Award Eligibility 2017

written by David Steffen

The year is almost over, and here we are with the obligatory award eligibility post!

Usually I start with my own stories, but no new fiction written by me has appeared anywhere in 2017, so I will start with the new fiction that’s been published in Diabolical Plots.

ETA: I thought no new fiction written by me was going to appear in 2017, but one new story was published right under the wire on December 30th, so I’ve added that in since it was originally posted.

Please note that I’m not asking anyone to vote for these things.  There is a lot of amazing work out there and I hope you all read as much as you can and vote for what you think is the absolute best, no matter who publishes it.  But I do like to put these posts together partly to look back at what happened this year for myself, and also to put some links together for others who might be interested in checking some of this out.

If you would like to share your own award eligibility posts, please feel free to leave links in the comments to those.

Short Stories by David Steffen

“Cake, and Its Implications” by David Steffen, published at Toasted Cake

Diabolical Plots Short Stories

This was the first year with two stories per month at Diabolical Plots, though not quite for the whole year, for a total of 21 stories.

“Curl Up and Dye” by Tina Gower

“The Avatar In Us All” by J.D. Carelli

“Bloody Therapy” by Suzan Palumbo

“O Stone, Be Not So” by José Pablo Iriarte

“The Long Pilgrimage of Sister Judith” by Paul Starkey

“The Things You Should Have Been” by Andrea G. Stewart

“The Aunties Return the Ocean” by Chris Kuriata

“The Existentialist Men” by Gwendolyn Clare

“Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship” by Rachael K. Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

“Monster of the Soup Cans” by Elizabeth Barron

“The Shadow Over His Mouth” by Aidan Doyle

“For Now, Sideways” by A. Merc Rustad

“Typical Heroes” by Theo Kogod

“Strung” by Xinyi Wang

“The Entropy of a Small Town” by Thomas K. Carpenter

“Lightning Dance” by Tamlyn Dreaver

“Three Days of Unnamed Silence” by Daniel Ausema

“When One Door Shuts” by Aimee Ogden

“Shoots and Ladders” by Charles Payseur

“Hakim Vs. the Sweater Curse” by Rachael K. Jones

“The Leviathans Have Fled the Sea” by Jon Lasser


Diabolical Plots itself is eligible for the Hugo Best Semiprozine category as a fiction publication.

Editor, Short Form

I am eligible for the Hugo Best Editor, Short Form category, both for editing Diabolical Plots and the Long List Anthology series.

Fan Writer

I am eligible as a fan writer for the reviews of various books (including the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris) and other nonfiction I post here on Diabolical Plots.

Laurie Tom is also eligible for the anime TV and movie reviews she posts here on Diabolical Plots.


Other Categories


People sometimes ask if the Submission Grinder is eligible for the any Hugo Awards.  As far as I can tell: no.  Which makes sense, the Hugo Awards being a fan-focused award, there are no categories for tools that help writers do their writing business.  Other awards might have suitable categories, such as the Preditors and Editors poll which typically has a category for writer’s tools, or the World Fantasy Award, which I think has categories for websites.

In any case, I really appreciate your interest!


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David Steffen

David Steffen is an editor, publisher, and writer. If you like what he does you can visit the Support page or buy him a coffee! He is probably best known for being co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, a donation-supported tool to help writers track their submissions and find publishers for their work . David is also the editor-in-chief here at Diabolical Plots. He is also the editor and publisher of The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List series. David also (sometimes) writes fiction, and you can follow on BlueSky for updates on cross-stitch projects and occasionally other things.

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