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Nominate Princess Alethea…for everything!

Okay…not *everything*. But I am happy to report that I have more than one work this year eligible for award nominations! Yay!

*Hero, October 1, 2013

Best Novel /Andre Norton Award

HERO (Fantasy, YA) — Second in the Woodcutter Sisters series of fairy tale mash-up novels. (Think “Once Upon a Time” meets “The Princess Bride”) Saturday Woodcutter is a girl with a sword who is mistaken for a boy through the whole book. She has to rescue Peregrine of Starburn (mistaken for a girl through the whole book) from a witch and a dragon. IT’S AWESOME AND FUN.

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Best Short Story

There are a handful of original short stories from my WILD & WISHFUL, DARK & DREAMING collection that just released from Alliteration Ink. I will list them all here, starting with my top choice, and what categories they would fall under (depending on which Awards you’re nominating for).

Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming--story collection by Alethea Kontis* “The Were Four” (SF/F, YA) — On Dec 21, 2012, the world didn’t end. Instead, 90% of the people on Earth became a were-creature of their totem animal. This is the story of four high-school aged, misfit, REALLY LAME weres (platypus, piranha, sloth & mosquito) who enter a local Battle of the Bands.

“Blood, Sweat & Tears” (Contemporary, Horror) — The story of a young Romany woman who ghostwrites bestselling novels with a magic potion literally made of of blood, sweat, and tears.

* “Alligator Baby” (Fantasy, YA) — Deep in the Louisiana Bayou, a young orphaned girl petitions the local voodoo priestess to find out what really happened to her parents.(Really hard for me to choose between this one and “The Were Four”–I love them both!)

* “183 Million Light Years from Home” (SF) — A tired young father on a dark, nearly-deserted stretch of TN highway accidentally kills a stranger…and saves the world.

“Confessions of the Ex-Future-Mrs. X” (Fantasy) — A secret, in-depth interview with the woman who almost married Willy Wonka.

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Also Original to WWDD:

* “Deathday” (Fantasy, Poetry) — A dark love letter to the soul of a girl’s mother on the day she was born.

 

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Do Not Miss This

The gorgeous Nebula of Kim Stanley RobinsonI posted a Very Important Essay on the Waterworld Mermaids site today called “How to Lose an Award Without Losing Your Mind.”

All you folks who were there with me (in body and spirit) the night of the Nebula Awards — you’re not going to want to miss this one.

It’s personal. Which means it’s a good one.

xox

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E is for ENCORE!

Enchanted Audiobook, read by Katy KellgrenOnce again — not to be outdone, the ENCHANTED audiobook, read by the lovely Katherine Kellgren has been nominated for a 2012 Audie Award!

“Teen” is a super tough category this year. The nominees are:

**Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Brilliance Audio.
**The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, Narrated by Kate Rudd, Brilliance Audio.
**Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Stephen Briggs, Harper Audio.
**The Diviners, by Libby Bray, Narrated by January LaVoy , Listening Library/Books on Tape.
**Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle, Listening Library/Books on Tape.

Check out the rest of the nominees in all the other categories here.

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be among such esteemed company. But you can bet your bippy I’m going to be at that awards ceremony, bright and shiny, all ready to get my fangirl glitter all over emcee Daniel Handler’s tie.

Excuse me now, while I do a bit more freaking out.
I suspect there is NO way I’m going to sleep tonight.
*hugs everyone*

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PS — For some reason, it’s almost impossible to find the audio of ENCHANTED on Amazon — all they have listed is the CD that will be available when the paperback comes out in May. But you can find it by entering the ISBN, or following this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1469202891/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1469202891&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwaletheakon-20

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ENCHANTED Nominated for the 2012 Andre Norton Award

I’ve been hoping and wishing and praying for this moment since I bought four boxes of books from my friend back in 2004.

Now, it’s official.

ENCHANTED has made the final ballot for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

I…I don’t even know what to say. Except maybe “thank you” to all the SFWA members who nominated me.

THANK YOU.

My little fairy book is among some great company. (To see the full list of Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury nominees, click here.)

I only hope Miss Andre — and my grandmother — are looking down on me right now with pride.

And now I have to figure out how to get to San Jose in May.
(Cue “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”)

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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2011 Nebula Award Nominees Announced!

2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

Congrats to all the nominees!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards (presented 2012), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.

Novel
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
Mechanique: A Taleof the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Novella
“Kiss Me Twice,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011)
“Silently and Very Fast,” Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011)
“The Ice Owl,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2011)
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu (Panverse Three, Panverse Publishing)
“With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2011)

Novelette
“Fields of Gold,” Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books)
“Ray of Light,” Brad R. Torgersen (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2011)
“Sauerkraut Station,” Ferrett Steinmetz (Giganotosaurus, November 2011)
“Six Months, Three Days,” Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com, June 2011)
“The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus, July 2011)
“The Old Equations,” Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine, July 2011)
“What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

Short Story
“Her Husband’s Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
“Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son,” Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011)
“Movement,” Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March 2011)
“Shipbirth,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2011)
“The Axiom of Choice,” David W. Goldman (New Haven Review, Winter 2011)
“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2011)
“The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (writer/director) (Optimum Releasing; Screen Gems)
Captain America: The First Avenger, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (writers), Joe Johnston (director) (Paramount)
Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
Hugo, John Logan (writer), Martin Scorsese (director) (Paramount)
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (writer/director) (Sony)
Source Code, Ben Ripley (writer), Duncan Jones (director) (Summit)
The Adjustment Bureau, George Nolfi (writer/director) (Universal)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Boy at the End of the World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Books)
The winners will be announced at SFWA’s 47th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held Thursday through Sunday, May 17 to May 20, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, near Reagan National Airport. As announced earlier this year, Connie Willis will be the recipient of the 2011 Damon Knight Grand Master Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements in the field. Walter Jon Williams will preside as toastmaster, with Astronaut Michael Fincke as keynote speaker.  More information on the Nebula Awards Weekend can be found at: http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/nebula-weekend/

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of  SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Active members on March 1, 2012, and close on March 30, 2012. More information about voting can be found at: http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/how-to-vote/

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Nominate Me! 2011

I published a few short stories this year. Not many, but a few. Really good ones, too.

