I am very excited to note that this is the first year that LONTAR has been listed on the Locus Awards ballot, under the Best Magazine or Fanzine category. It’s a terrific honor to be included. For those who may be unaware, Locus is the trade journal for the science fiction and fantasy community, and they have covered news of the publishing field, with extensive reviews and listings of new speculative fiction books and magazines, since 1968. The annual Locus Awards are a prestigious recognition of the best science fiction and fantasy produced each year, voted on by the magazine’s readers. (“Reader” here is specifically open, meaning that anyone can vote, not just subscribers.)
Not only is LONTAR eligible for Best Magazine, but the stories we originally published in 2014 are also eligible as write-ins for Best Short Story:
From Issue #2
- “The Tiger in the Forest Between Two Worlds” by E.C. Myers
- “What Is Being Erased” Tiffany Tsao
- “Entanglement” by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
- “The Floating Market” by Eliza Chan
From Issue #3
- “Setting Up Home” by Sabrina Huang (trans. Jeremy Tiang)
- “Resort Time” by Ben Slater
- “Mother’s Day” by JY Yang
- “An Unexpected Stop” by Nikki Alfar
“The Apartment” by John Burdett from issue #2 is also eligible in the Best Novelette category.
Likewise, I am eligible for Best Editor, and Math Paper Press and Epigram Books are both eligible for Best Book Publisher, but the priority here is to shine the light on our contributors and their fantastic works of fiction.
Both issue #2 and issue #3 are now available in ebook format from Weightless Books (and #1 and #2 are bundled for free when you buy #3, this week only). Please consider picking up the issues and then giving the stories some love. (Poetry, reprinted fiction, and nonfiction is not eligible, but you should read them too!)
The deadline for voting is 15 April, less than a month from now, so if you’ve enjoyed what we’ve been doing here at LONTAR, please take some time and vote accordingly. Thank you!