May 10, 2021 | announcement

An update on our most recent submissions period

We have an update about the submissions period that was open in late January and early February for issues with guest editor Brandon O’Brien.

Unfortunately, like many of us over the last year, Brandon has recently been facing some unexpected challenges, and he made the difficult decision to step down as a guest editor. We regretfully accepted and hope to work with him again sometime in the future.

Aigner Loren Wilson has graciously agreed to step in and take over the role from Brandon. Aigner is a SFWA, HWA, and Codex writer who hails from the Lenapehoking coast. She writes poetry, nonfiction, in-game stories, and fiction. (You can check out her books, games, and courses on her website.) Aigner is an associate editor and copy editor for the award-winning magazine Strange Horizons and horror podcast Nightlight with work appearing or forthcoming from Lightspeed Magazine, Anathema, FIYAH, Tordotcom, Tor Nightfire, and more.

We’re absolutely thrilled to have her on board and excited to see what direction she’ll take with her selections.

We’ve contacted all the writers waiting on responses to their submissions to let them know about this change. If you are a writer who submitted your work to us and you didn’t receive that email, please check your spam filters; if there’s nothing there, please shoot me an email at [email protected]. We’ve had a few issues with emails not reaching people recently and we want to make sure that no one is being left hanging.

Brian J. White

Interim Editorial Director

© 2021 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.