Jun 3, 2021 | announcement

Announcing our next guest editor: Hal Y. Zhang

We are super excited to announce that Hal Y. Zhang will be the guest editor for our next submissions period, which will run from July 5 through July 11, 2021.

Hal Y. Zhang is a lapsed physicist who splits her time between the east coast of the United States and the Internet. Her prose and poetry are at Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Future Tense, and Fireside Magazine, and she is on the editorial staff at Reckoning. Her language-and-loss chapbook, AMNESIA (Newfound, 2020), won the Eric Hoffer Micro Press Award, and her women-with-sharp-things collection, Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms, was published by Aqueduct Press. She is online at halyzhang.com and @halyzhang.

Hal will be accepting both short stories and poetry for three monthly issues that will be published in 2022. She would especially love to see work loosely themed around science and technology: the joy of discovery, the systemic barriers in place that prevent equal access to advanced knowledge, and how new tools and machines can both empower and disenfranchise marginalized voices. Don’t limit yourself to strictly future settings or science fiction — think broadly in terms of any method or system that explores the world through experimentation, such as an ancient sorcerer investigating rules of magic.

Each writer can submit one short story and one poem during this submissions period. Please read our general submission guidelines for more information about things like story length and what we do and don’t accept. When submissions open, the link to submit will be on that page as well. You can sign up for our newsletter if you’d like a reminder when we open (as well as weekly stories in your inbox), and we’ll also post a reminder on Twitter.

Get those stories and poems ready! We can’t wait to see what y’all send in.

© 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.