With our relaunch drawing near, we thought it might be fun to look back at twelve stories that hold some significance regarding the history of the magazine. One per day with commentary and an invitation to read the selected piece. Welcome to day ten!
Today’s story is “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)” by Rebecca Roanhorse (issue 99).
A question I’m often asked as editor is do I get a sense of when a story will be an award worthy work. Awards are persnickety, subject to personal tastes, cultural zeitgeist, and a dozen other measures. The best answer I can offer is that I often know when a story has potential to make award lists. “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)” is one of those stories. I certainly felt that way with “Jackalope Wives” and “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium to Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow.
I also saw award potential in plenty of stories that didn’t make a mark during award season. “Field Biology of the Wee Fairies” by Naomi Kritzer and “With Lips Sewn Shut” by Kristi DeMeester are two prime examples.
Not only is Rebecca Roanhorse’s our most read story of all time, it also helped propel a fantastic writer and wonderful person into the genre’s consciousness. For that, I am most grateful.