CFP: Tales After Tolkien in Kalamazoo

CFP: Tales After Tolkien: Medievalism and Twenty-First Century Fantasy Literature Panel at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo. May 9-12, 2013

For a work of contemporary fantasy literature to be compared with those of J. R. R. Tolkien can be either compliment or condemnation; the juxtaposition might suggest a major, original contribution to the genre or imply a work is merely derivative. Yet if Tolkien had one of the first words on fantasy and medievalism he did not have the last.

Author Steven Erikson recently described himself and other writers of epic fantasy as “post-Tolkien” in The New York Review of Science Fiction and lamented the tendency of some scholars to not realise that “we’ve moved on.” This panel seeks papers which explore the ways in which twenty-first century fantasy literature deploys ‘the medieval’ with all its relics, forms and incarnations. Papers may or may not directly contrast and compare with Tolkien’s practice. The panel asks, for example, how contemporary trends in technology, society, politics, and culture intersect with and influence contemporary writers, readers, and critics in their re-imaginings of medieval material. Are there shifts in the genre as a whole? Tolkien drew largely on the European Middle Ages as do his imitators; is this changing as Eurocentric views become increasingly problematic and the world is ever more globalised? How do technological developments and the explosion of multi-media fantasy products including film, television and video-gaming engage with literature? How do representations of race, gender, and class intersect with medievalism in contemporary fantasy? Is the idea of an ‘authentic’ Middle Ages important? How do writers research the past and approach their sources? Papers which address these or any other topic related to the theme of the panel are invited. They might address short stories, novels, comics and graphic novels, series, authors and/or their oeuvres, or the genre as a whole, as well as adaptations for or from film, tv, gaming, and fandoms including fan-fiction.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper, and a brief biography, to the organizer, Dr Helen Young by 1st September 2012.

Abstracts are best emailed to but may also be posted to Helen Young, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

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CFP: Critical YA fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian lit

You are invited to submit a research paper for possible inclusion in an anthology of critical essays on YA fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian literature. YA literature has a significant influence on today’s teens; yet, only recently have critics begun to view it as more than a passing trend. This book aims to provide a better understanding of the appeal of YA fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian literature and offers a chance to present a critical review of contemporary YA literature thought the application of literary theory. You will need to indicate your intention to submit your full paper by email to the editor with the title of the paper, authors, and abstract. The full manuscript, as PDF file, should be emailed to the editor by the deadline indicated below. Authoring guidelines will be mailed to you after we receive your letter of intent. Please feel free to contact the editor, Symantha Reagor, if you have any questions/concerns.

Theme: YA fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian literature

Intent to Submit: August 1, 2012
Abstract: October 1, 2012
Full Version: February 1, 2013
Decision Date: April 1, 2013
Final Version: August 1, 2013

Editor: Symantha Reagor email:

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Campbell and Sturgeon Award Winners Announced

Reposted from the Center for the Study of Science Fiction

winners of this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction have been revealed, Christopher McKitterick, Director of the University of Kansas Center for the Study of Science Fiction, announced today.

The Campbell Award is shared by Christopher Priest’s The Islanders (Gollancz) and Joan Slonczewski’s The Highest Frontier (Tor). Third place goes to China Miéville’s Embassytown (Ballantine/Del Rey), and Lavie Tidhar’s Osama (PS Publishing) takes Honorable Mention.

Paul McAuley’s “The Choice” (Asimov’s) won the Sturgeon Award. Second place goes to Charlie Jane Anders’ “Six Months Three Days” (, and third place goes to Ken Liu’s “The Paper Menagerie” (F&SF). Finalists for both awards were also announced on the Center’s website.

Winners are invited to accept their awards at the University of Kansas Awards Banquet on Friday, July 6, and will be featured at the Campbell Conference on Saturday and Sunday. Slonczewski will be present to accept her award, and Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams will accept for McAuley.

