Apply Now: Editor-in-Chief for Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

The position of an editor-in-chief in Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Researchis now open for a three-year term (4/2021–2024). Currently, the journal has two other editors-in-chief who will continue in their posts. 

The journal

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a World Fantasy Award-winning, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic journal published since 2014 by the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Suomen science fiction- ja fantasiatutkimuksen seura ry, New issues are published online twice a year.

Fafnir provides an open-access international forum for scholarly exchanges on science fiction, fantasy, and issues current in the field. The journal introduces and develops research focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative literatures, audiovisual art, games, and fan culture. Fafnir publishes texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews, essays, interviews, opinion pieces, and academic book reviews on any subject suited to the scope of the journal. The main language of the journal is English, but articles are also published in any of the Nordic languages.

Fafnir has Level 1 Classification of the Publication Forum for the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (Julkaisufoorumi). Its articles are currently indexed under MLA International Bibliography, the Directory of Open-Access Journals, and The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database (SFFRD). The journal itself is listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals as well as the Directory of Open-Access Journals. In 2020, Fafnir received the World Fantasy Award for its contributions to the study of the speculative genres.

You can read more about Fafnir at

The editors-in-chief

Fafnir now seeks a new editor-in-chief. With the support of the Academic Advisory Board, the reviews editor, and the sub-editor, the editors-in-chief maintain the academic quality and editorial direction of the journal to ensure a steady flow of engaging and thought-provoking original research articles, reviews, and other texts. The editors-in-chief author calls for papers and editorials, evaluate and accept submissions for peer-review, work closely with scholars in providing editorial feedback, and facilitate the peer review process. They are also responsible for developing the journal and promoting the visibility of research into the speculative genres.

Working as an editor-in-chief for Fafnir offers an excellent vantage point to the field of speculative-fiction research and an opportunity for international scholarly exchange. Editors-in-chief receive memberships in the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) for the duration of their terms. The position does not involve financial compensation.

The Application

To apply, please send your CV, a short (one page maximum) motivation letter, and contact details of two persons we can approach for a reference.

Your CV and motivation letter should detail the following:

Required background and skills:

  • An MA-level degree (or higher) in a relevant academic field
  • Expertise in the field of speculative fiction
  • Willingness to promote quality research in the field both within the Nordic countries and abroad
  • Good cooperation skills.

Preferred further skills:

  • Experience in academic publishing
  • Experience in online publishing
  • Ability to work in at least one of the Nordic languages (Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish)
  • Expertise in the sub-genre of fantasy and/or in non-anglophone speculative fiction.

Send your application by 28 February 2021 by email to sihteeri(at)

The choice of the new editor-in-chief will be made by the board of the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in March. The applicants will be informed of the decision by the end of the end of the month. The selected applicant will begin in their duties in April 2021, joining in to finalize the publication of issue 1/2021.

For more information on the application process, please contact:

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, the Chair of the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (aino-kaisa.koistinen(a) 

or Merja Polvinen, the Chair of the journal’s Academic Advisory Board (merja.polvinen(a)