Suvudu Writing Contest Winner

The winner of the first Suvudu Writing Contest has been announced as Richard Gropp for his novel Bad Glass. Gropp will receive a complete copy edit of his manuscript from Del Rey Editor in Chief Betsy Mitchell as well as an assortment of Del Rey and Spectra books.

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Obituary: Jeffrey Jones

Artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones (b.1944) died on May 19. Jones provided cover art for authors including Jack Williamson, Robert E. Howard, and numerous others. Jones’s art appeared on the poster for Dragonslayer and she published several collections of her own work.

Ashmead Award Created

The Larry Ashmead Award, named for the late editor, has been created to honor Ashmead by helping to nurture the career of a promising young editor in the field of book publishing. Nominees should be working in publishing for a few years and show great promise. The winner of the award will receive tuition to the Yale Publishing Course, to be held July 24-29 in New Haven. Ashmead worked for several publishers and his authors included Isaac Asimov, Susan Isaacs, Tony Hillerman, and Simon Winchester.

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Mentorships Available

Nebula-nominated author Saladin Ahmed is offering “a limited number of one-on-one creative writing mentorships” which will be tailored to the individual’s needs. His mentorships cover not only the writing process, but also the strategy for publication and marketing of one’s work.

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Pyr Goes Young Adult

Pyr is launching a line of young adult novels after seeing the appeal of some of their titles with the young adult audience. The first novel in the new Pyr Young Adult line will be Lightbringer, the debut novel by K. D. McEntire. Other works scheduled for publication include Ian McDonald’s Planesrunner and Ari Marmell’s Thief’s Covenant.

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Mythopoeic Nominations

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the nominees in its four categories. Two categories honor fantasy literature, one honors Inklings research, and the final category honors scholarship on authors in the Inklings tradition. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon XLII, to be held from July 15 -18, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord
  • The Bards of Bone Plain, by Patricia A. McKillip
  • A Cup of Normal, by Devon Monk
  • Troubled Waters, by Sharon Shinn

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Incarceron and Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher
  • I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman
  • Toads and Diamonds, by Heather Tomlinson
  • The Queen’s Thief series, consisting of The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien, edited by Bradford Lee Eden
  • Tolkien on Fairy-stories: Expanded Edition, with Commentary and Notes, edited by by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson
  • Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion, by Douglas Charles Kane
  • The Power of Tolkien’s Prose: Middle-earth’s Magical Style, by Steve Walker
  • Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Michael Ward

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Out of my Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman, edited by Don W. King
  • Cheek by Jowl, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Rhetorics of Fantasy, by Farah Mendlesohn
  • Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance, by Leslie A. Sconduto
  • The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale, by Caroline Sumpter

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Schelling Opens New Agency

Christopher Schelling, formerly of the Ralph Vicinanza Literary Agency, has opened a new agency, Selectric Artists. Schelling will continue to represent many of the clients he represented at Vicinanza and is looking to expand into additional media. The Selectric Agency will work with the recently formed Lotts Agency to cover foreign translation rights.

Lotts Opens Literary Agency

Chris Lotts, formerly of the Ralph Vicinanza Literary Agency, has opened a new agency, the Lotts Agency. Lotts will continue to represent many of the clients he represented at Vicinanza, but is not currently seeking new clients.

Vincinanza Agency Closes

Following the death in September of agency founder Ralph Vicinanza and the departure of two agents on May 9, the Ralph Vicinanza Literary Agency has announced that it will be accepting no new clients and recommending that existing client seek new representation. The office is still open for processing any royalty payments that are received and the office staff and contact information remain in place.

Casting for What Not to Wear

The TLC show What Not to Wear is holding casting calls in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Memphis. They are looking for a costumer, Science Fiction dresser, medieval maiden, craft obsessed, or just an over the top dresser to feature on their show. The casting associate producer, Meghan Griffin, is asking people to secretly nominate friends who fit the bill, providing the nominee’s name, age, size, height, marital status, occupation, home location, description of her personality, description of her style in full detail, at least 2 pictures that illustrate her lack of style, and the nominator’s contact info.

For more information, e-mail Meghan Griffin at