Rachel Swirsky


Rachel Swirsky has published more than seventy short stories across magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld,, and The New Haven Review. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award, and twice won the Nebula Award — once in 2010 for her novella, “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” and again in 2014 for her short story, “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” She holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and is a 2005 graduate of Clarion West where she was honored to be one of the last students to study with Octavia Butler. She teaches online workshops through the Cat Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. Find her on Twitter as @rachelswirsky, online at, and on Patreon at where she publishes one new short story or poem each month for patrons who pledge $1 or more a month.