flash fiction

How to Identify an Alien Shark

by Beth Goder

If a shark is speaking to you, that is a sign that it is an alien.

flash fiction

Friday Night Games

by Anne Dafeta

Ouija was not a game she ever expected to find in Lagos. Back in New York? Of course. … But Ouija, in a Nigerian store?

Sep 6, 2018 | #Blackspecfic

A Message From the Publisher

by Pablo Defendini

This is the third year that Fireside has published the #BlackSpecFic Report, and while things seem to be trending in a positive trajectory, we still have a long way to go before the short fiction field in genre publishing resembles anything close to broadly inclusive.

Two girls sit on the floor of a living room. They each have a laptop-like device. One of them rocks a brace and a cane. Behind them is a liquor cabinet which is locked—for now!

short story


by Annalee Flower Horne

So I have to live in The Handmaid's Tale just because you're scared of the dark? That's sexist!

Two figures look at each other. Ethereal fauna erupts from their bodies.

short story

A Taxonomy of Hurts

by Kate Dollarhyde

They are his most hurtful memories, and if I touch them, I can recall them as if they are my own.

Aug 23, 2018 | essay

Who Gets to Say #MeToo?

by Ace Ratcliff

While so many others finally seem to have a voice disabled victims of sexual assault and abuse are left in silence.

flash fiction

By Stone, by Sea, by Flower, by Thorn

by Sarah Goslee

Here, the folk are as bony as their land, clawing meager patches of barley and gnarled carrots from the thin ground.

Aug 20, 2018 | news

Fireside Quarterly Oct '18 Cover Reveal

by Pablo Defendini

Here's the cover for the next issue of Fireside Quarterly!

Aug 16, 2018 | #Blackspecfic

On Gaming, Fantastic Racism, & Real World Bigotry

by Latonya Pennington

Racism toward Black gamers and developers is just as tiring and it's time we stop pretending it isn't real.

Aug 15, 2018 | #Blackspecfic

Fireside #BlackSpecFic Report Response

by Inda Lauyrn

As my network of writers continues to grow, this lack of representation of Black writers appears more by design than objective editorial decisions.

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