I’ve always known I’m a writer. You are born with it, sleeping in your gut. The rest is dedication, education, and polishing your craft. And courage. You have to serve seven cats–every successful writer knows that–and allow only ONE in your office. But if you want more proof, read on. The first is the press release bio, the second is the long personal one. How much time have you got?
1. The press release biography.
Wulf Moon Biography
Wulf Moon wrote his first science fiction story when he was fifteen. It won the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards–the same contest that first discovered Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter S. Beagle, and a host of iconic names in the arts. It became his first professional sale in Science World.
Moon has won over thirty awards in writing and just as many in public speaking. A sample of these include: Star Trek Strange New Worlds Contest; Critters Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018, of 2019, of 2020; Best Author of 2019, of 2020; Best Writers’ Workshop of 2019, of 2020; Nora Roberts Novella Contest; and the Writers of the Future Contest, Vol. 35.
Moon’s stories have appeared in numerous publications including Writers of the Future, Deep Magic, Future Science Fiction Digest, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2, and DreamForge Anvil in the Spring of 2021.
Wulf Moon is a professional voice actor and has produced works for Hugo Award winners and bestselling authors like Mike Resnick, Jeff Wheeler, and Will McIntosh. Moon is podcast director at Future Science Fiction Digest.
2. The long personal bio. You asked for it!
Hi. Name’s Wulf, Wulf Moon. Let’s make it easy. Call me Moon.
I wrote my first hard science fiction story when I was fifteen. It became a winner in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards–the same contest that first discovered Stephen King, Peter S. Beagle, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and a host of iconic names in the arts. This became my first professional sale when it was published in Science World. Since then I have won more than 30 awards in writing (ditto in public speaking), the largest being a full scholarship to a private college—a good thing to happen to a kid in a foster home.
After college, I had many businesses, including working as a full-time freelance writer and artist. Through my companies, I have written and produced creative newsletters, brochures and manuals for financial marketing firms; designed corporate logos for some of the biggest startups in the nation; had my own studio and waterfront gallery on some beautiful islands; and created and marketed my own line of artistic greeting cards sold in gift shops. These days, my focus on art is watercolor, my focus on writing is speculative fiction. Yeah. Space ships and dragons. Want a piece of me? Read my work.
As to my fiction, here’s some professional credits:
My science fiction story “Seventh Heaven” was published by Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Books Division in the anthology Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II. A Borg love story. What could be sweeter?
Another honor was winning a contest sponsored by New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts. My entry won first place, and became the conclusion to her novella, “Riley Slade’s Return.”
Third Flatiron Publishing bought my story “Beast of the Month” for the anthology Strange Beasties, released September 20, 2017 in e-book and trade paperback (it was also reprinted in Third Flatiron’s Best of 2017). My story was also selected for podcast, and I was hired to read it. Some quiet night when you ease back in your armchair and turn down the lights, let me read you a story. Take your pick, they’re here, on my podcast page.
My conquistador fantasy story, “War Dog,” was published by Third Flatiron in TERRA! TARA! TERROR! in October, 2018. In 2019, two thousand readers from around the world voted in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards. “War Dog” won Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018. I am honored so many read my story or listened to the podcast from Third Flatiron and gave it this large category award! The sequel, “Cold Iron,” is now published in the anthology Infinite Lives: Short Tales of Longevity by Third Flatiron.
