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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.
12 comments on “Changes for the Fiction Department”

Susan, I'm in awe of the amazing job you've done for the last ten years. I totally support you making the decisions you need to make for your life and family, but I wanted to say how much I love the work you've done here. It will be remembered.

Susan, your work at Strange Horizons has contributed good things to my life, both personally and professionally. Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to making the field more expansive and more inclusive. We all owe you a drink. A big, big drink.

You've done amazing work here for years, Susan. Congratulations on all the many voices you've helped bring out into the world (mine included) and good luck on your next adventure. Whatever you do, you'll do it with style.

WHOA! You buried the lede here -- I only found out about this because I chided Jed for the submissions delay!
Susan, I am so very very grateful for what you've done at Strange Horizons. A toast to a marvelous editor, guide, nurturer of talent, tea party hostess charismatically commanding the attention of her people while perched atop a threadbare hotel chair, mensch, thinker, and fighter of the good fight. You probably will never have any idea how much better a place science fiction is because you were there.

Dave Schwartz

I think I've been in shock since this announcement. First Karen, and now you . . . it's hard to think of SH without you, Susan. But I wish you well in everything else you do from now on!

Haddayr Copley-Woods

Oh, Susan. Thank you for your hard work, and I'm really sorry to see you go. You edited my most well-received story, and I'm so grateful for all you have done.

Marguerite Reed

Oh, Susan. What does one say to one of the most important people in one's watershed writing moment? Your contributions will be missed, and your past work revered.

Thanks for everything you've done to make SH an amazing place for both readers and writers, Susan, and best of luck on the next adventure, whatever that may be!

Argh, I heard murmurings about this but refused to believe they weren't referring to your stepping down as chief editor before. I am truly saddened to see you go, but have every confidence that whatever you touch will turn to proverbial gold.
Thank you so, so much for all you've done with this Strange Horizons. It's been tremendous.

Thank you for all your terrific work and leadership over the years, Susan. You've built a great magazine here and helped give online fiction publishing credibility it needed at a crucial time. Best wishes on whatever comes next for you.

Eva Folsom

I just wanted to say thank you for all your work over the years. I still remember my delight a couple of years ago when someone pointed me to SH--I couldn't believe that there were folks publishing high quality short sff on the internet for free. I love reading Strange Horizons, and I know this kind of wonderful magazine doesn't just pop into existence on it's own! Thanks so much.

Thank you for your great, great work, Susan. SH was my first online discovery, too. This unique magazine has taught me so much in the spec field and beyond. Again, thank you!

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