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Women with wings

A couple of times in the past week or so, Libana's song “A River of Birds” has come up in... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Disappearance of James H___," by Hal Duncan

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “ The Disappearance of James H___,” by Hal Duncan In a British boarding... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Origin," by Ari Goelman

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Origin,” by Ari Goelman A human superheroine who's dating an alien superhero discovers... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Greetings from Kampala," by Angela Ambroz

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Greetings from Kampala,” by Angela Ambroz During an interstellar war between Hindustani and... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Start with Color," by Bill Kte'pi

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Start with Color,” by Bill Kte'pi In a world where everyone's dreams come... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Prisoners of Uqbaristan," by Chris Nakashima-Brown

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Prisoners of Uqbaristan,” by Chris Nakashima-Brown A dizzying post-cyberpunk melange of media psyops,... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Textual Variants," by Rosamund Hodge

I'm going to try to post Flashback stories more often than once a week for a little while, to get... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Planet of the Amazon Women," by David Moles

For the first five months of 2016, I posted an almost-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective, showcasing stories from my time as... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Red Bride," by Samantha Henderson

A new entry in my almost-weekly-again Strange Horizons retrospective: “The Red Bride,” by Samantha Henderson A bedtime story told to... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Talisman," by Tracina Jackson-Adams

A new entry in my about-to-be-weekly-again Strange Horizons retrospective: “Talisman,” by Tracina Jackson-Adams A story about touch-hunger, and violence, and... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Archipelago," by Anil Menon

A new entry in my almost-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Archipelago,” by Anil Menon On an artificial island where everyone has... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Fountain and the Shoe Store," by Paul Steven Marino

A new entry in my nearly-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “The Fountain and the Shoe Store,” by Paul Steven Marino A... (More...)

SH Flashback: "L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)," by Dean Francis Alfar

A new entry in my somewhat-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars),” by Dean Francis Alfar... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Book of Things Which Must Not Be Remembered," by C. Scavella Burrell

A new entry in my quasi-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “The Book of Things Which Must Not Be Remembered,” by C. Scavella... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Algorithms for Love," by Ken Liu

A new (still belated) entry in my nominally weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Algorithms for Love,” by Ken Liu An exploration... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The House Beyond Your Sky," by Benjamin Rosenbaum

A new (belated) entry in my allegedly weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “The House Beyond Your Sky,” by Benjamin Rosenbaum In... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra," by Vandana Singh

A new (belated) entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra,” by Vandana Singh A lovely... (More...)

Assorted updates

I feel like there are dozens of things I want to post here, but I have a lot of time-sensitive... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Rapture," by Sally Gwylan

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Rapture,” by Sally Gwylan A slow-building story of idealist leftist anarchists... (More...)

SH Flashback: "A Private Unbinding of Time," by James Allison

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “A Private Unbinding of Time,” by James Allison A slow-building lyrical... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Jimmy's Roadside Cafe," by Ramsey Shehadeh

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Jimmy's Roadside Cafe,” by Ramsey Shehadeh A heartbreaking story about life... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Late for Dinner," by Ursula Pflug

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Late for Dinner,” by Ursula Pflug A compelling and lovely magical-realist... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Until Forgiveness Comes," by K. Tempest Bradford

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Until Forgiveness Comes,” by K.... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Who in Mortal Chains," by Claire Humphrey

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Who in Mortal Chains,” by... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Inventory," by Carmen Maria Machado

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Inventory,” by Carmen Maria Machado... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs," by Leonard Richardson

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Let Us Now Praise Awesome... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Welsh Squadron," by Margaret Ronald

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. The format of this entry is the same as before: I'll... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Valiant on the Wing," by Chris Szego

As I noted last week, I've embarked on a weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. The format of this entry is the... (More...)

SH Flashback: "In the Cold," by Kelly Jennings

During my twelve years as a fiction editor at Strange Horizons, we published over 500 stories. Now that I've been... (More...)

Happy 15th anniversary to Strange Horizons!

Strange Horizons launched at Worldcon 2000, fifteen years ago. I briefly considered trying to organize an SH party at this... (More...)

Life updates

And yet again, two weeks have gone by without a post from me here. What've I been up to? Day... (More...)

Somebody Will, again

I'm having one of those everything-is-deeply-intertwingled moments. On the way home, Ada Palmer's haunting and lovely and sad-yet-hopeful song “Somebody... (More...)

