Some Queer Short SFF - August 2021

Looking for a few queer stories to close out August right? Or kick off the new month in style? Well I have gathered up a little over 30 for you from all over the internet (and print!). The big news this month is a new antho full of queer short sff from Lethe Press and editor Steve Berman--Burly Tales, which features 12 stories, including my very own novelette, "A Giant Problem." Otherwise, the biggest contribution here is Translunar Travelers Lounge, which rocked the month with 6 stories on the list. Also notable, khōréō magazine landed 3 stories, and a whole lot of places got a single story in as well. To toot my own horn a bit more, too, there is a reprint anthology that might be of interest to people. We're Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020, edited by C.L. Clark and series editor Charles Payseur (me!), dropped this month and features 16 amazing stories from last year. So yeah, do maybe consider checking that out!

The rules/disclaimer: judging what is and what is not queer short SFF is fraught and I own that I will probably miss things that were definitely queer that I couldn't tell were intended to be queer or that I missed in the text itself. Which is how I try to decide what goes on and what does not. That said, this list is not meant to be comprehensive nor definitive. It's based largely on my own reading of stories or the intention of the author (through asking to be included on the list). If you have stories that I've missed, or if I've included stories you don't want on this list, please let me know and I will do what I can to edit. Further, stories on this list are not necessarily recommended for their queer content, and I make no requirement that stories must be #ownvoices. If you want more notes on any of the stories that I have read, you can search them on Quick Sip Reviews for possible content warnings. Thank you!


Cultureship”, Esther Alter (khōréō)

What the Wind Saw”, Evey Brett (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Nine-Tailed Heart”, Jessica Cho (khōréō)

Soulmark”, Brandon Crilly (Fusion Fragment)

I Am Tasting the Stars”, Jennifer Donohue (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

Before the Haze Devours You”, Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas (Lightspeed)

Evelina, My Tentacles!”, Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas (khōréō)

"Real Sugar is Hard to Find", Sim Kern (Planet Scumm)

Broken Idols, Guarded Hearts”, Elizabeth Loupe (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

The Loneliness of Former Constellations”, P. H. Low (Strange Horizons)

Shapeshifter”, Vanessa McKinney (Fantasy)

The Lake, the Valley, the Border Between Water and Wood, and the End of Things”, Watson Neith (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

The Case of the Teapot of Enlightenment”, Anya Ow (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

Monologue of a Wishing Well”, Anjali Patel (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

"Worms, their Carer, and his Friend", C. H. Pearce (StarShipSofa)

One Hundred Seconds to Midnight”, Lauren Ring (Escape Pod)

"A Generation of Darkness", Lynne Sargent (Orion's Belt)

"The Art and Mystery of Thea Wells", Alexandra Seidel (Diabolical Plots)

The Future Library”, Peng Shepherd (Tor)

"The Shadowed Undertows", Natalia Theodoridou (The Deadlands)

Where Things Fall from the Sky”, Ally Wilkes (Nightmare)

One Coin, Under Earth”, Jessica Yang (Translunar Travelers Lounge)


Burly Tales, ed. Steve Berman (Lethe Press)

"Three, to the Swizz'!" by James K. Moran
"The Red Bear of Norroway" by John Linwood Grant
"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" by Jonathan Harper
"The Three Little Prigs" by M. Yuan-Innes
"Snow Melt and Rose Bloom" by John T. Fuller
"A Giant Problem" by Charles Payseur
"The Most Luxuriant Beard of All" by B.J. Fry
"The Man Who Drew Cats" by Alysha MacDonald
"Heft" by Mark Ward
"El Muerto’s Godson" by Evey Brett
"Lesson Learned" by Rob Rosen
"Bears Move In" by Ann Zeddies


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