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Edmund R. Schubert

Edmund R. Schubert began his career as a writer in 2001. Since that time he has published approximately 35 short stories in a variety of genres, in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Britain. His short fiction has been included on storySouth's Year's Notable list; reprinted in The Writer's Post Journal's Year's Best issue; a #1 rated story on; a preliminary nominee for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Short Story; and First Prize Winner in Lynx Eye's Captivating Beginnings contest. Several of his stories have also been recorded as audio stories. In non-fiction, he has published an assortment of articles, interviews, essays, and book reviews.

In 2006 he took over as fiction editor of the online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show (usually referred to as IGMS, (, and has edited two magazines simultaneously ever since (he has also edited for various business magazines since 2005). Stories he edited and published in IGMS have been reprinted and/or received Honorable Mentions in numerous Year's Best anthologies, been finalists for a variety of national awards, and won the 2009 WFSA award for Best Short Story.

An anthology of IGMS stories was published in 2008 (Tor), co-edited by Schubert and Orson Scott Card. 2008 also saw publication of his first novel, Dreaming Creek (Lachesis Books). In 2010, Bella Rosa Books published a collection of essays on the craft and business of writing, How To Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, edited by Schubert and containing several essays written by him. In early 2011, a collection of his short stories titled, The Trouble With Eating Clouds, was published by Spotlight Publishing. He is currently writing a YA novel, and two new anthologies edited by him are also in progress.

Schubert served for two years as president of the Writer's Group of the Triad, a Greensboro, NC-based organization of approximately 100 writers. He has taught workshops and appeared on writing-related panels at conventions, library- and bookstore-sponsored programs, through the University of North Carolina-Greensboro's (UNC-G's) continuing learning program, through UNC-G's Center For Creative Writing In The Arts, and as a repeat special guest at Southern Virginia University's "Roads To Writing" workshops.

Despite all this, Edmund still maintains that his greatest achievement was when the underground newspaper he published in college made him the subject of a professor's lecture -- in abnormal psychology.

Oscar Wilde said, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." To which Edmund adds, "All it takes is looking at things from a slightly different angle."

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