Rachel Swirsky is creating Stories
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For the past ten years, I've been a professional short story author. I've published about seventy pieces, and been honored to see them discussed in reviews, blog posts, and fan letters, and named on recommended reading lists and award ballots.

I write about gender, the future, body, queerness, otherness, alienation, surreality, and displacement. I write with one eye on language and character, and another on ideas. Sometimes, I even write humor.

Why short stories?

Short stories can strike with rapid, brutal imagery and emotion. A short story can cut into the skin, and into the bone; it can be a visceral knife.

Why science fiction and fantasy?

Speculative fiction delves into the human psyche: our dreams of the future, the not-now, the not-real. In such imaginings, we reveal our desires, our preoccupations, and the filters through which we see the world.

Why narrative?

Narrative is a powerful tool humans use to interpret our place in the world. We tell narratives about our own lives. We draw narratives from the world around us, recursively creating and being shaped by them.

Emotion, dreams, narratives: that's what my work devolves to in the end. Grief and love; mythical futures and impossible presents; familiar stories viewed through modern kaleidoscopes.

Rachel Swirsky is a short story writer in Bakersfield, California. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sturgeon Award. She’s twice won the Nebula Award: in 2010 for her novella, “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” and in 2014 for her short story, “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” She graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2008 and Clarion West in 2005. Read and listen to her free online fiction, or visit her website. Find her on Twitter as rachelswirsky.

The illustrations in this piece are by Sam Weber, created for Tor.com to illustrate "A Memory of Wind" and "Eros, Philia, Agape."
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NEW WORDS! Receive a new monthly poem or flash story.
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SNEAK PEAKS. Everything from previous tier, and excerpted previews of upcoming work.
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STORIES FROM YORE! Everything from previous tiers, and a monthly PDF copy of a piece of my work that's not available online.
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POETRY BY POST. Everything from previous tiers, and an annual, hand-written, signed poem.
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PICK A PRIZE! Everything from previous tiers. After one year of support, receive a free class (if available) or short story critique.
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ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Everything from previous tiers, and an annual, sarcastically illustrated piece of flash fiction.
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PROMPTLY. Everything from previous tiers. After one year of support, you can give me a prompt, and I will write 500 words about it. If it becomes a finished piece of writing, I will dedicate it to you. (No guarantee writing will turn into something good. Reasonable stipulations apply.)
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TUCKERIZATION. After one year of support, if you opt in, I will include your name (or someone else's of your choosing) in a piece of fiction or poetry. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)
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DEDICATION. Everything from previous tiers. After one year of support, if you opt in, I will dedicate a piece of fiction or poetry to you. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)
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RETREAT FROM THE WORLD. After one year of support, you are invited to a weekend-long retreat with me, as long as we can make our schedules coordinate. You will be responsible for your own travel, room, and board. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)
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For the past ten years, I've been a professional short story author. I've published about seventy pieces, and been honored to see them discussed in reviews, blog posts, and fan letters, and named on recommended reading lists and award ballots.

I write about gender, the future, body, queerness, otherness, alienation, surreality, and displacement. I write with one eye on language and character, and another on ideas. Sometimes, I even write humor.

Why short stories?

Short stories can strike with rapid, brutal imagery and emotion. A short story can cut into the skin, and into the bone; it can be a visceral knife.

Why science fiction and fantasy?

Speculative fiction delves into the human psyche: our dreams of the future, the not-now, the not-real. In such imaginings, we reveal our desires, our preoccupations, and the filters through which we see the world.

Why narrative?

Narrative is a powerful tool humans use to interpret our place in the world. We tell narratives about our own lives. We draw narratives from the world around us, recursively creating and being shaped by them.

Emotion, dreams, narratives: that's what my work devolves to in the end. Grief and love; mythical futures and impossible presents; familiar stories viewed through modern kaleidoscopes.

Rachel Swirsky is a short story writer in Bakersfield, California. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sturgeon Award. She’s twice won the Nebula Award: in 2010 for her novella, “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” and in 2014 for her short story, “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” She graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2008 and Clarion West in 2005. Read and listen to her free online fiction, or visit her website. Find her on Twitter as rachelswirsky.

The illustrations in this piece are by Sam Weber, created for Tor.com to illustrate "A Memory of Wind" and "Eros, Philia, Agape."

Recent posts by Rachel Swirsky

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
44 patrons
NEW WORDS! Receive a new monthly poem or flash story.
Pledge $1 or more per month
17 patrons
I'm just here for the Lyon-Martin fundraiser! (Thank you! They're worthy of your help!)
Pledge $2 or more per month
25 patrons
SNEAK PEAKS. Everything from previous tier, and excerpted previews of upcoming work.
Pledge $5 or more per month
21 patrons
STORIES FROM YORE! Everything from previous tiers, and a monthly PDF copy of a piece of my work that's not available online.
Pledge $7.50 or more per month
2 patrons
POETRY BY POST. Everything from previous tiers, and an annual, hand-written, signed poem.
Pledge $10 or more per month
3 of 20 patrons
PICK A PRIZE! Everything from previous tiers. After one year of support, receive a free class (if available) or short story critique.
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Everything from previous tiers, and an annual, sarcastically illustrated piece of flash fiction.
Pledge $15 or more per month
1 patron
PROMPTLY. Everything from previous tiers. After one year of support, you can give me a prompt, and I will write 500 words about it. If it becomes a finished piece of writing, I will dedicate it to you. (No guarantee writing will turn into something good. Reasonable stipulations apply.)
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
LET'S ALL HANG OUT. Everyone at this level or higher is invited to a monthly hangout and writing session. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)
Pledge $25 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
TUCKERIZATION. After one year of support, if you opt in, I will include your name (or someone else's of your choosing) in a piece of fiction or poetry. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
DEDICATION. Everything from previous tiers. After one year of support, if you opt in, I will dedicate a piece of fiction or poetry to you. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
RETREAT FROM THE WORLD. After one year of support, you are invited to a weekend-long retreat with me, as long as we can make our schedules coordinate. You will be responsible for your own travel, room, and board. (Reasonable stipulations apply.)