- "Goodnight Room" – A story originally written for the Yuletide fan-fiction exchange, reprinted in Sunday Morning Transport.
- "To Catch a Flieff" – A holiday romance set in space, written as a bonus for backers of Bridge to Elsewhere. Now available in e-book, print, and audio formats.
- "Xtabay" – A story in Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas, edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola.
- "Alma y Corazón" – A story in Speculative Fiction for Dreamers, edited by Alex Hernandez, Matthew David Goodwin, and Sarah Rafael García.
- Flora Bunnyhop in Wizard Seeking Wizard – An audio drama podcast focused on wizard personal ads.
- "Boundaries, Bridges, and Boundaries as Bridges" – An essay in The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 12, edited by Isabel Schechter and Michi Trota.
- "On Where to Find Strange Horizons, and How to Get There" – A poem in Strange Horizons.
- "Communicable" – A story in A Larger Reality 2.0, edited by Libia Brenda.
- "Ten Steps to Becoming a Successful Vlogger" – A story in Keep Faith, edited by Gabriela Martins.
- "The Paper Witch" – A poem posted for paid subscribers.
- "A Truth Universally Acknowledged" – A story in A Larger Reality, edited by Libia Brenda, reprinted in Latin American Literature Today.
- Stories written as Juli Rivera in FlashRead – Stories written in the format of text messages, meant to be read in an app.
- "Stone Heart" – A story originally published in The Lorelai Signal, reprinted in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination People of Color Flash Anthology.
- "What You Put In" – A story in Human 76, edited by Michael Wombat and Miranda Kate.
- "Unlearning Erasure" – An essay in Lightspeed: People of Color Destroy Science Fiction
- "Top 5 Myths About YA" – An essay in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Love and the Giant Squid" – A story in Pen-Ultimate, edited by LJ Cohen and Talib S. Hussain.
- The Stone Telling Roundtable – Interviews with poets in issues 1-9 of Stone Telling.
- "A Kiss from Romana: Lesbian Subtext in The Stones of Blood" – An essay in Queers Dig Time Lords, edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thomas
- "Oracle Gretel" – A story originally published as a handbound chapbook with illustrations by Erik Amundsen, reprinted as text only in Heiresses of Russ 2013, and in audio at Podcastle. Now available as an audiobook narrated by the author!
- "I Dreamed the Moon" – A poem in Jabberwocky.
- "Seeds" – A poem in Nightblade Issue #21.
- "Bone and Ash and Butterflies" – A story in Daily Science Fiction.
- "Reaching into the QUILTBAG: The Evolving World of Queer Speculative Fiction" – An essay in Apex Magazine.
- "The Lesson of the Phoenix" – A Story in Fantastique Unfettered.
- "Dead Air" – A poem in the 2009 SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading, edited by Liz Bennefield.
- "The Bone Tree" – A poem in the 2008 SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading, edited by Liz Bennefield.
- "Rusalka" – A poem in Goblin Fruit.
Worlds of Possibility
In the Worlds of Possibility project, Julia Rios buys original stories, poems, and art by other creators to display on this website. Paid subscribers directly sponsor these pieces with their subscription fees, and get early access to the works! The eventual goal is to publish an anthology of works originally published on Julia's site. Worlds of Possibility works leave us with a sense of hope, peace, or contentment.
Bridge to Elsewhere
Alana Joli Abbott and Julia Rios co-edited Bridge to Elsewhere, an anthology of stories set on the bridges of spaceships.
Contributors include: L.X. Beckett, John Chu, Rin Chupeco, Zig Zag Claybourne, C.S.E Cooney, E.R. Donaldson, R.S.A. Garcia, A.T. Greenblatt, Carlos Hernandez, SL Huang, Justin C. Key, Mari Kurisato, Malka Older, Anjali Patel, Alexandra Pitchford, Jennifer Lee Rossman, R J Theodore, Peter Tieryas, Valerie Valdes, & CG Volars.
If you like, you can read Julia's short explanation of all the stories.
Mermaids Monthly 2021
A monthly magazine all about mermaids! For all the issues in 2021, Julia Rios was the Editor, Meg Frank was the Art Director, Ashley Deng was the Assistant Editor, and Lis Hulin Wheeler was the Logistics Wizard. All issues from 2021 are free for everyone in web, PDF, and ebook formats. The PDFs are the prettiest because Meg designed the the magazine with those in mind. But also you can read them just on the web or you can download ebook versions, which won't have the same careful design as the PDFs, but will still be totally readable on your ereader of choice.
- January 2021: PDF, ePub, .mobi
- February 2021: PDF, ePub, .mobi
- March 2021: PDF, ePub, .mobi
- April 2021: PDF, EPUB, MOBI
- May 2021: PDF, ePub , mobi
- June 2021: PDF, ePub, mobi
- Bonus June story! “Personal Histories Surrounding La Rive Gauche, Paris: 1995-2015” by Jordan Kurella. Web PDF
- July 2021: PDF, ePub, mobi
- August 2021: PDF, ePub, .mobi
- September 2021: PDF, ePub, .mobi
- October 2021: PDF, ePub, .mobi
- November 2021: PDF ePub .mobi
- December 2021: PDF ePub .mobi
Cast of Wonders Banned Books Week Showcase 2019
Cast of Wonders is a YA speculative fiction podcast. Julia Rios was the guest editor for this showcase, and selected original and reprint flash fiction and short stories. They also hosted one of the three episodes, and narrated a story for another. More details on all the episodes, contributors hosts, and narrators in this post.
