Short fiction

“The Phoenix’s Fault”, Proud (published March 2019)

A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Compiled by Juno Dawson, author of THIS BOOK IS GAY and CLEAN.

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“Tell the Phoenix Fox, Tell the Tortoise Fruit”GlitterShip, Episode 66

Also a part of the Summer 2018 issue

On the day Sunae turned nine years old, there was no joyful feast. A monster burst from the sea that night and ate five people. The Mirayans gathered upon the shore to watch this, as they did every Appeasement. Sunae’s mother covered Sunae’s eyes, but Sunae still heard the screams. The crunch of brittle bone between teeth. The wet gulp of gluttonous throats.

“Mother?”Arsenika, Issue 3, Spring 2018

My mother had been dead just a week when a moth flew into my room.

“The Poet and the Spider”Anathema, Issue 3, December 2017

Audio version in Cast of Wonders, Episode 306, narrated by Eliza Chan

In the Poem of the Land, you glimpsed a collection of lines that referred to the Spider Sisters of the West who, like the Empress, are lovers of rhythm and metre, and strict critics. If anyone could help you write poetry that would secure the Empress’ favour, surely it would be these Spider Sisters, these connoisseurs of literature.


“The Unicorn’s Question”Strange Horizons, 26 August 2019

(Translated into Italian by Alex Valente)

The unicorn that lived on the edge of town had been
missing for quite some time, since I was still a girl with
cotton skin and a stitched-on little mouth.

“If Love Is Real, So Are Fairies”, Uncanny, Issue 29, July/August 2019

Nominated for the Rhysling Award 2020

there was a time when i, viciously
in love with you, started believing
that there was a being, a living
conductor of our feelings,
like a—a fairy, i suppose, winged,
tiny, invisible to the human eye

“FIND A HOT ASIAN GIRLFRIEND NEAR YOU”Uncanny, Issue 23, July/August 2018

Gashapon girls, machine-made, capsule-kept;
Sleeping beauties in bright baubles,
Pristine toys oblivious to the world
Before you.