Category Archives: On Spec Updates

Aurora Awards- celebrating excellence in Canadian SF&F

Some of you may know abut the Aurora Awards, given every year to the best of Canada’s contributions to the SF&F community. On Spec has been lucky enough to win several of these awards over the years. Voting hasn’t yet begun on this year’s award, and meanwhile folks are scrambling to add eligible works produced/published in 2022 to the ever-growing list.

Membership is a paltry $10 a year, so do investigate this organization that serves to shine a light on Canadian creators, and organizers in the SF&F milieu.

New Feature

From time to time, we will be posting non-fiction articles from SFF writers, many of whom have been published on the pages of On Spec. This is the first of those articles.

When we received Andrew Knighton’s author biography and read that he’s ghostwritten over thirty novels “as other writers”, we knew there was a story to tell here. It is guaranteed to entertain, and give some insight into the book industry, and it might even inspire others to try the same way of supplementing their earnings.

Check out: Haunting the Pages: How to Ghostwrite for Profit and Practice

You won’t be disappointed.

Ask the Editors Begins in January

As you may recall, we mentioned that some SFF magazine editors have initiated  a series of free, informal, online Ask-the-Editors sessions for anyone to ask questions of an SFF editor. Attendance is going to be limited to allow for folks to ask their questions. We understand the sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

There’s a rotating lineup of 3-4 editors per session, on the first Saturday of every month, with varied times to accommodate different audiences. The first session is Saturday, 7 January 2023, at 8:00 AM PST.

The signup sheet for the first session is open now. Some details and materials:

Still time for a gift subscription!

Issue #122 of On Spec has just been sent to the printer. If you get a new subscription right now, for a friend, family member, or even a gift for yourself, we will send a copy of issue #121 absolutely free, and begin the new subscription with issue #122.

Yes, that’s right– FIVE issues of On Spec for the price of four. This offer is good until the end of December.  Think about it.

Subscribe now and save!