Announcement: Stelliform Acquires Sim Kern’s SEEDS FOR THE SWARM in a 3-book Deal!

We are super excited to announce that we will be bringing you not only Sim Kern’s first full novel, but three of them! The first book, Seeds for the Swarm, will be released in late fall 2022, with books two and three following on a yearly schedule.

Image of a Publishers Marketplace Deal Report. Text reads: Environmental journalist and author of DEPART, DEPART! Sim Kern's SEEDS FOR THE SWARM, in which college students discover a terrible secret about the future climate tech they're researching and turn on the school's billionaire backers, to Selena Middleton at Stelliform Press, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall of 2022, by Mariah Nichols at D4EO Literary Agency.

We’re delighted to work with them again on this ambitious, radical, and very much needed story. More details to come as we have them.

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Review: Premee Mohamed’s THE ANNUAL MIGRATION OF CLOUDS

Cover of Premee Mohamed's THE ANNUAL MIGRATION OF CLOUDS, featuring a magpie with thin green branches protruding from its body.

In the spirit of previous conversational reviews (see our reviews of Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians and Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness), Kristen Shaw and Selena Middleton sat down to chat about Premee Mohamed’s latest novella, a work of climate fiction set in Alberta.

We adored the book (and are hoping for a sequel someday) and we chat at length about the important elements this book is bringing to the climate fiction subgenre. So often climate fiction relies on big gestures and catastrophic collapses. This book is quiet and lovely and terrifying and hopeful. Read everything we have to say about it over at the Ancillary Review of Books, who were kind enough to publish our review.

Read “The Tangible and Ephemeral Intimacies of Climate Fiction: Review of The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed” at the Ancillary Review of Books now.

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Sim Kern’s DEPART, DEPART! is on the Otherwise Award Honor List!

We’re thrilled to share that Sim Kern’s DEPART, DEPART! is on the Otherwise Award (formerly the Tiptree Award) Honor List with many incredible books and stories. Congrats to Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki on his Otherwise win for “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon” a novella included in the Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora anthology (which we reviewed here).

2020 Otherwise Award Honor List poster

The Otherwise Award Honor List

The Otherwise Award Honor List is a great place to find pioneering works of speculative fiction addressing gender issues. Be sure to check out the following titles:

  • R.B. Lemberg, The Four Profound Weaves
  • Anya Johanna DeNiro, City of a Thousand Feelings
  • Maggie Tokuda-Hall, The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
  • Sim Kern, Depart, Depart!
  • Chana Porter, The Seep
  • Isabel Fall, “Helicopter Story”
  • Amy Griswold, “Custom Options Available”
  • Maria Romasco Moore, “The Moon Room”

Read more about the Otherwise Award winner and Honor List on the Otherwise Award site.

Award Nominations for both 2020 Titles

We were especially thrilled to learn of DEPART, DEPART!’s finalist status for the Otherwise Award because this means that both our 2020 titles are now award nominated. In March we announced that Michael J. DeLuca’s NIGHT ROLL was a Crawford Award Finalist. As a new small press, it is absolutely indicative of the quality and importance of these stories, as well as the work we put into our titles, that they have both been recognized by important awards in speculative fiction.

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2021 Open Submissions Call: A Quick Chat with Book Cover Artist Rachel Lobbenberg

We’re open for general submissions as of September 1st and now excitedly diving into the wonderful speculative stories you’re sending us. Following our video series introducing writers the press, we’re sharing a short interview with Rachel Lobbenberg, the artist for the Impossible Resurrection of Grief cover, and the typographer for After the Dragons.

Poster featuring a photo of book cover artist Rachel Lobbenberg with pictures of the book covers she worked on: Octavia Cade's THE IMPOSSIBLE RESURRECTION OF GRIEF and Cynthia Zhang's AFTER THE DRAGONS.

What is your artistic background? What kind of art do you do for your job? What kind of art do you do for fun?

I have a combined Fine Art and Digital Media degree, and have been working as a designer and art director in the corporate marketing world for more than a decade; however, I am a newbie to the book publishing world – this is my first book cover design job. I’m enjoying the process and quite happy with the results so far!

What was your process for the cover for The Impossible Resurrection of Grief?

When Selena Middleton, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Stelliform Press, reached out to me, she already had a specific vision on the book cover design. After I learned about the story, the vision I created aligned with Selena’s. We agreed that the cover had to be dark, dramatic, yet vibrant. It had to have a punch to it like the book’s title.

For the cover design, I used a spotlight to feature these exotic and amazing animals [the thylacines] that are involved in the story, and juxtaposed them with a dark and yet rich in texture funereal background to convey the vibe of the story. Inspired by the Romanticism movement, I added some vibrant and jewel like plants to form a pyramidal composition, to create a dramatic, mysterious and vivid visual effect.

Tell us about the typography you did for After the Dragons.

The book has a majestic dragon in the center of the artwork, and I want the typography to bring out its liveliness. So I designed the title to intertwine with the dragon, with just enough subtlety to complement its subject and not too much to take away from the brilliant artwork.

I am very happy with the results for both covers, and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to create more interesting book cover artwork.

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2021 Open Submissions Call: Intro Videos Series

We’re open for general submissions as of September 1st. We’re still a fairly new press with two years of publications (four books) under our belt. But submitting a novel, novella, or short story collection that you may have been working on for years can be daunting. We want to give you more information about the press so that writers can feel confident in submitting their stories.

We’ve created a series of videos about the press including, an intro to the press’ origin and mission, what kinds of stories we’re looking for, our team and our process, and some testimonials from our authors. We’ll follow this up with a brief text interview with Rachel Lobbenberg, our book cover artist.

Video 1: A Brief Intro to the Press

Video 2: What Kind of Stories Are We Looking For?

Video 3: Our Team and Our Process

Video 4: Author Experience

Curious about our book cover design process?

Follow the link to read a short interview with book cover artist Rachel Lobbenberg, to did art and typography for The Impossible Resurrection of Grief and After the Dragons respectively.