Cover Photo: A photograph of a hand holding a British passport.
Photograph by Ethan Wilkinson/Unsplash

Why I Gave Up On England

Leaving began to feel like a comfort; if the country couldn’t get out of its rut, then at least I could get out of mine.



Waverly SM is a speculative fiction writer currently living in Nova Scotia, on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. A 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow, their work has appeared in venues including Reckoning Magazine, Stim: An Autism Anthology (Unbound, 2020), and the Ignyte- and Locus-award-winning anthology We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020 (Neon Hemlock, 2021). Find them at