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We're looking to bring new fiction editors into the Strange Horizons team. This might not be much of a surprise, after our announcement in December that Karen Meisner was leaving the fiction department. What might be a surprise, though, is that we're not just looking for someone to fill Karen's old spot.

I'm also leaving the Strange Horizons fiction department. This decision has been a long time coming, and I've been hesitating over it for months. I've been a fiction editor here for over a decade, and it's been a really important part of my life. Stepping down from the fiction department is the right decision for me, though, and now is the right time.

I'm not going away entirely -- I'll be staying around in an advisory role for the magazine, and I'll be actively involved in the process of selecting new fiction editors. Our goal is to put together a strong and fabulous editorial team that will continue to publish groundbreaking fiction from all over the speculative fiction spectrum -- and represent all of the voices in our community. We've already started speaking to a few promising candidates, but we're interested in hearing from applicants who we might not have already considered, so we invite anyone who's interested in what we're doing at Strange Horizons to consider applying for a position as a fiction editor. (Full details about the application process available here.)

This is a big transition that we're going through, and as a result we're going to have to ask you for a little bit of extra patience -- because we're working through this change in the editorial team, we're going to need another couple of weeks before we can open to fiction submissions.

Everyone here at Strange Horizons has confidence that we're going to find a great new editorial team, and that we'll continue to be the magazine you know and love. Thank you for staying with us through these big changes.

Susan Marie Groppi is a historian, writer, and editor. She was a fiction editor at Strange Horizons from 2001 to 2010, and Editor-in-Chief from January 2004 to December 2010.
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