Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Update 1/4/17: Added 41 writers who were 1st year eligible in 2015. Does not affect 2016 Stories chart.

Here are 141 writers who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell Award. They were selected from the 800 stories reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank and five other prolific reviewers in 2016 (100 writers) as well as the 565 short stories reviewed in 2015 (41 writers). There are many more new writers out there, but their stories weren't reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank so they're not included here.

The writers are grouped by 1st year and 2nd year of eligibility in 2016 and 1st year eligibility in 2015, then sorted by the author's first name. The superscript indicates the year of eligibility (1 or 2). Eligibility was determined by looking up the author on and doing web searches for those without an ISFDB entry. ISFDB data may be incomplete so it's best to check the author's website for a bibliography before nominating. (Writers with unclear eligibility identified since this article was published were moved to the bottom of the article.)

A good way to use this list is to jog your memory about stories you've already read. You can click on the "RSR Mini-review" link to read more if you're having trouble remembering a story. This only includes short fiction; there's no information here about novels.

Writers in 1st Year of Eligibility

The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer by Abhinav Bhat1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 88
(Religious Fantasy) An old man quizzes a dying youth in a place between life and death.
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Sunshine State by Adam Flynn1 and Andrew Dana Hudson1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) Ramses joins The Myth to try to help salvage some of South Florida as the sea level rises.
The Penelope Qingdom by Aidan Moher1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueMothership Zeta 5
(Modern Fantasy) Teenage Ivan finds a lot of things confusing, not least of them why the miniatures in his best friend's basement seem to come to life for them.
(Fairy Tale) Jocelyn is a princess a lot like Sleeping Beauty, but with a much better relationship with the fairies. Not that that helps her.
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(Fantasy Time Travel) A Greek free diver finds an ancient shipwreck where there was nothing at all just days earlier.
The Old Man and the Phoenix by Alexandria Baisden1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 88
(Slipstream) An old man lies dying, his faithful companion at his side.
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Another Day in Paradise by Amy DuBoff1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) No one knows why the Selarks want to steal such a poor colony, but the humans are defending it to the death.
Salt Circles by Andrew F. Sullivan1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 193
(Fantasy America) Heath leads Dennis and Mitchell in a crusade across a cursed America, killing mutated people, but gradually becoming corrupted themselves.
Mountain by Andy P. Smith1  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05|16
(Post Apocalypse) In a broken-down future, a woman learns of the death of her son on a mysterious mountain that once powered the world.
We Will Take Care of Our Own by Angie Hodapp1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueCyber World 2016
(Cyber SF) Tia wants to be elected president badly enough to do almost anything. Almost.
Acqua Alta by Ashley Bevilacqua Anglin1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) A young girl and her grandfather are among the last people living in Venice when they get an evacuation order in advance of a toxic high tide.
Meltwater by Benjamin C. Kinney1  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 03/14/16
(Far Future SF) Far, far in the future, Percel still loves Emlune, despite all the ages that have passed and all the changes. Or at least one copy does.
(Paranormal) Anita used to study ghosts, but now she is one, and she's finding it frustrating to always seem to be arguing with her husband.
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Smooth Stones and Empty Bones by Bennett North1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Horror) Helena's mom's a witch, their small town is blaming them for a missing boy, she and her girlfriend have to stay in the closet, and to top it off, there are chicken skeletons walking around.
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Promised Land by Bethany Gilton1  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05|16
(SF) Moses spends most of his time playing video games, but occasionally the computer rouses him to remind him he's supposed to be running the starship.
Digital Medicine by Brian K. Hudson1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Mainstream) A young Cherokee girl on probation for hacking is given community service helping a Cherokee elder, who shows a keen interest in hacking.