Using the theme “Communication and Information,” this year’s Campbell Conference explores how changing technologies and the ways we gather and share information is changing science fiction and how we buy, share, and tell the stories that define the genre. Saturday afternoon, Kij Johnson hosts a curated readings session, which includes several attending authors and scholars, and serves to launch the new James Gunn’s Ad Astra journal. Other authors and editors attending include Robin Wayne Bailey, M.C. Chambers, Tina Connolly, Andy Duncan, Sheila Finch, James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Vylar Kaftan, Larry Martin, McKitterick, and Eric T. Reynolds.

This is the fourth time in Campbell Award history that juror balloting has resulted in a tie: in 1974 between Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Robert Merle’s Malevil; in 2002 between Jack Williamson’s Terraforming Earth and Robert Charles Wilson’s The Chronoliths; and in 2009 between Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Ian MacLeod’s Song of Time.

Priest and McAuley are Britons. A full-time author, Priest won the BSFA award in 1974 for Inverted World, in 1998 for The Extremes, in 2002 for The Separation, and in 2011 for The Islanders. He also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the World Fantasy Award for The Prestige (1995). McAuley is a biologist who has taught at universities around the world, and is now a full-time author. His first novel, Four Hundred Billion Stars, won the 1988 Philip K. Dick Award; Fairyland won the 1997 Campbell Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and has been nominated for many more. Slonczewski is a Professor of Biology at Kenyon College, a novelist, and a textbook author. She also won the 1997 Campbell Award for A Door into Ocean, the only author besides Frederik Pohl to have been so honored twice.

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Cfp Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Announces its 7th annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English. The IAFA defines the fantastic to include science fiction, folklore, and related genres in literature, drama, film, art and graphic design, and related disciplines. Essays should be of high scholarly quality, as for publication in an academic journal. For more information on the award and on past winners, please see (please note the updated submission criteria, below).

Submission criteria:

  • We consider essays from 3,000-10,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography).
  • Essays may be unpublished scholarship submitted by the author, or already published work nominated either by the author or another scholar (in which case the author’s permission should be obtained before submission).
  • Essays must have been written and (when applicable) published in the original language within the last three years prior to submission.
  • An abstract in English must accompany all submissions; an English translation of the title of the essay should also be included.
  • Only one essay per person may be submitted each year.
  • Submissions must be made electronically in Word or RTF format.

Deadline for submissions: September 1st

Prize: $250 U.S. and one year’s free membership in the IAFA to be awarded at the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts held each March. Winning essays may be posted on the IAFA website in the original language and/or considered for publication in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts ( should they be translated into English.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to:
Rachel Haywood Ferreira
Department of World Languages and Cultures
3102 Pearson Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011 USA

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2012 Locus Awards Winners

The winners of the 2012 Locus Awards have been announced:

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

First Novel

Young Adult Book


  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA; Clarkesworld)
  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)


  • “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)
  • “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)

Short Story

  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)




  • Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)
  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (Talese; Virago; Signal (Canada))
  • Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller (University of Illinois)
  • Musings and Meditations, Robert Silverberg (Nonstop)
  • Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Art Books

  • Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)
  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, Mike Ashley, ed. (British Library)
  • Cor Blok, A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins UK)
  • Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Karen Haber, ed. (Rockport)
  • Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW)


  • Shaun Tan
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder


  • Asimov’s
  • Analog
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF


  • Tor
  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean

Winners were announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 15-17, 2012. Full coverage of the ceremony will run in the August 2012 issue of Locus.

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CFP: 2013 Eaton/SFRA Conference (4/10-14)

The 2013 Joint Eaton/SFRA Conference
Science Fiction Media
April 10-14, 2013
Riverside Marriott Hotel
Riverside, California

This conference—cosponsored by the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy (UC Riverside) and the Science Fiction Research Association—will examine science fiction in multiple media. The past several decades have witnessed an explosion in SF texts across the media landscape, from film and TV to comics and digital games. We are interested in papers that explore SF as a multimedia phenomenon, whether focusing on popular mass media, such as Hollywood blockbusters, or on niche and subcultural forms of expression, such as MUDs and vidding. We invite paper and panel proposals that focus on all forms of SF, including prose fiction, and that address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Mainstream Hollywood vs. Global SF Cinema
  • SF Comics and Manga
  • SF Anime and Animation
  • SF on the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Multimedia “dispersed” SF narratives
  • Fandom, Cosplay, Mashups, and Remixing
  • Broadcast and Cable SF Television
  • SF Videogames
  • World’s Fairs, Theme Parks, and other “Material” SF Media
  • Short-form SF film
  • Afrofuturism
  • SF and/in Music
  • SF Idiom and Imagery in Advertising
  • Webisodes and TV Games
  • SF Art and Illustration

