Heather Clitheroe, writer and editor

My work is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. Speculative fiction is so often plot-driven, so I strive for stories that are as much about the concept is it is about character — the choices made, the sacrifices, the fears and hopes, the joys and losses.

I am a submissions editor at the award-winning Uncanny Magazine, and Senior Editor at Heartlines Spec. I teach genre fiction (mystery, science fiction, and fantasy) with the University of Calgary Continuing Education’s Creative Writing Certificate program. I am also a past writer-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

I’m available for critiques and developmental editing, resume and cover letter advice, and workshops. Please contact me to discuss your ideas.


Sister Martin of the Stars, Fusion Fragment, Fusion Fragment
Beneath the Streets, Fusion Fragment
Comrades, Beloved, Kaleidotrope Magazine
Coaltown, Genius Loci, Ragnarok Publications
Darcy’s Law, Geeky Giving bundle
Wild Things Got to Go Free, Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Culpability, Bartleby Snopes
Disciplinary Action, Strange Constellations
Cuts Both Ways, Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy SF
Victoria Howard’s Retirement Party and Other Stories, Kobo and Amazon.
Gone Sleeping. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #77 and  The Best of BCS, Year Three
Forest-Bathing, Evolve 2
Bacillus anthracis, Trachodon Magazine 
An Open Letter to Our Valued Clients,  Awkward Two
I Bet I Can Find a Million People Who Hate Slab Cakes, Hobart
Victoria Howard’s Retirement Card, Awkward Press
Come to Me. Evolve anthology
The Trying Times of Herman Sligo, The First Line
Replicate Fade, Kaleidotrope
Two Left Hands, The First Line


Cuts Both Ways, Lightspeed, June 2014
Gone Sleeping, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #78


Heavy Metal Jupiters and Other Places – STEAM multi-issue zine collaboration with NExScI (NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech), 2020.


Not Your Average Dragon teen fantasy writing workshop, Calgary Public Library (2021)

Getting to Proxima b teen sci-fi writing workshop, Calgary Public Library & Faculty of Science, University of Calgary (2020)

So You Want to Write Sci Fi teen writing workshop, Calgary Public Library & Faculty of Science, University of Calgary (2019)