Half-Priced Holiday Sale

To celebrate the holiday season, Senses Five Press is offering a 50% discount on everything in our store, including the latest issue of Sybil’s Garage and the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Paper Cities.  Just use coupon code HOLIDAZE2010 when checking out.

Have you read Sybil’s Garage No. 7 yet?  Read what others are saying about the latest issue.

“It’s been awhile since an anthology had this kind of emotional impact on me…this one is highly recommended.”
– N.K. Jemisin, Hugo-nominated author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

“One of my favorite magazines.”
– John Klima, Hugo Award-winning Editor of Electric Velocipede

“Beautifully designed and printed as always, Sybil’s Garage which has been one of the best small press speculative fiction journals, graduates to anthology status.”
– Richard Bowes, multiple World Fantasy Award-winning author

“The always interesting ‘zine Sybil’s Garage is back with a thicker than usual issue”
– Rich Horton for Locus Magazine

“Every story had something for me to like: vivid description, playful language, a character to root for, mystery, poignancy, tragedy, an intellectual puzzle, a sting in the tail.”
-SFF Portal, Alison Sinclair

Get a copy here. Maybe Get two.  Or twelve.  It’s that time of year.

And Have You Seen?

Support your favorite small presses!  Remember to get your copy of Sybil’s Garage No. 7:
Barnes & Noble.com
Powell’s Books

And in the UK, Europe, and other regions:
Book Despository


And always at:
Senses Five Press

Have a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Matt Kressel

The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund eReader Drawing

The Carl Brandon Society is holding a raffle fundraiser to support the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship.  The Carl Brandon Society is an organization which strives “to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.”  The scholarship enables writers of color to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Octavia got her start.

For only $1 you can win a Nook, Kobo eReader, or an Alex, preloaded with fiction from N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and many others.  (They’ll also be preloaded with copies of Paper Cities and Sybil’s Garage No. 7).

You can find more about the drawing here.

Been a While

I got back from Columbus, Ohio on Sunday and had a great time hanging out with everyone at WFC.  I watched several of my friends give excellent readings, witnessed one of them get his first agent, spoke with super-smart, super-interesting people, and had the best ice cream in the world.  My only regret is not having more time to spend with the people I most love being around.  But that’s why they have a World Fantasy Convention every year, isn’t it?

I’ve put the semi-finishing touches on Catherynne M. Valente’s “Prester John Online” website.  There she’ll be promoting her new and fabulous book The Habitation of the Blessed, and she hopes it will become the go-to place for all things Prester John.  I particularly love the artwork by Lisa Grabenstetter.

In publishing news, Sybil’s Garage and Paper Cities are now available at the Barnes & Noble e-bookstore for downloads as DRM-free ePubs.

At WFC, got to hang out with the awesomely cool Scott H. Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and he informed me my story “The Suffering Gallery” will be online December 2nd.  This is my SFWA qualifying sale and I’m both excited and nervous to hear people’s reactions to the story.

And writing-wise, I’ve been working on a short story for a YA post-apocalyptic anthology, which I hope to finish in the next week or so.  It’s dark, and I’m kind of reluctant about scaring kids, but I believe the theme is a positive one.  Then it’s back to the novel, which is progressing well, if a bit slower than I anticipated.

I had been feeling a bit melancholy as of late, but the convention was the perfect thing for my spirits.  Surrounded by so many smart, talented people, doing what they love, writing things that I love, what’s not to be happy about that?

Sybil’s Garage No. 7 Update

I have finally finished reading slush for Sybil’s Garage No. 7.  We have 28 short stories under consideration and I expect to take just over half of those for the issue.  Many thanks to my hard-working slush readers Rajan Khanna, Greer Woodward, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Devin Poore, Mercurio Rivera and Paul Berger for helping me read the 540 submissions that came in this period.  Expect to hear a little bit about each of them and their experiences working for Sybil’s in the next few weeks.  Also, I hope to have a gender breakdown of the submission pile for you soon as well.

I plan to make final decisions on stories this week, with a few acceptances going out as early as tomorrow.  I’m always amazed at the jump in quality of submissions with each issue.  There are truly some wonderful stories in the slush that I look forward to publishing soon.  I’m hoping for a release date before Readercon.  Stay tuned.

In other publishing news, Paper Cities is in progress to be listed in Apple’s iBookstore, so all you iPad and iPhone (and iPod Touch too!) users can have your own copy.  I’ll let y’all know when it’s live.  Until then, happy reading.