Rebecca Campbell’s Arboreality Wins the 2023 Le Guin Prize for Fiction

We are so excited to share the news that Rebecca Campbell’s Arboreality has won the 2023 Ursula K. Le Guin $25,000 Prize for Fiction. We were astounded to have another title land on the shortlist, after Cynthia Zhang’s After the Dragons made the UKLGPF shortlist last year. To have a Stelliform Press book win the big prize this year is such a thrill and an honour.

Thank you to the judges William Alexander, Alexander Chee, Karen Joy Fowler, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Shruti Swamy, and to the shortlisted authors for their incredible work. Please check out their shortlisted books, especially if they’re published by a small press.

Check out the virtual awards ceremony recording, where you can hear author readings from all the shortlisted books and a touching acceptance speech from Rebecca Campbell. We are currently in the process of printing a special edition of the Arboreality paperback that will include a refreshed cover with gold foil title and and interior cover featuring botanical drawings of the science fictional tree arbutus aurum.

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Green Fuse Burning Launch

Green Fuse Burning Launch Poster.
Tiffany Morris's Green Fuse Burning Book Launch. Saturday Oct 13 4pm on Zoom. Not at CanCon? Grab a ticket. CanCon attendees access via Sched. Reading, Discussion, Prizes!

Join Tiffany Morris, Suzan Palumbo, & Stelliform Press to chat about Morris’s highly anticipated debut novella, the Indigenous swampcore Green Fuse Burning. The event is part of Can*Con programming on October 14th. If you’re a Can*Con attendee, the launch is accessible via Sched. If you are not at Can*Con, grab a ticket for free, or pick up a copy of Green Fuse Burning a discount.

Click here to reserve your ticket and receive Zoom login info.

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You Are My Sunshine Launch

Come to the launch for Octavia Cade’s You Are My Sunshine and Other Stories, a new eco-horror to solarpunk short story collection. Cade will be in conversation with Arthur C. Clarke winning author Laura Jean McKay, whose collection Gunflower is out in Australia and the UK early October. The conversation promises to be exciting and attendees have a chance to win a copy of Gunflower and other goodies.

Grab a free ticket or a ticket + discounted book here.

Octavia Cade YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE Book Launch announcement. Octavia Cade in Conversation with Laura Jean McKay.
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Sordidez at the LA Review of Books, A World Fantasy Nomination for The House of Drought, and an Arboreality Cover Art Win at the Aurora Awards!

We’ve had a busy month with the release of Sordidez and exciting news about a couple exciting awards.

E.G. Condé’s Sordidez at the LA Review of Books

Cover of SORDIDEZ, featuring art by Paulina Niño. The cover features a blend of watercolors in reds, magentas, oranges, teals, and blues, backgrounding a woman in a headscarf looking at the viewer with a melancholy gaze. She is surrounded by black vines and leaves. The title SORDIDEZ swoops over the woman's head in white cursive font. The author's byline is a slightly unstable or antique typewriter font also in white.

Taryne Jade Taylor has penned an extensive review of Condé’s novella, which situates the book within the history of a Latinx speculative fiction canon. The review also argues for the importance of dialogue between specific branches of Indigenous Futurism, such as the Taínofuturism which Condé is helping to found and the Mesofuturism with which it dialogues in the novella.

The review spent some time on the front page of the LA Review of Books website and how can be found here:

Taínofuturism, the Hope for a Better Future: On E. G. Condé’s “Sordidez” by Taryne Jade Taylor.

An Award Nomination for The House of Drought and a Win for Arboreality

The House of Drought cover featuring a ghostly hand holding a colonial mansion enwreathed in smoke amongst rice stalks.

Our 2022 novellas have already made a great showing on this year’s award ballots and now we get to add two more to the list. We’re thrilled to share that Dennis Mombauer’s The House of Drought has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

Find the full final ballot at

Cover of Rebecca Campbell's ARBOREALITY featuring a burning green leather book cover peeling back to reveal botanical drawings of a golden arbutus tree.

Rebecca Campbell’s Arboreality, which has already been nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award, an Ursula K. Le Guin Prize, and a Utopia Award, secured a win for Best Cover Art. The win goes to our fabulous cover artist Rachel Yu Lobbenberg. Find the full list of winners at the CSFFA website.

We are grateful to voters and judges for considering Stelliform’s work, and to the readers who make this whole endeavor possible.

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E.G. Condé’s Sordidez World Tour

Ok, we couldn’t swing events across the whole world, but Sordidez is coming to live events in the US, Canada, and Germany. From August to November 2023, E.G. Condé is travelling to bookstores and other venues to talk with special guests and audiences about his Taínofuturist science fiction novella Sordidez. An updated calendar of events, with links to RSVP at several bookstores, follows.

Poster for the Sordidez World Tour. with a picture of the cover and author E.G Condé, and a listing of the tour dates and locations. These dates and locations are listed in text form in the blog post.


August 1

Online Book Launch with Malka Older. 7pm EST.
Tickets are free and all are welcome to join this online book discussion. Discounted paperback and ebooks are also available.

Banner image for the Sordidez online launch. Featuring the Sordidez cover and author photos of E.G. Condé and Malka Older.

August 31

Porter Square Books. 7pm EST.
With Shingai Njeri Kagunda.
Porter Square Books
25 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140

Porter Square books event poster. With a Sordidez cover image and photos of E.G. Condé and Shingai Njeri Kagunda.


September 5

Keene State College.
More information about several Keene State Events is to come.

September 7

Word Up Books – Librería Comunitaria. 7pm EST.
With Victor Manibo.
2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032

September 8

Making Worlds Bookstore and Social Center. 6pm EST.
210 South 45th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

September 9

Iffy Books (Solarpunk AF). 7pm EST.
319 N. 11th St. #2I, Philadelphia, PA 19107

September 10

Little District Books. 6:30pm EST.
Barrack’s Row, 737 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20005

September 13

Red Emma’s Bookstore & Worker Cooperative. 7pm EST.
With Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.
3128 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD

September 14

Letters Bookshop. 7pm EST.
116 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

September 27

Büchergilde Bookstore & Gallery (with Live Stream). 7:30pm CET/12:30pm EST.
An d. Staufenmauer 9, 60311, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


November 15

Another Story Bookshop. 7pm EST.
315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto ON, Canada

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