khōréō magazine

khōréō is a new quarterly magazine of speculative fiction. We are dedicated to diversity and elevating the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors.

We publish fiction, genre non-fiction, and art; our stories include 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 migration. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term. 

Any act of migration, whether voluntary or forced, requires a recalibration of self-identity. We are defined, after all, by the environment that surrounds us: people, language, food, smell, sound. To change any one of them may be disorienting; to change them may leave us adrift. What better medium to explore this sensation than speculative fiction, where the author must create a new world for the reader to inhabit?  

We are currently closed to submissions. Our reading periods are October, January, April, and July. We open on at midnight on the first day of each listed month and close at 11:59pm Eastern on the last day of the month.

The following submission types are temporarily closed:

Fiction

khōréō is looking for speculative fiction up to 5,000 words (<3.5k preferred): 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 explore some aspect of migration, whether explicitly (themes of immigration, colonialism, etc.), metaphorically, or with a sly nod and a wink. Most importantly, we’re a new magazine and we’re still finding our identity: therefore, as long as there's a speculative element to your story, 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, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work.

Currently Closed to Submissions

Non-fiction

khōréō is a new quarterly magazine of speculative fiction. We are dedicated to diversity and elevating the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors. We publish fiction, genre non-fiction, and art; our stories include fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it — as long as there’s a speculative element. For non-fiction, that means that we're looking for essays and analyses that explore the umbrella genre of speculative fiction. We’re especially interested in writing and art that considers stories from the perspective of migration. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term.

Currently Closed to Submissions

Visual Art

NOTE: We will be updating our submission process for art in December 2021. Please refer to our website for information on our new process. We publish four works of art each year: one cover per issue. We ask that artists submit a portfolio of images for consideration, and we will reach out with a specific commission if interested. We’re especially interested in art that explores migration; examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term. Our only requirement is a speculative element to the art - that it can, in some way, be considered fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around the building blocks of speculative fiction.

Currently Closed to Submissions