help me choose what to nominate for the Small Press Awards


Every year, the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) holds the Small Press Awards for short fiction published in the small press. Authors can submit one of their stories.

Here’s the problem — I’ve had six stories out this year in the small press, and I have no idea which one I should submit.

So I put it to you, my loyal blog readers — which of the following should I submit to WSFA for consideration?

    • “The Midwinter of Our Discontent” in Release the Virgins! (Fantastic Books)
    • “Rán for Your Life” in Unearthed (Altrix Books)
    • “The Silent Dust” in Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals & Gizmos (Brave New Girls)
    • “The Puzzle” in Footprints in the Stars (eSpec Books)
    • “Alien Invasion of Earth!” in Thrilling Adventure Yarns (Crazy 8 Press)
    • “Used To Be” in Across the Universe (Fantastic Books)

Let me know in the comments, please.




MINE! wins Ringo Award for Best Anthology!


On Saturday the 29th of September, the Ringo Awards were presented at Baltimore Comic-Con, and I’m thrilled to announce that MINE!: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefiting Planned Parenthood won for Best Anthology!


I am honored to have contributed to this anthology — the story “In Defense of Self,” with art and lettering by the superlative Tom Daly — and thrilled that, for the second time this year, I get to share in an award.

Congrats to editors Joe Corallo & Molly Jackson, publisher Glenn Hauman of ComicMix, and all eighty bajillion other contributors to this magnificent anthology, one that supports a most important cause. It’s especially heartening to see it win this week of all weeks……………………


my Scribe Award has arrived!

I wasn’t at San Diego Comic-Con, so I was unable to accept the Scribe Award that I won for Best Short Story — I believe Glenn Hauman accepted on my behalf — for “Ganbatte” in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Jonathan Maberry. However, the mighty Max Allan Collins — co-founder and outgoing co-president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers — has mailed me my award, and it’s now proudly on a bookshelf in the living room:

Keith Scribe Award

The story itself, as I said in this post about winning the award, is one that means a great deal to me. If you want to read it for yourself, you can order Unstoppable from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.


Scribe Award winners — including me!!!!!


As is customary at San Diego Comic-Con, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers have announced the winners of the Scribe Awards for the best work in licensed and derivative fiction in the previous calendar year. This year I was nominated for the ninth and tenth time — for Best Short Story (“Ganbatte” in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable) and Best YA Novel (Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End) — having never won one.

That streak is over. “Ganbatte” was the co-winner of Best Short Story, alongside Jonathan Maberry’s “Banana Republic” in Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone. (I think Jonathan deserved an award just for the chutzpah of titling a POTA story “Banana Republic.”)

Here’s the full list of winners:

Adapted Speculative and General
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss

Warhammer 40,000: Agent of the Throne: Blood and Lies by John French

Original General
Don Pendleton’s The Executioner: Fatal Prescription by Michael A. Black

Original Short Story (tie)
Ganbatte” by Keith R.A. DeCandido in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable
“Banana Republic” by Jonathan Maberry in Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone

Original Speculative
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Original Young Adult and Middle Grade
X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry


I have to say that I’m particularly pleased that my first major award for something I’ve written is for “Ganbatte,” for several reasons. Two are fairly superficial: the story brings together two things I love, to wit, the Florida Keys and martial arts.

But more importantly is that it’s a story about sexual harassment, about how depressingly easy it is for someone strong to be put in a position of weakness, especially when that someone is a woman in a male-dominated area. I wrote this story in the summer of 2016, before we elected an avowed sexual predator to the highest office in the land, before the #MeToo movement, before Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken. In the two years since I wrote it, in the nine months since it’s been published, it’s become even more important and more relevant, which, frankly, depresses the shit out of me.

I hope that this award helps raise awareness. I hope that this award helps give people who are harassed, who are beaten down, who are broken by people who have power over them, real or imagined, to speak up, to fight back.

It’s a great honor to win this award. It’s an even bigger honor to win for this story. Thanks go the short story jury, thanks to editors Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jonathan Maberry, and thanks to all the readers and fans.


Mine! nominated for a Ringo!


I’m pleased to announce that Mine!: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood has been nominated for a Ringo Award. These are comics industry awards voted on by comics professionals, and awarded every year at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The awards are named after the late cartoonist Mike Wieringo, best known for his work on The Flash, Sensational Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four.

Mine! includes stories by a bunch of great folks, but I’m particularly thrilled by its nomination because I’m one of those great folks! “In Defense of Self” by myself and Tom Daly is one of the stories in the anthology.

If you’re a comics industry pro, please go vote.