Writer Kola Heyward-Rotimi ’16 publishes science-fiction story

Kola Heyward-Rotimi ’16 recently published his first short story. He is currently working on his first novel. Photo by Karly Andreassen ’16

Kola Heyward-Rotimi
Author of “The Father,” recently published in Clarkesworld Magazine. Currently working on his first novel, The Queen of Gosnter.

Kola Heyward-Rotimi, a senior at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, can now add “published author” to his resume. His first short story, “The Father,” appeared in Clarkesworld, a Hugo Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine, this fall. We asked Heyward-Rotimi to share a little more about the experience.

On the process of publishing, and how it feels to be a published writer:

I learned about Clarkesworld over a year ago, actually. I have been reading their pieces since I learned about the magazine, but I have only submitted once before. That was around November 2014, and I was rejected. In September of 2015 I tried again, and my piece “The Father” was accepted.

It feels amazing to be validated as a published writer. Because of how professional a market Clarkesworld is, I am now an official member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Also being the youngest author to be published by Clarkesworld made this whole event that much more special. 



Favorite class at NCSSM: 

Southern Literature

Dream job: 

Software developer

Best tip for avoiding procrastination: 

Blocking Facebook and Reddit.

Favorite food: 

Dodo (fried plantain)

Secret talent:

I dabble in cryptography.

What I’m reading right now: 

The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler


Read Heyward-Rotimi’s short story or listen to the podcast from Clarkesworld Magazine.


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