That Which Grows On Trees by C.S. Lane1  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(SF Humor) Around 50 to 100 years from now, a group of scientists resorts to counterfeiting money to shore up their inadequate research grants.
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Western Heaven by Chen Hongyu1  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(SF Robots) Humans left Earth long ago, but robots still toil endlessly. Wu Kong has acquired intelligence and goes on a quest to find the humans.
Pleistocene Brains by Christina De La Rocha1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) Professor Irma Chretin demonstrates how Neanderthals made stone tools to a class of anthropology students. Oddly, she looks a lot like a Neanderthal herself.
The Eye Of Job by Dan Reade1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) A military psychologist has an unhealthy obsession with a giant alien artifact that has destroyed the city of Omaha.
Anabaptist by Daniel Rosen1  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 81
(SF) Ephraim never questioned God's Will until the morning when the sun went out.
The Grandchild Paradox by Daniel Thron1  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) A young man curses the old people who ruined his world and wonders if his grandkids will do the same.
Omoshango by Dayo Ntwari1  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Science Fantasy) A Nigerian program to develop people who can fly encounters opposition.
Thirteenth Year by Diana Rose Harper1  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) Every thirteen years, sterile people are allowed to go to the surface and see if it's become inhabitable again.
I Remember Your Face by E.K. Wagner1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(Post Apocalypse) Ket grew up after the bombs, in a bunker with her anarchist parents. Now she's a bounty hunter, seeking a very special target.
Montague's Last by Ekari Mbvundula1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 02/29/16
(Historical Fantasy) In a prison in 18th-century France, Montague struggles to redeem himself by completing one last magical device before he dies.
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The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster1  Time: 1h:26m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/12/16
(High Fantasy) Shina books passage to another island on Captain Tazir's fishing boat without mentioning that she's caught up in the war between the powerful "Windspeakers" and the invading Dragon Ships.
Das Steingeschöpf by G.V. Anderson1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 12/12/16
(Historical Fantasy) On the even of the Nazi takeover, a young German man's first assignment fixing a living statue becomes more complicated than he expected.
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Alts by Harmony Neal1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(Transhuman SF) StateCorp has made a fortune creating modified humans with animal characteristics. They take care of failures like Cat, but at a price.
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LOSD and Fount by Henrietta Hartl1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) The LOSD system monitors the island as the ocean gradually covers it. That and the one human who stayed behind.
Firebird by Isha Karki1  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Military SF) As a rare immigrant trainee, Percy needs to prove herself to her instructors at the Academy. What they have in mind for her is challenging indeed.
Utopia +10 by J.A. Christy1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueNow We Are Ten 2016
(SF) While his kids play VR games in a still-green Earth, the narrator and his friend wonder if it's still possible to catch and eat fish.
The Beef by J.D. Moyer1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 05/23/16
(SF) By 2076, no one wants to eat real meat anymore, so a conscientious rancher looks to find something meaningful to do with her last 900 head of cattle.
One for the Conspiracy Theorists by Jon Richards1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueScience Fiction by Scientists 2016
(Hard SF) A SETI scientist describes what it would be like to detect a signal from extraterrestrials.
(Old-West Fantasy) Hunting for her old partner and some missing townspeople, Calamity confronts a pair of fairies.
Into the Wreck by June Oldfather1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 02/22/16
(SF) A human science team studies the colossal wreck of an alien spacecraft.
Last One Out by K.B. Rylander1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Post Apocalypse) Filip is an advanced AI, and his job is taking care of Ella, who may be the last person left on Earth.
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Alone, On The Wind by Karla Schmidt1  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) Tuela's people fly among the remains of their shattered world, stealing water from a neighbor planet. Tuela presents an argument that things should change.
