Current Issue

Stories & essays will be released on our website weekly starting in October/November.

Letter from the Editors
Aleksandra Hill, Kanika Agrawal, Rowan Morrison, Zhui Ning Chang, Isabella Kestermann, and Sachiko Ragosta

Special Content

Coming soon: excerpt of Liar, Dreamer, Thief and an interview with its author, Maria Dong!

Interview with Naseem Jamnia
Questions by Aleksandra Hill

Excerpt: The Bruising of Qilwa
Out from Tachyon Publications

Fiction
Bride of the Gulf
Danai Christopoulou
 

Mothership Connection
Melissa A. Watkins

D. K. Lawhorn
 
Phong Quan
 
 
Simo Srinivas
Non-Fiction
Art

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Submissions – Art

Art submissions are currently open

khōréō is a quarterly publication of stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. We’re especially interested in writing and art that explores the impact of human or cultural migration, whether voluntary or forced. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term. Most importantly, we’re a new magazine and we’re still finding our identity: therefore, please don’t self-reject because you’re not sure if your work is a good fit. We won’t know until we see it, so please give us a chance to look!

khōréō is dedicated to diversity and amplifying the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors and artists. We welcome, but do not require, a brief description of the author’s/artist’s identity in their cover letter.

We invite you to submit if you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work. 

When reading submissions, we take in good faith that you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora as described above. If you still aren’t sure if you should submit, please email [email protected]

We kindly request individuals who do not identify as such to support the magazine by reading our stories, subscribing, and helping spread the word instead. 

What we're looking for

We invite artists who identify as part of the immigrant and diaspora community to submit. Artists should have a unique art style and a portfolio showing full illustrations of characters inhabiting their environments.

We welcome art that explores speculative elements in new, thoughtful, and personal ways, especially if it relates to the immigrant or diaspora experience. 

What we're not looking for

  • Art generated fully or partially with the use of AI

  • Overtly graphic violence, gore, or horror (dark fantasy/gothic elements are welcome)

  • Traditional swords & sorcery fantasy in European medieval-type settings

  • Traditional hard sci-fi pieces with spaceships and green aliens 

  • A portfolio that is only fan art or character design; our covers are complete compositions and we’re looking for portfolios that show you can create work like this

What we offer

We commission one piece of 8.5×11 cover art per issue. Cover art can be in monochrome or color.

We pay $500 for custom cover art and $100 for cover art drawn from an artist’s existing portfolio.

How to Submit

Submit your art via this form. 

Please note that we will use these submissions as a reference list of artists. We’ll reach out to individual artists to discuss specific commissions for covers.

Since we only commission 4 artists per year, we aren’t able to respond to every submission, but please feel free to submit again with new work after 6 months if you don’t hear from us. 

Awards & Honors

khōréō’s first issue was published in February 2021. Since then, we have gone on to receive some of the highest industry awards and honors, in addition to excellent reviews across the board. Help us keep publishing fantastic work by subscribing or donating today.

Awards

2022 IGNYTE Award
Fiction Podcast 

2022 Shirley Jackson Award, Short Story
“You’ll Understand When You’re a Mom Someday” by Isabel J. Kim (link)

"Best of" Anthologies

The Year’s Best Fantasy, vol. 2
“Phoenix Tile” by Guan Un (link)

2022 Brave New Weird Anthology
“Skin” by Isha Karki (link)
“Banhus” by M. E. Bronstein (link)

2022 Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 
“The Frankly Impossible Weight of Han” by Maria Dong (link)

Nominations, Shortlists, & Longlists

2022 Brave New Weird Shortlist
“Tomatoes” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (link)
“Skin” by Isha Karki (link)
“The Scumbling” by J. C. Changmore (link)
“Banhus” by M. E. Bronstein (link)

2022 IGNYTE Award Finalist 
Community Award

2022 Hugo Awards Longlist
Best Semiprozine

2021 BSFA Award Longlist, Short Fiction
“Sorry We Missed You!” by Aun-Juli Riddle (link)