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First of all, a new-staff announcement. Just before Christmas, we advertised for an Art Director to join Strange Horizons, looking at how we use art throughout the site, and helping to ensure that we're showcasing a diversity of work. We received an extremely strong set of applications—it's always a little humbling to see the quality of people willing to volunteer their time for SH—and after no little deliberation we're delighted to announce that Tory Hoke and Heather McDougal are joining the magazine. Tory is a writer, illustrator and programmer with a background in filmmaking, some of whose work will already be familiar to you—she illustrated Ann Leckie's story "She Commands Me and I Obey" last autumn, as well as her own story Lysistrata of Mars." Heather, meanwhile, is an artist and writer with an MFA in sculpture and an interest in art and graphic design in digital environments. I'm very excited to see what they both bring to the magazine over the coming years! (And of course if you're an artist, you can send them your portfolio for consideration.)

And second, with a drum roll—here are the results of this year's Readers' Poll!

Earlier this month, we asked you to vote for your favourite works published by SH in 2014. The poll was open from 13.00 PST on 5th January 2015 until 23.59 PST on 16th January 2015. Each person could vote for up to five works or nominees in each department, ranking them 1 (first place) to 5 (fifth place). Each first-place vote was worth five points, each second-place vote was worth four points, and so on. It was not compulsory to vote in every category, nor to use all five slots in a given category. Multiple votes on one ballot for the same item were discarded, and ballots required a unique email address to be submitted. Email addresses were only used to verify the validity of ballots.

As ever, we are grateful to those of you who voted in the poll—we always appreciate it, and any other feedback you send us. Congratulations to this year's winners, and thanks as ever to all of our contributors for submitting their work.

Fiction

Poetry

Articles

Columns (see the archives for individual columns)

  • First place: Genevieve Valentine
  • Second place: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  • Third place: Jaymee Goh
  • Fourth place: Cassandra Khaw
  • Fifth place: John Clute

Reviews (see the archives for individual reviews)

  • First place: Sofia Samatar
  • Second place: Carmen Maria Machado
  • Third place: Aishwarya Subramanian
  • Fourth place: Chris Kammerud
  • Fifth place: Alix E. Harrow

Previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.




Niall Harrison is a reader and fan.
Current Issue
18 Jan 2021

Splinters, old and new. How else can the skin remember the tree? If it hurts, that is the point.
Soft Shoulder speaking softly / quick-stop-tongued lanky cur dog / lisping languid in jeans
By: Zach Ozma
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Zach Ozma
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Zach Ozma's “Soft Shoulder (Excerpt)” with a reading by the poet.
The way I see it, this story is full of symbolic touchstones, visual elements with layers of meaning that are not always obvious, or even accessible, to the reader.
Wednesday: Bulbbul 
Friday: The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson 
Issue 11 Jan 2021
By: Ryu Ando
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
By: Nikki Caffier Smith
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 4 Jan 2021
By: Maya Beck
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Stephanie Burt
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Stephanie Burt
Issue 21 Dec 2020
By: Octavia Cade
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Meep Matsushima
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Meep Matsushima
Issue 14 Dec 2020
By: ML Kejera
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
By: Brigid Nemeton
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Brigid Nemeton
7 Dec 2020
Strange Horizons is now accepting fiction submissions for the Palestinian Special issue! The issue, edited by Rasha Abdulhadi and Basma Ghalayini will be published at the end of March 2021. We are open for submissions from now until January 31, 2021. Don't wait till the end to send your work!
7 Dec 2020
تقديم الطلبات مفتوح من الان و حتى تاريخ 31 يناير 2021. قدم/ قدمي عملك عاجلا و ليس آجلا!
Issue 7 Dec 2020
By: Toby MacNutt
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Anna Cates
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 1 Dec 2020
By: Ateri Miyawatl
Translated by: Ateri Miyawatl
By: Ateri Miyawatl
Translated by: Adam Coon
By: Vraiux Dorós
Translated by: Toshiya Kamei
By: Luz Rosales
Translated by: Andrea Chapela
By: Libia Brenda
Translated by: Allana C. Noyes
By: Ateri Miyawatl
Podcast read by: Ateri Miyawatl
Podcast: Bromelia (English) 
Podcast: Bromelia (Español) 
Issue 23 Nov 2020
By: Michael Bazzett
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Michael Bazzett
Issue 16 Nov 2020
By: Cat Aquino
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
By: Michael Chang
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
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