Managing Editor

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    Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna who has sold work to a variety of magazines, including True Confessions, Every Day Fiction, and Highlights for Children. Her kids think she’s strange, but don’t say so because their vocabularies aren’t that big yet.

Slush Editor

  • Frances Silversmith
    Frances Silversmith writes computer software for a living and science fiction and fantasy stories for fun. She lives in a small town in Germany with her husband, seven guinea pigs, and two Icelandic horses. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and the Grantville Gazette. Please visit her website.


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    British born writer and editor Richard Salter now lives in Canada. He is the editor of World’s Collider – an apocalyptic mosaic novel, and Fantasy For Good – a Charitable Anthology. He has written numerous short stories (including one for This Is How You Die – Machine of Death 2). His debut novel, The Patchwork House, is due for release in late 2014 from Nightscape Press.


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    Bo Balder is a freelance writer who lives and works in the ancient Dutch city of Utrecht, close to Amsterdam. When she isn’t writing, you can find her madly designing knitwear, painting, and reading anything and everything from Kate Elliott to Iain M. Banks or Jared Diamond.

    She will be the first Dutch author to have published a story in the famous F&SF( Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine),forthcoming sept 2015. Her other short fiction has appeared in Penumbra, Electric Spec and quite a few anthologies. Her sf novel “The Wan” will be published summer 2015 by Pink Narcissus Press.

    She attended Viable Paradise and is a member of Codex Writers Group.

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    VG Campen lives in the woods of North Carolina with her husband and various pets. After decades of reading, she began writing speculative and science fiction, with an occasional detour into pseudonymous horror. Her stories have published in Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Shock Totem, and Nature Futures.
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    Karen Rochnik is a speculative fiction writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is most interested in how technology illuminates human relationships, needs, and passions. She writes science fiction novels and a wide range of short stories. She graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2014 and has stories upcoming in a motorcycle anthology and Evil Girlfriend Media.
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    Anthony Bell lives in Washington State. He enjoys motorcycles and ice cream. He is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop.
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    At the age of 10, Liam Meilleur invented the moon. Later, inspired by Jimi Hendrix, he stood up next to a mountain and chopped it down with the edge of his hand. After beating the devil at cards, Liam attended Clarion West, where he studied under Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Samuel Delany, and Ellen Datlow. Liam has an MFA from the University of New Orleans and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Binghamton University.
  • Kelly Szpara
    Kelly Szpara lives in Baltimore with a black cat and a miniature poodle. He’s written short fiction for Shimmer Magazine and comic reviews for Panel Patter as K.M. Szpara. He also has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, which he totally uses at his day job as a legal secretary. On nights and weekends, he advances his queer agenda at the local LGBT Community Center and writes speculative fiction novels. On Wednesdays, he wears pink.
  • Michael M. Jones
    Michael M. Jones is a writer, book reviewer, and editor. He lives in Southwest Virginia, with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who doesn’t remember who the fourth Beatle was either. His short stories have appeared in Clockwork Phoenix 3, A Chimerical World, and at Inscription Magazine. He is the editor of Scheherazade’s Facade and the forthcoming Schoolbooks & Sorcery. Visit him at


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    Stephanie Burgis was born in Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband, writer Patrick Samphire, and their children. She has published over thirty short stories for adults. Her first book, Kat, Incorrigible (US)/A Most Improper Magick (UK) won the Waverton Good Read Children’s Award in 2011 for Best Début Children’s Novel by a British writer. It was followed by Renegade Magic/A Tangle of Magicks) and Stolen Magic/A Reckless Magick. She has also previously reviewed for Interzone.
  • Kristin Luna
    Kristin Luna is a fairly average female with an above average love for books, hoping to read 500 before turning 30. When she isn’t reading, Kristin writes short stories and novels, and writes for the blog The Fictorians. She’s trying to teach her cat sign language, but that’s not going so well. She lives in San Diego with her husband Nic.

Technical Director

  • Jordan Ellinger has been called a “standout” in a starred review in Publishers Weekly. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA), is a first place winner of Writers of the Future, a graduate of the prestigious Clarion West writers workshop, an award-winning screenplay writer, and author of more than twenty works of fiction, including popular series and media tie-ins (i.e., “Warhammer” and “Star Citizen”). He has collaborated with internationally best-selling authors like Mike Resnick and Steven Savile (with whom he co-authored “Martyrs,” a military thriller). He is a professional editor, having worked as Executive Editor at Every Day Publishing and on the Animism Transmedia Campaign. His film, “Tender Threads,” won the jury prize at Bloodshots Canada and was screened by master of horror, George A. Romero.