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Six Uncanny Magazine Poems Are Rhysling Nominees!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! Six Uncanny Magazine poems are nominees for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award for speculative poetry! Brandon O’Brien’s “drop some amens,” Betsy Aoki’s “Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon,” and Fran Wilde’s “The Sea Never Says It Loves You” are all nominees for Best Short Poem. Nitoo Das’s “The Cat’s Daughters,” Beth Cato’s “The Fairies in the Crawlspace,” and Ali Trotta’s “Lorelei” are all nominees for Best Long Poem. Congratulations to Brandon, Betsy, Fran, Nitoo, Beth, Ali, and all of the Rhysling Award nominees!

And Yet by A. T. Greenblatt Is a Nebula Award Finalist!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! “And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt is a 2018 finalist for a Best Short Story Nebula Award!

Congratulations, Aliza!

It is an amazing list of finalists. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!!

From the SFWA Nebula Award announcement:

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 16th-19th and feature programming developed and geared toward SFF professionals. On May 18th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills and will be free and open to the public.

The Nebula Awards, presented annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award, the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

Best of Uncanny Hardcover Book Coming from Subterranean Press in December!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The phenomenal Subterranean Press will be releasing massive hardcover and prestige editions of  The Best of Uncanny in December 2019! The Best of Uncanny is a collection edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas bringing together some of their favorite Uncanny Magazine stories and poems from the first few years of the magazine, including many works which were nominated for or won awards. Over 40 authors! And you can get a limited edition version SIGNED by all but one of them!!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?!

You can pre-order either version right now at The Subterranean Press website!

Behold! The phenomenal Tran Nguyen cover and Table of Contents!

Limited: 250 numbered leatherbound copies, signed by all authors (with one exception noted below)
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition

Table of Contents

  • “The Uncanny Valley- An Introduction” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Blessings” by Naomi Novik
  • “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu (translator signing, not the author)
  • “The New Ways” by Amal El-Mohtar (Poem)
  • “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Catcall” by Delilah S. Dawson
  • “Wooden Feathers” by Ursula Vernon
  • “The Long Run” by Neil Gaiman (Poem)
  • “Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Ghost Champagne” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “Translatio Corporis” by Kat Howard
  • “Rose Child” by Theodora Goss (Poem)
  • “The Witch of the Orion Waste and the Boy Knight” by E. Lily Yu
  • “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” by A. Merc Rustad
  • “Midnight Hour” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Henosis” by N.K. Jemisin
  • “The Persecution of Witches” by Ali Trotta (Poem)
  • “Restore the Heart into Love” by John Chu
  • “I Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong
  • “肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea)” by S. Qiouyi Lu (Poem)
  • “She Still Loves the Dragon” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “archival testimony fragments / minersong” by Rose Lemberg (Poem)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Planet Lion” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Hydraulic Emperor” by Arkady Martine
  • “Starskin, Sealskin” by Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (Poem)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara
  • “god-date” by Brandon O’Brien (Poem)
  • “Auspicium Melioris Aevi” by JY Yang
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde
  • “An Ocean the Color of Bruises” by Isabel Yap
  • “Dancing Princesses” by Roshani Chokshi (Poem)
  • “Those” by Sofia Samatar
  • “Though She Be But Little” by C. S. E. Cooney
  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization” by Cassandra Khaw (Poem)
  • “My Body, Herself” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands” by Seanan McGuire
  • “The Words on My Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The Sea Never Says It Loves You” by Fran Wilde (Poem)
  • “Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar


ETA: Wow! The limited signed edition is already sold out! THANK YOU!!! You can still pre-order the regular hardcover edition!

Uncanny Magazine 2018 Poetry Eligibility

Hello, Space Unicorns! Nominating for the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry is now OPEN! If you’re a SFPA member, you can nominate short and long poetry up until February 15.


Long Poem (50+ lines or 500+ words)

The Fairies in the Crawlspace by Beth Cato

Convalescence by Alicia Cole

The Cat’s Daughters by Nitoo Das

the body argonautica by Robin M. Eames

All the Stars Above the Sea by Sarah Gailey

What Grew by Sarah Gailey

Persephone in Hades by Theodora Goss

Translatio by Sharon Hsu

Expecting a Dinosaur by Mari Ness


Lorelei by Ali Trotta

The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts by Ali Trotta


Short Poems (<49 lines, <500words)

Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon by Betsy Aoki

hypothesis for apocalypse by Khairani Barokka

You Wanted Me to Fly by Julia Watts Belser

Osiris by Leah Bobet

smile by Beth Cato

Ctenophore Soul by Rita Chen

How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks by Genevieve DeGuzman

1532 by Ana Hurtado

Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed. by Cassandra Khaw

Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of His Faithlessness by Cassandra Khaw

core/debris/core by Rose Lemberg

drop some amens by Brandon O’Brien

The One by Brandon O’Brien

The Early Ones by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar

The Knight of the Beak by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar

Shadow-Song by Sonya Taaffe

די ירושה by Sonya Taaffe

Spatiotemporal Discontinuity by Bogi Takács

A View from Inside the Refrigerator by Andrea Tang

The Sea Never Says It Loves You by Fran Wilde

cardioid by Hal Y. Zhang

Swallow by Hal Y. Zhang

Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results!

Space Unicorns! It is time to announce the TOP STORY in our Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll!
It is…. *drumroll*

The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander!!!

Congratulations, Brooke! Brooke will be receiving a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!
The rest of the Top Five are:

2- The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

3- How to Swallow the Moon by Isabel Yap

4- The Thing About Ghost Stories  by Naomi Kritzer

5 IS A TIE!!!

The Hydraulic Emperor by Arkady Martine

She Still Loves the Dragon by Elizabeth Bear

Congratulations to T (Ursula), Isabel, Naomi, Arkady, and Elizabeth!
Thank you to everybody who voted!
Don’t forget if you’re nominating for the Nebula or Hugo Awards, we have a list of all of our eligible stories here.

Seven Uncanny Stories Are on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List and Locus Award Poll!

SPACE UNICORNS! HAPPY DAY!!! There are seven Uncanny Magazine stories on the prestigious 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List! WE ARE SO CHUFFED! Congratulations to all of the authors!

“How to Swallow the Moon” by Isabel Yap (novelette)

“Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse” by S.B. Divya

“And Yet” by A.T. Greenblatt

The Hydraulic Emperor” by Arkady Martine

“Blessings” by Naomi Novik

“What Gentle Women Dare” by Kelly Robson

“You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can’t Help Me” by K.M. Szpara

This means you can vote for these stories in the 2019 Locus Poll and Survey which determines the Locus Awards! Voting is FREE TO ALL! Along with these stories, Uncanny Magazine is also eligible for a Locus Award in the Best Magazine or Fanzine category, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas are eligible in the Best Editor – Pro or Fan category! Vote for the things you liked, and you can even write in things that didn’t make the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List! YOUR VOTE ALWAYS COUNTS!

And as long as you are in a voting mood, don’t forget to vote in the Uncanny Magazine Readers’ Favorite Stories Poll! It’s open until February 5, and the winning author gets a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!

Shine on, Space Unicorns!


Uncanny Celebrates Reader Favorites of 2018!

Hello, Space Unicorns! 2018 was a tough year. Though many things were hard and horrible, we are very proud of all of the amazing works we published in Uncanny Magazine. Everyone in the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps has been wonderfully supportive, and your enthusiasm has meant so much to us. It’s been fantastic to see how much our readers have been enjoying Uncanny’s fiction. And while we have our personal favorites, we’d like to know which stories YOU loved from Uncanny in 2018.

We’ve set up a poll for Uncanny readers to vote for their top three favorite original short stories from 2018. (You can find links to all of the stories here.)

The poll will be open from January 8 to February 5, after which we’ll announce the results. We’re excited for you to share which Uncanny stories made you feel!

snazzy certificate will be given to the creator whose work comes out on top of  the poll!

So please spread the word! And don’t forget, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 26 Cover and Table of Contents!


All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on February 5.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 26 Table of Contents

Julie Dillon- Pearls and Stardust

The Uncanny Valley (1/1)

Fran Wilde- “A Catalog of Storms” (1/1)
Natalia Theodoridou- “Poems Written While” (1/1)
Senaa Ahmad- “Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear” (1/1)

Delilah S. Dawson- “The Willows” (2/5)
Marissa Lingen- “The Thing, With Feathers” (2/5)
Inda Lauryn- “Dustdaughter” (2/5)

Ellen Kushner- “The Duke of Riverside” (1/1)

Linda D. Addison- “Safe Havens– WFC Award Ceremony 2018 Toastmaster Speech” (1/1)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry- “How to Make a Paper Crane” (1/1)

Alec Nevala-Lee- “The Most Powerful Force” (2/5)
Keidra Chaney- “What It Feels Like for a Fangirl in the Age of Late Capitalism” (2/5)

Cassandra Khaw- “A Letter From One Woman to Another” (1/1)
Sonya Taaffe- “The Watchword” (1/1)

Hal Y. Zhang- “Steeped in Stars” (2/5)
Jennifer Crow- “Red Berries” (2/5)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Natalia Theodoridou (1/1)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Marissa Lingen (2/5)

Podcast 26A (1/1)
Fran Wilde- “A Catalog of Storms,” as read by Erika Ensign
Cassandra Khaw- “A Letter From One Woman to Another,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Fran Wilde

Podcast 26B (2/5)
Delilah S. Dawson- “The Willows,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Hal Y. Zhang- “Steeped in Stars.” as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Delilah S. Dawson

The Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Guidelines

Reading period: January 15th, 2019 to February 28th 2019. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)


Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Please read Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s essay “Disabled Enough” if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!