Hugo recommendations

I've been meaning for months to blog about specific works and people I'm going to nominate for the Hugos, and... (More...)

Nebula nominees!

SFWA has announced this year's Nebula nominees, and I'm very pleased with them. Congratulations to all the nominees! (And double... (More...)

Nice moment

Twice during the course of WorldCon weekend, writers came up to me and thanked me for a personalized rejection I... (More...)

Hugo nominees 2013

This year's Hugo Award nominees have been announced, and I'm delighted that Strange Horizons is, for the first time, a... (More...)

2012 SH novelettes and short stories

It can be hard for people to figure out which stories at SH were novelettes (>7500 words) and which were... (More...)

Strange Horizons for Best Semiprozine

This entry is partly about SH and partly about the new rules for the Best Semiprozine Hugo category, and the... (More...)

Stepping down, one step at a time

On July 23, I sent my last SH rejection. On August 1, I read my last SH submission. On August... (More...)

Fiction editor no more!

After twelve years as a Strange Horizons fiction editor, I'm stepping down. We have a great new team of editors... (More...)

Scattered WisCon notes

WisCon ended only a few hours ago, but it's already something of a blur, so I'm gonna take a few... (More...)

Susan's departure from SH editing

Stop by Susan's departure announcement to say goodbye! (More...)

Last day of SH fund drive!

This year's Strange Horizons fund drive is ending in about 20 hours. Please donate if you can! We've reached 82%... (More...)

The little magazine that did

It's time once again for the annual Strange Horizons fund drive. We launched Strange Horizons a little over eleven years... (More...)

New at SH: Comments and social media sharing!

Short version: each piece published at Strange Horizons now provides a way to post comments right there on the page,... (More...)

SH 2010 notes: violent female protagonists

While we were buying stories to be published in 2010, I noticed an interesting small trend: several stories featuring female... (More...)

Vote in the SH reader poll!

The Strange Horizons reader poll closes on Sunday (today or tomorrow, depending on where you are). Stop by and vote... (More...)

Exhausted

Picked up another sore throat on Thursday or so. Didn't feel so good for most of Friday; got some under-the-hood... (More...)

SH 2010: Which stories are novelettes?

A list of the novelette-length stories we published in 2010. (More...)

Strange Horizons RSS feed

How to find out what SH is publishing every week, via Twitter and/or RSS. (More...)

SH fiction stats 2010

As of last night, we're all done with responding to Strange Horizons fiction submissions for 2010! So I've posted my... (More...)

The Strange Horizons fund drive needs you!

We've been having our annual fund drive at Strange Horizons, but I keep neglecting to post about it. As you... (More...)

Congratulations, Susan!

The other day, I mentioned that Strange Horizons editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi is on this year's World Fantasy Award ballot,... (More...)

SH on World Fantasy Award ballot

Two months ago, the nominees for this year's World Fantasy Award were announced. (For works published in 2009.) Ever since... (More...)

SH fiction annual temporary closure

The SH fiction department is temporarily closing to subs at the end of October, as we often do. For details,... (More...)

What I should've said to the Clarion West students

On June 27th, 2008, the first Friday night of that year's Clarion West, Debby B and I stopped by the... (More...)

Today: SH reading in Portland, Tachyon party in SF

Two events starting in an hour and a half that I meant to post details about days ago: In Portland,... (More...)

SH benefit reading in San Francisco Saturday night!

Reminder: This month's Writers With Drinks is a benefit for Strange Horizons. When: Saturday, Sept. 11, starting at 7:30 p.m.... (More...)

Strange Horizons tea party at WorldCon

We're having a tenth-birthday tea party at WorldCon on Sunday afternoon. It will run from 2 to 4 p.m., at... (More...)

Awake

My goal for last night, given jet lag, was to stay up 'til 10 p.m. to start shifting toward local... (More...)

Happy birthday, Strange Horizons!

Strange Horizons launched on September 1, 2000; ten years ago. I am way too sleepy to do my usual sort... (More...)

Magazine anniversary year

Mary Anne first started putting together staff for the magazine that became Strange Horizons back around January of 2000, but... (More...)

New info blog for SH fiction department

For years, I've been posting info and news about the SH fiction department here in my personal blog. From now... (More...)

SH submission-cap update

In case anyone's curious about how long the submission form has been open each day before reaching the daily submission... (More...)

