Learn more about the sponsors of the 2021 Nebula Conference below.



4theWords is an online writing game that helps writers create more easily using game mechanics like battling monsters, in-game reward items, challenging quests, as well as a fully immersive world in which to explore. 4thewords is here to boost daily word count and to help writers maintain a consistent writing habit.

chicon 8

Chicon 8: the 80th world science fiction convention

Chicon 8 is the eighth Worldcon to be held in Chicago. The soul of science ficiton and fantasy is a sense of wonder and endless possibilities. In honor of that, Chicon 8 presents a theme of, “Take to the Stars,” infusing possibilities into all we do. Join Chicon 8 in the city by the lake in 2022.


khōréō Magazine

khōréō is a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction and migration. khōréō is dedicated to diversity and elevating the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors writing fiction, genre non-fiction, and creating art. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term.

cutscene university

cutscene university

Cutscene University was founded in 2020 with one goal in mind: to teach the fundamentals of narrative analysis by using over thirty years worth of vibrant, dynamic video game stories. Their site features general essays on the essentials of storytelling, using commonly-known video games as examples, and in-depth essays that analyze individual games in detail. This multi-pronged approach allows readers to learn in the style of their choosing, whether it’s by starting with the basics, or diving in with their favorite games.

Podium Audio

Podium Audio

Podium Audio is an audio-first entertainment studio and independent audiobook publisher that finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content. Podium gained international notice for turning unknown author Andy Weir’s e-book The Martian into the most successful science fiction audiobook in the world.

temple dark books

temple dark books

Temple Dark Books is a brand new independent publishing house based in Ireland and Orlando, Florida. This year, they present Nebula Conference attendees with three Science Fiction titles in their 2021 catalogue. They also offer tools and services (like cover art, advertising materials and social media promotion) for independently-published authors.

Tor Books


Tor Books is one of the world’s premier publishers of science fiction and fantasy novels and novellas. Well-known authors recently published by Tor and Forge include Andre Norton, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Susanna Clarke, Allan Folsom, Eric Lustbader, Elizabeth Haydon, Christopher Pike, and Philip K. Dick.

Clarion West Writers Workshop

clarion west writers workshops

Clarion West supports emerging and underrepresented voices by providing writers with world-class instruction to empower their creation of wild and amazing worlds. Through conversation and public engagement, they bring those voices to an ever-expanding community and foster greater equity and inclusion in the speculative fiction world.

Candlewick Press

candlewick Press

Candlewick Press arrived on the scene with some of the highest-quality picture books available. Since then, their offerings have grown to encompass all ages, with formats from board books to e-books and content from high-end novelty to cutting-edge fiction. It’s a challenging new world, with an entirely new generation of storytellers coming of age and wielding new tools. Whatever the future brings, Candlewick will remain single-mindedly focused on one simple aspiration: creating and publishing the very best stories for children and young readers.

Uncanny Magazine

uncanny magazine

Uncanny Magazine is an online Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine featuring passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in diverse SF/F culture. Each issue contains intricate, experimental stories and poems with verve and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs, from writers of every conceivable background. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

Liminal Fiction

liminal fiction

Liminal Fiction is an inclusive directory of speculative fiction titles in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and horror. The site connects readers to the authors and books they love with links to purchase titles from a variety of sources, including publishers, distributors, and in many cases the authors themselves.



A suite of tools can help authors visualize plot points, automate outlines, and easily export to Word and Scrivener.

TJ Berry - Space Unicorn Blues

tj berry

TJ Berry has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Los Angeles with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. Author of Space Unicorn Blues and Five Unicorn Flush from Angry Robot Books. She’s on Twitter @TJBerry.

L.E. Grabowski "Worldbuilding"

l.E. grabowski

L.E. Grabowski is a writer, gamer, and kung fu nerd. He’s been building fantasy worlds since he was a teenager and pursuing writing in a serious fashion since about age 30. It’s one of the few things he does in a serious fashion.

Kurth Lampe

kurthe lampe

Kurth Lampe Worldwide is a Chicago-based strategic and crisis communications firm. International reach with Chicago know-how, and complicated ideas turned into compelling and persuasive messages. Whether it is Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Grassroots Lobbying, Public Affairs, Issue Management, Political Consulting, Litigation Support, Global Outreach or another Communication Solution, Kurth Lampe is ready.

Infinite Retrubition - Robert Stadnik

robert stadnik

Robert Stadnik is a science fiction writer, author of the Exodus starship adventure series and Exodus Universe novels. Originally from Southern California, Robert has lived in Phoenix, Arizona for over twenty years. He travels extensively for work here in the U.S. and internationally, meeting people from all walks of life. Besides writing, Robert is a car enthusiast, avid hiker, and enjoys playing video games in his downtime.

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