Mar 9, 2022 | announcement

Fireside's Hugo-Eligible Works From 2021

Hello wonderful Fireside readers,

As you are likely already aware, the nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards close a week from now, on March 15th. We’d be honoured if you’d consider nominating any of the 48 amazing short stories Fireside Magazine published in 2021! Here’s a handy list of them all in one place, free to read:

Mouth & Marsh, Silver & Song” by Sloane Leong
That Time I Found a Phone Booth Where I Can Talk to My (Dead) Dad” by Alisa Alering
At the Intersection of Light and Sound” by Michelle Mellon
Navigational Error” by Lucy A. Snyder
Whistle Posts of Forgotten Railroads” by Jason Sanford
Diamonds and Pearls” by JL George
Sugar” by Ashley Park
We Are Not Phoenixes” by John Wiswell
Those We See at the Twilight Bridge” by Wendy Nikel
Contract Witch” by Elizabeth Cobbe
Phases of the Moon” by Alice Towey
Strange Music” by Nicole Bade
Deadlock” by Aimee Ogden
To Hear Them Sing” by Rebecca Burton
Lesser Things” by EJ Sidle
The Census Faces Unusual Challenges on Audvarn-3” by Jo Miles
Empty Space” by Sidney Maris Hargrave
Weaving” by January Adams
Ren of the Thousand Faces” by M. Elizabeth Ticknor
Gender Reveal Box, $16.95” by John Wiswell
The Middening” by Allyson Shaw
Papa’s Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird” by Julian Stuart
As I Wait for the Killing Blow” by M. Shaw
How to Haunt Your Local Forest” by Kate Lechler
Across the River, My Heart, My Memory” by Ann LeBlanc
Forest Thing” by Endria Isa Richardson
Cruise Control” by Benjamin C. Kinney
T-E-E-T-H” by Imogen Archer
There Will Be No Alien Invasion” by Sam F. Weiss
Guidelines for Appeasing Kim of the Hundred Hands” by John Wiswell
Alexa, Play Solidarity Forever” by Audrey R. Hollis
The Mixed Medium” by Erica Plouffe Lazure
My Custom Monster” by Jo Miles
Souls” by Kate Francia
The Magnitude of It All” by Eleanor R. Wood
The Empathy Lessons” by Hal Y. Zhang
Fear of a Stuntwoman” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Congratulations, Clockholder!” by R.L. Thull
The Fifth Horseman” by Martin Cahill
Of Honey and Grave Dirt” by Maiga Doocy
Not Quite What We’re Looking for Right Now” by Jana Bianchi
Small-Town Spirit” by Frances Rowat
Godfather Death, in His Own Words” by John Wiswell
Roar, Sweet Child, Roar” by Sydnee Thompson
Habeas Codex” by Curtis C. Chen
Ten Lessons for a Curse-Breaker” by Ellen Meny
Never a Gentle Master ” by Brittany N. Williams

We’re incredibly proud of them all, and of each of our brilliant authors.

Thank you for your consideration,

Chelle Parker

Managing Editor

© 2022 Chelle Parker

About the author

Chelle Parker

Chelle Parker is a nerdy, queer, nonbinary, neuroatypical, disabled thirtysomething and has enjoyed an unusually colourful life, having lived in or visited fourteen countries on four continents and learned seven languages along the way. Chelle’s background is primarily in education, where they spent eight years teaching English, French, math, science, and life skills to at-risk junior-high students, but they’ve also worked in a peculiar array of other environments. These range from daycares to sexual health clinics, doing jobs as diverse as librarian, baker, radio DJ, and Braille transcriptionist—all while editing on the side.

Chelle’s staying put for the moment (more or less) in their hometown of Ottawa, Canada—on unceded Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory—where they wield their trusty red pen as a full-time freelance editor, act as the managing editor (and copyeditor and proofreader) of Fireside Fiction Company’s Fireside Magazine, and serve as a human shield for their chronically anxious rescue dog.

Some of their more notable editing clients include animation giant Mediatoon’s Europe Comics imprint (for whom they edit graphic novels translated from French into English) and BookLife Reviews (for whom they have fact-checked and edited reviews). Chelle has also reviewed speculative fiction and erotica themself (including novels, single-author collections, and short fiction anthologies) professionally for Publishers Weekly, though currently is on hiatus to focus on other projects.

When off the clock, Chelle is a passionate mentor and volunteer. In particular, they have devoted countless hours to Readercon, a world-renowned conference on imaginative literature. (From 2018–2022, they co-developed the convention’s annual program and selected panelists; edited panelist bio-bibliographies, the annual Program Guide, and the annual Souvenir Book; co-managed teams of volunteers assisting with the Program and Publication departments; created and oversaw the conference’s plan to pivot to virtual in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and served as the de-facto Head of Accessibility.) Chelle has also volunteered as a grants juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation, proctored certification exams for Editors Canada, and helped new editors launch their own freelance businesses.

If you’re ever in Ottawa and notice someone’s taken a handful of colourful Sharpies to ugly comments on the inside of all the public bathroom stalls, there’s a good chance that someone was them.