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Up until third grade, Emily Gilman wanted to be a paleontologist. During a reflective period that year, she decided that she liked being able to spell “paleontologist” more than she liked the idea of actually being one, and she decided to be a writer instead. Since then she has attended the Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers (twice), her story “Stay With Me” has received an honorable mention in the 2008 Dell Award, and she’s had stories published in Fantasy Magazine and Strange Horizons. Visit her online at

Stories by Emily Gilman:
  • “The Castle That Jack Built”Issue #87, January 26, 2012
  • Finalist, 2013 World Fantasy Award, Short Story

    "A highly fantastic piece, rich with storyness and strong echoes of fairytale." Recommended —Lois Tilton, Locus online

    "a beautifully written and original fairy-tale like piece about a scarecrow of sorts who remembers being a human, an architect, and in his journeys begins to discover himself." —Rich Horton

    Reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013, ed. Rich Horton