SH submission system finally working properly

I think I fixed the last of the major bugs yesterday. The SH submission form automatically reopened itself at midnight... (More...)

SH sub form acting like a revolving door

The submission form automatically opened at midnight East-Coast US time, just as it was supposed to. We immediately got six... (More...)

Reached SH sub limit for today

We've just hit today's cap, and the submission form has turned itself off for the rest of the day. It'll... (More...)

Submissions still open

I mentioned last night that we put a cap on daily SH subs. The system decided that that cap was... (More...)

SH fiction dept open to subs again

The Strange Horizons fiction department is open to submissions again. There are a couple of new things worth noting: First,... (More...)

Magazine seeks First Reader

Just realized I never posted here about our job opening. For the past fourteen months or so, the SH fiction... (More...)

SH fiction stats 2009

This is my annual stats post: a whole bunch of statistics and thoughts regarding the Strange Horizons fiction department. (If... (More...)

Done responding to SH stories!

As of a couple hours ago, the Strange Horizons fiction department has responded to every story ever submitted to us.... (More...)

Current unresolved subs: the bar chart

We've only got about 100 stories left to respond to. Woo-hoo! (That again may sound like a lot, but out... (More...)

October submission report

In October, the Strange Horizons fiction department received 444 valid submissions (give or take a couple), making October our 11th-highest-volume... (More...)

What I've been up to, October 2009 edition

Just noticed that it's been over a month since I've posted a life update. Not a whole lot going on,... (More...)

Reminder: temporary closure in five days

Just a reminder that the Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to submissions at the end of the day... (More...)

SH fiction annual temporary closure

The Strange Horizons fiction department will be closing to submissions in November and December again this year. We've unfortunately fallen... (More...)

September submission report

In September, the Strange Horizons fiction department received 457 valid submissions, making September our 9th-highest-volume month ever. That's an average... (More...)

Belated happy launch anniversary to Strange Horizons!

It was nine years and three weeks ago that Strange Horizons launched. I mentioned that in passing in mid-August, during... (More...)

Short story discussions

I recently speculated that people generally don't seem to have a lot to say in online discussions about individual short... (More...)

August submission report

In August, the Strange Horizons fiction department received 467 valid submissions, making August the 8th-highest-volume month ever. That's an average... (More...)

Gmail/SH situation gets worse

I'm looking into ways to resolve this, but in the meantime: Gmail appears to be throwing away more and more... (More...)

SH fund drive followup

Just realized that although I posted about this on Facebook, I haven't yet posted it here: You may recall that... (More...)

Scalzi is matching SH donations today

John and Krissy Scalzi are doing a dollar-for-dollar match of donations to Strange Horizons today. That's right: for every dollar... (More...)

What is this thing called Strange Horizons?

After the past couple entries, I suspect some of you are thinking "Well, that's all well and good, but I've... (More...)

How you can support Strange Horizons without money

If you can't donate money to this year's SH fund drive, or don't want to, there are other ways you... (More...)

Strange Horizons fund drive 2009

It's been almost nine years since Strange Horizons launched. During that time we've published over four hundred stories, as well... (More...)

Withdrawing stories

In the past year or so, we've received a surprising number of notes from authors that say something like this:... (More...)

July submission report

In July, the Strange Horizons fiction department received 488 valid submissions, making July the 7th-highest-volume month ever. (And only a... (More...)

May and June submissions

Looks like I failed to post a submission report for May. Sorry about that. Here's a combined report for May... (More...)

SH rejections considered spam by some mail systems

We've recently had a spate of queries from authors who use Gmail who haven't received rejections that we've sent them.... (More...)

Some writing, some reading/listening

Took a break from magazine stuff to wander over to the East Bay for a writing-in-a-café afternoon. Wrote 1600+ words... (More...)

Submission milestone

Last Friday, the 22nd of May, the Strange Horizons fiction department received our 25,000th valid submission. I don't know which... (More...)

SH fiction brief temporary closure

The Strange Horizons fiction department is taking the week off. We're all super-busy, and we decided to give ourselves a... (More...)

April submissions

How'd it get to be May already? In April, the Strange Horizons fiction department received 439 valid submissions. On the... (More...)

Last month's SH fiction

I've dropped the ball on my plan to post every week about what we're publishing at SH. Apologies to the... (More...)

March of the submissions, submissions of March

Finally finished entering all the March subs into the SH database. Turns out there were 507 submissions in March--our third-highest-volume... (More...)

