The Traitor Baru Cormorant Sweepstakes!

The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers is truly one of a kind: an eleven-day residential writing workshop that trains teens from 14 to 19 years of age in the craft of writing genre fiction. We want to send you a galley of the eagerly anticipated The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Alpha alumnus Seth Dickinson, out in September from Tor Books and Tor UK, and let you know how you can support Alpha now!

Check below for the rules and Dickinson’s own words on how Alpha helped him write The Traitor Baru Cormorant!

This year, Alpha will host accomplished authors Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Tamora Pierce, and Alaya Dawn Johnson as guest instructors. You can help support Alpha’s scholarship fund and learn more here.

Says Dickinson of his own experience in the program: “When I was sixteen I went to the Alpha SF/F workshop with dreams of writing and a faint sense that somehow, though a complicated process of grown-ups and whiskey, books could yet be published. Alpha gave me a plan, skills for craft and business, and a wonderful community of friends and critics.

A few years later, fresh from college, I came back to Alpha as an instructor, and right there in the same common room I remembered, I hit on the idea for The Traitor Baru Cormorant in a conversation with a fellow student-turned instructor. Conversations with my fellow alumni helped me write the book, and fix it, and sell it. Conversations with my fellow alumni helped me understand why diversity in writing was so important, and why it mattered so much that Alpha’s classes are almost entirely young women. 

I hope I can help other young people have an idea, get a plan, and join the conversation.”

Comment in the post below to enter to win a galley of The Traitor Baru Cormorant!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 2:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on March 17. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on March 21. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor:, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.


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