DURHAM, NC: August 31, 2012
WHAT: Bull Spec, a Durham-based speculative fiction magazine established in 2009, is pleased to announce its second Teen Writing contest, to be judged by Sharyn November, Viking Children’s Books Senior Editor and Editorial Director of Firebird.
WHY: To foster the next generation of speculative writing in the Carolinas and celebrate the region’s most promising young writers.
WHEN: Submissions may be sent between September 1 at 12:00 AM to December 1 at 11:55 PM, Eastern Time (US).
HOW: Email your stories as RTF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are absolutely not strict on formal manuscript formatting for the teen writing contest, though please, be readable.
ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to writers aged 12-17 in North and South Carolina, with age determined at the time of story submission. One entry per person, and the story must be the sole work of the submitting author. The story must not have been previously published. One additional eligibility rule this year: previous winners of the teen writing contest are not eligible.
LENGTH: Entries should be between 1000 and 2000 words. Entries longer than 2000 words will not be considered and will be returned unread.
THEME: There is no specific theme. Please submit your best story in any speculative fiction subgenre.
PRIZE: One (1) story will be selected as the winner of the contest and will be published in Bull Spec #9 in print and PDF in early 2013. The winning author will be paid $100 and receive a contributor copy of the magazine. Up to three (3) additional stories may be listed by author and title as honorable mentions.
ADDITIONAL: Download a PDF of this release, suitable for printing.
Publisher, Bull Spec
NOTE: The first Bull Spec Teen Writing Contest was judged by multiple award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer, and won by Hillsborough, NC writer Benjamin Paul for his story “The Messengers”, which was published in Bull Spec #5 in April 2011. One honorable mention was also listed, Maryam Ali’s “Out of Darkness”.
While I’m soon to pull the trigger on the full September newsletter, here’s the handout flyer of highlights for September and early October. It’s a busy month ahead!
Update: Corrected an inaccurate listing. Andy Duncan’s reading at NCSU is on Sep 12 at 7:30, not Sep 19 at 7. See you there!
4 Chapel Hill Comics hosts sf and horror author Scott Sigler for a reading from his Galactic Football series and graphic novel Infected. 7 pm.
9 Raleigh’s Tir Na Nog hosts “NerdMusik!” with Mikey Mason, Danny Birt, and more. 6 to 8:30 pm.
12 North Carolina State University hosts author Andy Duncan for a special reading event. 7:30 pm.
13 Quail Ridge Books hosts Clay and Susan Griffith for a reading and signing of The Kingmakers: Vampire Empire 3. 7:30 pm.
14-16 The Escapist Magazine presents the first Escapist Expo at the Durham Convention Center.
20 Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theater hosts Neil Gaiman and other storytellers as part of The Unchained Tour. Tickets online and at Flyleaf Books. 7:30 pm.
20 Durham’s Motorco Music Hall hosts award-winning author Junot Díaz for a reading. Tickets online and at The Regulator Bookshop. 7:30 pm.
21 Flyleaf Books hosts fantasy author Brent Weeks for book 2 of Lightbringer, The Blinding Knife. 7 pm.
24 Flyleaf Books hosts epic fantasy author Steven Erikson for book one in his new Malazan prequel trilogy, Forge of Darkness. 7 pm.
1 Quail Ridge Books hosts Michael Chabon for a reading and signing from his forthcoming non-genre novel Telegraph Avenue. 7:30 pm.
9 Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for a reading and signing from her new collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees. 7:30 pm.
Since the August newsletter was mailed out a few weeks ago, and even since last week’s round of quick updates, the news and events have been piling up. While it’s not quite time to send out the September newsletter yet, there are some things coming up and not yet specifically mentioned that I wanted to get out into the world:
- August 20 (Monday) 9 pm — “Nerd-Vana Presents Super Mega Ultra-Funcade Toon-Hour”, something which appears to be a series of strange skits involving Saturday morning cartoon themes, with Rich Sigfrit and Laura Haywood-Cory and a long list of other performers, at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/209595709169790/
- August 21 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Monthly book club meeting of the Research Triangle Science Fiction Society (RTSFS) with this month being a discussion of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age and also a discussion of this year’s Hugo nominees. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/419566308080461/
- August 24 (Friday) 10 am — Ann Patchett visits Duke for the DukeReads summer reading program’s discussion of her novel State of Wonder. Watch live online at 10 am via Duke University’s ustream channel. More info: http://dukealumni.com/learn-travel/dukereads
- August 24-26 (Friday to Sunday) — Major League Gaming Summer Championships in Raleigh. More info: http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/competitions/40
- August 28 (Tuesday) 6:30 pm –The next SF/F Group meeting of the Durham Writers Group, a writing workshop. RSVP via the Meetup group.
- September 4 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Best-selling science fiction and horror author Scott Sigler visits Chapel Hill Comics for a reading and signing event.
