick Kelly, alongside Lois McMaster Bujold, Neil Gaiman, and others. Charlie says check it out.

Sales and Publications:

Elizabeth Bear continues her amazing year. She sold "Seven Dragons Mountains" to ALL-STAR ZEPPELIN ADVENTURE STORIES. Go new pulp! "Thanks go out to Andrew Ahn, Leah Bobet, Kat Allen, Roger McCook, Ruth Nestvold, Megan Crewe, Dena Landon, and Claris Cates-Ryan Smith. This story was a December 'Lite' Challenge story." She also sold "Old Leatherwings" to Lenox Avenue.

From Hannah Bowen: "This just in from the Department of Cheerful Squeaks: Rumor has it my 'Tin Cup Heart' out of Chiaroscuro's issue #16 is getting an Honorable Mention nod in the next THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR."

Marlissa Campbell sold an an excerpt from "The Laboratory Notebook of Edith A. Brown, Ph.D." to Eggplant Literary Productions Library. She says "While I did not workshop this piece, it was a spin-off from a workshopped story." And her flash "Anatomy Lesson" is now online at Flashquake.

A voice from the past: Allie Davidson emailed the writing list with this news: "A few years ago I wrote a short story called 'Catching Hell' that was reviewed by the writing workshop and received an Editor's Choice for short story. It seemed to be going the comic-book route but turned into a screenplay. Currently the screenplay is in the second round of Project Greenlight with excellent ratings." We wish her good luck and would love to see it turned into a movie.

S. Evans sold her story "Final Trials" to Aoife's Kiss for their September 2004 issue. "After a long, long dry spell, it's nice to be able to report a sale!" We feel the same way. It wasn't a regular newsletter without you.

Wendy Delmater continues to have success in different areas: two of her poems (a tanka and a haiku) were accepted by Scifaikuest. "It looked like a fun little market on, and all I did was add together some science fiction images that resonated with me when put in each other's vicinity." This follows on the heels of news that Flash Me selected her story "Snake Oil" as their feature story for April.

"Ivan and Marya," an excerpt from Anna Kashina's new novel, will be published in Mythic Circle, published annually by The Mythopoetic Society. Anna told us "I decided to submit there because the submission deadline was announced in the OWW newsletter! This novel is the workshop baby. I am very grateful to my reviewers and to OWW for keeping us all going."

Karin Lowachee, author of WARCHILD and BURNDIVE, is a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which will be voted on with the Hugos for Worldcon.

No fooling! On April 1st, Roger McCook made his first two sales, "The Class Ring" to Flash Me and "The Demon" to Project M Magazine. He writes: "Both pieces were posted to this site and were greatly improved by the reviews received." Congratulations, Roger.

Sandra McDonald made the short list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award with "The Ghost Girls of Rumney Mill" (Realms Of Fantasy, August 2003).

Darren Moore's "Hunter" won first place in the Bard's Ink short story contest. He said "Yea! This story was critted here a very, very long time ago." Congratulations, Darren!

Ruth Nestvold made the short list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award with "Looking Through Lace" (Asimov's, September 2003).

Mark Reeder says that he's signed contracts to publish QUEEN'S KNIGHT'S GAMBIT. "The manuscript was workshopped last year during the spring/summer. Because of all the great feedback I received from members, I was able to whip it into shape and make it acceptable." He promised to let us know when it was available.

Jeremy Tolbert sold "Instead of a Loving Heart" to ALL-STAR ZEPPELIN ADVENTURE STORIES. Go new pulp! He thanks "The zombie pirates of the OWW."

Wade White sold "The Universe Construction Set" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for their December 2004 issue. It's his first print story! He sent special thanks on the mailing list to "reviewers M. Thomas, Michael Keyton, Megan Crewe, Adrienne Allmann, Kathryn Allen, Heather Williams, Dorian E. Gray, Sherry Thompson, Chris Webb, Sarah Palmero, Simon Owens, and Jax Alexander (and anyone I missed) for their input. And the OWW in general rocks, of course. So go on. Try it. It tastes like chicken."

March 2004

John Joseph Adams is going to have an audiobook review column in Locus, starting in July 2004. Looks like it'll run quarterly for now.

Deb Atwood sold "For You" to Flash Me for their April 30th issue. She writes: "The story was inspired by the picture game. I workshopped it last spring and thank you to those who helped me make it better and find it a home!"

Hannah Bowen sold workshop grad "Steal a Heart" to Alchemy, with a "To which we say: Eee! Should be in the third issue, next fall."

Wendy S. Delmater has her first print sale! Her short story "Little Green Men" was accepted by children's magazine Beyond Centauri. She tells us, "This was the first short story I'd ever attempted, and had a lovely string of rejects around it's neck before I sent it out, yet again, after a brief rewrite." And Flash Me took "Snake Oil." She sends "a special thank-you to last minute reviewers Tonya Liburd, Rebecca Simkin and Melinda Kimberly who reviewed the final draft."

