March and April Short Fiction

Here’s the data I have on POC short fiction published in magazines in March and April 2009:



Once again, if I’ve missed some stories, please let me know in the comments or by sending an email to the Gmail address: theangryblackwoman+pocfic. Also check out the list we posted last week as I’ve added some new stories. This week I’ll finish up 2009 magazines and next week I’ll post fiction found in anthologies.

Magazines and Editors Who Want More Diversity in Their Slushpiles

As I continue posting lists of POC short fiction, you may start to notice a trend in the markets you see attached to the stories. The same ones come up more than once while others never appear at all. Sometimes that’s due to the editor/s, but often it’s also due to writers not sending their stories to particular markets.

As a writer I can be a bit picky about which markets I’ll submit to and which I won’t. I have a list in my head of places I feel aren’t worth my time or postage because the editor doesn’t seem interested in fiction with a POC perspective at all. But markets change, editors change (or move on, allowing for new editors), and sometimes editors actually want to publish more POC but just aren’t getting a lot of submissions from them.

Last year I make a list of magazines I knew wanted more diversity and asked editors to let me know if they wanted their markets added to the list. Here it is again (minus those markets that no longer exist):


  • Delia Sherman

Editors, if you want your market or name added to the list, say so in comments.

Hopefully this list will be useful to readers as well. It’s not always easy to know which magazines are more likely to have stories written by POC or even including POC characters. This is a good place to start.

First Order of Business: May, June & July Short Fiction

Thanks to the Carl Brandon Society for having me as a guest blogger this month! I’m very excited about contributing and will hopefully institute a few regular features. The first one I’ve already talked about a bit on my other blog, The Angry Black Woman — each month we’re going to list the short fiction that’s been published by POC in magazines and anthologies. Part of the CBS mission is to bring attention to our fiction and I’m happy to facilitate that. Plus, I like having a handy reading list each month of stories I’m likely to be interested in.

Since it’s already July I’m going to spend the month playing catch up. So for today here are all the short stories published by POC in magazines in May, June and July that I know about. Want to be included in this or future lists? Check out the verbiage below the stories.

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

Should your story be on this list? If it was published anytime in 2009, then: yes. Please let me know! I’m also going to add stories to the Carl Brandon wiki and I don’t want to miss any. If you’re a POC author and had a spec fic story published in a magazine or anthology, be it online or print, in 2009, please fill out this form.

Editors are welcome to alert me of stories I missed as well. I hope that editors and authors will give me a heads up every month!