Spiral Hunt

In the Potlatch dealers' room, I was pleased to find Spiral Hunt, SH author Margaret Ronald's first novel, just published... (More...)

February submission report

We received 455 valid submissions in February, 2009. That's the fifth-highest-volume month ever; up 20% over February, 2008. The only... (More...)

This week's SH fiction: "The First Time We Met"

This week at Strange Horizons: "The First Time We Met," by Maria Deira. I'm having trouble coming up with a... (More...)

Last week's SH fiction: "Obedience"

Forgot to post this last week. Last week at Strange Horizons: "Obedience," by Brenna Yovanoff. We don't normally publish zombie... (More...)

New SH fiction response-status page

You know how every so often I post a note here saying "we've responded to stories submitted through [date x]"?... (More...)

This week's SH fiction: "This Must Be the Place"

This week at Strange Horizons: "This Must Be the Place," by Elliott Bangs--a story of love, time travel, and music:... (More...)

Month One, 2009

Submission volume at SH was tapering off toward the end of the month, until this past week when we had... (More...)

This week's SH fiction: "The Shangri-La Affair"

Last week and this week at Strange Horizons: A two-part story, "The Shangri-La Affair," by Lavie Tidhar, in which a... (More...)

Week Two, 2009

I forgot to mention that in our second week of the year (January 4 through 10), we received 172 valid... (More...)

This week's SH fiction: "Greetings from Kampala"

I've been meaning for maybe a year now to start posting a link from my blog to each week's fiction... (More...)

Week One, 2009, abbreviated

The fiction department's week goes from Sunday to Saturday, so by our measure we've just completed week one of submissions,... (More...)

Day One, 2009

We got 45 valid submissions during our first 24 hours after reopening to subs, tying with January 1, 2008 for... (More...)

Annual SH stats entry

This is my annual stats post: a whole bunch of statistics and thoughts regarding the Strange Horizons fiction department. (If... (More...)

Done with SH subs for 2008

As of this morning (Sunday, December 21), we have responded to every story ever submitted to Strange Horizons. If you've... (More...)

Slowly approaching completion

We've only got about 35 stories left to respond to. Can't promise anything, but we're hoping to respond to most... (More...)

Submissions from Yahoo mail accounts

Over the past couple of months, at least eight of our rejections sent to Yahoo mail accounts have silently disappeared.... (More...)

Ten thousand authors

As of sometime around this past Sunday, Strange Horizons has received stories from approximately 10,000 different authors since we started... (More...)

Reminder: 4 days left to submit SH fiction

Just a reminder that the Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to subs for two months, starting November 1.... (More...)

SH fiction temporary closure

The Strange Horizons fiction department will be closing to submissions in November and December this year. We briefly contemplated staying... (More...)

~Gasp! It's ... REAL!~

I've seen a bunch of stories in the last couple of weeks that boil down to this quasi-plot: Someone encounters... (More...)

Something else we want at the moment

Strange Horizons is suffering from a dearth of short submissions lately. Or at least, of short submissions that we want... (More...)

Happy birthday, Strange Horizons!

I just noticed that two days ago was the eighth anniversary of the launch of Strange Horizons. Yay, us! I... (More...)

"No email subs" means don't submit via email

Part n of the standard "why don't people read guidelines?" complaint: We usually get maybe two or three stories a... (More...)

What kinds of stories am I looking for?

This morning in the dealer's room at WorldCon, I was introduced to an Australian author who was interested in submitting... (More...)

Another month, another record submission volume

Just finished entering the last of the July submissions into the database. Our previous highest-volume month was this past January,... (More...)

First day total

During the first 24 hours of being open to subs again, we received 73 stories. The previous one-day record was... (More...)

Jed the Unready

I just barely got the MailTemplate plugin installed and working last night before we reopened to subs and the onslaught... (More...)

Done, finally

As of this afternoon, we've replied to every story ever submitted to Strange Horizons. If you've ever sent us a... (More...)

SH fiction update

So close to being done! We have now responded to almost all of the stories that've ever been submitted to... (More...)

SH fund drive, week 3

After two weeks of this year's Strange Horizons fund drive, we've received nearly $2500 in donations; which is nice, but... (More...)

SH fund drive, week 2

In the first week of the Strange Horizons fund drive, we've received over $1400 in donations; almost a quarter of... (More...)

