Major Writing & Book Giveaways!

We are super excited to say we have some excellent binomo prizes available for people who buy the Orange Volume between 23rd November and 14th December, at 11:59 Pacific:

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For the first two people who donate at $30, we are offering a story critique (up to 7,000 words) by three Awkward Robots. Sold!

For the first five people who donate at $50, Sam J. Miller will create a totally personal, totally one-off illustration of the animal/monster of their choice, engaged in the activity of their choice!

The first person to buy a copy of the Orange anthology for $100 gets a pristine, signed first edition of Chocolat signed by Joanne Harris. 

First to buy a copy for $250 gets a pristine, signed first edition of Jonathan Safran Foer’s debut, Everything is Illuminated, signed by Foer.

And for those with the deepest pockets, the first to buy the anthology for $300 or more will get a pristine, fresh out of the box copy of Algis Budrys’s, Writing to the Point first edition.

Algis Budrys taught at Clarion for many years and this is a rare book,  much in demand. New copies of it sell on Amazon for a whopping $500 each!!

(Thanks to Jim Shea, Edna Budrys and the Clarion Foundation for the book donations.)

We’ll keep the post updated with what prizes have gone, be sure to check back. 

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The Orange Volume is here!

The Orange Volume collects original fiction from award-winning authors to support the Clarion Foundation’s hard work.

Time traveling gamers, levee-breaking mermaids, and frayed sanity aboard the first manned mission to Europa. It’s all packed between the pages of The Orange Volume.


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The cohesive Clarion class of 2012 is at it again. Last year they released The Red Volume and raised $1,500 for the Clarion Foundation. This year–just in time for Halloween—they’re following up with The Orange Volume. The eBook is available for pre-order this week on a pay-what-you-can basis, and goes live on October 31. Readers can snag a copy for free, or donate any amount from 99 cents up. All proceeds benefit the Clarion Foundation.

In the years since they left San Diego, the Awkward Robots have amassed an impressive list of publications, with pieces appearing in Lightspeed, Asimov’s, The New Yorker, Strange Horizons, Granta, Nightmare, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The table of contents includes Shirley Jackson Award winner and Nebula nominee Sam J. Miller, whose debut novel The Art of Starving was recently acquired by Harper Collins, and Dell Award winner Lara Elena Donnelly, whose debut novel Amberlough is forthcoming from Tor Books. 

Widely-acclaimed author Carmen Maria Machado, who faced off against Miller in the the novelette Nebula category, penned The Orange Volume’s introduction.

AwkBot Sarah Mack says “Clarion was just as valuable, if not more so, than four years of university. I emerged with a newfound purpose, belief in myself, lifelong friends, and tangible skills I’ve applied to my writing career.”

If one anthology isn’t enough, The Red Volume is still available for download on the AwkBot’s Gumroad site. Throw the ‘Bots a few bucks and support the Clarion Foundation. These eBooks are a great opportunity to grab some excellent science fiction for nearly free, while supporting the organization that made it possible.

The Orange Volume is available for pre-order on Gumroad. Follow @AwkBots2012 for updates.

Our 2014 Fundraiser is Complete

We’re proud to announce that we raised over $1200 for the Clarion Foundation with our inaugural anthology, not to mention the hundreds more raised during the 2014 Write-A-Thon proper. We’ve transferred the funds to the Foundation as of today, so any subsequent donations will be added to the pot for next year’s fundraiser (which we’re already working on–look for the Orange Volume in 2015!).

We’d like to again thank anyone who donated, downloaded, read, and/or promoted the Red Volume. If you still need a copy, the anthology will be archived for free download here.

Last Chance to Donate!

The response to the Red Volume has been really gratifying. Thank you to everyone who downloaded the book, plugged us on social media, and/or donated to the cause.

For those of you who haven’t taken the plunge yet, the Robots will officially be turning over all donations to the Clarion Foundation on Halloween, so please make any last-minute donations before then. (And don’t worry, penniless readers: after Nov 1, the anthology will become freely available here on the site.)

Red Volume Now Live

Awkward Robots Anthology: The Red Volume is now available for download. It’s a collection of widely-varied, imaginative and emotional stories from across the sf/fantasy/horror spectrum, all written by members of the Clarion Workshop class of 2012. Authors include Richard Yates Short Story Prize recipient Carmen Maria Machado and Shirley Jackson Award winner Sam J. Miller. Venerated speculative fiction writer (and 2012 Clarion instructor) Jeffrey Ford provides the introduction.

The anthology is offered as a pay-what-you-can fundraiser for the Clarion Foundation, with all net proceeds going to support future workshops. Use the link above to donate and grab the e-book via Gumroad, or donate directly via PayPal.

Please consider contributing to this renowned incubator for fresh new voices in genre fiction. Above all, enjoy the stories.