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Wonder of the World by Kathryn Blume1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) A boy in Canada builds a communication device, and it becomes a hit with survivors all over the world.
Shrinking Sinking Land by Kelly Cowley1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) Flea's mom is trapped at the bottom of a sinkhole that opened inside their flat, and she's determined to save her.
Dearly Departed by Kelly Stewart1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 211
(Horror) Perdita lives in the house on the hill and tends the graveyard. A traveler on a mission disturbs her solitude, and a thing under the graveyard needs to be killed.
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Rabbit Grass by Kelly Stewart1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 197
(Fantasy) Aril knows not to let rabbits into the garden--no matter how politely they ask. Picket's an awfully nice rabbit, though, and he needs her help.
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Hiranyagarbha by Kevin Jared Hosein1  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Horror) In Trinidad, a swamp fisherman finds a  pile of dead animals, all with a thin coating of what looks like gold on them.
Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny1  Time: 1h:13m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/18/16
(Near-Future SF) The Fix offers a couple of centuries of youth to anyone who can afford it. By 2098, it has changed the world. A group of people decide to fix it back.
Your Orisons May Be Recorded by Laurie Penny1  Time: 18m (ShortStory) 03/15/16
(Fantasy Humor) Angels who operate the Celestial Switchboard fielding mortal prayer requests get frustrated and even depressed.
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Between Going and Staying by Lilliam Rivera1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(Near-Future) Dolores is a high-paid city doliente, who dances at funerals. Then the small town she left behind calls with a request she cannot refuse.
Where She Went by Linden A. Lewis1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 215
(SF) When his granddaughter doesn't come home one night, Rhee looks for her at the witch's lair--even though it's forbidden to approach it.
Standing Still by Lindsay Redifer1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) An American woman in flooded Madascar marks the last day when anyone sells her favorite Malagasy food.
The Opposite and the Adjacent by Liu Yang1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Math SF) Explorers find a wrecked alien spaceship, a dead alien, and a logbook that suggests he came from a world with different laws of physics.
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The Nature Of Ghosts And The Fate Of Shadows by Luke Nolby1  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 202
(High Fantasy) An old man, a former imperial soldier, confronts young rebels and his own past.
(Horror) In life, he loved her from a distance, and in death he still hesitates to look right at her, even though she can’t leave the theatre. Is a half-man’s love stronger than death?
Reverse Documentary by Marisela Navarro1  Time: 18m (ShortStory) 11/09/16
(Horror) Dino still loves Jennifer, seven months after her death, but he's not so fond of her ghost, which doesn't want him to move on.
The Birth Will Take Place on a Mutually Acceptable Research Vessel by Matthew Bailey1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 71
(SF) You're having a baby. The first Human-Tharkan hybrid. And everyone wants into the act--including both governments.
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Victor and the Fish by Matthew S. Henry1  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) Victor used to be a scientist, but now he's just a fishing guide. Given a chance to save a species from extinction, though, he'll do anything.
The Ten Second War by Michael Brookes1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Alien Cyberwar) An alien AI arrives as a broadcast message and immediately starts infiltrating the local network.
The Silver Strands of Alpha Crucis-D by N.J. Schrock1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|16
(Hard SF) Explorers are baffled by mysterious silver strands on a remote planet of a distant supergiant star.
White Dust by Nathan Hillstrom1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) The transmitter sends copies of people to remote locations, but the copies don't want to do their jobs, and Margery is in trouble if she can't figure out why.
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Arm Every Woman by Nik Abnett1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) Soldiers go to a battle that will determine the future of their steading, but one of them doesn't belong.
