This year I had 3 qualifying stories that are eligible for awards. If you are a nominating official for the Nebula or Hugo awards, I would be honored if you considered my eligible stories listed below. Thank you!
"Dissonnance" is a science fiction short story that appeared in Kaleidotrope's Winter 2020 Edition in January 2020. After Anne's ship crashes on an alien planet, she encounters a group of violent beings who delight in "stealing" her human memories. As the story's title suggests, Anne's assimulation to the planet (and its hosts) has her questioning what it means to be human.
"Bog Bonbons for my Bae" is a science fiction, fantasy, and romance mash-up short story that appeared in the inaugural issue of Achten Tan: Land of Dust and Bone, which is part of the Tales from the Year Between series. It was published in August 2020. "Bog Bonbons for my Bae" is a fun story where half-orc soldier (Kreshmore) and his weapons specialist (half-elf Willowmere) come to realize they both have feelings for one another while they travel overnight toward a bog.
More about this series: Part literary magazine, part writing club, part cult, and all creativity, Tales From the Year Between is the best-selling semi-annual speculative fiction anthology with a unique premise. I was an assistant editor for this volume.
"EchoDarling" appeared in an anthology called Cutter's Final Cut, Issue One: Unlikely Heroines in November 2020.
If you like fantasy historical settings, dragons, and a 16-year old fiesty main character named Lady Julie Darling who loses her home and inheritance all in span of a few hours, then you'll adore "EchoDarling." The story isn't light or fluffy. It deals with a few darker themes, to include forced marriages and death. Lady Julie Darling is forced to confront her true personality when her "echodarling" hatches (the animal inside the egg will mirror her personality) into a deadly dragon. I personally consider this story something of an "origins" story because I plan to write more in this world. Right now, in order to read the story, it must be purchased with the anthology, however, if you are a nominating official for the Nebula or Hugo awards, and if you're interested in reading the story, I will gladly send you a copy of the story. (HMU on Twitter, @kellywashwrites, or email kellywashwrites (at) gmail (dot) com.)