Strange Horizons is on the Hugo shortlist for Best Semiprozine—the sixth year in a row! We’ve been nominated eight times for a Hugo, if you count the now-defunct award for Best Website. Since we began at the turn of the millennium, we have changed staff many times, and have cycled many names on the ballot, but the composite holds true: we are committed to creative storytelling that brings the horizons closer, to discussions that bend perspectives.

This year, we share the shortlist with siblingzines we love and admire, many of whom are peopled with SH alumni. We’ve been happy to publish fiction and nonfiction by many of the nominees, including Saladin Ahmed, Liz Bourke, Frances Hardinge, N.K. Jemisin, Paul Kincaid, Alisa Krasnostein, Ann Leckie, Yoon Ha Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Foz Meadows, Sam J. Miller, Nnedi Okorafor, Charles Payseur, Alexandra Pierce, Sarah Pinsker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tansy Rayner Roberts, John Scalzi, Kim Stanley Robinson, K.M. Szpara, Bogi Takács, Ursula Vernon, Fran Wilde, Renay, Gary K. Wolfe, and JY Yang.

Make no mistake: this nomination is for everyone who has made Strange Horizons what it is. You have kept us funded, submitted writing to us, edited for us, voted for us, and cheered us on. Thank you so much.



Ness is a queer Baltimorean with a gaming habit and a fondness for green things. Work hats include developmental editing, calligraphy, writing, learning design, and community management (that history degree was extremely useful). Ve started as an articles editor at Strange Horizons in 2012, and is constantly surprised about the number of fencers on the team.
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29 Nov 2021

It is perhaps fitting, therefore, that our donor's choice special issue for 2021 is titled—simply—Friendship.
The year before this, the girls at school had called her Little Lila .
Pictures of me that day are kept in the ship’s files, sent back to Earth to be used in my captors’ eventual war crimes tribunals.
Perhaps a new urban system of star navigation is needed
This world, covered in spectral ebullience, was tied together by bows of light
Are you a good witch / or a bad witch? / as if there’s an answer earned, inscribed in bubbles reflecting an inverse crown.
When does the pursuit of pure thought, pure idealism, pure escapism become detrimental?
Wednesday: The Best of World SF, Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar 
Friday: Anti-Life by Vee Tat Lam 
Issue 22 Nov 2021
Issue 15 Nov 2021
By: Madeline Grigg
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 8 Nov 2021
By: Allison Parrish
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 1 Nov 2021
By: Liam Corley
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Liam Corley
Issue 25 Oct 2021
Strange Horizons
Issue 18 Oct 2021
By: K. Ceres Wright
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 11 Oct 2021
By: Lisabelle Tay
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
Issue 4 Oct 2021
By: Anthony Okpunor
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 2 Oct 2021
Podcast: Fund Drive 2021 Poetry 
By: Michael Meyerhofer
By: Wale Ayinla
Podcast read by: Michael Meyerhofer
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
29 Sep 2021
Opening to fiction submissions for the month of November!
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