Room change for YA Writing Workshop

The 11am-1pm YA writing workshop with Geoffrey Landis and Mary Turzillo has been moved from the Danforth Lounge to the Alumni Lounge in the Cohon University Center at CMU. The main entrance is closed by the construction so you need to use the campus-side entrance farthest from Forbes Ave.

Please bring an original genre opening if you don’t mind your work to be discussed. They will be signing their books after the 2pm-3pm lecture by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman in 2315 Doherty Hall.

About the judges of the short story contest

Gregory Feeley

Gregory Feeley

Kentauros by Gregory Feeley


Gregory Feeley writes science fiction and about science fiction. His first novel, The Oxygen Barons, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. His stories have been finalists for the Nebula Award and published in various Year’s Best anthologies, and his essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Book World, and USA Today. His most recent novel is Kentauros.

J.L. Gribble

J.L. Gribble


Steel Victory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, Steel Victory, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for Far Worlds, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online: J.L. Gribble, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

Mike Allen Photo by Anita

Mike Allen
Photo by Anita



Mike Allen is the author of Unseaming, a 2014 Shirley Jackson Award finalist for best story collection, and editor and publisher of the magazine Mythic Delirium and the critically-acclaimed anthology series Clockwork Phoenix. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist for best short story. He lives in Roanoke, VA, with his wife and creative partner Anita, two loquacious cats and a comical dog. You can follow his exploits as an editor at Mythic Delirium, as a writer at Descent into Light and as both on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.

Parsec Short Story Contest Winners

Here are this year’s Parsec Short Story Contest winners:

  • 1st place – “An Occurrence at Owlskirk” by Paul Dixon (Seattle,Washington)
  • 2nd place – “The Eastside Wasteland has a Winning Team” by Les Abernathy (Montgomery, Alabama)
  • 3rd place – “Voices from Antiquity” by Elizabeth Spencer (Corvallis,Oregon)

Judges for the 2015 Parsec Short Story Contest were:

Gregory Feeley, J. L. Gribble and Mike Allen (Click here for a writeup about the judges: Judges)

Triangulation Indiegogo Campaign!

Click here–> Triangulation Kickstarter

Parsec Ink (a subsidiary of Parsec, Inc.) is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to promote the new SF/F/H short story anthology called Triangulation: Lost Voices. Due out in July 2015, this is a very nice collection of short stories from writers all over. This selection of 21 stories is the best from 450 submissions! Check out the campaign to learn about our illustrious editor, Jamie Lackey Stefko, and discover the valuable rewards for being one of the first to contribute.
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“Wild Food” presentation

Acquired Taste is a Pittsburgh-based food-themed reading series, held at various locations, each featuring several local or traveling authors. On Friday, May 29th, at 7 p.m., Acquired Taste presents “Wild Food” at The Smiling Moose on East Carson Street, featuring readings by Aubrey Hircsh and Mark Brazaitis, plus a tale of psychic apocalypse in miniature rock-opera form, “Bonnie Wipes It All Clean”, by perennial Pittsburgh art punks Tecumseh EQs. All attendees will receive a limited addition copy of the libretto. The band is fronted by mustachioed Parsec devotee Douglas “Pete” Gwilym.