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Mythic Delirium Books award eligibility post; C.S.E. Cooney BONE SWANS novella available now online • Mythic Delirium Books

Mythic Delirium Books award eligibility post; C.S.E. Cooney BONE SWANS novella available now online

January 21st, 2016 No Comments

Bone_Swans_ARC_frontI’m a bit behind everyone else in posting something like this, to which I apologize to the authors, who all deserve as much attention as possible for their terrific work. I have a reasonable excuse, though, as for the past three and a half months I’ve been preoccupied with finalizing all the e-book and paperback editions of books that I owed the backers of the Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter. There’s still plenty more to be done, but I’ve reached a point where I can tend to other tasks for a bit.

In 2015, Mythic Delirium Books published C. S. E. Cooney’s first ever collection of short fiction, Bone Swans: Stories. For any award that considers “best collection,” Bone Swans is eligible.

Bone Swans contained five novellas, four reprints and one original. That original novella, “The Bone Swans of Amandale,” is eligible for “best novella” and “best long fiction” consideration.

As of this week, we’ve made “The Bone Swans of Amandale” free to read online. Check it out here:


The Bone Swans of Amandale • C. S. E. Cooney


Our magazine, Mythic Delirium, published twelve original short stories last year, all of which would be eligible for any award that considers short stories published in 2015. They are:


Directions • Fred Coppersmith

The Coup in Elfland • Michael J. DeLuca

Moon Story • Vanessa Fogg

“Kid” Cooper & the Blackwood Ape-Man • Adam Howe

Her Pound of Flesh • Cassandra Khaw

The Absence of Words • Swapna Kishore

Sophia’s Legacy • Barbara Krasnoff

Pureland • Livia Llewellyn

The Sound of Blue • Sara M. Harvey

Sing the Crumbling City • C.S. MacCath

A Shadow on the Sky • Sunny Moraine

Maybe a Witch Lives There • Jessy Randall


We also published 25 poems in our magazine, and we had an additional special feature, a whole album of folk tale-based song lyrics from C. S. E. Cooney that tied into her Brimstone Rhine Indiegogo campaign. I’m going to attempt to break them down for Rhysling Award consideration by category.


Long poem:

Even in Arcadia • Kristine Ong Muslim

The Nagini’s Night Song • Shveta Thakrar

Visitation of the Oracle at McKain Street • Sheree Renée Thomas


Short poem:

The Secret Life of Cabinets • Anne Carly Abad

The City • Beth Cato

The Perfumer • Alicia Cole

A Primer for Reading 23 Pairs of Chromosomes, or, Introduction to Your Own Personal Genome Project • Jeannine Hall Gailey

Love Song • John Philip Johnson

Ariel’s Release • Sandi Leibowitz

Hedgerow Benediction • Sandi Leibowitz

Four Chambers • Shira Lipkin

A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist • Dominik Parisien

The Fallen Months • Wendy Rathbone

Time Travel Autumn • Wendy Rathbone

Artifacts • Judith Roney

Jupiter Dis(mis)ed • J.C. Runolfson

The Villain’s Coat • Hannah Strom-Martin

Aetiologies • Sonya Taaffe

Star Fishing • Shveta Thakrar

Philomela in Seven Movements • Natalia Theodoridou

The Nightflies • Sheree Renée Thomas

Dorothy Before Oz • Jane Yolen

Eating and Being Eaten • Jane Yolen

Mortar/Pestle • Jane Yolen

The Traveler’s Wagon Speaks • Jane Yolen

The Headless Bride song cycle, all lyrics by C. S. E. Cooney: “O Loathly Ones,” “Can of Worms,” “Lavender’s Darling,” “Mockingbird and Kestrel Girl,” “Chevalier,” “The Headless Bride,” “Black Widow’s Waltz,” “Barrow Brine”


If you missed any of these when we first published them, I hope you’ll take this opportunity for another look. And if you have any favorites, please consider giving them boosts in whatever manner feels right.




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