Proton Reader is a new, not-for-profit speculative & science fiction semiprozine made with ❤️ in northern California.

Our mission is to lift emerging voices, perspectives, and expressions in sci-fi & speculative fiction. Our founders are neurodiverse, bisexual, and happily married; we are especially excited to provide a publishing space for other ND writers from all walks of life.


  1. Champion original speculative science fiction stories from a range of perspectives.
  2. Increase our per-word rate.
  3. Publish no less frequently than once every three months.


Upcoming issues:

  • Issue #1: April 1st, 2022 (open for submissions)
  • Issue #2: July 1st, 2022
  • Issue #3: October 1st, 2022
  • Issue #4: January 1st, 2022

Proton Reader will publish new issues quarterly.

While our Third Goal is to publish no less frequently than once every three months, we may publish “bonus” issues throughout the year.

We will give as much advanced notice as possible if we are publishing a bonus issue.

The best way to follow us for updates is here at ProtonReader.com and on Twitter (@protonreader).


We are budgeted for and committed to publishing no less than four issues in each of 2022, 2023, and 2024, without accounting for any financial support from sales.


Sami Lawson, Managing Editor of Fiction

Jesse Lawson, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief