WSFA Small Press Award - Ursula Vernon's 2015 Acceptance Speech

   
Thank you all. I'm very honored to have been nominated, and to have my story standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such amazing work.
I would like to thank the WSFA for supporting small presses this way. Large chunks of my career have been built on the back of small presses, and without their hard work, I wouldn't have had anywhere for my stories to go. Apex Magazine, who published Jackalope Wives, was not just the publisher. Sigrid Ellis, the editor at the time, actually commissioned the story, at a time when I didn't think of myself as being able to write short stories--I thought I was writing weird little fictional blog posts with a beginning, middle and end, and it was Sigrid who said "That's a short story and you will write me one!" It seems to have worked out well. I would also like to thank Jason Sizemore, the current editor of Apex, who has worked so tirelessly to promote my work, and the various other editors who had followed Sigrid's lead over the last year or two and grabbed me by the collar and said "You will write us a thing!" This is a very haphazard way to run a career, and without the amazing people running small presses, it would not work at all.
There are a bunch of other people I could thank and who will probably silently judge me for not having thanked them, but I am currently on book tour, so my brain is not what it was a week ago. I wish I could be there in person to accept. Believe me. I am currently talking to auditoriums full of third-graders, usually two or three hundred at a time, so I REALLY wish I was there to accept in person.
Thank you.