The conference will also feature the fourth Science Fiction Studies Symposium on the topic of “SF Media(tions),” with speakers Mark Bould, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., and Vivian Sobchack. Keynote speakers and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed; see the conference website at <> for periodic updates.

Conference sessions will be held at the newly remodeled and centrally located Riverside Marriott Hotel, with rooms at a reduced conference rate ($109). For more about the hotel, see their website at < hotel-information/travel/ralmc-riverside-marriott>. A block of rooms will also be available at a discount ($139) at the historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa two blocks from the Marriott: <>. Rooms in both hotels are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Abstracts of 500 words (for papers of 20-minutes in length) should be submitted by September 14, 2012. We also welcome panel proposals gathering three papers on a cohesive topic. Send electronic submissions to conference co-chair Melissa Conway at <> with the subject heading: EATON/SFRA CONFERENCE PROPOSAL. Please include a brief bio with your abstract and indicate whether your presentation would require A/V. Participants will be informed by December 1 if their proposals have been accepted.

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IGA 2013 CFP

Gothic Technologies/Gothic Techniques

Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association, 2013 August 5 – 8, 2013: University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of London), Professor Fred Botting (Kingston University), other Keynotes TBA

Recent Gothic studies have foregrounded a plethora of technologies associated with Gothic literary and cultural production. Its presence is witnessed in how techno-science has contributed to the proliferation of the Gothic: the publishing and print culture disseminating Gothic texts, eighteenth-century architectural innovations, the on-line gaming and virtual Goth communities, the special effects of Gothic-horror cinema.

One question raised by these new developments concerns the extent to which they generate new Gothic techniques. How does technology generate a new Gothic aesthetic? We are particularly interested in addressing how Gothic technologies have, in a general sense, produced and perpetuated ideologies and influenced the politics of cultural practice. However, we also want to reconsider the whole idea of what we mean by a Gothic ‘technique’ which arguably underpins these new formations of the Gothic. To that end we invite papers that question not only what we might constitute a Gothic aesthetic from the eighteenth century to the present day, but how that is witnessed in various forms such as the Female Gothic, models of the sublime, sensation fiction, cyberpunk as well as the various non-text based media that the Gothic has infiltrated. We also invite proposals which address how various critical theories help us to evaluate either these new technological trends or critically transform our understanding of the intellectual space occupied by earlier Gothic forms. Papers which explore the place of science, writing, and the subject are thus very welcome.

We thus seek to explore how Gothic technologies/Gothic techniques textualize identities and construct communities within a complex network of power relations in local, national, transnational and global contexts.

Papers exploring any aspect of Gothic technologies/Gothic techniques in writing, film and other media are welcome. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gothic Architecture and Technology
  • Printing, Publishing and Gothic Disseminations
  • Terror, Terrorism, Technology
  • The techniques of philosophy – the sublime
  • Colonizing Technology and Postcolonial Gothics
  • Technology of Monsters
  • Gothic Art
  • Enlightenment Gothic and Science
  • War, Violence, Technology
  • (Neo)Victorian Gothic
  • Gothic poetry
  • Gothic Bodies: Modifications, Mutations, Transformations
  • Weird Science, Mad Scientists
  • Staging the Gothic
  • B-movies, Laughter and Comic Gothic
  • Demonic Technologies / Demonizing Technology
  • Theorising the Gothic
  • Gothic Geography – mapping the Gothic
  • Cloning, Duplicating, Doubling
  • Hybrids, Cyborgs and Transgression
  • Digital Gothics and Uncanny Media

Abstracts (350 words max.) for 20 minute papers may be submitted to<> . The submission deadline is February 1, 2013. We also welcome submissions for panels (consisting of three papers) that address specific topics.