When She Comes by Onu-Okpara Chiamaka1  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 90
(Horror) Death comes for the wtich-doctor, but he's not ready to go quite yet.
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Timothy by Philip Schweitzer1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/10/16
(Slipstream) Some people are easy to resurrect, some can't be, and some don't want to be. But everything has a cost.
The Persistence of Memory by Rachel L. Bowden1  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(Hard SF) Ten-year-old Lee and his best friend Ben discover a dead animal near their school playground--an animal that shouldn't exist at all. Chilling.
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Dogfights in Olympus and Other Absences by Ryan Row1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(Military SF) Diego flies fighter missions above planet Olympus, and he's good at it. It's the rest of his life that sucks.
Reclamation by Ryan Row1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(SF Horror) An asteroid miner is cast adrift by a collision. Her suit can preserve her life indefinitely, but not her sanity.
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Her Sacred Spirit Soars by S. Qiouyi Lu1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/18/16
(Alternate History) In 1949, researchers attempt to harness "oriental lovebird energy" to cure human comas.
Water, Birch, and Blood by Sara Norja1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/11/16
(Portal Fantasy) In modern Finland, Elna, her wife and their little child take a summer vacation at a family cabin by a rural lake where something happened when Elna was 11.
In Equity by Sarah Gallien1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(Near-future SF) A thirteen-year-old orphan gets an offer from foster parents in a wealthy, walled community. There has to be a catch, but what could it be? Moving.
The Engines Imperial by Sean Bensinger1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) The starship Rook returns to the system to mourn her sister starship, who died there 10,000 years ago.
Kairos by Sieren Damsgaard Ernst1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Near-future SF) A gene designer and her husband visit the tomb of Charlemagne and think about how they're about to turn the world upside down.
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Epitome by Tegan Moore1  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(SF AI) Shelby's friend Vivian faces a long recovery from a head injury, and she can't bear the loss of her company, so she starts using an AI surrogate.
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How High Your Gods Can Count by Tegan Moore1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 05/02/16
(Modern Fantasy) A troop of monkeys at a Mayan Pyramid interacts with the tourists and broods on their creation myths.
An Offertory To Our Drowned Gods by Teresa Naval1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Apocalyptic SF) The water keeps rising, and Johnnyboy and her father flee to higher ground.
(Magical SF) Captain Stephana Levitanova commands the first "quantum impulsion platform" which will allow her to explore the galaxy without leaving St. Petersburg.
The Siren Son by Tristina Wright1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Fantasy) Neal and Killian are young lovers. Together they think they can keep the dragons from destroying the world.
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Adventures In Family Bonding by W. Michael Beachy1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) Erin Troyer agrees to babysit her grandson, Gene, while her son and his wife visit Europe. There's something funny about the boy, though.
The Mama Mmiri by Walter Dinjos1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 190
(African Fantasy) The narrator's twin died in a caisson, but he's sure the foreigner supervising the construction sacrificed him to the water spirit.
Painter of Stars by Wang Yuan1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(SF) A robot discovers it has artistic talent and sets out to save the world by tattooing stars on people.
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City Of Wolves by Willow Palecek1  Time: 1h:01m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 07/26/16
(Fantasy Mystery) Alexander Drake avoids investigations involving the nobility, but he can't resist the invitation to investigate the mysterious death of Lord Aberdeen.
Wednesday's Story by Wole Talabi1  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(Fairytale Fantasy) A member of a group of powerful beings who make stories real tells us the truth about Solomon Grundy and why he had to die.
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Into the Storm by Yakos Spiliotopoulos1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueEverything Change 2016
(Climate Change) In the middle of a hurricane, Anwar sits in his office in Ottawa waiting for soldiers who might or might not be coming to arrest him.

