My writing was profiled on TOR.COM!

This is seriously one of those dreams you think will never happen. Or at least, I didn’t imagine it happening to me. But the insightful and generally awesome Haralambi Markov asked if he could profile my writing for his new column at Tor.com, and I practically threw myself through the computer screen to say yes.

Here is the absolutely lovely result: http://www.tor.com/2016/03/24/innumerable-voices-shveta-thakrar/.

I hope you enjoy! I sure did. *dancing on the moon*

Happy updates!

I’ve been hiding away from winter, finishing up the second draft of my novel and working on other projects, and now I have a couple happy pieces of news to share.

First, my story poem “A Love in Twelve Feathers” was nominated for a Rhysling award in the long poem category! I’m so delighted! Just look at the company it’s in.

Also, I sold a story, “Songbird,” to Flash Fiction Online. I can’t wait for you to read it!

Okay, back to the word mines I go . . .

My 2015 awards eligibility post

Hi! I thought you might like to know what I published in 2015 that’s eligible for speculative fiction awards. Last year was really a banner year for me, so I’ve got a few things on offer.

Short Story

Poetry

Long poem

Short poem

Thanks for the consideration, and definitely go look around to see what else is eligible, too. There’s so much great work to enjoy and nominate.

My Year in Writing

Well, it’s definitely been one amazing year, writing-wise, and since all my publications for 2015 are live, I thought I’d make a list here and remind myself what sticking with it year after year yielded this time around. :)


Nonfiction

“Thorns in My Throat” in The Toast (which led to the next two items)

“A Thousand Paper Cuts” to Kelly Jensen’s Feminism for the Real World anthology (out in 2017)

“Recounting in Rainbow” to People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction for its online essay series (starting January 2016)

Fiction

“She Sleeps Beneath the Sea” in Faerie magazine (with a forthcoming audio reprint in Cast of Wonders)

“The Rainbow Flame” in Uncanny magazine (and was recommended for the Tiptree Award!)

Reprint of “Lavanya and Deepika” sold to Paula Guran’s Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold anthology (out July 2016)

“Shimmering, Warm, and Bright” in Interfictions Online

“By Thread of Night and Starlight Needle” sold to Clockwork Phoenix 5 (out April 2016)

“The Shadow Collector” sold to Uncanny magazine (2016)

Poetry

“The Nagini’s Night Song” in Mythic Delirium (to be republished in Mythic Delirium: Volume Two)

“Shadowskin” in Strange Horizons

“A Love in Twelve Feathers” in Strange Horizons

“Star Fishing” in Mythic Delirium

“जंगली गुलाब/Jangli Gulaab (Briar Rose)” (details forthcoming)

Miscellaneous Wonderful Things

The Writing Excuses 2015 Retreat scholarship

The 2015 We Need Diverse Books grant


All in all, not too shabby, eh? Let’s see what 2016 brings, and in the meantime, I’m off to make more words.

Story sale to UNCANNY!

I’m so thrilled to announce that my creepy story, “The Shadow Collector,” will be in a future issue of Uncanny! 😀 That’s one of my favorite markets, and I couldn’t be happier that my weird, dreamy piece found a home there.

I can’t wait for you to be able to read it!

Really awesome news (WNDB grant)

I won one of the five inaugural Walter Dean Myers grants funded by We Need Diverse Books, and I am over the moon!

From the announcement:

October 29, 2015 (New York, New York) – We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™)has selected  the first five winners of its first ever Walter Dean Myers Grant: Naadeyah Haseeb, Jami Nakamura Lin, Yamile Saied Méndez, Shveta Thakrar, and Angela Thomas. The winners will each receive a monetary award of $2,000 to support their writing or illustrating career goals.

[ . . . ]

The Walter Dean Myers Grant is named in honor of the celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Walter Dean Myers was a lifelong advocate for diversity in youth literature, and a National Book Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His legacy can be seen in the thousands of lives he touched, including those of readers and authors alike. His legacy is also reflected in the We Need Diverse Books™ organization. WNDB™ seeks to honor his memory by establishing this grant in his name. Winners of the Walter Dean Myers Grant receive a monetary award of $2,000 to support their writing career goals.

Thank you so much, WNDB and the judging committee! I am so honored and grateful.