Queers Take Over FSI (Canceled)
Fantastic Stories is a market that is open and looking for stories from underrepresented communities and cultures.
Fantastic Stories prides itself on being open to under represented voices. Science fiction and fantasy should encompass the totality of the human experience, in all of its diversity and complexity. Fantastic is determined to help build a more inclusive, realistic vision of the future.
Currently, Fantastic Stories is a bimonthly webzine paying fifteen cents per word for original fiction. To increase the visibility of our outreach to diverse voices, we have decided to run special Take Over issues that feature an under represented demographic.
Each issue will have a guest editor and will run on an off month from our regularly scheduled issues. Our first issue will be a Queers Take Over issue.
Guest Editor: Lynne Jamneck
Lynne Jamneck has agreed to helm this special issue. You may be familiar with her as the editor of Dreams from the Witch House and the Lambda-nominated anthology Periphery. We are overjoyed to have such a steady and competent hand steering our first Take Over issue.
Guest Illustrator: Holly Heisey
The issue’s illustrator will be Holly Heisey: an illustrator / designer with a lifelong love of SF and fantasy. She’s produced a series of exquisite covers for hot indie authors and small presses, and when not working on commission, she can be found painting spaceships. Holly is also an author and member of SFWA.
Each issue of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination features two original stories and three reprints, as well as five columns of interest to genre readers. We also offer a blog where writers and artists can take center stage, and tell you about their latest projects. FSI exists to bring you some of the very best in science fiction and fantasy.
Should we exceed our initial goal we will reward our backers with the following additional stretch goals.
- $12,000: Initial goal
- $17,000: All five stories become original stories
- $20,000: Podcast added
- $25,000 Second special issue added
- $40,000: Third special issue added, and we'll produce a print anthology of all of the stories from all three spacial issue
- $50,000: Payment to 20 cents per word on all stories
We Need Your Help!
We're very excited about these issues, and we wanted to be able to do them right. If you want to see GLBTQ characters reimagining, rebuilding, remaking, genre fiction you need to stand up and be counted.
Genre fiction is a family, a family that has always included GLBTQIA. Now, the deepest and most intimate relationships shared by these family members can inform a new kind of story which is welcoming, diverse, and most importantly, Fantastic.
See what we did there?
Written from the heart, these stories can have a huge impact on our genre fiction family. The recent struggles in our awards culture are a sign of how vital and challenging these new voices have become.
This particular project is close to the FSI staff's heart because our families are GLBTQIA families, too. As friends and allies and fathers and we have cheered at the great strides made in recent years by and for and with our families.
This issue (hopefully antho, see our stretch goals!) is our small part, what we can do now, and we offer it to our genre family and our GLBTQ family, with great love and affection.
Risks and challenges
While publishing a top-flight webzine that not only pays writers, but pays them a top rate can be challenging, FSI is now in its third year of publishing and in that time it has not missed a single issue. FSI’s staff have decades of publishing experience and our publisher has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Chesley Award. Simply put, FSI has shown that it can be counted on to deliver on its promises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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