If you're a fiction writer interested in submitting to us, you may have noticed that we've been closed to submissions for an unusually long time, more or less since the end of the Our Queer Planet call, and that we haven't announced a date for re-opening. You may be wondering what that's about.
We are therefore delighted to announce that Vajra Chandrasekera is joining us as a Fiction Editor, working with Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, and An Owomoyela.
If you've been reading Strange Horizons recently, there's a good chance that you recognise Vajra's name and if you do, I suspect you're as excited as I am about him joining the magazine's staff. As a book club participant, occasional reviewer and regular columnist, he has contributed some of the most insightful critical thinking we've had the pleasure of publishing in the last year. And as an author—with July's "Sweet Marrow", and this week's "Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes"—he's contributed two wonderfully elegant and thought-provoking stories. Put another way, by far the biggest downside of him joining the magazine is that we won't be publishing very much by him for the foreseeable future!
In organisational terms, this should mean that we will be able to re-open to fiction submissions in the near-ish future—although authors, we'll still need you to bear with us for a few more weeks. It also means that the workload for each fiction editor will be reduced, and that it will be easier for individual editors to take breaks as and when needed. (These will be indicated on our masthead as they occur.) Most importantly, though, in creative terms, I think Vajra's input can only be a good thing for the magazine, and I can't wait to read the stories he brings to our pages.