2020 Awards Consideration Post – Alethea Kontis

Hello, everyone! Here is a comprehensive list of all the work I put out this year. (If you know of something that is not on this list, chances are, it was postponed until 2021.)

If you would like to nominate something for an award (thank you!), I highly recommend my SF short “Sassi’s Last Ride” from the My Battery is Low and It Is Getting Dark anthology. This darkly humorous story chronicles the last days of a self-driving limousine that ferried the rich to Cape Canaveral during the Third Pandemic, where they promptly escaped to Mars on rocketships. The limousine is later hacked by the CDC and used to disseminate a vaccine. The whole thing is short, fun, haunting, and creepy, since I wrote it in December of 2019.

If you would like a PDF copy of “Sassi’s Last Ride” to review for awards consideration, just send me an email (or use the Contact link above)!

Alethea Kontis – 2020 Round Up

Short Story Originals
“Sassi’s Last Ride” – My Battery is Low and It is Getting Dark (SF, Zombies Need Brains, July)
“The Seal Woman’s Tale” – Where the Veil is Thin (F, Outland, July)
“The Golden Peacock” – Don’t Turn Out the Lights (MG/H, HarperCollins, Sept)

Short Story Reprints
“Blue and Gray & Black and Green” – Genus Loci (MG/H, Outland, Jan)
“The Ghost of Beilstein Castle” – Once Upon a Ghost (F, Fiddlehead Press, Feb)
“Blood, Sweat, and Tears” – Castle of Horrors 3: Summer Lovin’ (F/H, Castle Bridge Media, June)
“A Poor Man’s Roses” – Castle of Horrors 4: Women Running from Houses (SF/H, Castle Bridge Media, Oct)

Non-Fiction/Essays
“From the Princess to the Queen” (Afterword) – The Midnight Circus by Jane Yolen (Tachyon, Oct)
“Princess Alethea’s 7 Steps to Finding Magic in Your Life” – Journey Planet, Issue 51 (Aug)
“Writing in the Time of COVID Part 1: Van Allen Plexico and Alethea Kontis” – Daily Dragon, DragonCon (Sept)

Poetry
“Love, Eurydice” – Timeless Tales Magazine (Apr)
Patchwork Poetry and Other Gibberish by the Saturday Songwriters, edited by Alethea Kontis & MK Brennan (Alethea Kontis, Dec)

Music
The Fireside Sessions, by Snow Patrol and the Saturday Songwriters (EP, Aug)

Audio Narration
“Consolidation” by Langley Hyde, narrated by Alethea Kontis — EscapePod Episode 755
“Dive in Me” by Selena Chambers and Jesse Bullington, narrated by Alethea Kontis — PseudoPod, Episode 715
“Artificial People” by Michael Swanwick, narrated by Alethea Kontis – Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 166
“Own Goal” by Dennard Dayle, narrated by Alethea Kontis – Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 165
“Jigsaw Children” by Grace Chan, narrated by Alethea Kontis — Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 161
“Generation Gap” by Thoraiya Dyer, narrated by Alethea Kontis — Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 161
“Child and Orb” by James Dunham, narrated by Alethea Kontis — EscapePod Episode 720
“The Tunnel Ahead” by Alice Glaser, narrated by Alethea Kontis — PseudoPod, Episode 668

NPR Reviews
https://www.npr.org/people/706643547/alethea-kontis

Videos
SSW Saturday Live Chats (IGTV)
Author Show & Tell at the Witch Haunt
In Conversation with Kit Rocha – Southern Festival of Books
In Conversation with Christopher Paolini – Southern Festival of Books
The Skeleton Hour
Don’t Turn Out the Lights Launch
CoH 4: Women Running from Houses Launch Party
CoH 3: Summer Lovin’ Launch Party
“Hot of the Press” – Panel at ConTinual