Jan 1, 2018 | announcement

Awards eligibility post for 2017

As we open 2018, Fireside is looking back on 2017 and cataloguing our output. We went through a lot of changes and challenges in 2017, and we published a lot of excellent fiction, essays, and art while we were at it. Brian J. White stepped down as Fiction Editor and Publisher and Julia Rios joined the team. Mikki Kendall, Cecily Kane, and the staff of FIYAH Lit Magazine worked with us on the #BlackSpecFic report, Elsa Sjunneson moved up from Assistant Editor to Managing Editor, and Pablo Defendini took on the Publisher role. During this transitional year, we’ve experimented with different ways of running reading periods for submissions and wording our guidelines, gathered some survey answers from submitters to try to assemble statistics, and worked hard to uphold our collective values with things like the Hurricane Bookstore we put up to raise funds for people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We’re hoping, as ever, to find ways to do more and do it better in 2018.

But first, we want to celebrate our contributors.

Here’s a list of all the stories we published in 2017 in rough chronological order. If you have a favorite among these, let us know! We’d love to hear about it! If you are nominating for the Nebula, Hugo, or other awards and wondering about the categories your favorites are eligible in, we’ve broken everything down into the appropriate categories for you. We’ve also listed the artists we worked with in 2017, and the staff. Fireside Magazine is eligible in the Best Semiprozine category for the Hugo Awards, and Brian and Julia are both individually eligible in the Best Editor Short Form category.

Short Stories

Black Like Them, by Troy L. Wiggins

God Talk: Advice From A Deity in Distress, by Alexis A. Hunter

The Praetorian Guard, by Lucas J.W. Johnson

It Happened To Me: My Doppleganger Stole My Credit Card Info, and then My Life, by Nino Cipri

It Happened To Me: I Melded My Consciousness With the Giant Alien Mushroom Floating Above Chicago, by Nino Cipri

The Resurrectionists, by Alec Austin

Radio Werewolf, by Cassandra Khaw

It Happened To Me: I Was Brought Back to Avenge My Death, But Chose Justice Instead, by Nino Cipri

Balance Point, by Sarah Goslee

Regarding Your Future With The Futures Planning Consortium, by Raq Winchester & Fran Wilde

The Hulder’s Husband Says Don’t, by Kate Lechler

Bear Language, by Martin Cahill

Friendly Emily, by Kevin Hearne

Snow White, by Mikki Kendall

Narrative Disorder, by Malka Older

Breathe, by R.D. Sullivan

How to Sync Your Spouse, by Russell Nichols

Crow’s Eye, by Sarah Hollowell

Independent, Superior, by Chris Butera

Queen Aster, Who Dances, by Tina Connolly

We Who Stay Behind, by Karl Dandenell

The Witch in the Tower, by Mari Ness

Intruder, by M. E. Owen

A Silhouette Against Armageddon, by John Wiswell

Until the Day We Go Home, by Caroline M. Yoachim

Junebug’s Magical Magnificent Mercurial Barbershop, by Malon Edwards

Three Laws, by Andrea Phillips

Our Secrets, In Keys, by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Feeding Mr. Whiskers, by Dawn Bonanno

If We Live to Be Giants, by Allison Mulder

Reaching Beyond, by Evelyn Wong

The Whale of Tikpiti’i, by Tariro Ndoro

Banshee, by Cherrelle Shelton

Geppetto, by Carlos Hernandez

River Boy, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo

H&D Plumbing, by Courtney Floyd

Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, by Christa Carmen

The Scenarist, by Stu West

Caesura, by Hayley Stone

A Cure for Ghosts, by Eden Royce

Portrait of Skull with Man, by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Mirrors in the Valley, by Kendra Sims

Rab the Giant versus the Witch of the Waterfall, by Brian M. Milton

The Gingerbread Pox, by Rachel Rodman

A Rabbit Egg for Flora, by Caroline M. Yoachi


The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike, by Andrea Phillips

The Fisher of Bones, by Sarah Gailey


She Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow

The 2016 #BlackSpecFic Report, by Cecily Kane

The FIYAH #BlackSpecFic Roundtable, by The FIYAH Magazine Staff

A Note from the Editor of the #BlackSpecFic Responses, by Mikki Kendall

A response to the #BlackSpecFic Report, by De Ana Jones

Zero Percent Chance, by Chesya Burke

The Ones Who Walk Away from the Genres, by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Diversity Doesn’t Just Happen, by Maurice Broaddus

One Year Later and We Still Have Work To Do, by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

Addressing a problem, by Thea James

It’s Up to Us, by Pablo Defendini

The Importance of Being Monstrous, by Meghan Ball


Galen Dara, for River Boy, Reaching Beyond, Intruder, Crow’s Eye, Narrative Disorder, Bear Language, The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike, and Black Like Them

Daniel Stolle for Three Laws

Max Cole-Takanikos for Caesura

Marianne Khalil for Rab the Giant versus the Witch of the Waterfall

Miranda Meeks for The Fisher of Bones


Pablo Defendini, Publisher
Brian J. White, Fiction Editor
Julia Rios, Fiction Editor
Elsa Sjunneson, Managing Editor
Mikki Kendall, #BlackSpecFic Editor

Thanks to everyone who reads Fireside, who talks with us on Twitter, and who supports us by subscribing or otherwise. We are so glad to be part of a thriving community. We look forward to making that community stronger in 2018. If you have ideas for us, please let us know. We’ve got some things already in the works, but we’re also always listening.

All best to everyone for 2018!

© 2018 Pablo Defendini

About the author

Pablo Defendini

Pablo Defendini is a designer and developer for hire, with a focus on editorial design for digital media. He helped launch Tor.com, before moving on to work for companies that sit in the overlap between publishing and technology, like Open Road Media and O’Reilly. Pablo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives in New York City, and works with people all over the world.