Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013 Honourable Mentions List

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YearsBest2013The following is a list of stories we found worthy for the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013, but didn’t include in our final selection. Some of them were discounted due to being more middle grade or adult than YA according to our definition of YA. Others were very good but didn’t end up in our final list for various reasons including having chosen a similar story already to wanting to select stories from a wide variety of fiction venues. The honourable mentions list is in alphabetical order according to author’s last name.


Ahmed, Saladin, “Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy”, Rags and Bones

Alering, Alisa, “Everything You Have Seen”, Writers of the Future

Alexa, Camille, “Over It”, Futuredaze

Amundsen, Erik, “Live Arcade”, Strange Horizons

Bell, Helena, “In Light of Recent Events I Have Reconsidered the Wisdom of Your Space Elevator”, Shimmer

Black, Holly, “Millcara”, Rags and Bones

Burgis, Ben, “Contains Multitudes”,

Caine, Rachel, “The Cold Girl”, Carniepunk

Fleming, Sam, “What the Water Gave Her”, Fish

Gaiman, Neil, “The Sleeper and the Spindle”, Rags and Bones

Gonzales, E. K., “Frozen Delight”, Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults

Goss, Theodora, “Estella Saves the Village”, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells

Howey, Hugh, “Deep Blood Kettle”, Lightspeed

Jeffers, Alex, “You Deserve”, Bad Seeds, Evil Progeny

Jones, Stephen Graham, “Thirteen”, Halloween

Kanakia, Rahul, “Another Prison”, Futuredaze

Kornher-Stace, Nicole, “On the Leitmotif of the Trickster Constellation in Northern Hemispheric Star Charts, Post Apocalypse”, Clockwork Phoenix 4

Kress, Nancy, “… And Other Stories”, Shadows of the New Sun: Stories for Gene Wolfe

Large, Chris, “Girl Finds Key”, Next

Lay, Anaea, “Hiding on the Red Sands of Mars”, Strange Horizons

Lee, Yoon Ha, “The Coin of Heart’s Desire”, Once Upon A Time

Lien, Henry, “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters”, Asimov’s

Lingen, Marissa, “Things We Have in the House for No Reason”, Analog

Liu, Ken, “Ghost Days”, Lightspeed

Liu, Ken, “The MSG Golem”, UFO 2

Loenen-Ruiz, Rochita, “Of Alternate Adventures and Memory”, Clarkesworld

Marino, Andy, “The Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter”,

Mastura, Kelly, “The Banshee’s Initiation”, Visibility Fiction

Mok, D. K., “Morning Star”, One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries

Moraine, Sunny, “Event Horizon”, Strange Horizons

Ogawa, Yukimi, “Icicle”, Clockwork Phoenix 4

Okorafor, Nnedi, “House of Deformities”, Kabu Kabu

Okorafor, Nnedi, “How Inyang Got Her Wings”, Kabu Kabu

Olley, Kirstie, “Short Circuit”, Oomph!

Olley, Kirstie, “Stolen Hearts”, Redlitzer Anthology

Pike, Aprilynne, “Nature”, Defy the Dark

Elyss G. Punsalan, “The Running Girl”, Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults

Ratnayake, N.A., “The Parched Lands”, Crossed Genres

Revis, Beth, “Night Swimming”, Defy the Dark

Shawl, Nisi, “Lupine”, Once Upon A Time

Shvartsman, Alex, “Things We Leave Behind”, Daily Science Fiction

Silva, Michael Ben III, “Suits and Hammers”, Crossed Genres

Skerry, Cory, “Castle of Masks”, Once Upon A Time

Sklar, David, “Flap”, Mythic Delirium

Tan, Charles, “A Yellow Brick Road Valentine”, Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults

Thomas, Leah, “Rubbernecking”, Ideomancer

Tobler, E. Catherine, “Artificial Nocturne”, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

White, Jen, “The Family is Gathering”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Wilde, Fran, “A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed”, Impossible Futures

Yu, E. Lily, “Ilse Who Saw Clearly”, Apex


Our goal is to uncover the best young adult short fiction of the year published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise “adult” anthologies and magazines, and bring them together in one accessible collection.

Fans of Kaleidoscope will find more tales of wonder, adventure, diversity, and variety in this collection devoted to stories with teen protagonists.

The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013 is available now – purchase it online here.