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Tagline: The interactive magazine for interactive fiction.

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You may not have heard what’s happened to interactive fiction since the days of Choose Your Own Adventure, but chances are you’ve seen it. Whether it was Porpentine‘s interview in your New York Times, inkle Studios’ TIME “Game of the Year”-winning 80 Days on your iPad, or Stephen Colbert’s “Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet” in your browser, interactive fiction is back in action, and it’s come a long, long way.

The devices are ready. The tools are ready. The audience is ready. All IF needs in order to become the next podcast or ebook—to jump from niche interest to water-cooler conversation—is for more writers to try it and more readers to find it.

sub-Q opens the door. The first magazine to pay professional rates for interactive fiction, sub-Q brings together established IF creators and literary authors to tell stories that, like the injections the magazine is named for, get under your skin.

At, sub-Q publishes new fiction on the third Tuesday of each month and related content on other Tuesdays. Stories are free to read—no registration required. Members who do register can rate stories, comment and save favorites. Premium Members enjoy early access to the month’s content.

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Tory Hoke is a writer, illustrator, and programmer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Apex, Drabblecast, and Strange Horizons, where she is also art director. Learn more about her publications, portfolio, and projects.


What Readers Are Saying About sub-Q


“sub-Q is a cool, ambitious new ‘interactive magazine’… [W]e’re super happy to see a venue devoted to IF in this way, and hope to see it succeed.”
Leigh Alexander, Offworld

“It is great, seriously … If I were an eccentric IF-loving billionaire, one of my first moves would be to make sure sub-Q was fully funded.”
Emily Short

“Nice people, interesting stuff.”
P.D.R. Lindsay, writer

“[A]n opportunity to find out just what interactive fiction is.”
Julia August, F/SF writer


What Our Authors Are Saying About sub-Q


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“It was really easy to work with sub-Q. I loved how (and how much!) they promoted my piece, and it looked great. My glee at SILVER & GOLD being tagged “stylish” was easily matched by how pleased I was at the presentation of the pieces, and how slick the entire site is.”
– Andrea Corbin, author of SILVER & GOLD


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sub-Q’s editorial team does a very good job of spotting issues and helping refine a piece, while maintaining respect for the author’s vision with the project. I would happily submit work forsub-Q again, and I’d also strongly recommend it to IF authors considering it as a venue for their work. Making any money at all from IF was not on my radar at all this year, and sub-Q proved me wrong on that count with terrifying swiftness.”
Bruno Dias, author of PROSPERO


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“Working with the sub-Q crew was inspiring, which, for me, is the best thing an editor can be. Tory is amazing in cheering people on while pushing them to go further and do the best work possible. I honestly can’t think of anything that could have been done differently—just stay this friendly, communicative and professional.”
– Natalia Theodoridou, author of SLEEPLESS

What People Are Saying About Our Stories


“It’s top-shelf cyberpunk noir, full of clipped, poetic prose and a throwback-synth soundtrack by Brenda Neotenomie.”
Zach Budgor,, on “Neon Haze” by Porpentine and Brenda Neotenomie

“[B]eautiful universe, tenderly realised. A real pleasure to play.”
Flynn on “The Compass Rose” by Yoon Ha Lee with Peter Berman

“[A] formally daring piece.”
Emily Short on “Silver & Gold” by Andrea Corbin (reprint; previous full review)

“Fun and atmospheric.”
Julia August, F/SF author, on “Snake Game” by Vajra Chandrasekera



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Tory Hoke sub-Q Magazine Editor in Chief

Tory Hoke, Founder & EIC


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Devi Acharya, Interactivity Editor


To learn more about sub-Q Magazine, please use our contact form or email tory at

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