Strange Horizons fund drive 2008

It's time for this year's Strange Horizons fund drive. Susan has posted a couple of entries about it on the... (More...)

Submission update

The Strange Horizons fiction department has now responded to all stories submitted before 1 April 2008; if you or anyone... (More...)

More on female characters in fiction

A couple of weeks ago, I read a particularly long run of submissions with particularly unfortunate anti-woman aspects. All sorts... (More...)

Last day for SH fiction subs

One last reminder: you have less than 24 hours left to submit fiction to Strange Horizons before we close to... (More...)

Giant monsters everywhere

We've been seeing a lot of giant-monster stories lately. I've been assuming that most of them were rejected by one... (More...)

Four days left

Just a reminder that if you want to submit to SH before our summer closure, you need to do so... (More...)

Submission update

The Strange Horizons fiction department has now responded to all stories submitted before 1 March 2008; if you or anyone... (More...)

Temporary fiction closure in May and June

The Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to submissions during the months of May and June--that is, from May... (More...)

March submissions update

We ended up with 405 submissions in March, making it the third-highest-volume month we've ever had. That's an average of... (More...)

Submission update

The Strange Horizons fiction department has now responded to all stories submitted before 3 February 2008; if you or anyone... (More...)

Milestone: 20k!

The Strange Horizons fiction department received its 20,000th submission this evening. Give or take. The official count overcounts some things... (More...)

Interim submission report

This isn't a full report on SH submissions, but there are a couple of tidbits I wanted to mention: Before... (More...)

Submission errors

The past couple of weeks have seen a marked increase in mistakes on submissions. We've seen more mistakes than usual... (More...)

January submission report

During the month of January, 2008, Strange Horizons received 494 valid submissions--our highest-volume month ever, but only barely edging out... (More...)

Week One, 2008

Submission volume this week, in stories per day, went: 45, 27, 25, 24, 17. So we had a total of... (More...)

Day One, 2008

Last year, submission volume went like this for the first four days of January: 33, 40, 35, 23. Those first... (More...)

Let the onslaught begin

Our server is in the US Eastern time zone, where it's just after midnight, so Strange Horizons has now reopened... (More...)

Annual SH stats entry

This is my annual stats post: a whole bunch of statistics and thoughts regarding the Strange Horizons fiction department. (If... (More...)

Done!

As of a couple hours ago, the Strange Horizons fiction department has responded to every story ever submitted to us.... (More...)

Magazine update

I'll do my end-of-year stats sometime soonish, but for now, just wanted to mention that we closed to subs shortly... (More...)

Six more days

Reminder to authors: you have six more days (counting today) to submit to Strange Horizons before we close to subs... (More...)

Capitalizing names and titles in our submission form

Something that continues to baffle me, in a low-key sort of way: About two to three times a week (not... (More...)

Milestone

This afternoon, we received our 19,000th submission. Well, okay, there's enough flex in definitions and recordkeeping that that's not an... (More...)

Temporary fiction closure in November and December

This year, the Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to submissions during the months of November and December--that is,... (More...)

Happy birthday, SH!

It just occurred to me that September 1 marked the 7th anniversary of the launch of Strange Horizons. Happy birthday,... (More...)

SH submission form broken

Our web host, Pair, upgraded our server on Thursday. As a result, for the past 48 hours, the Strange Horizons... (More...)

Three Strange Horizons items

Three quick things as I rush off to a meeting: Susan's been nominated for a Special Award in the World... (More...)

More CC licenses at SH

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, some of the pieces we've published at Strange Horizons are now Creative-Commons-licensed. Below... (More...)

Strange Horizons needs you

Strange Horizons is having its 2007 fund drive, and we need your help. Partly that means financial help, of course,... (More...)

CC licenses for some Strange Horizons material

A couple of our authors have recently expressed interest in providing Creative Commons licenses for their work that appears in... (More...)

Assumptions in queries

I could have sworn I'd written about this recently, but I can't find it. Apologies if this is a repeat.... (More...)

Strange Horizons updates

We've now responded to all stories submitted before 24 April. If you submitted to us on or before 23 April... (More...)

Author initials

Nick M. notes that only women submit to Clarkesworld using initials (in place of a first name). Which I found... (More...)

Submerged

I sorta thought that submission volume was going down again, but I was wrong. April turned out to be our... (More...)

