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An innovative print and digital book of short stories written, edited, and designed by trans women of color.
An innovative print and digital book of short stories written, edited, and designed by trans women of color.
405 backers pledged $7,060 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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At a time when the trans literature is overwhelmingly white and hostile to us, Nameless Woman:An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color is an unprecedented opportunity for us to tell our stories, create an innovative book of fiction that trans women can enjoy, and begin to create a place for trans women of color to thrive in publishing.

New anthology cover with art by Luvia Velandia (IG: @luviavlandia)
New anthology cover with art by Luvia Velandia (IG: @luviavlandia)

The Trans Women Writers Collective

As the first book project published under the Trans Women Writers Collective, Nameless Woman is a fiction anthology created by and for trans women. To that end, we will be paying each of our writers, editors, and other contributors - each of whom is a trans woman of color or amab non-binary person of color - an honorarium of $100 for their work as part of the project. And because we are committed to publishing books that are accessible for trans women, we will make the ebook version of Nameless Woman available to download at no cost.

In addition, we will be using all remaining profits from sales of the anthology to fund our next book project; for example, by paying an advance to a trans woman who is writing her first novel or by covering printing fees for a zine of poetry by black trans women. So by backing the anthology in this campaign, you're also investing in the future of our work as editors, writers, and artists.

Our Writers

Nameless Woman includes, new stories by (among others)

  • Olive Machado
  • Venus Selenite
  • Carla Aparicio
  • Emmy Morgan
  • D.M. Rice
  • Lukas Serena Bhandar

We'll also be including stories from the original anthology

Breakdown of Costs

The initial cost of having a book professionally printed would normally be tremendous barrier to being able to publish our own work. However, by using this campaign to essentially accept funds for pre-orders of the anthology we'll be able to not only raise enough to cover the costs of printing and shipping your copies, we'll also have enough to pay all our contributors fairly for their amazing work.

The Editors

Elly Peña is a multi-disciplinary creatrix from Texas, residing in Chicago. They are an avid knitter, crocheter, and fiber artist. Her goal is to create platforms and communities of trans women valuing each others work and lives, creating freely and lovingly.

Jamie Berrout is a Mexican trans woman from the South Texas border. She lives in Anaheim, CA and blogs at desdeotromar.tumblr.com. Her first novel is Otros valles and her forthcoming book of stories and essays is titled Portland Diary. Her books are available to trans women at no cost.

Venus Selenite is a poet, writer, performance artist, social critic, editor, educator, and technologist based in Washington, D.C. The author of a poetry collection, trigger, she is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she began her career on the youth slam and spoken word circuits.

Risks and challenges

Because we successfully published a shorter, digital-only version of this anthology on March 2016 and because we've already done the work of gathering new submissions, the risks and challenges for this project are fairy low. Among our editors we have experience with self-publishing our own work in print, so even though we may face some unexpected challenges in the publishing stages to come, we're confident that we can manage them.

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    Digital copy

    Receive a digital copy of the anthology as soon as our editing process is complete.

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    Poetry by Jamie Berrout

    Receive two digital chapbooks of poetry by Jamie Berrout, plus print and digital copies of the anthology. (Includes US shipping)

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    We'll add your name to our acknowledgments page in appreciation for your support. You'll also receive all other rewards, including print and digital copies of the anthology. We'll cover the shipping.

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