Rhonda Eudaly sold "Where Have All the Standards Gone?", an article on Standard Manuscript Format, to CyberOasis.

Stella Evans had two stories published in March: "Louisa, Johnny, and the North Shore Huldre" at Strange Horizons and "Chart 0052834912-31" at Fortean Bureau.

Mark Fewel had another great month! His story "The Demon And The Slave Trade" appears in the March issue of Multiverse Magazine. His story "Somewhere The Banshee Is Screaming" sold to AlienSkin--this was an Editor's Choice story on the horror workshop under the title "How I Learned To Love The Banshee." And "Too Many Mistakes" sold to Flash Me. About the last story, he tells us, "This was written as part of the second-person challenge, which makes it my second challenge story to sell within the past month. Though originally written in second person, I had to rewrite it into first person to get the editors at FLASH ME to accept it."

Charles Coleman Finlay sold "The Factwhore Proposition," which he workshopped maybe three years ago as "Begging the Question," to new webzine Furutismic. And he heard from Steve Nagy, the editor at Marsdust, that "Lucy, In Her Splendor," published there last April, has been selected for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #15.

Look for Kyri Freeman's "Swansong" in a special summer flash issue of Abyss & Apex.

Carole McDonnell has two great sales! Her story "Lingua Franca" has been accepted by Nalo Hopkinson for the anthology SO LONG BEEN DREAMING: POSTCOLONIAL SCIENCE FICTION, while "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" will appear in FANTASTIC VISIONS VOLUME III. She told the mailing list "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" but added, "don't worry I don't use as many exclamations in my real writing as I do in my e-mails!"

Steve Nagy's EC-winning "The Hanged Man of Oz," which originally appeared in the anthology GATHERING THE BONES (just out in paperback), has been selected for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #15, edited by Stephen Jones. And, says Steve, "it's also getting an honorable mention in the forthcoming YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR."

Kenneth Rapp just made his first sale ever! "Dead is Dead" will appear in the May issue of AlienSkin. After shouting "HEEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHOOOOOO!" to the mailing list, he added, "...all I needed was one sale, one friggin' sale to tell me I had a chance at this. And it was a workshopped story, too!"

David Reagan just sold his first story, and "damned," he says, "if I didn't almost cry." "Eternal Kitten" will appear in the glossy Indy Men's Magazine. "It was workshopped twice, going back to January of '02, so thanks are due to: Jason H., Frances Beardsley, John McMullen, Dillon Samuels, Gareth Dyson, Steve Kornic, Carol Seck, Jo Van de Walle, Roger McCook, Nigel Atkinson, Mike Farrell, Lee Battersby, Lonnie Stanley, Matthew Frederick Davis Hemming, Randy Simpson, and Toms Kreicbergs. Thanks to the rest of you, for making this whole process a little bit easier."

John Schoffstall has been accepted to Clarion! We wish him much success.

Jeff Spock's short-short "The Price of Loyalty" has been accepted by Elysian Fiction. He says, "I wrote it because this idea keeps coming back to me all the time in my fiction: What happens when the good guys have won, the space opera ends, and the apocryphal fat lady finishes her song? I mean, what the heck do the good guys do next?" We hate to comment, but since this is a short-short, maybe the answer is: not much. Or not! Read it yourself to find out.

Mikal Trimm just sold "Cable And The High Seas" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for issue 16. It's the third Cable story he's written, and the third one he's sold.

Jaime Voss just sold her first story! "Forever Lost" will appear in Arabella Romances sometime next year. She said, briefly, "I sold a story! 10 cents a word!"

Mary Wilson sold "Choosing Alone" to AlienSkin. "A huge thanks to everyone at OWW who took a critique at this story, which was very dear to my heart. I'm so glad that it finally found a home after a bazillion rejections."

February 2004

Gregory Banks published CROSSROADS AND OTHER TALES, mixing prose and poetry, in January. Many of the stories have fantasy elements. It can be ordered from bookstores or at Wheel Man Press. His story "Home Going" is in issue #3 of Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine and "An Elysian Dream" is available at Stone Garden. For this last piece, he sends "special thanks to Carlos Jimenez-Cortes, Roger McCook, Clarissa Geffon, Richard Eslick, and Carol Seck for their wonderful comments."

Elizabeth Bear has two sales to report. "This Tragic Glass" will appear in Sci Fiction. She says "thanks go out to John Tremlett, Hannah Wolf Bowen, Kat Allen, Andrew Ahn, and Stella Evans." And "The Chains That You Refuse" will appear in issue #20 of Chiaroscuro. "Special thanks to OWW reviewers Kathryn Allen, Stella Evans, Hannah Wolf Bowen, and Rhonda Garcia; also to Chance Morrison, who checked my Boston against the real one, and to Celia Marsh, who dared me to write a second-person future-perfect-tense story. (It's actually future-perfect-continuous. I cheated.)"