Writers in 2nd Year of Eligibility

The Smoke Job by Aaron Canton2  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueMothership Zeta 3
(Modern Fantasy) Charisma, a dragon disguised as a college student, robs jewelry stores and copes with a blackmailer.
Supernova Rhythm by Andrew Fraknoi2  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueScience Fiction by Scientists 2016
(Hard SF) Eve thinks she sees an impossible pattern in supernovas in a distance galaxy, and she wants to organize her dissertation around it.
(Fantasy/Myth) The goddess of order has been flayed, and without the laws on her skin, the world will fall into chaos. So she goes beyond the world to look for it.
The Stone Garden by C.A. Hawksmoor2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 196
(High Fantasy) Gwyn plants a stone garden beside the house he and Mercher are building for each other. You plant stone seeds in stone gardens, and they make you remember. But not everything is good to remember.
The Death of Paul Bunyan by Charles Payseur2  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 79
(Slipstream) Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan broke up years ago, but he still gets called in to answer questions about his death.
A Fine Balance by Charlotte Ashley2  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|16
(High Fantasy) The stakes on Yildirim and Ramadami's duels have risen to where they threaten the economies of Onsen and Dushiq.
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More Heat Than Light by Charlotte Ashley2  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Historical Fantasy) Louis fights for the Republic of Québec against the British but the French Revolution is causing troubles on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Dinosaur Killers by Chris Kluwe2  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 78
(Apocalypse) The war between the governments on Earth and the corporate habitats in orbit isn't going to end well.
A Man Most Imperiled by Dan Malakin2  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueMothership Zeta 3
(SF Humor) A mad scientist fights off builders who want to redevelop the land his lair is on.
As Long As It Takes To Make The World by Gabriela Santiago2  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Slice of Life SF) Somewhere between the stars, the people from The Whole World that was scratch out a living in a small place they call The Land.
The Tower Princesses by Gwendolyn Kiste2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(Slipstream) They live encased in mobile towers. The government requires schools to accept them, but the students and teachers ignore or harass them. Except for Mary.
Sephine And The Leviathan by Jack Schouten2  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 118
(SF) Sephine plans to launch herself  up to the Leviathan ship that has her colony trapped. But she's never done anything like this before.
5×5 by Jilly Dreadful2  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(YA SF) Two kids get together at a summer science camp after one tricks the other into eating her "psychic ice cream" which causes people to read minds.
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The Story of The Ten by Jo Zebedee2  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) A relief ship travels to humanities first intestellar colony where a virus has wreaked havoc.
Abere and the Poisoner by Jonathan Edelstein2  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 208
(High Fantasy) A swamp woman traps a youth who came seeking a love potion, and before she eats him, she tells him a story.
The Venus Effect by Joseph Allen Hill2  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 79
(Metafiction) A black author accepts  the challenge of writing a black SF hero, but the police just keep shooting him.
The Eye of the Swan by Kelly Robson2  Time: 19m (ShortStory) 10/11/16
(Mannerpunk) Newly raised to dutchess by the untimely death of her inlaws, Diane struggles to understand the role and not be dominated by others.
Helio Music by Mike Buckley2  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 118
(Dystopia) You're a girl being raised to be a slave, but someone sees potential in your musical talent. But potential for what?
A Handful Of Dal by Naru Dames Sundar2  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF Epic) When Raj leaves Earth on the generation ship, Yatra, someone gives him a recipe to remind him and his descendants where they came from.
Straight Lines by Naru Dames Sundar2  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueMothership Zeta 3
(Hard SF) AIs are too expensive to discard, even after a major disaster, but how do you fix one that seems to have gone crazy?
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Morning Cravings by Nin Harris2  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Magical SF) Derthye is a human who likes eggs. Her husband is a Barlishya, who is forbidden from eating eggs. This presents a problem.
Tower of the Rosewater Goblet by Nin Harris2  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 01/04/16
(Fantasy) Erheani wanted to be a master storyteller, and the first task her teachers set for her was to update an old classic tale. But there are tales within tales...
What the Stories Steal by Nin Harris2  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(Future Fantasy) Ipsita's husband lost his mind when he killed the sacred animals, but she thinks there's a way to get it back.
Eating Science With Ghosts by Octavia Cade2  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(SF Ghosts) The narrator meets ghosts of scientists and discoverers during a nine-course meal all over the world.
Not Quite Taterona Kempi by Ryan W. Norris2  Time: 54m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 05|16
(Hard SF) Fifty million years after the extinction of humanity, a new intelligent race tries to understand records left on the moon.
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1957 by Stephen Cox2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(SF Horror) Daniel is 17, attends a British boys school, and is very happy except in those moments when he remembers a very different life.
A Partial List of Lists I Have Lost Over Time by Sunil Patel2  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(SF Short-Short) Entirely via lists, the narrator tells a story about fighting his duplicate from another dimension.
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The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya2  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 192
(High Fantasy) Bethenica Morning, humble, penny-pinching accountant to the wealthy and powerful Nahemiah Froll, travels abroad to acquire a famous statue for her mistress.
(Historical Fiction) In the 1630s, two brothers move to the New World to escape religious persecution. This story covers 50 years of their lives there.
(Historical Fantasy) In 1879, little George and his big brother run away from their farm and sail down the river toward a new life in Pittsburgh
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1st Year Writers From Last Year

