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FML update: New Russian market "Kosmoport"

I've added a new market to the Foreign Market List. Kosmoport is a new Russian magazine. I'm still tracking down some details, but you can check it out on the FML here. If your Russian is better than mine (or better than the Google translation), I'd appreciate it if you can glean any more info from their website than I could, especially regarding their maximum length for submissions.

"The Walker..." published in Quasar #2 in Italy

Quasar 2 coverI wrote recently about the upcoming publication of my story "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" in the new Italian magazine Quasar. The issue with my story (issue #2) is now out (see the cover at the right).  

"The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" won the Aurora Award in 2013, and I'm pleased to see that my tale is appearing with a Hugo-nominated story by Mike Resnic and one by Robert Silverberg. This is my fourth publication in Italy. 

If you'd like to read "The Walker...," you can pick up an ebook version in my bookstore here.

Playing the Short Game: University of Toronto course

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching a course this fall at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. The course is called "Playing the Short Game: How to Market and Sell Short Fiction" and is part of the certificate program that the U of T offers in their Creative Writing program.

The course is based on the popular blog series of the same name that I did in 2013 for Amazing Stories. My upcoming book, also titled Playing the Short Game, will be released later this summer and will form the textbook for the course.

If you live in Toronto and are interested, here’s the registration link for the course.

Also, if you know of a short story writer in the Toronto area who might be interested, please feel free to forward this information to them.

The course will run for ten weeks on Wednesdays, from October 1 to December 3. Details are as follows:

Course Description

A wealth of courses and books exist to teach you how to write stories. But what happens when you've finished writing? Do you know how to sell what you've written?
In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to sell your short stories to professional markets and to build a career as a short fiction writer.

Learner Outcomes

This course teaches you the business side of short fiction. By the end of the course, you will understand the benefits of short fiction for a writing career, rights and licensing for short fiction, how to find the right professional markets for a story, how to submit and sell to those markets, mistakes to avoid in submitting your work, how editors work and why they choose or reject stories, what to look (and look out) for in short fiction contracts, how to work with an editor, and how to handle rejections and reviews. Most importantly, this course will teach you how to use your short stories to build a career as a writer.


Students should have at least one story completed and ready to send out to market.

And here again is the registration link.

The 49th Shelf reviews THE WOLF

The Wolf at the End of the World coverSteve Stanton has a nice review of The Wolf at the End of the World up on the "Recommended Reads" page at The 49th Shelf, the site dedicated to Canadian books. Here's a brief excerpt from his review:

"An excellent debut novel. … Modern controversy over aboriginal land claims is mixed with a romantic embellishment of ancient stories. … Staccato pacing and multiple POVs with a hook at the end of each short segment [keeps] the energy level perpetually high."

Check out more on The Wolf, including an excerpt and full buying links, here.

The terrible legacy of residential schools: Moose River Crossing

I had the opportunity recently of viewing the film "Moose River Crossing" at the Reel World Film Festival. Through the voices of six characters, all survivors of the residential school system, we are given a glimpse into the terrible impact that this shameful program had on our native peoples. I wrote more on the residential schools here earlier

The movie is wonderfully done, but powerful and (as it should be) disturbing. The film's writer and director, Shirley Cheechoo, herself a residential school survivor, attended the screening and the Q&A after, as did the producer and some of the actors. When asked by an audience member what could be done to make more Canadians aware of this sad chapter in our history, Ms. Cheechoo asked for help in getting the film to be included in our public school curricula, so that our children will at least know what our own government and churches did to several generations of native children. 

So if any of you are reading this and are a teacher or educator (or know someone who is), please point them to this movie and ask them to help. A contact page for inquiries about the movie is available here.

George Monbiot on "rewilding the world"

One of the key themes in my novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, is that of protecting our natural environment and specifically the habitats of our wild animals. If that topic also concerns and interests you, then I think you'll enjoy (and be encouraged) by this fascinating TED talk by George Monbiot. Monbiot discusses the many postive and seemingly (at first) counter-intuitive benefits that occurred when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the US.

As Wisakejack tells Zach in my novel, "everything's connected." We humans don't yet understand how complex the natural food chains in this world are (or were). His talk and his suggestions that we need to "rewild our world" give some hope that we can restore the complexity of these chains and in so doing heal the natural environments that we have ravaged--the environments that we rely on as well.

Author Cory Redekop interviews me

The excellent and award-winning Canadian author, Corey Redekop, recently interviewed me on my novel, The Wolf at the End of the World and on writing topics in general. I even managed to work in a discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because, well, because Buffy.

Check out the interviews here:

The Conscious Interview, Part 1

The Conscious Interview, Part 2

The Sub-conscious Interview (and Buffy)

And please check out Corey's novels, the award-winning Shelf Monkey and his latest, Husk,

IMPOSSIBILIA now available in trade paperback

Impossibilia coverMy first collection, Impossibilia, which was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2009, is now available in trade paperback. The book was originally published in jacketed hardcover and hardcover limited editions, both numbered and signed, by the award-winning UK press, PS Publishing. An ebook edition was later released, and now I am pleased to have a trade edition available.

See the main Impossibila page for full buying links, including autographed copies.

Impossibilia contains the Aurora winning novelette, "Spirit Dance," which is the precursor story to my novel The Wolf at the End of the World. It also contains the Aurora finalist story, "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh" and one of my Springsteen-inspired stories, "Going Down to Lucky Town." I hope you'll check it out.

The Canadian SF & Fantasy Hall of Fame

I'm passing on this announcement from Clint Budd, Chair of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) Hall of Fame Jury, which should be of interest to any and all fans of SF&F, whether that be in literature, art, television, or film:

Here's your chance to nominate the greatest Canadian SF Writers, Publishers, Editors, Artists, Graphic Novelists, Musicians/Filkers, Actors, Convention organizers, Fans, Scientists and Astronauts to the CSFFA Hall of Fame.


You nominate them not as just for this year's novel or con-running or whatever but for their long-term contribution to Canadian Science Fiction and/or Fantasy.


Nomination is straight-forward; you need to write out a description of the contributions your nominee has made that would make them eligible for the Hall of Fame.


Then email it to or mail it to CSFFA Hall of Fame c/o 1432 Velvet Road, Gibsons BC V0N 1V5 … before July 1st, 2014.


For more info goto


Clint Budd
Chair, CSFFA Hall of Fame Jury

Get involved! Nominate your all-time favourite contributors to Canadian science fiction and fantasy.

2014 Aurora Award nomination period closed April 12

The Wolf at the End of the World cover

Just a reminder that the nomination period for the 2014 Aurora Awards closes tomorrow, Saturday April 12 at midnight EDT. The Auroras are the official awards of the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association. 

This year, my debut novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, is eligible under the "Best Novel — English" category. Your support by way of a nomination would be truly appreciated, especially this year for my first foray into the novel world.

You can read the first four chapters of the book online here and also check out the brand new book trailer for The Wolf.

Full details on how to nominate can be found here on my earlier post.

Thanks again for any consideration!


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