Parsec Dreaming!

by Doc Coleman on April 22, 2011 · 4 comments

in Asides, Every Photo Tells..., Parsec Awards, Short Stories

Giddy!  I am giddy! Want to know why? I’ll tell you why. This time last year, I was just a tech blogger with aspirations to be a podcaster.

This year, I’m a Parsec Award Nominated writer.

Let’s say that again. Now, I have my own podcast, I’m a regular on the Galley Table Podcast, I’m a contributing writer to Flying Island Press’ Flagship Magazine and the Every Photo Tells… podcast, and I am a Parsec Award Nominated writer!


If you’ve not heard of the Parsec Awards, the Parsec is an award for excellence in Podcasting that is given out every year at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. The Parsecs are given out to shows that are deemed to embody the best of Speculative Fiction for each year. Speculative Fiction embodies Fantasy, Horror, and Sci-Fi elements in storytelling.

Mur LaffertyMichael R. MennengaTracy Hickman founded The Parsec Awards in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media.

Podcast shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside of podcasting. Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality.

So, the easiest part of the process is getting nominated. But it is still an honor because someone out there liked my work enough to nominate it. Or three someones. Because I didn’t just get nominated for one story. I got nominated for all three stories I did for the Every Photo Tells… podcast. If you’d like to check them out, those stories are Episode 24 – The Gift, Episode 32 – Welcome to Paradox, and Episode 51 – The Price of Surrender. Nominations end June 1st. At that point, we’ll have to wait and see if any of my stories move on to the Finalist stage.

If you’d like to see who else was nominated, you can check it out here.

Fingers crossed!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nuchtchas April 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Awesome! I’m so proud of you Doc. Your podcast was on my short list of nominations, but I have yet to get around to doing it.


2 Doc Coleman April 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Thanks. Although I don’t think my podcast can qualify for the Parsec. Although the Galley Table might. But I am very happy that someone enjoyed my Every Photo Tells stories enough to nominate them.



3 Brand Gamblin April 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

Congratulations! And I know the feeling. I think I’m set up for my fifth Parsec loss this year. I have more Parsec losses than anybody, and I’m not about to lose the Susan Lucci crown now. 🙂


4 Doc Coleman April 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thanks, Brand! I know that nominations usually don’t turn into awards, but it is still exciting the first time you get nominated.
Actually, I would hope that it is exciting every time you get nominated. Good luck with your Parsec run this year.



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