These stories from 2015 by writers in their 1st year of eligibility would qualify them as 2nd year eligible writers in 2016.
From a Remove by Alec Meden1  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueWar Stories from the Future 2015
(Military SF) Thrilling story set ~100 years from now where a young woman flies orbital combat missions for a "nation" that only exists on the Internet.
Windshear by Angus McIntyre1  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueMission: Tomorrow 2015
(Hard SF) Bruno has finished his work on a merleta, an airship in the Venusian stratosphere, and today he's going home to Brazil. Except there seems to be a problem with his transportation.
(Military SF) In 2041, the U.S. President issues a declaration of war.
No Gain by Aubry Kae Andersen1  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Maggie, a former champion gymnast, coaches a 16-year-old Uzbek, Sabina, who seems inhumanly focused on winning.
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ANTFARM by August Cole1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueWar Stories from the Future 2015
(Military SF) In the mid-21st Century, Captain Aaron Fung flies sorties in support of ground troops in a war in Yemen. His own AI and crowd-sourced support is more problematic.
Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
An illegal, near-planetary drag race for rather unexpected stakes.
Seven Kill Tiger by Charles W. Shao1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueThere Will Be War Volume X 2015
(Near-future SF) Zhang Zedong directs Chinese investments in Africa, but productivity is so poor his superiors are threatening him, so he considers drastic action.
Flashpoint: Titan by Cheah Kai Wai1  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueThere Will Be War Volume X 2015
(Military SF) A Japanese torch ship paying a visit to Titan gets a request for help from the colony, which is under attack.
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Acts Of Creation by Chris Avellone1  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueThe End Has Come 2015
(SF) Agnes interviews Reeves,  one of the "sensitives," whose uncontrollable psionic abilities have nearly destroyed civilization.
Trigger by Courtney Alameda1  Time: 29m (Novelette) 06/03/15
Micheline, a 15-year-old monster-fighter, wants to prove herself by taking down a scissorclaw that has already killed more senior fighters.
Mama by Eliza Gauger1  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Mama is vast, belt-born, seven feet long, and she's a legend from Luna Park to Styx Landing.
Red Legacy by Eneasz Brodski1  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 02|15
In an alternate Cold War, Marya works on a secret genetics project for Stalin, but her goals aren't quite what the Russians think they are.
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The Tip of the Tongue by Felicia Davin1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
The government has taken away everyone's ability to read, but Alice misses her books and wants to do something about it.
The Sentry by Frank Smith1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Rick has returned to the Titan colony from the Tethys war, but he and his family are having trouble adjusting.
A Brief History of Whaling with Remarks Upon Ancient Practices by Gabby Reed1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Learn all about whales in space.
Deep/Dark Space by Gabrielle Friesen1  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
In space, no one should hear a dog barking--especially not outside your spaceship.
Ossuary by Ian Muneshwar1  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 104
An AI in charge of an interstellar junk yard dreams of better things.
The Lexicography Of An Abusive But Divine Relationship With The World by Ilona Gaynor1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueTwelve Tomorrows 2016 2015
From the story itself: "This text relays the thoughts of an unremarkable woman, whose un-profound influence has ceased to effect the slighted of causes."
Plant Children by Jessica Yang1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Qiyan harmonizes her botany thesis with her desire for children--sort of.
We'll Be Together Forever by Joseph Allen Hill1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 59
A dysfunctional couple decides to make a love potion to prevent themselves from breaking up.
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If You Were an Award, My Love by Juan Tabo1 and S. Harris2  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueVox Popoli 06/05/15
(Satire) The narrator speaks to his politically-correct girlfriend as if she were a Hugo award.
Emergency Repair by Kate M. Galey1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Narrator desperately takes one of her androids apart in a race with time to save her lover's life.
Further North by Kay Chronister1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Two Turkish sisters struggle to survive in an Alaska ravaged by giant mutant worms.
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In 2001, just before the attacks, a girl out West has a very close encounter with space aliens.
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Two-Year Man by Kelly Robson1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Mikkel isn't very bright, but he cleverly supplements his janitorial job by scavenging useful items his superiors discard and bringing them home to his wife--then one day he brings home a mutant baby.
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Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson1  Time: 1h:02m (Novella) 06/10/15
Sylvain de Guilherand secretly uses a captive water spirit to provide indoor plumbing to Louis XV's Versailles, but the spirit is childish, playful, and getting bored.
