I am a freelance writer, editor, and translator based in Los Angeles. I use my background in linguistics to tell rich, polyphonic stories that highlight my heritage and experiences. I primarily write genre work, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror. You can view my CV for a complete list of publications and past talks.

“S. Qiouyi Lu” is pronounced like this.

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Preorder my debut novella!

The city of Ora relies on surveillance to keep its population in order. But when a mysterious visitor arrives, one of the city’s overseers begins to doubt aer duties…

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Inhalations: Collected Works, Volume 1 gathers my fiction, poetry, and nonfiction published between 2015 and 2019 in one convenient volume, including stories not available online.


Big Ideas: A Planner for Creatives is a modular set of worksheets and guides for creators, with special attention paid to self-care and accommodating disabilities.


A military science fiction take on “my gender is an attack helicopter,” written and told by actual nonbinary people.

A free online course on how to write with neopronouns, including background information on nonbinary experiences and tips on how to sensitively represent people who use neopronouns.

Latest Publications

SHORT STORY: “Where a Heart Would Fit Perfectly,” Cast of Wonders 430, September 13, 2020. 31m 41s / 4,200 words.
POETRY: “Budapest” and “annihilation,” Charge Magazine 4, June 2020. 137 lines / 43 lines.
SHORT STORY: “Anything Resembling Love,” Tor.com, April 29, 2020. 5,500 words.
SHORT STORY: “This House is Full of Faith,” Anathema 10, April 2020. 2,900 words.
POETRY: “states of matter,” I Want You To See This Before I Leave 20, Spring 2020. 11 lines.



A hub for tiny speculative fiction and poetry. Publishes poetry 8 lines and under in Octavos and tweet-length fiction in Constraint 280, along with reviews, calls for submissions, and other news.


Biannual magazine of speculative flash fiction and poetry. Centers marginalized voices and strange, beautiful stories.

Latest Blog Posts

Introduction to hanzi construction

If you haven’t gone through formal education in Chinese, you may not know how the characters are constructed. You may find yourself frustrated trying to…
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Award Eligibility (2020)

Creating during the pandemic has felt like this speech Snoop Dogg gave after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: This was the…
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You Don’t Owe Anyone Disclosure

Social media gives people unprecedented access to authors. Many people in turn feel entitled to creators’ private lives. The opposite of death of the author—life…
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