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We're happy to reveal the results of our Q2 Short Fiction survey, featuring stories from April 2015 to June 2015. This time around, we had 42 submissions, 28 of them with more than one recommendation, which is awesome! We're so grateful to all the short fiction fans who took part by sharing their favorite short fiction and invited their friends to take part as well. :D

Special thanks to Jonah for being our spreadsheet wizard and processing the stories for us. He's working hard to bring everyone short fiction rec lists and teach us how to use Excel. :D

Check out the stories below, sorted by the number of recommendations they received. We included word count this round for those who want to know the time investment they're getting into when choosing stories to read. For some stories the word counts are approximate because not all publishers provide them; corrections are most welcome! Stories that must be purchased to read are marked with an asterisk, but we've linked to their home magazine or anthology on Goodreads.

Happy reading, and keep an eye on [twitter.com profile] feministponies for the Q3 Short Fiction Survey announcement, coming in mid-October.

Jodie & Renay

Seven Recommendations

Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson (June 2015, Tor.com, 19000 words)

Five Recommendations

The Walking Thing by Marlee Jane Ward (June 2015, Interfictions, 6670 words)
Ambiguity Machines: An Examination by Vandana Singh (April 2015, Tor.com, 7830 words)

Four Recommendations

In Libres by Elizabeth Bear (May/June 2015, Uncanny, 6170 words)

Three Recommendations

Forestspirit, Forestspirit by Bogi Takács (June 2015, Clarkesworld, 3697 words)
Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar (June 2015, Lightspeed, 5899 words)
Planet Lion by Catherynne M. Valente (May/June 2015, Uncanny, 6700 words)
The Deepest Rift by Ruthanna Emrys (June 2015, Tor.com, 7820 words)
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman T. Malik (April 2015, Tor.com, 22200 words)

Two Recommendations

a shout is a prayer / for the waiting centuries by T. R. Napper (May/June 2015, Interzone)*
A Song For You by Jennifer Marie Brissett (May 2015, Terraform, 3520 words)
Nine Thousand Hours by Iona Sharma (April 2015, Strange Horizons, 5110 words)
Postcards From Monster Island by Emily Devenport (April 2015, Clarkesworld, 7112 words)
The Cure by Malinda Lo (June 2015, Interfictions, 3090 words)
The Universe Sung in Stars by Kat Howard (April 2015, Lightspeed, 2024 words)

One Recommendation

A Revolution in Four Courses by Naru Dames Sundar (June 2015, Daily Sciece Fiction, 980 words)
A Short History of Migration in Five Fragments of You by Wole Talabi (June 2015, Omenana, 2520 words)
A Shot of Salt Water by Lisa L. Hannett (May 2015, The Dark, 4820 words)
A Sister's Weight in Stone by JY Yang (May 2015, Apex, 4400 words)
An Evolutionary Myth by Bo-Young Kim (May 2015, Clarkesworld, 8173 words)
Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B by Kathrin Köhler (May 2015, The Book Smugglers, 1000 words)
Beatification of the Second Fall by Sean Robinson (April 2015, Apex, 4400 words)
By Degrees and Dilatory Time by SL Huang (May 2015, Strange Horizons, 4075 words)
Cloth Mother by Sarah Pauling (May 2015, Strange Horizons, 4840 words)
CONTINUE? Y/N: A Short Story by Kendra Fortmeyer (May 2015, The Toast, 3026 words)
Court Bindings by Karalynn Lee (June 2015, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2511 words)
Daega's Test by Jeremy Szai (April 2015, Nature, 949 words)
Dragon Rodeo Queen by Kate Sheeran Swed (June 2015, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, 2769 words)
Elephants and Corpses by Kameron Hurley (May 2015, Tor.com, 6849 words)
eyes i dare not meet in dreams by Sunny Moraine (June 2015, The Society Pages, 2620 words)
Gale by Lyssa Chiavari (June 2015, Perchance to Dream)*
Goodbye, First Love by Caroline M. Yoachim (April 2015, Daily Science Fiction, 989 words)
Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds by Rose Lemberg (June 2015, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 13942 words)
Gravity Well by A. J. Fitzwater (May 2015, Scigentasy, 756 words)
I am Graalnak of the Vroon Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Supreme Overlord of the Planet Earth. Ask Me Anything by Laura Pearlman (April 2015, Flash Fiction Online, 993 words)
In the Rustle of Pages by Cassandra Khaw (May 2015, Shimmer, 3948 words)
Let's have a talk by Xia Jia (June 2015, Nature, 849 words)
My Life is a Joke by Sheila Heti (May 2015, The New Yorker, 2019 words)
No Alphabet Can Spell It by Emily C. Skaftun (April 2015, Buzzy Mag, 8606 words)
Ocelia, Ocelia by Leena Likitalo (April 2015, Weird Fiction Review, 4569 words)
Ossuary by Ian Muneshwar (May 2015, Clarkesworld, 2570 words)
Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker (June 2015, Asimov's)*
Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur (June 2015, Lightspeed, 1335 words)
Shamrock Part 2 - Into the Fray by Josh Brown & Alberto Hernandez (June 2015, Fantasy Scroll Magazine)
Silver Buttons All Down His Back by A. C. Wise (April 2015, Apex, 4500 words)
Strings by Kelly Haworth (May 2015, Daily Science Fiction, 1398 words)
The Buzzard's Egg by China Miéville (April 2015, Granta)*
The Crane Wife by A.C. Wise (April 2015, Lakeside Circus, 1043)
The Dan Dan Mian of the Apocalypse by Stephanie Lai (May 2015, Review of Australian Fiction)*
The End of the War by Django Wexler (June 2015, Asimov's)*
The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies by Matthew Kressel (May 2015, Clarkesworld, 6434 words)
The Kroc War by Ted Reynolds & William F. Wu (June 2015, Analog)*
The Merger: A Romantic Comedy of Intergalactic Business Negotiations, Indecipherable Emotions, and Pizza by Sunil Patel (June 2015, The Book Smugglers, 6396 words)
The Ministry of the Eye by Dale Bailey (April 2015, Lightspeed, 12797 words)
The Mothgate by J.R. Troughton (May 2015, Shimmer, 5743 words)
The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate by A.C. Wise (May/June 2015, Uncanny, 2970 words)
The Prospectors by Karen Russell (June 2015, The New Yorker, 8895 words)
The Snake Oil Salesman and the Prophet's Head by Shannon Peave (April 2015, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 4191 words)
The Sorcerer's Unattainable Gardens by A. Merc Rustad (April 2015, Daily Science Fiction, 1530 words)
The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt by Alex Bledsoe (May 2015, Tor.com, 7305 words)
The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned by Kay Chronister (May 2015, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 4186 words)
The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias (April 2015, Tor.com, 6983 words)
This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering (June 2015, Clarkesworld, 3669 words)
Three Voices by Lisa Bolekaja (May/June 2015, Uncanny, 6935 words)
Time Bomb Time by C. C. Finlay (May 2015, Lightspeed, 3135 words)
Today's Smarthouse in Love by Sarah Pinsker (May/June 2015, Fantasy & Science Fiction)*
Veteran's Day by Cat Sparks (June 2015, Hear Me Roar)*
勢孤取和 (Influence Isolated, Make Peace) by John Chu (June 2015, Lightspeed, 6963 words)
dance? he asked by Priya Sarukkai Chabria (June 2015, Muse India, 2504 words)
Monkey King, Faerie Queen by Zen Cho (April 2015, Kaleidotrope, 5420 words)
The Days of Talking Mountains by Paul Jessup (April 2014, Farragos Wainscot, 3275 words)


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