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 of prose and 9 poems by Black writers, as well as 4 new nonfiction essays thanks to our new Nonfic Editors Margeaux Weston and Chavonne Brown.

In an absolutely momentous year, our highlights include:

1: First full year paying contributors professional rates (as standardized by SFWA)

You may recall the events of 2020, described in brief in our last eligibility post, and the manner in which the financial windfall we received allowed us to pay our contributors and fund FIYAHCON. Our October 2020 Joy issue was specially funded to become the first issue for which our authors could count works published with us as credits toward SFWA membership eligibility. 2021 was the first full year we could afford to do this. We’ve retained enough of our BLM subscriber base from the fraught events of summer 2020 to do it again in 2022 without a subscription drive.

2: Two Hugo Award nominations, resulting in our first-ever win for Best Semiprozine

Masked and delirious at a December Worldcon in Washington, DC, Brent Lambert and L.D. Lewis accepted FIYAH’s first ever Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. FIYAHCON 2020 was also nominated in the Best Related Work category.

3: Our first ever special issue, composed of and dedicated to Palestinian SFF creators

The amplified apartheid violence suffered by Palestinians in their homeland earlier in 2021 prompted a few publications to issue statements of support. FIYAH and FIYAHCON were proud to count ourselves among them, providing dedicated content blocks for Palestinian SFF creators at the convention, and publishing a special issue in December. The issue is available as free reads on our website, but proceeds (~$400.00 USD so far) from purchases of the ebook are donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians, a non-profit organization “working for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.” The special issue includes an additional 6 works of prose and 9 poems. We have included them in our award-eligible works below.

4: Another incredible FIYAHCON, along with its hiatus

L.D. Lewis and Brent Lambert led the return of FIYAHCON in September, as well as the Ignyte Awards with Suzan Palumbo. The event itself again centered BIPOC and their contributions to speculative fiction, and its execution was celebrated by the 1072 people who attended. Unfortunately, the convention is on hiatus and will not continue in 2022. The team cites heavy harassment, entitlement, and discourtesy, as well as a need to return to personal projects as reasons for the indefinite pause. As this is a teaching event, L has posted the full retrospective on her blog here.

As of the end of 2021, FIYAH staff changes include the departure of the incomparable Danny Lore as Acquiring Editor, founding Art Director L.D. Lewis stepping down to be replaced by Christian M. Ivey, and Managing Editor Eboni Dunbar leaving the team, replaced by Zora Satchell. L remains the Project Manager and Layout Designer for our issues. We also welcome new Acquiring Editors Rebecca McGhee, Joshua Morley, and oft-reviewer Kerine Wint.

As always, we are immensely grateful for the support we’ve received, and we look forward to bringing you new, exciting content in 2022.

This post is here to help you out should you want to nominate FIYAH or any of its incredible contributors for the upcoming award season.


FIYAH Literary Magazine is eligible for 2021 semiprozine award categories.


Publisher: Troy L. Wiggins

Executive Editor: DaVaun Sanders

Guest Editors, Palestinian Special Issue: Nadia Shammas, Summer Farah

Managing Editor: Eboni J. Dunbar

Poetry Editor:  B. Sharise Moore

Nonfiction Editor: Margeaux Weston

Web Editor: Chavonne Brown

Acquiring Editors: Kaleb Russell, Genine Tyson, Emmalia Harrington, Tonya R. Moore

Art Director + Layouts Composer + Project Manager: L. D. Lewis

Reviews Coordinator + Social Media Manager: Brent Lambert


FIYAHCON Director: L. D. Lewis

FIYAHCON Master of Programming: Brent Lambert

FIYAHCON Ignyte Awards Co-Admin: Suzan Palumbo



Executive Editor: DaVaun Sanders

Acquiring Editors: Kaleb Russell, Emmalia Harrington, Genine Tyson, Tonya R. Moore


