Root Magic by Eden Royce

There is power in allowing people to tell their own stories and not only power, but nuances that could never be captured by an outsider. Eden Royce gives us a radiant example of this needed phenomena in ROOT MAGIC. It’s a historical fantasy Middle Grade set in the 60s and the atmosphere comes off the Read more

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The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Tau continues his journey in the second book of Evan Winter’s unbelievably well-paced series. If you’ve read RAGE OF DRAGONS then you already know what I’m talking about. Somehow, that book managed to maintain nearly non-stop action without sacrificing any characterization. It’s a feat that I remain intensely impressed by. I watched a talk Winter Read more

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RESULTS: The 2020 Ignyte Awards

From the convention website In the tradition of FIYAH, when we see a need going unfulfilled, we correct it. To that effect, we are thrilled to announce the creation of the Ignyte Awards series as part of the inaugural FIYAHCON event. The Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future Read more

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Artist Interview: Odera Igbokwe

Odera Igbokwe is the artist behind FIYAH #16’s JOY cover. We asked them a bit about their process and the artists they’re excited about in our quarterly Artist Interview. 1) What inspired you to originally want to be an artist? Play and creativity has always been a part of my being, whether that was specifically Read more

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Editor’s Note: Speculative Poetry 2021

B. Sharise Moore is taking over the role of Poetry Editor here at FIYAH for the year 2021. She’s outlined what she’s looking for below: I wrote poetry before I ever took a stab at writing fiction. There was something organic and inviting about the rhythm, the voice, the freedoms of lines and stanzas that Read more

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New Adventures: Brandon O’Brien

One of my favourite poems, by two-time Pulitzer-nominated American poet Lucille Clifton, begins:  won’t you celebrate with me  what i have shaped into  a kind of life?  I open with it to ask the same of you now, as after four years and sixteen issues, my tenure as FIYAH’s Poetry Editor has reached its climax. Read more

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Issue #16: JOY ToC+Cover Announcement

We are thrilled to present the cover and table of contents for the 16th issue of FIYAH Literary Magazine, themed “Joy”. Features include: Interstate Africana – a short story by WC Dunlap Ambrosia – a short story by Margaret Saunders Silver Door Diner – a short story by Bishop Garrison That Which Smells Bad – Read more

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Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Set in New York, at the dawn of WWII, Trouble the Saints is a story that starts with a notorious assassin whose ‘hands’ gift her deadly precision with knives. While trying hard to leave this life behind, we learn more about the race and power dynamics of the 1930s with a magical – somewhat mystical Read more

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

In Cinderella is Dead, debut author Kalynn Bayron, reimagines the world of this classic with a striking sapphic story about a determined young woman willing to risk it all to expose the secrets and lies at the very heart of Cinderella’s mythic ‘happily ever-after’ in order to free a kingdom. __________ Content Warning:  Cinderella is Read more

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