Julia Rios was the Editor of Fireside from 2017 - 2019. The magazine was a finalist in the Best Semiprozine category of the Hugo Awards in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Julia was a finalist in the Best Editor Short Form category of the Hugo Awards in 2019. "STET" by Sarah Gailey was a finalist in the Best Short Story category of the Hugo Awards and the Locus Awards in 2019. "The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington" by Phenderson Djèlí Clark was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2019, as well as being a finalist in the Best Short Story category of the Hugo Awards, the Nebula Awards, and the Locus Awards. It won the Nebula Award and the Locus Award for Best Short Story that year.
- Julia's speech from the 2019 Locus Awards in honor of Phenderson Djèlí Clark's story winning the award.
- Julia's thoughts on the Mexicanx themed issue of Fireside in September, 2019, including stories by Raquel Castro, Libia Brenda, and Iliana Vargas, plus an essay by David Bowles and art by Mariana Palova.
- Julia's thoughts on the ghost story themed issue of Fireside in October, 2019, including stories by Catherine Lundoff, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, A. T. Greenblatt, and Carolin Jansen.
Spider Road Press Spider's Web Flash Fiction Contest
In 2018, Julia Rios was the judge of the Spider's Web Flash Fiction contest for feminist flash pieces about women. Jeana Jorgensen's "The Book You Find When You Really Can't Afford to Get Pregnant" was the winner, and there were also a few honorable mentions. You can find all of them at the link above, including an audio version of the winning story, read by Julia.
Julia Rios was the Poetry and Reprints Editor at Uncanny Magazine from 2016-2017. The magazine won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2017 and 2018. "Seasons of Glass and Iron" by Amal El-Mohtar (originally published in The Starlit Wood, co-edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien, and reprinted in Uncanny) was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in Best Short Fiction, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2017. It won the Locus, Hugo, and Nebula Awards for Best Short Story that year. "Rose Child" by Theodora Goss won the Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem in 2017.
Julia Rios was a Senior Fiction Editor at Strange Horizons from 2012-2015. The magazine was a finalist in the Best Semiprozine category of the Hugo Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. "Selkie Stories Are For Losers" by Sofia Samatar was a finalist in the Best Short Fiction category of the World Fantasy Awards and the Best Short Story category of the Nebula Awards in 2014. "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" by Sarah Pinsker won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2014. "Good Hunting" by Ken Liu won the WSFA Small Press Award in 2013.
Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction
Julia Rios co-edited three wolumes of the Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction with Alisa Krasnostein for Twelfth Planet Press. The 2015 volume was the Aurealis Awards, best anthology, winner in 2016.
- The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013
- The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014
- The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015
Julia Rios co-edited this anthology of diverse YA science fiction and fantasy stories with Alisa Krasnostein for Twelfth Planet Press.
Contributors include: Garth Nix, Sofia Samatar, William Alexander, Karen Healey, E.C. Myers, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Ken Liu, Vylar Kaftan, Sean Williams, Amal El-Mohtar, Jim C. Hines, Faith Mudge, John Chu, A A McNamara, Tim Susman, Gabriela Lee, Dirk Flinthart, Holly Kench, Sean Eads, and Shveta Thakrar
Awards and Honors for Kaleidoscope:
- Aurealis Awards, best anthology, winner, 2014.
- Ditmar Awards, Best Collected Work, winner, 2015.
- Tiptree Award Honor List, 2014.
- "The Truth About Owls" by Amal El-Mohtar: Locus Awards, Best Short Story, winner, 2015. Read Amal's acceptance speech!
- "Vanilla" by Dirk Flinthart: Aurealis Awards, best young adult short story, winner, 2014.
- "The Legend Trap" by Sean Williams: Ditmar Awards, Best Novella or Novelette, winner, 2015.
- "The Only Thing Different Will Be the Body" by J.A.W. McCarthy, Pseudopod episode 839
- "Pawn" by Jaki Idler, Pseudopod episode 353
- "In The Poor Girl Taken by Surprise" by Gemma Files, Pseudopod episode 257
- "The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike" (Part 1) by Andrea Phillips, Escape Pod episode 644
- "The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike" (Part 2) by Andrea Phillips, Escape Pod episode 645
- "Though She Be But Little" by C. S. E. Cooney, PodCastle episode 629
- "Who in Mortal Chains" by Claire Humphrey, PodCastle episode 607
- "Haunts" by Claire Humphrey, PodCastle episode 326
- "The Transfiguration of Maria Luisa Ortega" by E. Lily Yu, PodCastle Miniature #62
- "Mermaid's Hook" by Liz Argall, PodCastle episode 264
- "Kin, Painted" by Penny Stirling, PodCastle episode 531
- "Poet Scholars of the Necropolis" by M. K. Hutchins, PodCastle episode 374
- "An American Refugee" by Tiah Marie Beautement, Cast of Wonders episode 342
- "The Angel" by Kate Cobey, Cast of Wonders episode 392
- "This Is Not a Ghost Story" by V. Medina, Cast of Wonders episode 377
- "Aisha Bets Her Life on Magic" by Jarod K. Anderson, Cast of Wonders episode 152
- "The Oulough" by Francesca Forrest, Cast of Wonders episode 223