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Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, roundtable discussions, and art.

Our definition of speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika. Work published in Strange Horizons has been shortlisted for or won Hugo, Nebula, Rhysling, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree Jr., and World Fantasy Awards.

Speculative fiction has a vibrant and radical tradition of stories that can make us think, can critique society, and can show us how it could be otherwise, for better or worse. We aim to be part of that tradition, and to update it: in the twenty-first century, speculative fiction must be a global, inclusive literature. We want to showcase work that challenges us and delights us, by new and established writers from diverse backgrounds and with diverse concerns.

Find out how to submit your speculative, slipstream, and SF/F work here—and for submission of translated works, see our sister magazine, Samovar.

Explore the magazine

You can find nearly every piece we've ever published in the Strange Horizons archives (browse by date or by contributor).  However, for a well-rounded taste of the magazine, you can try some of our special issues from years past:

  • Trans / Nonbinary special, featuring Yoon Ha Lee and Jamie Berrout
  • Southeastern USA special, featuring Sheree Renée Thomas, Christopher Caldwell, Christopher R. Alonso, Malena Crawford, Troy L. Wiggins, Inda Lauryn, and Eden Royce
  • 2016 special, featuring A. T. Greenblatt, Jenn Grunigen, Karin Lowachee, and Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría
  • 2015 special, featuring Kelly Link, Shweta Narayan, Yukimi Ogawa, and Roshani Chokshi
  • 2014 special, featuring Ann Leckie, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Arkady Martine, and Adam Roberts
  • 2013 special, featuring Rose Lemberg, Nisi Shawl, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, and Bryan Thao Worra

Alternatively, you could browse winners of our Readers' Polls: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Who we are

You can find a full list of our current staff, across all departments, on our masthead. Each department of the magazine has a separate editorial team, each independently responsible for acquisitions and editing. Day-to-day operations are overseen by Co-Ordinating Editor Gautam Bhatia and Administrative Editor Romie Stott.

Strange Horizons was founded in September 2000 by Mary Anne Mohanraj, who was editor in chief until the end of 2003. Susan Marie Groppi was editor in chief from January 2004 to December 2010. Niall Harrison's tenure spanned from 2010-2017, followed by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde as co-editors-in-chief from 2017-2019. Vanessa Rose Phin was editor in chief from 2019-2021.

How we are funded

Strange Horizons is incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of Utah, U.S. With a volunteer staff and limited budget for advertising and self-promotion, the magazine's resources are devoted to professionally compensating writers for publication rights to their works.

Financial support for the magazine comes primarily through direct donations and arts grants. You can find out more about our model, and make your own donation if you wish, here.

Strange Horizons has received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.

How you can contact us

The editors welcome your your feedback and suggestions, and your submissions.

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