But as promised, I am only touting one story that I would like to have nominated for awards in 2012. This is The Best Story I Have Ever Written. It has a special place in my heart, and I hope that one day it will find a special place in yours…and your children’s…and your children’s children.

If you have not read it already, “The Unicorn Hunter” is still available online here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/70431258/The-Unicorn-Hunter

Happy Holidays, and Happy Reading! xox

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2011 Eisner Awards

The 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will be announced tonight. I have to work all day long, and I will be chomping at the bit and checking my phone every five minutes until I hear the results.

For those of you who don’t know why, here it is: “Topping the 2011 nominees with 5 nominations is Return of the Dapper Men, a fantasy hardcover by writer Jim McCann and artist Janet Lee, published by Archaia. It has nods for Best Publication for Teens, Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Publication Design.”

For once in my life, I am seriously bummed that I can’t be at SDCC this year. Not for the crowds or the swag or the “Oh my gosh, I met ___ in line for the bathroom!”, but because of this awards ceremony.

I was there with a cadre of Codexians when my dear Mary Robinette Kowal won the John W. Campbell Award, and I was similarly on my feet applauding and cheering when Eric James Stone walked up to receive his Nebula earlier this summer. Janet and Jim know that I will be there in spirit, with my glittery dress and tiara on, hands red from clapping and voice sore from yelling over and over.

It is FIVE AWARDS, after all.

GO TEAM DAPPER MEN!

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The Prolific Princess

Last winter, what with the nervous breakdown and the running away from home and all (has it really been almost a year? It seems like a decade), I completely forgot to jump in the pond and get myself considered for some awards. (i missed the Stokers COMPLETELY. *doh*) A writer really has to stay on top of these things.

This year, I decided to get a jump on things. The HWA has a thread for Stoker recommendations on their message board, so I made a post about “The God of Last Moments”, my short story from DARK FAITH. I told the FairyGodboyfriend about it when he got home from work yesterday.

“But what about your story in Skipp’s anthology? You know, the one that was next to Neil Gaiman?”

O.M.G. Can you believe I’d forgotten about “Sweetheart Come”? Skipp would KILL me if he knew. My brain began to compute. “Holy crap,” I answered. I’ve had a lot of stories come out this year.”

“How many of them could be considered horror?” asked FGB.

“Jeez…almost all of them.”

And so I’ve decided to put together a list of the stories I’ve had come out (or which are coming out) this year. Once again, this list is for my own edification (because it’s my website and I DO WHAT I WANT), as well as the edification of my mother and any other Princess Alethea-philes who are collecting my backlist to sell on eBay when I’m all famous & junk. Or, heck…for people who love ghost stories. There are a lot of ghost stories here. Eleven stories in total? Holy moly… That’s enough for me to have my own anthology! (hmmm….)

Plus, it will be easier for me to reference this post again in January, when everybody does the standard “what I published in 2010 that’s applicable for award nomination” — I always find those helpful. Mostly because I never can remember when John Scalzi publishes stuff.

In no particular order:
(F = fantasy, H = horror, SF = science fiction)

(F/H) “Sweetheart Come” from John Skipp’s Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within
(F/H) “The God of Last Moments” from Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon’s Dark Faith
(SF/H) “Black Hole Sun” (co-authored with Kelli Owen) from Jason Sizemore’s Dark Futures: Tales of Dystopian SF
(H) “Life’s a Beach” (co-authored with Ariell Branson) from Jason Sizemore’s Apexology: Horror (e-book)
(SF/H) “Pocket Full of Posey” from Rick Novy’s 2020 Visions
(F/H) “Blue and Gray & Black & Green” from Michael Knost’s Legends of the Mountain State 4
(F/H) “Diary of a Ghost’s Mistress” from Shroud Magazine Issue #9
(F/H) “Red Lantern” from Shroud Magazine Issue #10 (Halloween issue guest edited by Kevin Lucia)
(SF/H) “Savage Planet” from Jessy Marie Roberts’s The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death
(SF) “The Way of the Restless” from Jessy Marie Robert’s Patented DNA
(SF) “The Unicorn Tree” from Alva J. Roberts’s Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space

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Shh…writing…

I’m working on novel revisions (on top of working at Dixie Dunbar Studio all this week), so please forgive sporadic blogging. I do have a lost of topics I want to cover…if I can manage to get to them before I pass out every night.

In the meantime, please check out The Audie Award Winners from last night’s ceremony.

I was there last year and had the time of my life. Champagne, great food, awesome people, amazing talent. I was very sorry I couldn’t make it this year. (I’m a judge for the awards.) Congrats to all the winners!

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Don’t Forget!

There’s still time to vote for this!

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Click on over to the first annual Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award and cast your ballot.

I do have a story on the ballot — “Poor Man’s Roses”, which appeared in October.

Voting will continue through January 30th. The story receiving the most votes will be announced on February 1st. The author of the Apex Magazine Story of the Year will receive a trophy and the unique distinction of being the best Apex had to offer during 2009.

…and we thank you for your support.

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