Sara’s 2022 Recommended Reading List


This year, I didn’t read a lot of novels. I mostly read short stories and poems, some novelettes, and some nonfiction, all encountered sporadically throughout the year. As always, the amount of amazing work out each year is inspiring and astounding, and this list cannot begin to cover it all. I don’t keep a regular magazine reading schedule, so these works are not selected out of a more regimented reading practice, and this list does skew heavily toward what is freely available to read online.

This list draws from everything I’ve read this year—it isn’t restricted to only work published in 2022. However, works that were published this year will be marked with two asterisks (**) and presented first in each category as awards eligible.

(**) Means the work was published in 2022 and is eligible for SFFH awards consideration.

Novels & Craft Books

Poetry Collections


  • ** The One Body Problem by Meg Elison, Uncanny Magazine
  • The Bad Dad Redemption Arc Needs to Die by Nino Cipri, Uncanny Magazine
  • Seduced by the Ruler’s Gaze: An Indian Perspective on Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade by Sid Jain, Uncanny Magazine


  • O2 Arena by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, originally published in Galaxy’s Edge #53, reprinted in Apex Magazine
  • You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong, Uncanny Magazine

Short Stories

  • ** Dick Pig by Ian Muneshwar, Nightmare Magazine
  • ** Annunciation by P. Akasaka, Strange Horizons
  • ** Lakeboys by Sean Chua, Baffling Magazine
  • ** What Are We If I Stay by K.S. Walker, Baffling Magazine 
  • ** The Bone Pickers by Kelsey Hutton, Podcastle
  • ** One Day the Cave Will Be Empty by K.J. Chien, Fantasy Magazine
  • ** Christopher Mills, Return to Sender by Isabel J. Kim, Fantasy Magazine
  • ** To Hunger, As with Perfect Faith by Radha Kai Zan, Uncanny Magazine
  • ** Ribbons by Natalia Theodoridou, Uncanny Magazine
  • ** Letters from Roger by Emily Sanders, Apparition Lit
  • ** Death Work by K.S. Walker, The Deadlands
  • ** Mouth and Marsh, Silver and Song by Sloane Leong, Fireside
  • ** I Will Sing Your White Bones Home by Cat Hellisen, Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • ** The Stars We Raised by Xiu Xinyu, translated by Judy Yi Zhou, from The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories: A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation from a Visionary Team of Female and Nonbinary Creators, edited and collected by Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang, Tordotcom

(Now for the short stories published pre-2022!)


  • ** stream of dreams where my mouth asks not be blood-light by Sodïq Oyèkànmí, Strange Horizons
  • ** How to make contact with a lost star system by Henry Farnan, Strange Horizons
  • ** Salvage by Hedgie Choi, POETRY, February 2022
  • ** God-Country by Tina Chang, POETRY, November 2022
  • ** Against Pink by Dara Yen Elerath, POETRY, December 2022
  • ** Things I Left You by Dara Yen Elerath, POETRY, December 2022
  • Jessica Gives Me a Chill Pill by Angie Sijun Lou, Muzzle Magazine
  • i find my body and my body by Shaoni C. White, Fantasy Magazine
  • Stranger Organs by Shaoni C. White, Apparition Lit

So that’s my 2022 recommended reading round-up! I’m grateful to have read so many incredible works this year. Do consider reading these works, and speaking well of them, and nominating them for awards! And please consider supporting and subscribing to short SFFH publications. Every bit of funding does make a difference.

If you’re interested in my work from 2022, my award-eligible story “Potemora in the Triad” is free to read in Fantasy Magazine, and I have a mailing list here. I look forward to the work I’ll be encountering in 2023!


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