I’m Jess – I’m an editor with Otherverse. I’m one of the lucky people that gets first peek at the work sent in for the upcoming October edition. 

Submissions are still open! If you’re working on your submission, good luck and I hope it’s going well for you. I speak for us all when I say we are SO excited to read your work. 

If you’re planning on submitting a sci-fi short, I am particularly excited to read your stuff. I’m a big sci-fi fan, and a big short story fan. There’s something so excellent about the vastness of space and time, the mystery of strange happenings, compacted into miniature form. I often get left with the addictive emotional cocktail of wanderlust and genuine fear. 

If I could recommend two sci-fi shorts, it’d have to be Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’ (so creepy) and Julia Armfield’s ‘The Great Awake’ (so cool) which you can read for free here: https://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/the-great-awake/It won the White Review short story prize 2018, and you can also find it in her ‘Saltslow’ collection. 

If you are stuck at the moment on a project, I’d suggest giving these two a read ^. I always find zoning into a good short story gives my brain a chance to fix the issue by the time I resurface into the world again 🙂

If you’re interested in supporting the future of the magazine here’s a link for donations: https://otherversemagazine.com/support-us-2/ Every little helps! 


Jess xox

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