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Announcing the 2015 Shared Worlds Guest Writers and Editors!

Nathan Ballingrud, Tobias S. Buckell, Monica Byrne, Will Hindmarch, Jeremy L. C. Jones, Ekaterina Sedia, Catherynne M. Valente, Ann VanderMeer, and Jeff VanderMeer

Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work. His novels and over 50 stories have been translated into 18 different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs.

Monica Byrne is a writer based in Durham, North Carolina, where she’s a playwright in residence at Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Her first, critically acclaimed novel, The Girl in the Road, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014, and she’s also published essays and short stories in The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, WIRED, The Baffler, Glimmer Train, and The Rumpus, among others. She holds degrees in biochemistry from Wellesley and MIT.

Ekaterina Sedia resides in the Pinelands of New Jersey. Her critically-acclaimed and award-nominated novels, The Secret History of Moscow, The Alchemy of Stone, The House of Discarded Dreams, and Heart of Iron, were published by Prime Books. Her short stories appeared in Analog, Baen's Universe, Subterranean, and Clarkesworld, as well as numerous anthologies, including Haunted Legends and Magic in the Mirrorstone. She is also the editor of the anthologies Paper Cities (World Fantasy Award winner), Running with the Pack, Bewere the Night, and Bloody Fabulous as well as The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance and Wilful Impropriety.

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

Ann VanderMeer currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for, Cheeky Frawg Books, and She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with multiple nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for co-editing The Weird. Other projects have included Best American Fantasy, three Steampunk anthologies, and a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthologies are The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, and The Bestiary.

Returning in 2015…

Jeremy L. C. Jones is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. Jones writes for newspapers, magazines, and websites, and is the staff interviewer for the Hugo Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. He is also the editor of two series of western novels that debut in 2014, the Piccadilly Doubles series from Piccadilly Publishing, the Fight Card Charity anthologies (co-edited with Paul Bishop), and the Western Fictioneers Storytellers series (co-edit with Troy D. Smith). Jones is the founder and co-director of Shared Worlds.

Jeff VanderMeer’s New York Times-bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) made Entertainment Weekly’s top ten best fiction books of 2014, among many other best-of lists. The novels have been optioned by Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures, with Alex Garland attached to write and direct. The trilogy has also been translated into 20 languages. VanderMeer writes nonfiction for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic’s website, and The Guardian, among others. He is also the author of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction and serves as co-director of the Shared Worlds teen writing camp, now in its eighth year.

Will Hindmarch is a freelance writer and designer with numerous professional credits as author, developer, producer, and graphic designer on games, books, and magazines, some of them electronic. In the gaming industry, he has worked for White Wolf Game Studio, serving as the developer of the flagship World of Darkness Storytelling Game, Vampire: The Requiem, and he has written or designed numerous game titles for Pelgrane Press, Fantasy Flight Games, and Atlas Games. He co-produces the live-lit storytelling show, Story Club South Side, and is a designer and advisor at Protagonist Labs. Hindmarch has been a part of Shared Worlds since 2008 and has recently been appointed the assistant director.

Nathan Ballingrud’s first collection of stories, North American Lake Monsters, came out in the summer of 2013. Several of the stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies. One of them, called “The Monsters of Heaven,” won a Shirley Jackson Award. He is a regular at Shared Worlds.

A Program Designed For Teen Writers Interested in Today's Hottest Fantasy Fiction Genres.

  • Work in group sessions with noted historians, scientists, authors and philosophers.

  • Create your own world, complete with its own languages, laws and cultures.

  • Network with other creative students from around the world.

  • Publish your work with the help of noted authors.

  • Engage in dyanamic programs designed to foster creativity through lifelong social and wellness skills

  • Receive credentials recognizing this unique achievement along with a full professional evaluation to provide positive reinforcement for writing skills and college success.

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2/7/14 -- Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation reviewed by Kirkus and NPR.

12/3/13 -- Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook named among 2013’s best science fiction by the Guardian newspaper.

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