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The Father by Kola Heyward-Rotimi1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 109
The church of the Goddess plans to sacrifice the engineers who recreated the "seeds of the goddess" for them, but Madhav plans to escape.
Unmother by Lex Wilson1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A unit of an intelligent alien parasite in a human brain finds evidence that the host's immune system is on to them.
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Midnight Funk Association by Mack Leonard1  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 259
Bunchess Taylor, a black musician in Detroit, learns that someone or something is poisoning Detroit's music when his assistant, "the white boy," buys an extra-sensitive piece of equipment.
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Tear Tracks by Malka Older1  Time: 23m (ShortStory) 10/21/15
(SF) Flur leads humanity's first mission to an alien race, the Cyclopes, with both scientific and diplomatic objectives.
Frozen Planet by Marian Womack1  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 76
Expedition to another planet is trapped in a snow storm and a crewman starts seeing hallucinations.
Space Bugs by Marianne Dyson1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Short-short. When Congress shuts down NASA, a couple of former astronauts think of a way to get it back.
(Military SF) Fresh from school, Alastair joins a near-future British intelligence unit that's trying to identify people before they become terrorists.
All Original Brightness by Mike Buckley1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Two disabled veterans of a near-future war meet in a virtual-reality world.
Wearing the Hat by Mike Reeves-McMillan1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Sockdolager Spring 2015
Fun fantasy tale in which Rose, a middle-aged general store owner, agrees to be "warden and postmaster" for the new government--even though other locals aren't reconciled to having lost the war.
Daedelus by Niall Burke1  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueHoldfast 6
(SF AI) The town's new computer system is working awfully well. The public have never been happier with their city government. Something is too good to be true.
Last Transaction by Nik Constantine1  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
On colony 13, citizen 79867 is about to have a very bad day, owning to an unauthorized transaction.
(Military SF) Newspaper article describes the events that led to a cyberwar between the US and Russia.
Your Right Arm by Nin Harris1  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 110
On a spaceship in the far future, Rasakhi tells the story of how the last human died.
The Museum and the Music Box by Noah Keller1  Time: 14m (ShortStory) 03/18/15
The last curator of a decrepit museum mourns his lost love and obsesses over the music box that might bring them back together.
It's All Relative at the Space-Time Café by Norman Birnbach1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
Bohr meets his ex, Jenny, at the café, where they reminisce about love and science in terms of puns.
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The Design Doyenne Defeats The Dullness by Paola Antonelli1  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueTwelve Tomorrows 2016 2015
Laetitia is a designer in a 2060s world that found science and technology to be dull. She urges people to take more risks.
After His Kind by Richard W. Strachan1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 259
The sole survivor of a colony ship nevertheless raises a host of rather strange children, and today he hosts a special ceremony at "the worm farm."
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The Fourth Fleet by Russell Newquist1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueThere Will Be War Volume X 2015
(Military SF) Pirates preying on shipping in the outer solar system keep evading capture with a mysterious stealth drive, but the US Space Navy is determined to get them.
The Extraordinary Extraterrestrial Togo Mouse from Ghana by Ryan W. Norris1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 03|15
Brett, a reporter, investigates Dr. Alex Jordan's claim to have discovered extraterrestrial life in Africa. Creatures so similar to mice that no one noticed how strange they were before.
(SF Humor) Eight magic pills, each with a different ability. Eight people who take those pills. And a whole universe to try to save.
Headwater LLC by Sequoia Nagamatsu1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 56
Headwater Bottled Refreshments sells bottled water with literally magical properties. Yoko works in the home office and knows that the mythical, aquatic, Kappa on the logo isn't so mythical.
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The Lamb Chops by Stephen Cox1  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Harry and Aiden have more problems than most couples, and it has nothing to do with them being gay.
Just Browsing by Stephen Lombard1  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A small-town librarian has to host aliens from Epsilon Cygni who for unknown reasons have asked permission to visit his library.
Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya1  Time: 12m (ShortStory) 02/11/15
Kim and Alana are two bodies sharing a single mind, which makes them world-class gymnasts--as long as they keep it a secret.
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Pure Attentions by TR Dillon1  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssuePure Attentions 2015
(YA Urban Fantasy) Max hates having to wait while his mom sees the doctor. The cafe where he waits is usually deserted, but today two strange little men show up. Men who're supposed to be invisible.

