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Dear Strange Horizons readers,

The Fiction department is pleased to announce that we will reopen to submissions January 2, 2017. We look forward to reading your excellent stories.

Over the course of our long hiatus, we've made several changes to the Fiction department beyond the addition of the skilled Vajra Chandrasekera as a Fiction Editor. First, and most importantly, we've brought on several new first readers. As we read the Fireside Report and looked at the demographics of our department, we realized that we needed to actively recruit black readers to our staff, and we hope that our new additions will help us in our mission to find the best and most inclusive speculative fiction. Please take a moment to look at our staff page if you're interested in our first readers.

Second, we're rolling out a new submissions system for both Fiction and Poetry. We're taking the rest of December to test the system and train our first readers, and we hope its debut goes smoothly for everyone involved. We'd like to thank Matthew Kressel for designing the system, which a number of magazines use and which will greatly streamline our work. We also heartily thank Jed Hartman, who has donated server space and database help to the magazine for years.

Finally, as a result of this year’s fund drive, in the new year we will be opening submissions to Samovar, an imprint for translated SF run by Sarah Dodd, Laura Friis, Greg West, and Helen Marshall, in association with the University of Leeds and Anglia Ruskin University. You can expect to hear more from them about what Samovar will be looking for and how to submit very soon.

We appreciate your patience as we make these changes. We can't wait to read some astonishing fiction in the coming months!

Vajra Chandrasekera, Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela



Catherine Krahe is a fiction editor at Strange Horizons.
Vajra Chandrasekera is a writer from Colombo, Sri Lanka. His fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Black Static, among others. For more, see his website or follow @_vajra on Twitter.
Lila Garrott lives in Cambridge with her wife. Her hair is blue and her eyes are brown. She recently completed a project in which she read and reviewed a book every day for a year. Her poetry has appeared previously in this magazine and others, and her fiction and criticism in wildly scattered venues.
An (pronounce it "On") is a neutrois author with a background in web development, linguistics, and weaving chain maille out of stainless steel fencing wire, whose fiction has appeared in venues including Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and a handful of Year's Bests. An's interests range from pulsars and Cepheid variables to gender studies and nonstandard pronouns, with a plethora of stops in-between. Se graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2008 and attended the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop in 2011, and is in a constant state of learning and revising ser understanding of the world.
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