Chris Urie

Chris Urie - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

I am an expert in genre fiction, with years of experience evaluating short fiction. I want your wildest stories to find a published home.

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I've spent years working as a writer, editor, slush reader, and interviewer for a variety of publications.

At Clarkesworld Magazine, I spent my time reading thousands of science fiction and fantasy short story submissions. I assessed the merits of the story, provided edits, and found something to praise within each submission before passing it along to the editor-in-chief for final evaluation. I analyzed the text for clear character motivations, provided guidance on world building, and supplied plot enhancements to help each aspect of the story to form a cohesive whole.

A story I am particularly proud of helping to publish is "Last Resort" by award winning author Nicole Kornher-Stace. It is an excellent example of a unique voice, fully formed characters, and an engaging world that grabs a reader's attention and doesn't let go.

I can bring that experience and knowledge to editing your fine works of short and novel length fiction. My passion and experience lies within softer science fiction and fantasy where character, heart, and excitement are at the forefront.

As your editor, I will focus on helping you to craft a cohesive setting populated with engaging characters that will draw readers into your world. With my help, you'll banish clichés, expand characterizations, and mold your plot into a complete story that will be irresistible to editors and readers alike. I will provide you with a deep critical analysis of your plot structure, character composition, setting details, and supply finely tuned edits to improve the clarity of your vision.

In addition to years working for Clarkesworld Magazine, I was also co-editor of a well-regarded city website where I managed a team of writers. It covered the niche aspects of Philadelphia's diverse culture.
English (US)
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Staff Interviewer and Slush Reader

Clarkesworld Magazine
April, 2015 – July, 2019 (about 4 years)

I read thousands of short fiction submissions, assessed their quality, and sent the best stories up to the Neil Clarke for a final assessment and addition to the magazine.

For years, I was also the staff interviewer in charge of picking the brains of some of the finest minds in science fiction and fantasy. I've interviewed everyone from newly minted novelists like Seth Dickinson to bestsellers like Jeff VanderMeer.


June, 2011 – October, 2016 (over 5 years)

As a co-editor, my responsibilities included assigning articles to a team of over 20 writers, organize schedules, and copy edit submissions.

My roster of writers have gone on to staff positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Business Insider, and USA Today.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Clarkesworld Issue 130

Clarke, Neil, Ran, Zhang, Larson, Rich, Reed, Robert, Balder, Bo, Korner-Stace, Nicole, Haldeman, Joe, Tidhar, Lavie

Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 132

Clarke, Neil, Brym, A., Schwitzgebel, Eric, Palmer, Suzanne, Barber, Jess, Saab, Sara, Shi, Gu, Purdom, Tom, Ryman, Geoff

Clarkesworld Issue 140

Clarke, Neil, Balder, Bo, Muzar, Chelsea, Gwylan, Sally, Que, A, Flynn, Michael F., Murphy, Pat, Doherty, Paul

Clarkesworld Issue 141

Clarke, Neil, Tem, Steve Rasnic, Spires, D.A. Xiaolin, Klindzic, Dora, He, Xing, Chandrasekera, Vajra, Bear, Elizabeth, Lowachee, Karin

Clarkesworld Issue 142

Clarke, Neil, Tidhar, Lavie, Buckley, Mike, Osias, Kate, Ize-Iyamu, Osahon, Yue, Qi, Barnes, John, Miller, Sam J.

Clarkesworld Issue 144

Clarke, Neil, Robson, Kelly, Spires, D.A. Xiaolin, Longxiang, Luo, Bangs, Elly, Watts, Peter, Murphy, Derryl, Lord, Karen, Buckell, Tobias S.

Clarkesworld Issue 145

Clarke, Neil, O'Reilly, Finbarr, Wang, Yilin, Heller, Simone, Wu, Anna, Palmer, Suzanne, de Bodard, Aliette, McDonald, Ian

Chris has 30 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Gregory Neil
Chris me gave some very useful and insightful feedback on my short story, and helped me identify some areas for needed improvement. Very responsive and easy to work with.

Gregory Neil, June 2022

Bailey Shields
He was professional, responded in a timely manner. The editing wasn't what I was expecting, but it did allow me to refine and plug up some plot-holes, along with getting a better direction of the book.

Bailey Shields, May 2022

Mark Aldrich
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris. As a first time author, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but Chris was communicative, insightful, and encouraging while also having legitimate critiques, for which I was very grateful. His ideas will make my book better and I look forward to working with him again.

Mark Aldrich, May 2022

Ed Lewis
Working with Chris was a very pleasant and productive experience. I have worked with other editors recently and the comparison is amazing. Chris not only helped me with rough edges (and innumerable unnecessary commas) but took the time to understand my book so that he could give appropriate feedback. Chris’s comments led me to believe that he took the time to see the book as a whole, with under...
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Ed Lewis, May 2022

Barry Bryson
Chris gave great feedback on my novel he showed me both the good parts and the areas that needed to be addressed. I really have to say I appreciate everything he did for me.

Barry Bryson, April 2022

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