2018 Year-End Eligibility Post

This is a very exciting post for me to make. Back when my first ever short story was published in 2016, I didn’t know anything about eligibility or awards, and last year I knew but didn’t have anything eligible. This year, I finally have the knowledge and the stories, and I’m beyond thrilled to share with you!

So without further ado, please consider:

Sour Milk Girls (SF short story, ~ 6500 words, in January 2018 Clarkesworld)

Girls living in a Dickensian orphanage called “the Agency” with no memories of their past are thrown by the arrival of a new girl.

“The new girl showed up to the Agency on a Sunday, looking like an old dishrag and smelling like sour milk. Not that I could really smell her from three floors up through the mesh and bars, but there’s only three types of girls here, and she was definitely the sour milk kind.”

Available online in print and in audio.

Listed in Quick Sips Recommended Reading for 2018, on Fran Wilde’s List of “What I Read and Loved in 2018,” and on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List. Selected for Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4

Snake Season (Dark Fantasy short story, ~5700 words, in April 2018 The Dark)

A mother living on the bayou must deal with the ghosts of her past.

“We buried the first ones, nice and proper. It sounds foolish now, but what could we do? After all, they were still our children.”

Available online in print and audio.

One of AC Wise’s favorite short fiction of the year, on Maria Haskin’s recommended reading list for 2018, and on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List.

The Grays of Cestus V (SF short story, ~4400 words, in October/November 2018 Asimov’s)

An artist on a mining planet catalogues the grays that make up her world.

“He spits into the pit that the other mine-wives use to bake bread and I use to hold my easel, muttering under his breath about his sweat and my tears and our land of new opportunity. I call it the land of amashta, endless gray, and coat each syllable with just enough hate that even he can understand the meaning.”

Available in print in the September/October issue of Asimov’s and by email request.

On the British Science Fiction Association’s annual award long-list.

Thanks For The Memories (SF game, 10-15 minute playthrough, in December 2018 Sub-Q Magazine)

A woman wakes up with no memory of who she is and how she got there. You decide what she experiences of her past and the path she takes with her future.

“There are only so many times you can lose your name before you realize you are not meant to be found.”

Available to play here.

Thank you so much for your consideration – I hope you enjoy!


  1. Greg M. March 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Brilliant! I’m loving “Thanks for the Memories.” The Hugos are tricky when it comes to interactive work. I’d love to nominate it. What…category would you put it in? (Word Count may classify it as Short Story.)

    1. erin March 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thank you so much! I’m shooting you a longer email to say thanks properly, but for the record, I believe it would qualify in Novelette because the Hugos don’t distinguish between code and text (they just specify the number of words in the piece), and the combined length of both code and story is 10000 words (though the length of the actual story text is more like 6000).


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