But wait! There’s more! In the fall of 2018, I won the international Writers of the Future Contest! Thousands of writers from around the world compete in this international talent search each year by submitting stories in speculative fiction. Winners are judged by bestselling authors in the industry like David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Tim Powers, and many more. We won substantial prize money, got paid pro rate for our stories, got flown to Hollywood where we enjoyed a week long free workshop with top experts in the field, and it all culminated in an awards banquet and gala many have dubbed “the Oscars of science fiction and fantasy.” And, our stories are now published in a #1 bestselling anthology, Writers of the Future, Volume 35. Many of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy got their start by winning this contest, as you can see in this list of their newest science fiction books. I am happy my story, “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler,” has been read by tens of thousands worldwide. (To find out more about this international writing contest, go to https://www.writersofthefuture.com )
But wait! There’s more! In the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards where over 2,000 readers vote each year, “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” won BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SHORT STORY FOR 2019. This was the second year in a row my stories have won this largest of categories! Not only that, I was awarded BEST AUTHOR OF 2019! Not only that, I won BEST NON-FICTION ARTICLE OF 2019–for “Never Let Go” in How I Got Published and What I Learned Along the Way. Not only that, I won BEST WRITING WORKSHOP OF 2019–this, for Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRET Writing Workshop that I conduct for free in the Writers of the Future Forum. Not only that, I was in BEST ANTHOLOGY OF 2019–Writers of the Future, Volume 35! Finally, my story “Weep No More for the Willow” in DEEP MAGIC Fall 2019 took 2nd place in BEST OTHER SHORT STORY OF 2019. Suffice it to say, 2019 was a very good year for me.
Here’s a weird trivia bit about my writing. In 1996, I won Grand Prize in the “Contest Corner Prose Contest,” which was likely the first major online flash fiction contest. It was sponsored by AOL, judged by a panel of twenty pro fiction writers and editors. Over the course of that year, thousands of writers including novelists, journalists, lyricists and composers entered the weekly contests. At the start of each week, you were given a one word theme prompt, by the end of the week, you posted your story. The judges awarded prizes to the top three each week, and I’m happy to report I placed in those top three almost every week I entered–against 400 to 700 entries in any given week! But the big deal was the award for Writer of the Year, where first place winners from each week were compiled and judged for that year’s Grand Prize. Out of over 25,000 total entries for the year, two of my stories placed in the Top Ten, one of them taking the award for Writer of the Year and the grand prize worth thousands of dollars. Oh, and then the editor at The Rose and Thorn, one of the best online literary magazines of the day, published the story that placed just under my grand prize winner. It was a Really Big Deal back then.
But wait! There’s more! There really is!
The winners of Critters 2020 Annual Readers’ Poll Awards were announced January 16, 2021. Over 2500 people from around the world voted during three weeks of polling, giving recognition to achievements in 41 publishing related categories. I am happy to announce I won Best Author, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story, Best Writers’ Workshop, and Best Writers’ Resource of 2020. My story that won was “Muzik Man” published in DEEP MAGIC magazine, Fall 2020.
This means I’ve won the Critters Readers’ Choice Award for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story for three years in a row! 2018: “War Dog” published by Third Flatiron Publishing. 2019: “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” published by Galaxy Press for Writers of the Future. 2020: “Muzik Man” published by Deep Magic magazine. When you consider the number of voters from around the world and a category that includes all works published in both science fiction AND fantasy in each respective year, winning the triple is what some would call a Pretty Big Deal. I’m just happy my stories are being read, and that so many loved them and were moved to vote for them.
And that’s not all!
For two years in a row, I’ve won Critters Best Author Award–for 2019, and for 2020. This one always surprises me, but I have donated much of my time toward helping aspiring writers reach their dream of becoming published writers.
And that’s not all!
My writing workshops–Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS–won Critters Best Writers’ Workshop of 2019, and again in 2020! My online book of writing tips by the name–you guessed it, Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS–won Critters Best Writers’ Resource of 2020 as well. I was invited to teach my Super Secrets as master workshops last year at Fyrecon and Fyrelite, and they sold out over and over again. I am thrilled so many writers have benefited from my teachings, saving them many years of trial and error in the school of hard knocks. The proof? Three from my Super Secrets Workshop will be at the Writers of the Future Gala this year, accepting their rewards. One of my editing clients will be there as well. And many of my students have gotten their first sales and are even well on their way to their own professional writing careers. This makes me most happy.
And that’s not all!
Would you like to obtain an e-book, trade paperback, or hardcover of the award-winning Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS? Well so would I! Where is it? How do I get one? Oh, I’m signing contracts right now with the publisher! It’s still TOP SECRET, but I can let you in on a secret. It’s coming out this summer, the summer of 2021! Stay tuned because . . .
The story of Wulf Moon is to be continued.