Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 7/10
Price: 3.99, TBA
It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. But somehow we inspired more than a hundred writers to give it a try, with some amazing results collected here for your pleasure.
The rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.
The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.
One of the things I like best about this format – it’s quick and painless. You may not fall in love with every story here. In fact, you probably won’t. But if you don’t like one of them, just move on to the next, and you’re sure to find some bite-sized morsels of flash fiction goodness.
At Queer Sci Fi, we’re building a community of writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. We hope you’ll join us, and maybe submit a story of your own next time!
Through The Forest Green Metallic Painted Door – Jeff Baker
Demeter’s Bar was quiet in the late afternoon and I was sipping a beer and checking out the guy in the tank top washing bar glasses.
“Did you ever find something that could have madebartender signaling for his usual.
“Um, not really,” I said as the bartender walked in front of me and set a draw of beer down in front of him.
“I was working in my garage, trying to design a way teleport when something went wrong,” he said. “I had my pickup in the garage,
The word pickup made me wish he’d stop talking and let me talk to the bartender.
“When I opened the glove box, the inside wasn’t there. Instead there was another world. Trees, meadows, friendly people. One of them waved at me through the aperture. There were three moons in the sky.” The
“Oh,” I said, trying to get a good look at the bartender.
“And the truck wasn’t even paid for.”
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We started QueerSciFi.com in early 2014 as a place for writers and readers of LGBTQI speculative fiction—sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and the like—to meet to talk about their favorite books, share writing and publication tips, and help increase queer representation in both the romance and mainstream genre markets.
QSF now includes a blog full of book announcements, calls for submission and much more, a critique group with more than 100 members, a vibrant discussion group on Facebook that tackles daily discussion topics and provides a safe space for authors to talk to each other and for fans and authors to meet, and an annual flash fiction contest that resulted in this book you are now reading.
Each year, we ask authors of queer speculative fiction to submit a story to us around a central theme. The rules are simple. The story must be 300 words or less, not including the title. It must embrace the theme— in this case, “Discovery”. And it must have either an LGBTQI protagonist or an LGBT sensibility.
We also ask for cover designers to submit a cover that embraces the theme.
We are thrilled with this year’s responses—including stories from gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and asexual perspectives that run the gamut from sci fi to fantasy, and from paranormal to horror.
Within the covers of this book, you’ll find a platypus shifter, a trans- affirming leprechaun, a pissed off unicorn, a green pick-up with another world in its glove compartment, and a bunch of other miniature adventures—each only 300 words long.
So dive in! And send in a story of your own next year!
Queer Sci Fi Website: http://www.queerscifi.com
Queer Sci Fi Facebook Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/qsfdiscussions/
Queer Sci Fi Facebook Promo/News Page: https://www.facebook.com/queerscifi
Do you prefer Sci-fi, Fantasy, or Paranormal? Leave your comment below for a chance to win an eBook copy of Discovery. Contest ends Friday, July 17th at midnight Eastern US time.