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David Gemmell Legend Award Winners 2012 Announced

Reposted from the Gemmell Award website:

This year’s David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy were presented on June 15, 2012 in a ceremony held at London’s Magic Circle headquarters.

The winners were:
Ravenheart Award (best cover art): Raymond Swanland – Blood of Aenarion
Morningstar Award (best debut): Helen Lowe – Heir of Night
Legend Award (best novel): Patrick Rothfuss – The Wiseman’s Fear

For further details, or to request photos of the ceremony, please reply to or

2013: The Gemmell Awards and World Fantasy Convention

We were also pleased to announce this evening that next year’s Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place as part of 2013’s World Fantasy Convention.

The convention takes place in Brighton, UK between 31st October and
3rd November.  The only other times that the World Fantasy Convention has moved outside North America was in 1988 and 1997, when it was staged in London, so we feel privileged to be a part of this prestigious international event.

Held at Brighton’s Metropole Hotel and the West Pier, WFC 2013 boasts an impressive line-up of honoured guests, including Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, Brian Aldiss, Alan Lee and Tessa Farmer.  The Master of Ceremonies is China Mieville; and a host of other authors, artists, publishers and industry insiders will also be attending.

For full details of the convention visit the official website at

We hope to see as many of our regular attendees and supporters as possible at WFC 2013.

As the Gemmell Awards will be presented in October/November next year, and not in mid-June as usual, we’ll be altering our voting cycle to accommodate the change of date.  To keep abreast of the changes check the awards website – – where you can sign-up for our free newsletter.  The change of venue and date is for one year only – 2014 will see the awards returning to the Magic Circle.

Gemmell Award logo

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Game of Thrones cfp

The Maester’s Chain:  Essays on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

Edited by: Dr. Susan Johnston, Associate Professor of English, University of Regina

Dr. Jes Battis, Assistant Professor of English, University of Regina

“A master forges his chain with study, he told me.  The different metals are each a different kind of learning, gold for the study of money and accounts, silver for healing, iron for warcraft.  And he said there were other meanings as well.”

George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire (1991-), has produced a constellation of intertext:  fan fiction, merchandise, artwork, graphic novels, and an acclaimed HBO television program.  Many would argue that the series diverges from traditional epic fantasy, in its preoccupation with the grim realities of a medieval world.  Martin’s ambiguous treatment of the supernatural, and his interest in the radical failure of chivalry, has made A Song of Ice and Fire unique among fantasy texts.  The success of HBO’s Game of Thrones has created new fan communities, possibly reinvigorating the genre as a subject of critical inquiry, although there are significant differences between the source-text and its recent adaptation.  Game of Thrones has also received as much criticism as acclaim, largely due to its presentation of sexuality and violence.

We aim to collect a diversity of essays on the world of Westeros and its characters.  Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptation
  • Animals (dire wolves, shape-shifting, animal consciousness)
  • Artwork
  • Childhood
  • Chivalry, monarchy, and other power structures
  • Disability and/or monstrosity
  • Fan communities and texts
  • Food and cultures of consumption
  • History and national myth-making
  • Knowledge networks (maesters, ravens, print culture)
  • Languages (Old Valyrian, Dothraki, Braavosi, and others)
  • Literary antecedents (fantasy traditions, classical and medieval influences)
  • Magic and the supernatural
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religions (monotheism, polytheism, other treatments of the sacred)
  • Sexualities (reproduction, queerness, eunuchism, prostitution, incest)
  • Songs and mummery

The submission deadline is December 15, 2012.  Abstracts (500 – 1000 words, in .doc or .docx format) should be emailed to:

Completed chapters (20-25 pages, double-spaced) are due April 15, 2013.

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CfP Studies in the Novel

Call for Papers

For a special issue on “Science Fictions” Studies in the Novel seeks critical responses to the genres of SF.  Essays would consider debates within SF’s various communities of genre and affiliation, as well as across these communities, with an emphasis on the SF novel or writings of any kind by noted SF novelists. Submission deadline is September 1, 2014; all questions and submissions should be directed to

Guest Editor:  Farah Mendlesohn, Professor and Chair of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, author of Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan 2008), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003).

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