Sandie Bergen's "Breakfast" is the feature story in the third issue of Flash Me Magazine.

Leah Bobet sold "Midnights on the Bloor Viaduct" to On Spec. She gives "thanks to everyone who critiqued and made suggestions, with a special thanks to Tempest, who provided partial inspiration for the idea." Her EC runner-up short story "Rosewater for His Lips" appears in the current issue of Arabella Romances, available in Borders and B&N. Her poem "The Sixth Swan" will be in the Spring issue of Flashquake, and her poem "Her Hero" sold to Strange Horizons, for which she sends "thanks to Jaime Voss, who looked it over and poked me into sending it out."

Tim Brommer's first novel, THE HERETIC OF THE NORTH, will be released by Runestone Hill Press in March.

Marlissa Campbell sold her flash piece "Anatomy Lesson" to Flashquake for their Spring issue. "The story was workshopped, and greatly improved thanks to comments received."

Deb Coates's story "Articles of a Personal Nature" is up this week at Sci Fiction. She writes, "It's a little incredible to me how quickly this has all happened. I finished the first draft of this story at the end of June. Sent it out for the first time in mid-August. And now, it's published. It usually takes years (for me; I don't know that anyone else's time lines are anything like mine)."

Rhonda Eudaly's "Why Don't You Get A Real Job?" appears in SINISTER SLEUTHS, released by Cyber-Pulp Publishers. She tells us that it will be available through FictionWise and Lulu.

Jeff Turner's "Closing Windows" appears in FUNDAMENTALLY CHALLENGED, a CD-based anthology.

Stella Evans sold "The City-God's Choice" to Simulacrum for the March 2004 issue. She explains, "I stumbled on this market completely by accident one day -- it's a 4theLuv market-- but was sufficiently impressed by their first issue (which can be downloaded in PDF format for free) that I thought I might submit something to them."

Mark Fewell's first sale of 2004, "The Demon and The Slave Trade," sold to Multiverse. He says, "It's the second story I've sold about Blackwing, a demon who was so nice he got kicked out of Hell and must do one hundred evil deeds to return home." He followed that up with sale number two! "Maybe The Gnomes Are Real" will appear in Edward McFadden's new magazine Cosmic Speculative Fiction. Mark says, "The story was written as part of the epistolary challenge a few months back and it is written as a series of e-mails." Someone tell Celia!

Charles Coleman Finlay just had an amazing two weeks. He sold a novelet, "Love and the Wayward Troll," to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and a novella, "The Nursemaid's Suitor," to Black Gate. His short story "Wild Thing" will be reprinted in the YEAR'S BEST FANTASY, VOLUME 4, edited by David Hartwell and Cathryn Kramer. All the stories were workshopped and much improved thereby. Thanks.

"Eeee!" Celia Marsh found out that her story "Wounds" is getting an Honorable Mention in YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR #17. Not bad for a first story, based on a picture game blurb.

Karen Miller, OzK, sold her workshopped novel KINGMAKER, KINGBREAKER to HarperCollins Australia. It's been split into two novels. Book 1 is THE INNOCENT MAGE and will appear in August 2005, and Book 2 is INNOCENCE LOST, coming out in March 2006. She received Editor's Choice recognition and reviews for this back in 1999.

Pam McNew's "Americas Branch of Olde World Prodigious Libations" appears in the Fe-"brew"-ary issue of Fortean Bureau and her story "Sad Weeping Angel" appears in the anthology DARKER THAN TIN, BRIGHTER THAN SIN.

Chance Morrison sold "Elvis in the Attic" to Sci Fiction. She says, "I know I would have never written this story without the OWW, never mind sold it. Thanks to all."

Ruth Nestvold sold "Feather and Ring" to Arabella Romances. She wrote it originally for the Magic Realist challenge on the workshop almost two years ago. "I had it up twice, so I have a lot of critters to thank: Laura Fischer, Shoshanna Jaskoll, Kirsten Kohlwey, George Lynn, EBear, Larry West, Keong, A.L. Hicks, Jean Seok, Marsha Sisolak, Villy Ellinger, and Brad Beaulieu. Thanks, all. You guys rock."

Jeff Spock's story "The Consultant and the Kraken" is in the winter issue of Quantum Barbarian.

Jeremy Tolbert sold "The Girl With the Sun in Her Head" to POLYPHONY 4. To say that he was thrilled would be understating it.

