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J. M. McDermott is currently eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years.

J M McDermott's short fiction is appearing or forthcoming in Weird Tales Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and numerous other places.

By day, he writes video games for Xaviant Software, in Alpharetta, GA.

He maintains a blog at


J. M. McDermott's Campbell-qualifying work:
"Last Dragon." Wizards of the Coast Discoveries, Feb 2008.

(Available as an inexpensive eBook from Apex Book Publishing)

#6 on's Years Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2008
Locus Recommended Reading List, Debut
Shortlisted for the Crawford Prize for First Fantasy

Qualifying Short Fiction:

-"The Lady or the Tiger" - Apex Magazine, February 2010



- "Robert Shirtliffe" in Tipton Poetry Journal #4
-"Night Flight" in Tipton Poetry Journal #7
-"Lacerta - a Constellation Named by Johannes Hevelius" in GUD Magazine #3
-"3 Poems Called Cosmic" in Abyss and Apex, 3rd Quarter, 2008

-"The Umbrella King" forthcoming from Illumen

Nominated for a Rhysling Award for "3 Poems Called Cosmic" in long form category.


-"Dedalus and the Labyrinth" forthcoming in Weird Tales Magazine, #355

-"Death's Shed" forthcoming in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

-"Gods of the Spiderhole" in Fantasy Magazine, August 2008

-"I Am Nature" Dark Recesses Press #4,

    and Podcast at on December 25, 2007

-"Last Star" Coyote Wild Magazine #1.5


-"Man in the Mountain" in New Myths #1

-"The Lovesong of Jack McNally" in Atomjack Magazine #9

-"The End of Her World" in Dark Recesses Press #9, reprint forthcoming from 3-Lobed Burning Eye

-"Seven of Pentacles" in Behind the Wainscot #14


-"Dave Jones and the Survivor" in Atomjack Magazine #12

-"The Botanist's Wife" One Minute Weird Tale no. 1

-"Speaking of Butterflies" in Brain Harvest, May 3 2009 (