A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction: 
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.



Fiction Editor: Katharine Duckett

We do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, though we welcome them. We’re seeking fantasy stories that invite readers to enter worlds they’ve never seen before. We’re looking for immediate and visceral tales of danger, fun and inventive adventures, and fateful journeys to distant lands or to the dragon’s lair in your own backyard. We’re looking for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

We want the stories you’ve been yearning to encounter in the world. We want to engage with the characters you want to meet in fiction.

Length: Between 750-6000 words

Payment: $.08 per word

Fiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.



Nonfiction Editor: Nicolette Barischoff

We are looking for essays that explore the relationship between fantastical literature and disability.

You are free to approach this exploration from any angle you wish. And we do mean any angle.

Some possible essay topics include: Tropes of disability within the fantasy genre, studies of disabled characters in specific works of fantasy, examinations of a particular author’s treatment of disability, examinations of  secondary worlds and how those worlds might relate to disabled citizens, personal narratives as a disabled writer or reader, magic and disability, fantasy and ageism, fantasy and wellness…

And the list goes on!

Note that while expressing frustration with some of the genre’s more ableist tendencies is a fine thing to do, essays that are purely demolitionist in nature can begin to feel very reductive, and can leave us with the feeling that someone has come in and torn down all the sets and left us sitting on a bare, badly-lit stage. Paint us a picture. What are you hoping to build? What would you have others build? It’s been a difficult couple of years for most of us. What’s giving you hope right now? What about the fantasy genre do you love?

For Nonfiction we will accept either a pitch, or a fully written essay for submissions. If you are submitting a pitch, please make sure it outlines exactly what you hope to accomplish.

All essay types and writing styles are welcome.

Length: Between 1000-2500 words

Payment: $60 an essay.

Nonfiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your essay or pitch via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All essays should be in a standard font, double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your essay (if applicable), your significant publishing history and awards, and any information that might be relevant to your submission. Don’t worry if you don’t have a publishing history. We’re looking for new voices as well as old pros. Just tell us who you are. Feel free to tell us about your specific experience with disability, but you are by no means obligated to share any information you do not feel is relevant.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.



Poetry Editor: Lisa M. Bradley

We do not require poetry to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage it. We are looking for strong, emotional poetry with multiple layers of meaning. We are open to the full gamut of emotions. Hope, love, and joy can be just as powerful as fear, hate, and grief. Clear language can be just as vibrant and powerful as more intricate language. Most of all, we are looking for poetry that has a unique voice and doesn’t shy away from engaging with its core issues and themes.

Length: No line limits

Payment: $30 per poem

Poetry Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your poem(s) via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem(s), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission. Don’t worry if you have no previous publications. Everyone starts somewhere, so please don’t self-reject.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate files through the Moksha system in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4- We try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.



Disabled People Destroy Fantasy is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

(Special thanks to the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction guest editors Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Dominik Parisien, Nicolette Barischoff, S. Qiouyi Lu, and Judith Tarr for developing the original version of these guidelines.)

Announcing the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Guest Poetry Editor!

Fantastic news, Space Unicorns! We can now announce another Disabled People Destroy Fantasy  GUEST EDITOR!

The Guest Poetry Editor is… Lisa M. Bradley!!!


Originally from South Texas, Lisa M. Bradley now lives in Iowa with her spouse and their teenager. Her speculative fiction and poetry examine borders, taboos, and transgressions, no doubt influenced by her experiences growing up a bi-ethnic bisexual Tejana living with an invisible illness on an international border. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Fireside, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other venues. Her first collection of fiction and poetry isThe Haunted Girl. Watch for her debut novel, EXILE, coming from Rosarium in 2019. For updates, follow Lisa on Twitter (@cafenowhere) or check out her website:

We are so thrilled to be working with Lisa! Disabled People Destroy Fantasy will be AMAZING! Thank you again to all of the Uncanny Magazine Year 4/Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Backers who made the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue happen!