Submission update

The Strange Horizons fiction department has now responded to all stories submitted before 3 February 2007; if you or anyone... (More...)

RTF submission system tweak

A few authors have received mysterious Server Errors when they submit using our RTF submission form. The short version of... (More...)

Submission update

Final submission count for January: 491 legitimate subs. Our previous highest-volume month was January of 2005, with 342 subs. That's... (More...)

Items: Cons, awards, Year's Bests, praise, etc

A passel of sf-related news and tidbits (which seems to be all I post about these days--some day I'll have... (More...)

Weeks one through three

The first week of 2007 netted us a total of 161 SH submissions... (More...)

Items: news, congratulations, etc

A few assorted tidbits I've been meaning to mention: adfamiliares and jere7my got engaged! J7y also posted a great photo... (More...)

Days 3 and 4

Wednesday we received 35 valid submissions; Thursday "only" 23, which would still be enough to make it the fourth-highest-volume day... (More...)

Day Two: Yikes

Y'know how yesterday I said that we'd never received more than 33 valid subs in a single day? Today we... (More...)

Day One

On the first day of 2007, our authors gave to us: 33 valid submissions, 2 email submissions formatted in HTML... (More...)

Annual SH stats entry

This is my now-annual stats post: a whole bunch of statistics and thoughts regarding the Strange Horizons fiction department. (If... (More...)

Done, just in time for the onslaught

We have now responded to all stories ever submitted to Strange Horizons. So if you've ever sent us a story... (More...)

End of the fiction year

The Strange Horizons fiction department is now temporarily closed to subs through the end of 2006. We reopen on January... (More...)

SH temporary closure reminder

Just a reminder that the Strange Horizons fiction department will be closed to subs for the month of December, so... (More...)

Annual temporary SH closure in December

As usual, the Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to submissions during the month of December this year. If... (More...)

Online magazine seeks donations

The Strange Horizons fall fund drive is nearly over, and I still haven't managed to post about it. I suppose... (More...)

Submission volume

For the first five months of this year, submission volume each month at Strange Horizons almost exactly matched submission volume... (More...)

Happy birthday, Strange Horizons!

On Friday, September 1, 2000, at 2:30 a.m. UK time, Strange Horizons went live with our first content. I say... (More...)

Still more on gender bias in sf

We at Strange Horizons have just about filled up our publishing schedule for 2006, and have started on 2007. Interestingly, even though still only about 33% to 40% of our submissions are by women, in 2006 two-thirds of the stories we're publishing are by women. (More...)

Resubmissions

I've noticed a couple of recurring problems in submissions to SH lately, so I wanted to spread the word about... (More...)

Weekend update

Some things I did this weekend, including several that I had not planned to do, in no particular order: Spent... (More...)

Another magazine milestone

We received our 14,000th submission at Strange Horizons yesterday. At the current rate of submissions, I'm expecting we'll reach 15,000... (More...)

Assumptions and queries

Say you're a writer, and you want to submit to a magazine. Say you've actually read their submission guidelines, but there was something in them that you think the editors can't possibly have meant. (More...)

Strange Horizons fiction submission form

We've finally decided to take the RTF submission system out of beta, and to make it the official preferred submission... (More...)

Strange Horizons forum still down

In case anyone's been wondering what's up with the SH forum and missed Susan's explanation: Last Friday (9 June), Susan... (More...)

Reviewed without venom

For over three months now, I've been meaning to post a note about Liz Henry's excellent SH review of Touched... (More...)

SH/SLF rapid-fire reading fundraiser, Wednesday in SF

Tomorrow night (which is to say Wednesday, 10 May), there'll be a rapid-fire reading in San Francisco to benefit Strange... (More...)

Quick SH news

Strange Horizons has announced the winners of the 2005 Readers' Choice Awards. Congratulations to all! Also, as Susan notes in... (More...)

Submission flood

This past week turned out to be the fourth-highest-volume week ever for SH submissions; we received 90 stories this week.... (More...)

Another Year's Best update

Assorted Year's Best TOCs and news and such: Kathryn Cramer has posted the table of contents for Year's Best SF... (More...)

Check your Strange Horizons Readers' Choice ballots

Two notes about the SH Readers' Choice Awards: The voting period has been extended to this coming Wednesday, March 22.... (More...)

Campbell eligibility and Strange Horizons

Under the new eligibility rules for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, Strange Horizons is a qualifying... (More...)

