Feb 22, 2018 | essay

Imagining the Past: Speculative Fiction and the Recovering of Black History

by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Despite calls from some quarters for apolitical SFF, the reality is that for Black creators, fiction and history have always been political.

Nine ethereal Black people stand in defiance, surrounded by creepy dentures and luminous orbs.

short story

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington

by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

When he wore that tooth, George Washington complained of hearing the heavy fall of a hammer on an anvil day and night. He ordered all iron making stopped at Mount Vernon.

Feb 19, 2018 | news

We're Open to Artist Submissions

by Pablo Defendini

Fireside is permanently open to artist portfolio submissions.

Feb 15, 2018 | news

Our Next Reading Period Will Be in April

by Julia Rios

Fireside will be open to fiction submissions of up to 4,000 words during the last week of April.

flash fiction

How I Got Published (12 Tips from a Bestselling Author)

by Dominica Phetteplace

I was too stung by rejection to query this second novel. I could have tried self-publishing, but it was easier just to give up on humanity.

short story

Dust to Dust

by Mary Robinette Kowal

Lloyd bent down and kissed her on the nape of her neck, smelling the cherry wood and bird-of-paradise dust he'd mixed for her. Her skin was warm and tender beneath his lips. All was well.

short story

Riddle

by Ogbewe Amadin

‘Idara, you are not a witch, okay?!’ Mama said. ‘You are a kind and sweet little girl and when I’m done with you, you will be a strong, independent woman,’ she told me.

Jan 24, 2018 | interview

Immigrant Experiences in Fiction and Real Life: A Roundtable Discussion

by Julia Rios with Layla Al-Bedawi, Millie Ho, and Maya Kanwal

Humans have been moving from place to place for at least as long as we’ve recorded history, and every shifting experience creates a different story.

flash fiction

A Legal Alien

by Maya Kanwal

“At first, we put on our best American accents and got neat haircuts. We stopped speeding and started weeding, our exemplary flowerbeds proving the model citizens we were. Still, one of us had to go.”

A sketch of buildings in Beirut

poem

Thunderstorm in Glasgow, July 25, 2013

by Amal El-Mohtar, illustrated by Molly Crabapple

Rattle my heart, four-chambered sound...

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