Posts Tagged: Ann VanderMeer

Clarkesworld40500On Friday, February 22nd, it was announced my Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, that the well-regarded Speculative Fiction magazine will be adding a new reprint section, headed by Gardener Dozois, an equally well-regarded anthologist.

The official press release details the additions:

Clarkesworld Magazine, a leading science fiction and fantasy magazine, has named award-winning editor Gardner Dozois (pronounced “doe-zwa”) to helm its new reprint department. In his role as reprint editor, every month Gardner will draw upon forty years of experience to select two exemplary science fiction stories published during the last three decades. The first of these stories are scheduled to appear in the April 2013 issue of the magazine’s online, digital and print editions.

“Since my heart attack last year, when readers responded with encouragement and support, I’ve been trying to find a way to say ‘thank you’,” said Neil Clarke, Clarkesworld Editor-in-Chief. “The reprint department had been on our wish list for some time and when the opportunity to work with someone of Gardner’s caliber arose, I knew I had found the perfect way to express my gratitude.”

Clarkesworld has long been one of my favourite SF magazines and it’s wonderful to see them joining together with someone like Dozois. With John Joseph Adams at Lightspeed, Ann VanderMeer and Ellen Datlow at, and Johnathan Strahan at Eclipse, it’s interesting to see some of today’s best short fiction editors continuing to become as important to online markets as they are to the long-running tradition of print anthologies.

Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow, a decorated short fiction editor known for her various award-winning anthologies, has been hired on as a Consulting Fiction Editor for, the website announced today. She joins Ann VanderMeer, who joined the team several weeks ago, also as a Consulting Fiction Editor.

Since 2008, has been a leading market for science fiction and fantasy short fiction. Several of our stories have been Hugo and Nebula finalists, Charlie Jane Anders’ “Six Months, Three Days” won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2012 and Kij Johnson’s “Ponies” won the Nebula in 2011. Since the beginning, much of our fiction has been acquired and edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden. In 2010, Liz Gorinsky began buying and editing for the site, and earlier this year, Ann VanderMeer also joined our team.

Now, we’re pleased to announce that Ellen Datlow is joining us as a Consulting Fiction Editor!

You probably recognize Datlow’s name, but for those who don’t, you can probably look out your window on a dark and see the halo emanating from her trophy shelf, which includes a few Hugos, a Bram Stoker award, and a record-setting nine (9!) World Fantasy Awards. She’s edited more anthologies than you, me and that other guy combined, and is one of the most respected short fiction editors in the business. As with the hiring of VanderMeer, this is a good sign for those who are looking to submit short fiction to, who has, in the past, had infuriatingly long wait times for submitted fiction. Not only is the team expanding, but the talent is growing significantly. One wonders what is gearing up for by hiring these big name editors. Whatever it is, it’ll be good news all around for those who like to read (or write) short fiction.

You can find more about Datlow and her works on her official website.

Ann VanderMeer joins as Consulting Fiction EditorAnn VanderMeer has been hired by as a ‘consulting fiction editor,’ joining Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky in acquiring short fiction for the website. says:

Since the beginning, much of our fiction has been acquired and edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden; additionally, Liz Gorinsky began buying and editing for the site in 2010. Now we’re pleased to add Ann VanderMeer as a consulting fiction editor for […] She brings a sharp eye for adventurous fiction to all of her projects, and we look forward to the stories and authors she’ll bring to

Ann VanderMeer is one of the best in the business, and, after a public departure from the legendary genre magazine Weird Tales, it’s great to see her snapped up by another of the leading publishers of high-quality genre short fiction.

This is good news for any and all (like me) who are discouraged by the excessive turn-around times for short fiction submissions, which, according to Duotrope, are currently sitting at a median of 299 days, well above the average wait time for SF/F/H short fiction venues. In comparison, Clarkesworld turns stories around in three days, and Lightspeed turns stories around in two days. Adding another acquiring editor, especially one with VanderMeer’s experience and expertise, should ease this period. Hopefully.

Equally, this is good news for anyone who likes good SF/F/H short fiction, as VanderMeer has a strong track record of acquiring and publishing quality stories from some of the genre’s best and brightest names.

Congratulations to both and Ann VanderMeer.