The year is coming to a close and I don't expect to have any additional publications between now and the end of the year, so I thought it as good a time as any to put together my Awards Eligibility post for 2022.
By far, the thing I'm most excited to have published this year is my collection At the Intersection of Love and Death
. There are only a handful of awards which have categories for short fiction collections, but for anyone who is planning to vote in one of those awards, I hope you'll consider my collection when you're nominating and/or voting. (The primary ones I'm aware of which are voted on, rather than juried/judged, are the Locus Awards and the British Fantasy Awards.)
In addition to my collection, I had four short stories published this year, three of which are available to be read for free online.
"Blackwater Sound" at Daily Science Fiction
The sun was below the horizon and dusk quickly fading as Lee Cortez pulled his truck off the road into the gravel parking strip separating Highway 1 from the quiet depths of Blackwater Sound. He yanked a ratty camp chair from the truck bed then went back to the front. He hesitated over a pile of mementos, reaching out, then pulling back. Finally, he grabbed just his cooler and headed down to the shore.
"A Book in Winter" at Factor Four
There’s a book on my bookshelf, “Green Summer, Orange Leaves, Purple Lives” by Gina Marshall, a library book I checked out years ago and never managed to return. It sits there, nestled between a handful of cookbooks I’ve acquired over the years and failed to use and the Bible I was given on the day of my first Communion.
"Carolina" at Haven Spec
Randy Joe Eastman popped a few aspirin in his mouth and swallowed them with a mouthful of last night's coffee. Two in the afternoon and he still wasn't dressed for the day. But, hell, that'd been most of the last twenty-nine years, driving from city to city, playing a night or two at whatever club or bar or honkytonk would pay him enough to keep him going. There'd been those two years—nineteen and a half months, actually—back before grunge broke out of Seattle when an actual label had carried him and he'd been on something vaguely other than his own. Those days were so far gone that he often felt like they belonged to someone else.
"The Last of That Strange Wine" at The Colored Lens
(fantasy) - (Available on Amazon)
The ferryman sipped the last of his ouzo and waved me over.
"I'll take another," he said as I walked the length the bar. I grabbed a bottle and gave him a long pour. He raised his glass to me, then brought it to his lips.
"I'm tired of coins, you know," he said.
I knew, but just gave him a questioning look.
"What use are they to me?" He drank the last drops from his refilled glass and stood. "I don't even need them here."
It was true. All our drinks were free.
If you enjoy one or more of these stories and are a member of SFWA, you can recommend them to others on the Recommended Reading list