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 first year I went full-time freelance, and, while I didn’t break even from just freelance work, I’ve managed to support myself and be fully independent for the first time. I’ve also finally started to apply the self-validation techniques I learned in therapy. I no longer feel like I need to get a stamp of approval from others for my work; I’m always the one proudest of myself when I reach a goal. Regardless of whether or not I receive any award nominations or wins, I want to thank me for persisting through such an unpredictable time.

In fact, 2020 was one of my most productive years. I ventured into self-publishing and was pleasantly surprised to find that Gumroad paid off far more than Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I began writing and self-publishing erotica under the name December Seas. It’s been a fantastic journey of self-discovery as I trust my stories to work. I signed a contract for two novellas with, the first of which is coming out August 31, 2021.

Here’s my year in numbers:

Jesus. Even I’m stunned.

Finally, here are the entries for everything that’s been included in the table above:


Inhalations: Collected Works, Volume 1. February 2020. Buy on Gumroad.

Short Fiction

as S. Qiouyi Lu

My Gender Is Classified.” January 14, 2020. 4,400 words.

This House Is Full of Faith.” Anathema: Spec from the Margins 10, April 2020. 2,900 words.

The Undone and the Divine.” April 15, 2020 from AZE. 600 words.

Anything Resembling Love.” April 29, 2020 from 5,500 words.

The White People.” June 8, 2020 from Queen Mob’s Teahouse. 440 words.

Where a Heart Would Fit Perfectly.” September 14, 2020 from Cast of Wonders. 4,200 words.

as December Seas

Box Tied.” January 2020. 6,400 words.

Side Hustle.” January 2020. 8,600 words.

So Fall For Me.” January 2020. 3,500 words.

Constance’s Obedience Training.” February 2020. 6,600 words.

Far From Holy.” February 2020. 5,000 words.

Yellowed.” April 2020. 2,900 words.

Every Eye Will See Him.” April 2020. 3,900 words.

We Are All Too Young to Die.” June 2020. 7,000 words.

Tell Me How I Look.” June 2020. 6,600 words.

Full Moon Rising.” September 2020. 3,500 words.


Inside the Ironheart.” Eye to the Telescope, January 2020. 170 words.

bosque.” sinθ 14, January 2020. 6 lines.

mecha visits little tokyo.” Star*Line 43.1, Winter 2020. 27 lines.

I could watch him unfold.” sinθ 15, April 2020.

momentane.” Wildness, May 2020. 18 lines.

A Year to Miss.” May 28, 2020. 10 lines.

states of matter.” I Want You To See This Before I Leave 20, Spring 2020. 11 lines.

annihilation.” Charge Magazine 4, June 2020. 43 lines.

Budapest.” Charge Magazine 4, June 2020. 137 lines.

“if you asked me to trace my history, I might tell you:” Stand Magazine 226, 18(2) June–August 2020. 68 lines.

“they would have us disappear.” Stand Magazine 226, 18(2) June–August 2020. 27 lines.


“Raising Mermaids.” Translation of 《饲养人鱼》 by Dai Dai (代达). Future Science Fiction Digest 9, forthcoming December 15, 2020. 5,900 words.


A Framework for Decolonizing Speculative Fiction.” March 10, 2020 from 3,800 words.

All Edible, Except the Squeal: Language and Power in Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja.” June 4, 2020 from 5,400 words.


Review of Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed, March 2020 from Solaris (buy). Strange Horizons, February 24, 2020. 2,300 words.

Review of Reverse Integration: Helping White America Join the Village by Jay Klusky, Ph.D., December 2017 from Uptone Press (buy). Reedsy Discovery, April 2020. 1,100 words.

Review of The Femdom Felony by Thomas Moffatt, March 2020, self-published (buy). Reedsy Discovery, May 2020. 900 words.

Review of Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical by Sikivu Hutchinson, April 2020 from Pitchstone Publishing (buy). Reedsy Discovery, May 2020. 2,000 words.

Review of First Instance by David Gowey, July 2016, self-published (buy). S. Qiouyi Lu, May 2020. 300 words.

Review of Mazes of Power by Juliette Wade, February 2020 from DAW Books (buy). Strange Horizons, June 2020. 6,600 words.

Review of Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture by Liz Gloyn, October 2019 from Bloomsbury Academic (buy). Strange Horizons, August 24, 2020. 3,200 words.

Exploring Empire and Agency in The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart,” September 2020 from Orbit (buy)., September 15, 2020. 1,600 words.


Arsenika, issues 6 and 7.



“Decolonizing SFF.” Panelist. Flights of Foundry, May 2020.

“Considerations for Translation.” Panelist. Flights of Foundry, May 2020.

“Bringing International SFF into the English-speaking World.” Panelist. Flights of Foundry, May 2020.

“Queer Representation in Fantasy.” Panelist. World Fantasy Convention, October 2020.


Ten Minutes with S. Qiouyi Lu.” The Coode Street Podcast 532, October 6, 2020. 14 minutes.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to review any materials not available online. Thanks so much for your consideration!

featured photo by K. Anderson