Vylar Kaftan

Vylar Kaftan writes speculative fiction of all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream. She was nominated for a a 2012 Nebula Award for her novella “The Weight of the Sunrise”, and a 2010 Nebula Award for her short story “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno.” Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Clarkesworld. Her work has been reprinted in Horror: The Best of the Year, honorably mentioned in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and shortlisted for the WSFA Small Press Award.
A graduate of Clarion West, she’s volunteered for that group as well as the Little Owls mentoring program for young writers. She’s a member of SFWA, Codex, Broad Universe, and the Carl Brandon Society. In 2011, she founded FOGcon, a new literary-themed science fiction and fantasy convention in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She lives with her husband Shannon in northern California. Her hobbies include modern-day temple dancing and preparing for a major earthquake. Her favorite color is all of them. She prefers the term “differently sane.”
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To read her work, see the Bibliography page.


  • 1-31-14 "Spellsketching" published at Daily Science Fiction.
  • 12-16-13 "Through the Cooking Glass" reprinted at Toasted Cake.
  • 12-4-13 "Christmas Wedding" reprinted at GigaNotoSaurus.
  • 12-4-13 Sale to Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
  • 10-4-12 Sale to Kaleidoscope anthology.
  • 10-1-13 Sale to Daily Science Fiction.
  • 8-17-13 Posted Worldcon schedule.
  • 6-1-13 "Two-Minute Warning" published in Glitter & Mayhem.
  • 4-12-13 Sale to Glitter & Mayhem.
  • 3-14-13 FOGcon 3 was excellent!
  • 12-25-12 "Seeking Captain Random" podcast at Podcastle.
  • 12-23-12 Published "The Weight of the Sunrise" in Asimov's.
  • 10-25-12 "Lion Dance" podcast at Escape Pod.
  • 10-3-12 Sales to Escape Pod and Pseudopod.
  • 9-12-12 Published "Lion Dance" in Asimov's.
  • 8-2-12 Interviewed at Luc Reid's site.
  • 7-20-12 Sale to Asimov's.
  • 7-15-12 Podcast at Toasted Cake.
  • 7-13-12 Published "The Suicide Witch" at Daily Science Fiction.
  • 7-2-12 Published "Skin Deep" at Redstone SF.
  • 4-11-12 Sale to Redstone SF.
  • 4-2-12 FOGcon 2 was awesome! Stay tuned for news of FOGcon 3.
  • 3-26-12 Sale to Asimov's.
  • 2-25-12 Updated biography.
  • 2-14-12 Interviewed on the SFWA site.
  • 1-30-12 Sale to Daily Science Fiction.
  • 12-6-11 Published "The Sighted Watchmaker" at Lightspeed.
  • 9-8-11 FOGcon 2 will be Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2012. See for details.
  • 9-8-11 Interviewed at Shimmer's blog about storywriting techniques.
  • 9-7-11 Sale to Lightspeed.
  • 9-6-11 Podcast "Kill Me" at Escape Pod.
  • 4-26-11 "Three-Legged Bird" reprinted at ChiZine.
  • 4-6-11 Sale to Realms of Fantasy.
  • 3-11-11 The first FOGcon was a huge success! Stay tuned for news about next year.
  • 3-1-11 Published "Hero-Mother" at GigaNotoSaurus.
  • 2-28-11 FOGcon is coming up soon! See for details.
  • 2-22-11 "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno" has been nominated for a Nebula Award!
  • 1-4-11 - Published "Mind-Diver" at Abyss & Apex.
  • 12-23-10 - Podcast "Christmas Wedding" at Escape Pod.
  • 11-30-10 Reprinted "Civilization" in Brave New Worlds.
  • 11-1-10 Published "The Orange-Tree Sacrifice in Way of the Wizard.
  • 10-15-10 - Published "Witness" in Redstone Science Fiction.
  • 6-24-10 - Sale to Redstone Science Fiction.
  • 6-20-10 - Published "Three-Legged Bird" in Black Static.
  • 6-4-10 - Added 2009 publications and quotes to Bibliography page.
  • 6-1-10 - Published "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno" at Lightspeed Magazine.
  • 5-19-10 - Sale to Way of the Wizard anthology and reprint (podcast) to Escape Pod.
  • 4-30-10 - Sales to GigaNotoSaurus and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
  • 10-19-09 - Updated bibliography and announced sale to Lightspeed Magazine.
  • 3-8-09 - Site renovated. Welcome to my new website! Let me know what you think.