Category Archives: On Spec Updates

Ask the Editors April 1 Edition

We’ve mentioned the Ask the Editors sessions before , and while we are not aware if any of our followers have taken an interest, the sessions are a great way to learn about the business of writing short fiction. Follow the link for the April 1 session.

There is a great conversation here and some very pertinent questions from writers, asking about their rights, the potential of AI to  harm their work, how editors read manuscripts and determine what to reject or accept, and so forth. We are told that the interest in this series is waning, sadly, but you can get some very valuable insights here, and we recommend you give the sessions a watch on YouTube.

Alberta Magazine Awards

We are proud to announce that two On Spec stories from 2022 have been named as finalists for this year’s Fiction category in the Alberta Magazine Awards.

Congratulations go out to Glenn Clifton, for “Bottom’s Dream” (Issue #121) , and to Douglas Smith, for “Gypsy Biker’s Coming Home” (Issue #120) .

See the whole list of finalists in the Showcase Awards here. 

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.