SH 2005 story lengths

It's often hard for readers to tell how long a given story is, and various awards divide stories into categories... (More...)

Author gender algorithm

I've developed what I think is a fairly accurate (but entirely useless to most of the world) algorithm for a computer to automatically guess the gender of an author who submits to SH... (More...)

Assorted sf notes

Some deadlines, to-do items, and con-related notes, and more good news for SH. (More...)

Year's Bests!

Various editors of the various Year's Best science fiction and fantasy volumes have started posting their tables of contents. And... (More...)

RTF update

Rather to my surprise, only three people have used the experimental RTF submission system in the week since I mentioned... (More...)

Curly quotes

There continues to be tremendous confusion among some SH submitters over the distinction between curved (or slanted) quotation marks and... (More...)

RTF submission system beta test

If you'd like to submit a story to Strange Horizons as an RTF file (rather than converting it to plain... (More...)

Not quite a record

In January, 2006, the Strange Horizons fiction department received 339 submissions, which is 3 short of the record set in... (More...)

Locus Recommended Reading List

Locus Magazine's Recommended Reading list for 2005 is now online. Congratulations to everyone whose work appears on the list! I... (More...)

Long week

Or maybe I mean "weird week." I haven't been sleeping well, but I've been sleeping late. I've been putting in... (More...)

Week 1

Submission volume dropped a lot in the second half of the week. We had a total of 90 submissions from... (More...)

Day 4

I'll try and post a more substantive entry sometime soon. For now, more SH stats: Yesterday, we received another 21... (More...)

Day 3

Today: 24 submissions--more than either of the past two days, and tied for second-highest-volume day ever. For those keeping score... (More...)

Day 2, plus musing about programming

Today we received 22 more submissions. Also, I wrote some new code to make it easier for me to enter... (More...)

Day 1

Submission volume today was high but not quite as high as I expected: "only" 23 submissions today (during normal periods,... (More...)

Productive

Here are some of the things I've done in the past week, in no particular order: finally washed some dishes... (More...)

SH stats

Here are a whole bunch of statistics and thoughts regarding the magazine, probably a lot more than you want to... (More...)

Done done done!

We have now responded to all stories ever submitted to Strange Horizons. So if you've ever sent us a story... (More...)

Another quick magazine update

We've rejected 40 stories in the past couple days, so we're down to only 30 still under consideration. But we... (More...)

Quick life and magazine updates

Fourteen of the twenty book boxes arrived Saturday morning. Presumably the rest will arrive Monday. They're stacked in my garage... (More...)

More on cox.net

Quite a while ago, we SH editors discovered that when we send a rejection to a cox.net address, cox considers... (More...)

Temporary SH closure in December

As usual, the Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to submissions during the month of December this year. If... (More...)

Millionth word

I'm sleepy and headachey, so figured I'd take a break from serious magazine work to post something a little more... (More...)

Don't spam the editors

Here's another piece of advice for writers. (Or anyone else, but writers are who I see doing this.) When you're... (More...)

Addendum re SH donations

The other day, in my entry about the SH fund drive, I said I would love to see a bunch... (More...)

SH fall fund drive

As October draws to a close, it's time for a semiannual tradition: Jed suddenly remembering that we're having a fund... (More...)

Prolificity

While I'm (sort of) on the subject of that old journal entry about author gender and prolificness, perhaps an update... (More...)

A few good things

Some good things that've happened recently: Had lunch with Susan G, whom I hadn't seen in much too long. Had... (More...)

SH temporarily closed to fiction subs

In case anyone who cares hasn't heard yet, Strange Horizons is now temporarily closed to fiction submissions for the month... (More...)

Temporary closure in December

As usual, the Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closing to submissions during the month of December this year. If... (More...)

Nonpolitical (personal, minor) good news

Some things that've made me happy lately: At World Fantasy Con this past weekend, half a dozen people I didn't... (More...)

Tea party quasi-info

On the off chance that anyone at WorldCon is reading this and doesn't know: The Strange Horizons and Small Beer... (More...)

Good stuff day

Assorted good stuff today (by which I mean Friday, though posted a little too late for "today" to be officially... (More...)

Ninja, kobolds, and other games

Last night online people kept saying "All Hail King Torg!" So I Googled, and found that they were referring to... (More...)

Semianniversary

And one more thing: today (more or less) marks 18 months since Strange Horizons launched. Go us! (It's also my... (More...)