This year we managed to assemble eighty complete stories and two novel excerpts, from 43 of the eligible candidates for the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We managed to track down a supplemental list of another 58 writers who either elected not to participate, or who we didn’t learn about in time to approach for the anthology. There are even more names listed at Writertopia.com, because none of us knew they’d qualified until after the 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology was out the door, and I would encourage anyone who is able to nominate writers on this year’s Hugo/Campbell ballot to investigate all of them. Readers and writers need each other, and the window of Campbellian eligibility is an excellent time for the two to connect.
Note: I am not making any specific recommendations one way or the other, since I also happen to be eligible. The Campbell is an award that deserves more attention, and each writer who manages to qualify also deserves recognition. I'll be doing this anthology as an annual project for the foreseeable future, because nominations are more meaningful when selected from a broad spectrum than from a limited palette.