John O’Neill has announced his decision to withdraw Black Gate from the Best Fanzine category on this year’s Hugo ballot. Since the ballot was released, O’Neill has been advocating for No Award in his own and other categories and has now stated “We can’t both be a part of the ballot, and actively working against it.” Black Gate is now the third nominee withdrawn since the ballot went live and several other potential nominees have announced that they had turned down a nomination prior to the announcement of the ballot.
John O’Neill, the long-time editor of Black Gate magazine, has announced plans to begin publishing short fiction on the magazine’s website on September 30. Authors whose work will help launch the new publishing plan include Jason Thummel, Sean McLachlan, Donald S. Crankshaw, and C.S.E. Cooney. In addition, there will be novel excerpts from Dave Gross, Mike Allen, and Howard Andrew Jones.