Paradise Lost 7

We’re getting everything updated for Paradise Lost 7. Stay tuned for announcements!

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Paradise Lost event suite

The event suite is room 1457 in the San Fernando tower, which can be accessed from the 6th floor.

Come get your welcome packets!



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Critique Submissions are due March 15th

Submissions for Critique Track:
Submissions are due by March 15th, 12 pm CST

They may be up to five thousand words, which may be either a work of short fiction or an excerpt from a longer work. If you are submitting a novel, it is acceptable to send a novel synopsis, outline, or other supporting material, though it is not required reading.

Submissions should be in the standard manuscript format, saved in rich text format.

The file naming convention is the first letter of your given name, your last name, underscore the story name.


Sean Kelley
“A Retreat too Far.”

Email submissions to

Once all submissions are collected and sorted, we will be sending out dropbox links to the email address you registered with so you can get your group reading packets. That typically takes our staff about a week to complete.

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And the Jay Lake Scholarship essay contest winner is…

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

This year’s essay contest saw twice as many submissions as last year, and the quality of the writing was excellent. Everyone on staff at Paradise Lost 6 was impressed by the effort and passion that went into them. To all the entrants, thank you. We encourage you to try again next year.

Please, join us in congratulating Sandra. We are looking forward to her joining us this spring in San Antonio with Ken Scholes, Fran Wilde, Jaye Wells, and Walter Jon Williams.


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Changes in Communication


We are improving how we share information with you about the Paradise Lost writing workshop.

We currently blog here, Tweet, and post Facebook event updates. We have a Google group to help you stay in touch as a writing community too. That is a lot of places to look for information, and we will keep doing this, but we want to make it easier for you to receive event updates, so we have created a mailing list.

You can sign up today and never have to worry about missing Paradise Lost news again! Don’t worry, we will never share information with anyone outside of Paradise Lost.


Be on the lookout! We will announce Paradise Lost 6 registration opening very soon. (Psst, It’s in September)


The PL Crew



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2nd Annual Jake Lake Memorial Scholarship Contest

Is now accepting applicants.  You know what to do!


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Paradise Lost 5







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Paradise Lost 5 is coming!


We hope you’re doing well. A few reminders.

Submissions are due no later than March 15th.

If you haven’t booked your hotel, please get that done. The room block will close out at the end of March.

Some of you have asked about staying in touch with us better. Did you know there is a Paradise Lost email list on Google Groups?

You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook,.

Good luck getting your submissions together!

The PL Crew


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Announcing the winner of the Jay Lake Memorial Scholarship Contest

The essays have been submitted, read, judged, and Paradise Lost, in celebration of his life and dedication to helping other writers, is honored to announce the first ever winner of they Jay Lake Memorial Scholarship contest is:

Spencer Ellsworth

Spencer Ellsworth

Spencer Ellsworth has been writing since he learned how. For inspiration, he’s worked in special education, wilderness survival, and now as an administrator and teacher at a small tribal college in the Lummi Nation outside Bellingham, Washington. His work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and many others. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife and three children.

Please help us congratulate Spencer as he will be joining us this year in San Antonio at Paradise Lost V as a participant in the critique track as his prize. Chuck Wendig has promised not to bite him.



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Your Paradise Lost V Professional Staff


We’re honored to introduce you to the Paradise Lost 2015 Professional staff:

Chuck Wendig

Delilah S. Dawson

Robert J. Bennett

What an amazing line up!

How can you join this triumvirate of writing craft magnificence?

Registration opens September 1, 2014

Be there, or don’t, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. Paradise Lost V is not a writing workshop you want to miss.




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