Title Author (Last, First) Word count Story Type
Issue 17- January 2021
Baby Brother Bayron, Kalynn 3211 Short
Delete Your First Memory for Free Coleman, Kel 3625 Short
The Techwork Horse Ayinde, M. H. 5582 Short
All in a Day’s Work Stewart, Jade 3663 Short
Issue 18 – April 2021
The White Road or How a Crow Carried Death Over a River Bailey, Marika 6343 Short
Fatal Conditions Campbell, Chris 3827 Short
Rememory Reynolds, Kristen 7352 Short
Blood Ties Wilburn, Jade 4952 Short
Issue 19 – July 2021: SOUND + COLOR
To Rest, and to Create Knight, LA 4952 Short
Meditations on Sun-Ra’s Bassism Scholfield, Yah Yah 4083 Short
Lungs Watson, Lily 2585 Short
Morning Russell, Diane 5972 Short
Where the Sky Becomes Milk McGhee, Jamie 6255 Short
Issue 20 – October 2021: LOVE, DEATH, & ANDROIDS
The First of Us: The Geordonn Smith Story Walker, K.S. 3098 Short
Smiley Faces With Blackberry Jam on Toast Scott, Cynthia C. 5557 Short
Performance Review Mahamed, Maryan 2949 Short
The Trumpet Player Kurtz, Nicole Givens 3929 Short
The Body of Theseus Park, Emir G. 5148 Short
Palestinian Special Issue
First Leaf Stephens, Elise 4000 Short
To New Jerusalem Kader, Farah 5200 Short
an exercise in public displays of vulnerability, or, an epic of silenced mass catastrophic proportion Hilal, Feras 1974 Short
Rise Risheq, Sarah 1469 Short
Muneera and the Moon Sulaiman, Sonia 2057 Short
The Night Journey Fadil, Samah 1100 Short



Poetry Editor: B. Sharise Moore

Acquiring Editor for Poetry: Tonya R. Moore

Our poets are eligible for the Rhysling Awards


Issue 17 – January 2021 Author (Last, First)
Rainbows and Necklaces Deep, Martins
Erstwhile Ramelon Wright, K. Ceres
Issue 18 – April 2021
A Demon at My Window Wilson, Aigner Loren
in which my grandma departs this realm for three hours Osawaru, Praise
Issue 19 – July 2021: SOUND+COLOR
Astral Curry, Aliyah
Homes Threnody Humble, Olaitan
Issue 20 – October 2021: LOVE, DEATH, & ANDROIDS
Explaining Bot Fights to Bhabi Sadiq, Abu Bakr
When I fell apart my mother put me back together Christopher, Renee S.
Palestinian Special Issue
Captain’s Log Tbakhi, Fargo Nissim
Single Witness Goushey, Layla Azmi
Arab American Gothic Zahzah, Omar
Casting Runes Abdulhadi, Rasha
When I find the first letter Sakr, Aiya
Five Things Found in Shahrazad’s Garden Sakr, Aiya
Blood Suck Fadil, Samah


Nonfiction Editors: Margeaux Weston (in-issue), Chavonne Brown (on site)

July 2021 Author (Last, First)
What to the Black Man is Patriotism? Patriotism and the MCUs Black Captain America – in issue 19 Metz, E. Chad
August 2021
The Case for Black Utopia – on site Olorunnisola, Kanyinsola
October 2021
The Final Strike: A Black Lightning Retrospective – on site Upkins, Dennis R.
The Answer – in issue 20 Burd, KL


Art Director: L. D. Lewis

Artists are eligible for semipro/fan artist categories

FIYAH 18 cover art featuring black girl shining a flashlight on a lagoon monster in a cave
Artist: Nilah Magruder
cover art for FIYAH #19: Sound and Color. An astronaut reclines on padded flora on an alien planet, beside a river and a pink, three-eyed tiger circles them. Cover for FIYAH #20: A Black girl crouches in the grass, hugging a dying android affectionately. A Fatal Error icon is hologrammed overhead
Artist: Paul Kellam Artist: Morgan Madeline
Cover for the Palestine Issue of FIYAH
Palestinian Special Issue
Artist: Leila Abdelrazaq


Got questions? Email team[at]fiyahlitmag.com. And from all of us, thank you for reading and for loving what we do.

L.D. Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and publisher at Fireside Magazine. She serves as a founding creator and Project Manager for the World Fantasy and Hugo Award-winning FIYAH Literary Magazine. She also serves as the founding Director of FIYAHCON, boardmember for Diverse Voices, Inc., Researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast, and pays the bills as the Awards Manager for the Lambda Literary Foundation. She frequently authors studies about the treatment and experiences of racially/ethnically marginalized authors in speculative literature. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 2018) and her published short fiction and poetry includes appearances in FIYAH, PodCastle, Strange Horizons, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Lightspeed, and Neon Hemlock, among others. She lives in Georgia, on perpetual deadline, with her coffee habit, two very photogenic kittens, and an impressive Funko Pop! collection. Tweet her @ellethevillain.

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