What do I get with a free subscription?

  • Freely submit your speculative short stories and first chapters for each award season. Read the submissions and find new indie authors.

  • Freely contribute to and read The Pitch, our monthly discussion thread where authors promote speculative fiction posted on Substack.

  • Access to read essays, reviews, and interviews, and participate in additional discussion threads.

What do I get for a paid subscription?

  • Support efforts to bring attention to indie authors of fantasy and science fiction.

  • Occasional paid posts, some of which help determine the future of the Lunar Awards and our focus.

  • Monthly and founding member supporters will receive 7-day early access notification of when a season starts.

  • Founding members will also receive two high-resolution badge illustrations that can be used on any merchandise or for personal use.

Who created the Lunar Awards?

Th Lunar Awards were created by Brian Reindel, a software architect and author of fantasy and science fiction. You can find him writing speculative short stories on


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A wayward journalism graduate who chose writing code over writing obituaries. Both can be deadly depending on who you ask. A husband, father, brother and fellow human. I'm making broad assumptions I've not yet gone interstellar.
Poet. Playwright. Photographer. Storyteller. Citizen Historian. Libertarian. Skeptic. Techie. Suspended outsider. Wanderer. Ponderer. Often lost. Instagrammer @1StarDusty. aka Reena.eth