Dec 27, 2018 | news

Year’s End, 2018

That’s it folks, that’s the show: we have now published everything on our editorial calendar for 2018. And we published a lot. Short short stories, long short stories, and plenty of things that were not stories at all.

Fireside Magazine, which is eligible in the Best Semiprozine category for the Hugo Awards, published 52 stories, 11 essays, 12 illustrations and one illustrated poem in 2018. We collected each month’s worth of stories and artwork into the 12 issues of the monthly ebook magazine that we send to our subscribers, and in July we began collecting three months’ worth of stories, essays, and artwork into Fireside Quarterly, the new print edition of Fireside which hits our subscribers’ mailboxes every three months.

Separately, Fireside also published the yearly installment of the #BlackSpecFic Report along with its supporting essays; we also lent a hand with the publication of A Larger Reality, the Mexicanx Initiative anthology, as well as the scrapbook website commemorating the event.

This year we also began Fireside Press, our line of longer-form work. Fireside Press published one novella and two novels, and we’re just getting started. Expect more over time on this front.

Last year we brought on Julia Rios to replace Brian White as editor of Fireside Magazine, and this year we had some staff changes too. We brought on Meg Frank as our community coordinator, and we said goodbye to our managing editor, Elsa Sjunneson — but not before she edited a few nonfiction essays for us.

As we close out the year, we want to celebrate our contributors, so we’ve put together this list of all the stories we published in 2018. If you have a favorite among these, let us know on Twitter, we’d love to hear about it!

If you are nominating for the various awards, we’ve labelled everything appropriately. We’ve also listed the artists who we’ve commissioned artwork for in 2018, The special projects we’ve participated in, and the editors we’ve worked with who are eligible for awards.

Fireside Magazine

Thunderstorm in Glasgow, July 25, 2013 a poem by Amal El-Mohtar, illustrated by Molly Crabapple

Fireside Magazine Issue 51: January 2018

Two Years Dead, a short story by Kathryn Kania

Those We Feed, a short story by Layla Al-Bedawi

Hehua, a short story by Millie Ho, illustrated by Tesslyn Bergin

A Legal Alien, a short story by Maya Kanwal

Riddle, a short story by Ogbewe Amadin

Immigrant Experiences in Fiction and Real Life: A Roundtable Discussion by Maya Kanwal, Layla Al-Bedawi, and Millie Ho

Fireside Magazine Issue 52: February 2018

Dust to Dust, a short story by Mary Robinette Kowal

How I Got Published (12 Tips from a Bestselling Author), a short story by Dominica Phetteplace

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington, a short story by Phenderson Djèlí Clark, illustrated by Odera Igbokwe

Imagining the Past: Speculative Fiction and the Recovering of Black History, an essay by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

knick knack, knick knack, a short story by Holly Lyn Walrath

Fireside Magazine Issue 53: March 2018

Flow, a short story by Marissa Lingen, illustrated by Galen Dara

Object-Oriented, a short story by Arkady Martine

By the Mother’s Trunk, a short story by Lisa M. Bradley

Power Structures Are Meant to Be Broken, an essay by Elsa Sjunneson

Iyanuoluwa-Mercy of God, a short story by Jojo Bee

Fireside Magazine Issue 54: April 2018

On Good Friday the Raven Washes Its Young, a short story by Bogi Takács

Before the Burst, a short story by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy, a short story by LaShawn M. Wanak, illustrated by Dawid Planeta

We Need New Scripts, an essay by Andrea Phillips

50 Ways to Leave Your Fairy Lover), a short story by Aimee Picchi

Fireside Magazine Issue 55: May 2018

So It Was Foretold, a short story by Mimi Mondal

A Promise of Flight, a short story by Lee S. Bruce, illustrated by Maggie Chiang

The Paladin Protocol, a short story by Sydnee Thompson

The Finger, a short story by April Grant

Redefining Scripts for Better Masculinity, an essay by Pablo Defendini

Now Watch My Rising, a short story by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Fireside Magazine Issue 56: June 2018

The Day After the Red Warlock of Skull Top Mountain Turned Everyone in Beane County into Pigs, a short story by Susan Jane Bigelow

Beast of Breath, a short story by Gillian Daniels

Cast Off Tight, a short story by Hal Y. Zhang, illustrated by Katie Chandler

Getting Men Off Ledges, a short story by Brandon O’Brien

Fascism and Facsimiles, a short story by John Wiswell

Fireside Quarterly July 2018 — collects the next three months of Fireside Magazine into a print edition.

