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We begin March's round-up with a bit of prize news: Jenny Blackford's "Dicksonia Antarctica in Suburbia" (which is apparently "not quite spec fic, but definite speculative overtones") came joint second in the 2013 YB Years Poetry Prize. Meanwhile this year's Clarke Award shortlist includes Kameron Hurley and Ann Leckie: many congratulations to them. And in crowdfunding news, Alliteration Ink is running a Kickstarter to support Lucy A. Snyder's next book, Devils' Field; it's fully funded but runs until April 13th, if you want to support.

Lots on the poetry front this time: Ada Hoffmann's "The Parable of the Supervillain" appeared in Apex. David C. Kopaska-Merkel's "Spark" is up at Polu Texni. Deborah P. Kolodji has a haiku in the March 2014 issue of A Hundred Gourds. Jessy Randall has a collaboration with Ken Cenicola, "To Suck Your Blood I Have to Bite You", in Stirring. Andrew Kozma's "On the Fear of Being Swallowed by Literature" is in the new issue of Parody Poetry Journal. The theme of Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl this month was dragons. And the Winter 2014 Goblin Fruit includes Peg Duthie's "Spelling 'For Worse'" and Sally Rosen Kindred's "Said Rapunzel to the Wolf", Alexandra Seidel's "The Vow of Frozen Time", Sonya Taaffe's "Godfather Drosselmeyer", and more.

What about books? The Tropic of Serpents, the second novel in Marie Brennan's Lady Trent series, is out now (Hannah Strom-Martin reviewed book one for us very positively). Orrin Grey's novella Mutagenesis, a licensed work for the Iron Kingdoms game setting, was released by Privateer Press. A Full Load of Midnight, a collection of Chan Buddhist poetry co-translated by David Lunde and Mary M. Y. Fung, has just been published by Musical Stone Culture Ltd. in Hong Kong. Kristin Ann King self-published Misfits from the Beehive State, a short story collection of Utah-centred tales. Cecil Castellucci also published TIN STAR: A Simple Favor, a True 20 RPG based on her new SF novel Tin Star.

Stories: Daniel José Older's "Angie" is just up at Sarah Pinsker's "A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide" is in the March/April issue of F&SF. O.J. Cade has a new piece, "The Absence of Feathers", at Luna Station Quarterly. Seth Dickinson had two stories out in March: "Morrigan in the Sunglare" at Clarkesworld, and "Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation" in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Jenn Grunigen's "Cinderseed", a teaser for her forthcoming SF novel, was published by Sparkler Monthly. Ken Liu's "The Gods Will Not Be Chained" is in John Joseph Adams/Hugh Howey anthology The End is Nigh; also in the book, stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Megan Arkenberg, and Will McIntosh, among others. Liz Argall's "Love is a component of this story" appeared in Daily Science Fiction. James S. Dorr's "Avoid Seeing a Mouse", a what-might-have-been Y2K story, is reprinted in Altered America, an anthology from Martinus Publishing. And Tina Connolly's "On the Eyeball Floor" appeared in translation in the Argentinian magazine La Idea Fija.

And finally, nonfiction: K. Tempest Bradford's essay, "Invisible Bisexuality in Torchwood", was in Apex. Carmen Maria Machado's "The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf" appeared at The New Yorker blog. And Genevieve Valentine wrote about "The Full Boyle" in Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the AV Club.

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