Book submissions for the 2016 Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival will be accepted from January 4 to July 31, 2016.

Dear Literary Arts Insider,
Earlier this month, we announced the 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists and fellowship recipients. Winners will be named at the 29th annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 11, hosted by the award-winning author Heidi Durrow.
Oregon Book Awards Ceremony
Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Gerding Theater at the Armory
Tickets start at $10, available at

By the time you read this, Novelspot will have already started celebrating the grand opening of its official domain, It's been a long, long time in coming, but I'm happy, even thrilled, to say that the site looks terrific. More than that, it's functional (emphasis on fun).

Until now, Novelspot has mostly been involved in the review of romance and erotica books, but that ends with our grand opening, because I'm in charge of the speculative fiction section of the site, which means you're in good hands (or tentacles, when I'm not in my human form).