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Speculative fiction for a miscreant world

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2016 Honorable Mentions

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:35:16 +0000

The brilliant Ellen Datlow has released her full list of Honorable Mentions from 2016, and six Shimmer stories find themselves in the mix! Arkenberg, Megan “Palingenesis,” Shimmer 29 Chronister, Kay “The Fifth Gable,” Shimmer 29 Lin, Jessica May “Red Mask,” Shimmer 30 Kiste, Gwendolyn “All the Red Apples Have Withered to Gray,” Shimmer 30 Morris, … Continue reading 2016 Honorable Mentions

New Horizon(s)

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:29:35 +0000

In 2015, Fran Wilde’s Updraft hit shelves and went on to win the Andre Norton Award and the Crompton Crook Award, as well as be nominated for the Nebula. Next week, the series concludes with Horizon (and don’t let us forget the middle volume, Cloudbound, on the Locus Recommended Reading list!). Fran was awesome enough to stop by … Continue reading New Horizon(s)


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:10 +0000

Shimmer author Kristi DeMeester’s debut novel, Beneath, is out on April 30th from Word Horde. Kristi was kind enough to spend some time with us, pondering scary things and the nature of snakes… Tell us how Beneath came to be. Beneath started while I was in grad school as a very different book. I’d been reading … Continue reading Beneath

Hunger Makes the Wolf

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:45:02 +0000

  A new novel hits the shelves today — Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells. You might not know this name, but this is a Shimmer author in disguise. Alex took the time to tell me about their novel, and this world, both of which I hope you adore as much as we did. And … Continue reading Hunger Makes the Wolf


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:34:44 +0000

On its own, a badger may be a small thing, but en masse, badgers can do mighty things. Simply put, we’re bringing you some quality badger goods, and every quarter, we’ll be donating profits to organizations intent on resistance and democracy for all. Badger Josh Storey has contributed some amazing artwork for this project, beginning … Continue reading #resist

New Badgers!

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:11:43 +0000

Callooh! Callay! From time to time, we like to shake things up in the badger meadows at Shimmer HQ, and we are delighted that all this latest round of shaking has produced three new badgers. (We cannot say much about the process, but it involves thistles, bourbon, and shooting stars.) We are delighted to introduce … Continue reading New Badgers!

Stay Crazy, Erica L. Satifka

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:46:02 +0000

Shimmer has had the pleasure of publishing Erica L. Satifka’s short fiction twice, “We Take the Long View” (Shimmer 21) and “States of Emergency” (Shimmer 26). Today, Erica’s debut novel, STAY CRAZY,  arrives from Apex Book Company, and it’s probably quite unlike anything you’ve ever read — exactly like her short fiction is. Erica dropped … Continue reading Stay Crazy, Erica L. Satifka

Do You Wanna Be a Badger?

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:31:05 +0000

Maybe you find yourself thinking, I just don’t eat enough grubs. Maybe you think your day could be improved by yes, more grubs, and lazy stretches in a wide meadow full of soft, long grass. Deep down, you’ve always wanted to be a badger, haven’t you? The good news is: Shimmer would love to add … Continue reading Do You Wanna Be a Badger?

School’s Out For Summer

Fri, 06 May 2016 14:22:54 +0000

We’re doing something we rarely do around here: we’re taking the summer off! Shimmer will be closed to submissions from May 31st (midnight your timezone) to September 3rd, 2016. Our reasons for this temporary closing are good — there’s much more ahead, and we’re eager to share it with you, but we’ve got to tend … Continue reading School’s Out For Summer

Readers’ Favorites

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:18:35 +0000

Dearest Readers, In our 2015 survey, you just could not decide between all the wonderful stories we published when we asked for your favorite. But slowly, two rose to the top, like cream! “Dustbaby” by Alix E. Harrow, and “The Law of the Conservation of Hair,” by Rachael K. Jones were tied for favorites! Both stories … Continue reading Readers’ Favorites