Monday, May 28, 2012

Rocket Kapre Reviews "The Kiddie Pool" From PSF6

Here's a review of "The Kiddie Pool" over at Rocket Kapre, a story of mine which was published in Philippine Speculative Fiction 6. My thanks to Paolo Chikiamco and Mia Tijam for taking the time to write and post the review!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Less Talk, Less Mistake" (Part 2) by Xin Mei

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lontar: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction

Please click here to read the guidelines of Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction. It's open to fiction and poetry from the Philippines, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. They will be open to submissions on June 1, 2012.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 Call For Submissions

Here's the call for submissions for PSF8:

Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction 8

Editors Dean and Nikki Alfar invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 8.

Philippine Speculative Fiction is a yearly anthology series, which collects a wide range of stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between. The anthology has been shortlisted for the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and multiple stories from each volume have been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related ‘nonrealist’ genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality

Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work—if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. We don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under the file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to, with the subject line ‘PSF8 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is 11 p.m., Manila time, September 15, 2012. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Authors of selected stories will receive Php500 pesos in compensation, as well as digital copies of the book.

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal. :)

Dean and Nikki Alfar, co-editors

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Less Talk, Less Mistake" (Part 1) by Xin Mei

Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults

Here is the TOC for Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults, edited by Dean Alfar and myself, and coming soon from U.P. Press:

Honesty Hour - Gabriela Lee
Eat Me - Kally Hiromi R. Arsua
Mommy Agnes - Vince Torres
The Running Girl - Elyss Punsalan
Education By Ate Flora - Renelaine Bontol
The New Teacher - Alexander Osias
Gago's Got Your Back - Andrew Drilon
Dan's Dreams - Eliza Victoria
Itching To Get Home - Joseph Montecillo
Lola's House - Fidelis Tan
A Yellow Brick Road Valentine - Charles Tan
Lucia, The Nightmare Hunter - Kate Osias
Frozen Delight - EK Gonzales
Misty - Isabel Yap

Congratulations to all!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Who Writes SF?

Over at The Cogsmith is a discussion on why diversity is important in SF. Joining in this discussion is Charles Tan, The Bibliophile Stalker.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has also weighed in on the issue with her essay, Decolonizing as an SF Writer. She also is part of this discussion on non-Western SF.

This is an interesting discussion on all writers of SF, from all over the world, and the insights that are made are quite enriching.

Monday, May 07, 2012

A Short Review Of "The Concierto Of Señor Lorenzo"

My thanks to Short Story Reader for the brief but thoughtful and positive review of one of my stories from two years ago, "The Concierto Of Señor Lorenzo" (Innsmouth Free Press). Thank you very much!

Please do check out Innsmouth's site, as they have a lot of new books up with fresh stories ready for order!