Fireside Magazine Issue 57: July 2018

Rules for Communing with Spirits, a short story by Christopher R. Alonso, illustrated by Charis Loke

A Post-Modern Oracle, a short story by Courtney Floyd

Shrugging Off the Weight of the World, a short story by Beth Cato

The Story of a Young Woman, a short story by Ose Utomi

Reclaiming Makerhood, an essay by Jessica S. Cauttero

Love in Every Stitch, a short story by Alexandra Rowland

Fireside Magazine Issue 58: August 2018

The Unusual Customer, a short story by Innocent Chizaram Ilo

Pigeons, a short story by Nibedita Sen

By Stone, by Sea, by Flower, by Thorn, a short story by Sarah Goslee

Who Gets to Say #MeToo?, an essay by Ace Ratcliff

A Taxonomy of Hurts, a short story by Kate Dollarhyde, illustrated by Kevin Tong

Fireside Magazine Issue 59: September 2018

CARBORUNDORUM > /DEV/NULL, a short story by Annalee Flower Horne, illustrated by Michelle Wong

Friday Night Games, a short story by Anne Dafeta

How to Identify an Alien Shark, a short story by Beth Goder

#MeToo, and Furthermore, an essay by Hillary Monahan

The Ceremony, a short story by Mari Ness

Fireside Quarterly October 2018

Fireside Magazine Issue 60: October 2018

Inner Space, a short story by Takim Williams

Light and Death on the Indian Battle Station, a short story by Keyan Bowes, illustrated by Saleha Chowdhury

STET, a short story by Sarah Gailey

We Could Have the Future Star Trek Promised Us, an essay by Danilo Campos

Odontogenesis, a short story by Nino Cipri

Pendants of Precariousness, a short story by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

Fireside Magazine Issue 61: November 2018

Birch Daughter, a short story by Sara Norja, illustrated by Satu Kettunen

And I Never Named Her, a short story by Renee Christopher

-Reclaiming the Right to Truth, a short story by Tariro Ndoro

The New Heart, a short story by Natalia Theodoridou

Rain and the Designs of Your Body, a short story by J.M. Guzman

Fireside Magazine Issue 62: December 2018

A Letter to My Sister, a short story by Nilah Magruder

Cleaning Up, a short story by Brian M. Milton, illustrated by Clare DeZutti

Choose Wisely, a short story by Fran Wilde

You Wake Up Monstrous, an essay by Fran Wilde

Tablecloth, a short story by Kathryn Kania

Fireside Press

Every River Runs to Salt, a novella by Rachael K. Jones

Gunsmoke & Glamour, a novel by Hillary Monahan

Rattlesnake Wind, a novel by Lilith Saintcrow


— Molly Crabapple, for Thunderstorm in Glasgow, July 25, 2013

— Anna Zee, for Every River Runs to Salt

— Eli Hoyt, for Gunsmoke & Glamour

— Elanor Chuah, for Rattlesnake Wind

— Clare DeZutti, for Cleaning Up

— Satu Kettunen, for Birch Daughter

— Saleha Chowdhury, for Light and Death on the Indian Battle Station

— Michelle Wong, for CARBORUNDORUM > /DEV/NULL

— Kevin Tong, for A Taxonomy of Hurts

— Charis Loke, for Rules for Communing with Spirits

— Katie Chandler, for Cast Off Tight

— Maggie Chiang, for A Promise of Flight

— Dawid Planeta, for One For Sorrow, Two For Joy

— Galen Dara, for Flow

— Odera Igbokwe, for The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington

— Tesslyn Bergin, for Hehua

The #BlackSpecFic Report

The 2017 #BlackSpecFic Report, by Cecily Kane

POB Scoring: Growth and Accountability, by L. D. Lewis

More Than Numbers, by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

Three Years Into the #BlackSpecFic Report, by Mikki Kendall

Fireside #BlackSpecFic Report Response, by Inda Lauyrn

On Gaming, Fantastic Racism, & Real World Bigotry, by Latonya Pennington The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76, edited by Libia Brenda and Julia Rios, designed by Pablo Defendini, led by John Picacio

Our Editors

— Brian White, for our novels and novellas

— Julia Rios, for the stories, essays, and poems in Fireside Magazine

— Elsa Sjunneson, for selected essays in Fireside Magazine

— Tanya DePass, for The #BlackSpecFic Report

And that’s it from us, for the year. As always, thanks for reading.

© 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, 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.