REVIEW: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi is refreshingly relevant, painfully recognizable yet unequivocally original. The swift story pacing and gritty character development wrap its stark themes up in magic, mayhem, and the collective memory. This is a supernatural dystopian hellscape deeply rooted in a contemporary America. Blackness, in its many forms and the never-ending necessity to Read more

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An Announcement from Troy

Hello FIYAH Magazine Readers, Supporters, and Friends, I’m writing today with some bittersweet news: I am stepping down as Executive Editor of FIYAH Magazine. It has been my genuine pleasure to serve as editor these past three years. FIYAH has changed the landscape of SFF short fiction. Before we entered the field, the publication rates Read more

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Artist Interview: Steffi Walthall

Artist Steffi Walthall is responsible for the FIYAH #13 cover art, the first animated cover we’ve commissioned! We asked her a bit about her unique art style and the work she’s excited about. 1) What inspired you to originally want to be an artist? I feel like it’s pretty common for most artists to say Read more

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Issue 13 Cover+ToC Announcement

We are thrilled to present the cover and table of contents for the 13th issue of FIYAH Literary Magazine, opening up our fourth year of publication. Features include: All That the Storm Took – a short story by Yah Yah Scholfield Roots on Ya – a short story LH Moore Lusca – a short story Read more

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FIYAH 2019 Award Eligibility

Another wonderful year is in the bag here at FIYAH. On top of the 17 original stories, 8 poems, and 4 cover artists gracing the pages of our latest issues, the staff also got to meet one another for the first time ever to celebrate our Hugo nomination! As always, we are immensely grateful for Read more

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REVIEW: Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callendar

Kacen Callender didn’t write a historical fantasy novel. They didn’t write a slavery-centered novel for the sake of it. They wrote, in my humble opinion, a compelling, unprecedented tragic hero’s journey. If you’re going into this expecting a more generic fantasy that happens to take place in a slavery-centric world, then you’ll be discrediting your Read more

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REVIEW: The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The Deep is a novella that I can easily hold in one hand, yet feels like a megaton. It’s laden with the weight of the past, the burden of memories, and the heaviness of emotional isolation. And that’s just part of the weightiness of its journey. I haven’t even mentioned the satisfying devastation of reading Read more

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REVIEW: The Throne of the Five Winds by S. C. Emmett

Disclaimer: The reviewer is not East Asian and thus lacks the relevant knowledge and lived experience to critique certain parts of this work. The blurb for this book will make you think you’re about to walk in to a bloody, royal warfare but it never quite unfolds.  And ultimately, the story is mostly better for Read more

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REVIEW: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

Trigger warnings: Violence, Violence Against Women, Rape As a fan of war-related history content, The Shadow King was quite the ride into the Second Italo-Ethiopian War that I was barely knowledgeable about. Maaza Mengiste has taken a tumultuous period in Ethiopia’s history and has created a lucid, and vivid tapestry, her lyrical words and three-dimensional Read more

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Artist Interview: Sophia Zarders

Artist Sophia Zarders is responsible for the FIYAH #12 cover art. We asked her a bit about her unique art style and the work she’s excited about. 1) What inspired you to originally want to be an artist? I’ve actually been an artist since childhood! I was that class artist kid and loved drawing dogs, Read more

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