Writers With Unclear Eligibilty

The Drowning Line by Haralambi Markov2  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(Horror) Reinhart wanders in his sleep, drawn by the ghost of a long-dead ancestor determined to drown him.
Holding Hands With Monsters by Haralambi Markov1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueStories for Chip 2015
A horror story, in which the narrator meets the monster under the bed, and things go from bad to worse.
The Language of Knives by Haralambi Markov1  Time: 08m (ShortStory) 02/04/15
A man butchers the corpse of his husband to cook a meal for the gods, as required by his culture's funeral rites.
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15 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I'm not sure about Haralambi Markov. He's not confirmed by writertopia and his bibliography has several pre-2015 stories including a sale to an anthology that looks likely to have been pro.

    1. Thanks, moved him to the unclear eligibility section.

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    1. Hi Danyell, your ISFDB entry shows four pro publications in 2014 and one in 2015. If they don't count as qualifying works per the Campbell Award's FAQ, let me know and I'll get you added to this list as 1st year eligible on the basis of your Apex story.

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  3. After requests here, Twitter and on File770, adjusted first pro pub dates for Aidan Moher, Charlotte Ashley and Daniel Rosen in the spreadsheet and regenerated the page so their stories are now included.

  4. Hi! Isn't Ada Palmer first-year eligible? I believe her _Too Like the Lightning_, published in 2016, was her first fiction publication.

    Thanks for putting this list together!

    1. Hi Kat, this Campbell post is generated automatically from our spreadsheet of reviewed stories, and her story wasn't published in any of the 11 magazines or 11 anthologies that RSR reviewed in 2016. That's why there's an overlap of only 23 authors between this list and the Campbell Award website (as of today), with 117 unique to our list and 100 unique to theirs. Ada Palmer isn't in either list.

    2. Kat, this list is short fiction not novels. I believe Ada Palmer is eligible though, and I've already dropped her name to the admins of the Campbell website that Eric links to. They've only just started assembling the new first year list so don't read anything into her absence yet.

  5. Psst, the link in your sidebar still goes to last year's article.

  6. Hi, Greg and Eric,
    Just saw your list and think it's a great resource to find many of the eligible authors. Would like to collaborate to make sure the Writertopia list is more complete, especially in the markets you review.

    1. Thanks. We'd love to collaborate. I just sent you an e-mail, so we can discuss it.