- September 9 (Sunday) 4 pm — Screening of the short local horror film “Foodie” as part of the Carrboro Arts Center’s Second Sunday film series along with three other short films. Ticketed event: $5. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/247295845391580/
- September 9 (Sunday) 9 pm — NerdMusik! at Tir Na Nog with Greenville’s Danny Birt among those performing. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/255087191277612/
- September 14 (Friday) 9 pm — Amanda Palmer at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. More info: http://www.amandapalmer.net/shows/
- September 20 (Thursday) 7:30 pm — The Unchained Tour, including Neil Gaiman, at The Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill. Ticketed event, with tickets available online or in person at Flyleaf Books. More info: http://bullspec.com/2012/08/15/the-unchained-tour-including-neil-gaiman-with-events-across-the-carolinas-in-september/
- (Ongoing) “Cattes Wearing Hattes” pre-registration drive for illogiCon — for every 3 pre-registrations, another convention staff member changes their Facebook profile picture to, well, a cat wearing a hat. When they reach 30 I’ll be changing my profile pic to one of my cats wearing a green bowler as well. Did I mention Tim Powers is the literary guest of honor, and Mark L. Van Name is the toastmaster? More info on this, er, “event” at: https://www.facebook.com/events/288960271212241/
Whew. Not much going on, not at all… Meanwhile, don’t be fooled — there are already-mentioned events which filter in through those dates above. It’s quite a busy early fall!
Beginning September 14 in Columbia, SC and making its way through North and South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and ending up in Savannah, GA on September 22, The Unchained Tour is bringing Neil Gaiman and a crew of Moth-veteran raconteurs to the Carolinas all September long. The stops in between (all 7:30 pm unless noted) include Spartanburg, SC (Sep 15), Tryon, NC (Sep 16, 2 pm), Asheville, NC (Sep 16), ETSU – Johnson City, TN (Sep 17, 12 pm), Boone, NC (Sep 17), Charlotte, NC (Sep 18), Winston-Salem , NC (Sep 19), Chapel HIll, NC (Sep 20), and Charleston, SC (Sep 21).
Couldn’t make it out to Flyleaf for the Michael J. Sullivan and T.C. McCarthy reading? I’m absolutely stoked to remind folks that Calvin Powers captured the readings on video for all to see. Thank you so much, Calvin! And thanks to the 40 or so folks who came to the event, whether from far away (Sullivan’s recap of the event mentions a family from Baltimore!), nearby, or somewhere in-between. (You’re not nobody, Teresa Frohock!)
Second, some new events have been scheduled since the August newsletter went out. You can scan the newsletter for “NEW-NEW” of course, but in brief:
- Ultimate Comics will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on Saturday, August 25 with “a HUGE party!”
- Andy Duncan at North Carolina State University on Wednesday, September 12 for a reading event at 7:30 pm — UPDATE: I had originally and incorrectly listed this as Sep 19.
- Flyleaf Books hosts Forbes technology reporter Andy Greenberg for his new non-fiction novel THIS MACHINE KILLS SECRETS: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information, for a reading and signing on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm
- Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre is moving to a new location on Westgate Drive, and has scheduled its grand opening for Saturday, September 29th. More info: http://scifigenre.com/moving.html
- Quail Ridge Books hosts Greensboro author Orson Scott Card for Ruins, the second book in his Pathfinder series from Simon Pulse (young readers/young adult) on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm
Speaking of events, a reminder that coming up in 3 days (Monday!) at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, Anna North will read from and sign copies of her novel America Pacifica. Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on America Pacifica, an island in the Pacific that refugees from the West Coast have retreated to after a second ice age. For Darcy, life with her make-it-work mother is made up of seafiber clothes and dinners of jellyfish. When Darcy’s mother doesn’t come home one night, she kicks of a search that pulls her from the small life she knows in Little Los Angeles to a harrowing adventure far bigger than she could have expected. Anna North’s writing has appeared in publications like The Atlantic, Jezebel.com, and The Paris Daily Review. She is a senior editor at BuzzFeed.com and lives in Brooklyn. Reading with Anna will be her friend Kristen-Paige Madonia, whose new YA novel, Fingerprints of You,”deftly depicts the nuanced conflicts of early motherhood and the search for identity.” The event is scheduled to start at 7 pm.
At the book’s page at Amazon.com, you can read an “Author One-on-One” between Anna North and Kelly Link, getting some ideas about the book. Anyway, that’s all I have for this Friday — see you next week, by which time we’ll have definitely announced the next Bull Spec Teen Writers contest details!
A pair of quick updates for Friday morning:
- South Carolina science fiction author T.C. McCarthy will be on WUNC’s “The State of Things” today at 12 pm to talk about his Subterrene War series, in advance of his joint reading with Virginia fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan on Sunday at Flyleaf Books from 2 to 4 pm.
- Tonight, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting a screening of three short films based on the late Ray Bradbury’s work. The event starts at 5, with the films starting at 7.