Pemmi-Con is happening

It’s June already and the Winnipeg NASFIC, Pemmi-Con, takes place in July. The organizers have asked us to share some information with interested artists and writers.

For any artists who wish to apply to display art in Pemmi-Con’s Art Show:
For artists and non-artists:
Dealers Hall – If the Art Show doesn’t seem a good fit, and you would like to sell your creations from a table, apply to be in the Dealers Room. Dealers must be a member, but there is a small discount available if you are accepted.
Program Participation – artists and authors interested in attending Pemmi-Con and wishing to be on the programme (including panels, readings, autographing, workshops and more) need to fill out a short Consent Form. This is related to privacy law. To encourage participation by indigenous peoples and also first responders, we capped the price for membership.

Ask the Editors June 3, 2023

On Spec Managing Editor, Diane L. Walton, is a participant in this month’s ASK THE EDITORS Zoom call on Saturday June 3. The session begins at 8 a.m., Pacific time, which is mercifully  at noon, Atlantic time for Diane.

If you are a writer and have questions about submitting to On Spec and other short fiction and poetry markets, this is a great place to get your questions answered.


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Canada in Conversation – SFF from the Global South to the Meeting Point of all Worlds By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD

We are pleased to update our web site with  something of interest to readers of Canadian SF & F novels and short fiction.

Emad El-Din Aysha was formerly an adjunct assistant professor at the American University in Cairo. Currently he is a freelance journalist, translator, academic researcher and science fiction author with one anthology to his name, and a member of the ESSF and its chief translator.

Recently he offered On Spec the following round table conversation he had with some Canadian SFF writers whose names should be familiar to you. It is quite a lengthy discussion but filled with very interesting content abut our genre and some of its Canadian creators. Click the link below to access it.





We are thrilled to announce that an On Spec story, “Bottom’s Dream” by Glenn Clifton ( Issue #121) has won Gold in the Short Fiction category at tonight’s Alberta Magazine Awards banquet! Pictured here, proudly holding the plaque,  is editor Lareina Abbott.

And the final Aurora Awards ballot was released today, and we’re so pleased to find On Spec as a finalist in the Best Related Work Category, along with Swati Chavda for Best Cover Illustration, Melissa Yuan-Innes for Best Poem, and Peter G. Reynolds for Best Short Story. They are just a few of the creators whose works help us to make such a fine magazine. Congratulations and best wishes to all the nominees!

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Changes at On Spec

Recently, one of our Poetry editors, Charlie Crittenden, resigned from his gig with On Spec to pursue his own writing ventures. Charlie has been a great asset to the group and we wish him well.

We are happy to report that his successor has accepted our invitation to join us on our journey, and we couldn’t be happier.

Colleen Anderson is no stranger to the pages of On Spec. We have published her poetry and her short fiction over the years, and she is a good friend to several of our editorial staff. In her own words, Colleen has been a published and award-winning writer for many years, and we are excited to have her join us and work with fellow Poetry Editor, Celine Low.

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