Look for Mikal Trimm's story "A Life In Movies" in POLYPHONY 4 alongside Jeremy. Mikal says "Huzzah!" Unsatisfied with that, he sold his story "Sitting Here in Limbo" to DIFFERENT WHEN YOU'RE SCARED, a Warren Zevon tribute anthology and "Innocents" to DARKER THAN TIN, BRIGHTER THAN SIN.

Charles Tuomi's "The Leap From the Bridge is Ungainly" appears in the February issue of Ideomancer.

Amber van Dyk sold her short story "Storyville" to the Ratbastards Chapbook RABID TRANSIT. She, um, apologizes: "While I did workshop this story, it changed a great deal, and went from a speculative piece to a mainstream literary piece inspired by the flow of 'hot jazz.'"

Mary Wilson is "thrilled that my story 'Freeing Angel,' was included in DARKER THAN TIN, BRIGHTER THAN SIN." So are we!

A first sale of any kind! David Wood sold a poem to Dragons, Knights, and Angels Magazine. "I'm grateful to everyone who has critiqued my work on the workshop. The lessons I continue to learn from them are invaluable to my growth as a writer."

Jeremy Yoder's story "Penumbra" will appear in CLOAKED IN SHADOW: DARK TALES OF ELVES, alongside fellow workshopper Kyri Freeman. "Thanks to Sandra Ulbrich, Roger McCook, Michael Goodwind, Raven Matthews, Robert Haynes, and damselfly m. Not only for their great crits, but for doing them on such short notice so I could get the piece out before the antho filled up."

January 2004

John Joseph Adams's article "Sub-Genre Spotlight: Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction" will be going up on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at The Internet Review of Science Fiction.

Sandie Bergen's story "Breakfast" has been selected Feature Story for the January 31st edition of Flash Me. Sandie tells us that "there's a $25 payment that goes along with that honour. Not much I know, but hey, it's my first cash sale! Woo...Hoo!"

Eric Joel Bresin's poem "Wet Blood Dreams" will appear in the March issue of Scared Naked Magazine.

Former member Jennifer DeGuzman's poem "Carnival" is currently up at Strange Horizons.

Wendy Delmater is keeping us on the edge of our seats waiting for some official word....

Stella Evans reports two sales: "Louisa, Johnny & the North Shore Huldre" to Strange Horizons and "Chart" to Fortean Bureau.

Now you can find out how it ends: Charles Coleman Finlay's story "Pervert," which he was unable to finish during his reading at Worldcon, appears in the March issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His story "After the Gaud Chrysalis" will also be reprinted in In Lands That Never Were, an anthology of heroic adventure stories forthcoming in fall 2004.

Cool beans! Nora Fleischer's short-short "Coo" will appear on a Story House coffee label. She says that "this is the one where the narrator claims her father was a pigeon. I want to thank Elizabeth Porco, Gary Peterson, Stella Evans, and Jennifer Michaels for their helpful comments, especially in trimming its length. And I know I originally heard about the market from Amber van Dyk."

Kyri Freeman sold her short story "The Elf Knight and Lady Isabelle" to Cloaked in Shadow: Dark Tales of Elves. She sends her "thanks to Hannah Bowen for recommending the market!"

Pam McNew's short story "Sad, Weeping Angels" will appear in the Darker Than Tin, Brighter Than Sin chapbook. Sales of this independently produced anthology will benefit the OWW Scholarship Fund. She will also have six of "Forty Beers" published in a special issue of Fortean Bureau in the near future.

Darrell Newton reports three sales! "A Spark of Life" has been published in the January 2004 issue of Deep Magic with "Cohesion Lost" tentatively set for publication in the same zine in March. "A Taste of Earth" has been reprinted in Deeper Magic: The First Collection. He extends his "Thanks to all who helped critique these stories."

Ruth Nestvold just sold her story "Rainmakers" to Asimov's. She writes: "Many thanks to my reviewers Deb Cawley, Elizabeth Bear, (who wanted me to turn it into a novel, but I didn't ) Wade White, Mike Nelson, and David Low. You guys rock. This was the first time out for this story. :-)"

Former member Dick Schatz sold his story "Hollywood Endings" to an anthology titled The Lite Side. He says the workshop was helpful and sends "Thanks to all the members there for the helpful feedback."

James Stevens-Arce's story "Smart Bomb" is now up at Fortean Bureau. Check it out!

Maria Ott Tatham's story "Me, George and the Dragon" has been accepted by Deep Magic. Maria admits "this particular story wasn't workshopped. However, the workshop has helped me tremendously. Some writers may be able to work alone. Most learn that they need help."

Jeremy Yoder's "Always Greener on the Other Side" has been sold to the Fantastical Visions III trade-paperback anthology. We hope he'll send us more information when it comes out. He acknowledges "a very special thanks to Louise McMillan, Lizzie Newell, Leah Bobet, Zvi Zaks, and Jim Nelson for their input on my story back then. It wouldn't have happened without them."