The 2022 #BlackSpecFic Report and Survey

  The original #BlackSpecFic Report launched in 2016 by Fireside Magazine served as a catalyst for the creation of FIYAH, by revealing that Black writers represented less than 2% of the field of published short speculative fiction. We like to think we’ve come a long way since then, though exactly how far remains to be Read more

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FIYAH 2021 Award Eligibility

2021 is over. Allegedly. We haven’t gone back to check. But, as Gregorian calendars everywhere say it’s now 2022, it means FIYAH has officially been around for five entire years of Black excellence and perseverance in the many faces of our shared and comically grim reality. In the last year, we’ve added 18 new works Read more

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“When I find the first letter” by Aiya Sakr

When I find the first letter   in the garden among the green beans I try to ignore it think           it a weed          it grows and    grows blank                ink a foot         off the raised bed tail like                   a flaccid flag   this ي               I have thought expected someone would  find me                 letters turn to rot                 Read more

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“Casting Runes” by Rasha Abdulhadi

these marks upon my arms are not for charms or meant to be charming, they are not for protection, not for kurt cobain, and though i like it when a friend asks if this one on my left hand is a dandelion seed, it is not a symbol for that either. these are a bridge Read more

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“Blood Suck” by Samah Fadil

Her fangs came out at night rows along the highway blood burst out in spurts the evil in the details Her sisters entrenched in the sight saw devils challenge desperate fight Stars gleaming, pointed, sharp punctured through stillness of dark Serrated blades, each pearl a sin tearing through her soft fleshed kin Rabid as a Read more

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“Captain’s Log” by Fargo Tbakhi

CAPTAIN’S LOG ABOARD THE GOOD SHIP PALESTINE; CAPTAIN ON ROTATION FOR WEEK OF 13/02/2148: TBAKHI, WAJIEH   Antenna is broke. Have requested Nadia assemble crew for repair. Communications spotty at best. Need part but do not have in supplies. Outlook poor. Left engine is broke. Some rumbling and shudder and we shifted off course. Naturally Read more

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