Hayley Keeton Is Our New Vice President Of Community Outreach

In our continuing quest to deliver youth-friendly fantasy and science-fiction and improve literacy, we are pleased to announce Hayley Keeton as our Vice President of Community Outreach. Reaching out to author and reader communities and building bridges with them will be among many of the tasks she will assume. “I’m excited to have Hayley join […]

Announcing Our New Executive Director

Azure Fire Publishing, an international non-profit striving to inspire literacy through fantasy and science-fiction writing challenges and publishing, is thrilled to welcome Leeland Artra to the Board of Directors and announce his selection as its new executive director.  The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Leeland served as operations manager for the […]

Describers vs. Prescribers: Reaching a Linguistic Common Ground

When I published my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proofread. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s […]

Lady Margaret Cavendish, Science Fiction Author of the 1600s

Who wrote the first science fiction story? Most people may mention authors like Mary Shelley or Jules Verne. A few may remember A True Story; a parody of travel tales set on the moon, written by the Greek-speaking Assyrian author Lucian of Samosata in the 2nd century AD. Remarkably few, however, will remember Lady Margaret […]

Cheryllynn Dyess Sirmans Is Our New Vice President Of Membership

Engagement and growth are essential to a successful organization, even more so when that organization is full of writers who all have a passion to deliver youth-friendly fantasy and science-fiction literacy. That is why we are so pleased to announce Cheryllynn Dyess Sirmans as our Vice President of Membership. Encouraging engagement via a variety of […]

In Praise Of Singular They

Azure Fire Publishing authors believe in editing our books to perfection before publishing them. Like most authors, part of our process involves beta readers. One of them recently complained about my use of singular they, which she assumed were typos. This prompted this post. What is Singular They? Wikipedia defines singular they as the use in English of the […]

The Brautigan Library Of Unpublished Manuscripts

Azure Fire Publishing is dedicated to promoting literacy and helping authors publish and promote their youth-friendly fantasy and science fiction books. We even offer free publication to the winners of our writing challenges. But what about those poor souls who never do manage to get published? The Brautigan Library If you’re an as yet unpublished writer, fret […]

Famous Author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up

I am sharing this infographic on famous author rejections, created by the very talented Kiara Halligan for GalaxyEssay. If you want to help ensure that more worthy books are published, please consider a donation to AFP or a gift of stock! Famous author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up A publisher once wrote a rejection […]

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