About this project
What we want to do
Three years ago, we launched a Kickstarter to fund an anthology of historical speculative fiction, telling the stories of people who had been marginalized throughout history. The overwhelming success of that project - both the initial fundraising and the critical praise and sales upon release - showed how important it is to tell these stories, how badly they are needed.
Now we want to continue telling these stories, giving voice to those whom history has neglected, ignored or erased. And this time, we'll focus on young people - all protagonists are under the age of 18.
- Jaymee Goh - A Name to Ashes
- A.J. Odasso - Feet of Clay
- Thom Dunn - An Baile Na Mban
- Alec Austin - The Paper Sword
- Warren Bull - Crossing the Line
- De Ana Jones - Fear of the Dark
- Michael Ezell - Genius Jones and the Rolling Rifle
- E.C. Myers - In His Own Image
- Erik Jensen - How I Saved Athens From the Stone Monsters
- Imani Josey - North
- Kate McCane - Nelly
- Momtaza Mehri - The Jinn’s Only Son
- Peter Medeiros - Acclimating Fever
- Daniel Brewer - Not A Witch
- J.S. Hawthorne - The Promised Land
- Nitra Wisdom - Purple Wings
- P. Djeli Clark - The Mouser of Peter the Great
- Camilla Zhang - The Ship That Brings You Home
- K.T. Katzmann - The Bread-Thing In the Basket
- Jessi Cole Jackson - Throwaway Children
- Sioban Krzywicki - Trenches
- JM Templet - The Ostrich Egg Girl
Hidden Youth will be about 140,000 words, and each story will be accompanied by original artwork. The cover art was once again made by the amazing, two-time Hugo Award winner Julie Dillon:
Why do we want to make this anthology?
In the two-plus years since Long Hidden was released, no actor or director of color has been nominated for an Academy Award, while a cisgender man was nominated for playing a trans* woman. The main character of the highest grossing film in history barely appeared in the film's merchandising because she's a woman (this has begun to be fixed only after massive outcry). Book covers continue to be whitewashed. Stories for children featuring people of color are published rarely, while stories featuring happy slaves make it to shelves and bestseller lists. Teachers are fired for teaching the truths of history to their students.
Moreover, the existence and success of other like-minded publications - Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, We See a Different Frontier, LightSpeed Magazine's "Destroy Science Fiction" series, and more - show how these stories are sought after, treasured, and necessary.
Erasure is a current and ongoing problem, not a past one. We can never publish enough of these stories, because there will always be people denied their voices.
What are the Kickstarter funds for?
The vast majority of the money we're seeking will go directly to authors and artists. Hidden Youth will have a wordcount of ~140,000 words, plus interior artwork with every story. Fiction will pay 6 cents per word, in line with SFWA's qualifying rates, and interior artwork will pay $100 per piece (double what we could pay last time). Some will pay the editors, and the rest will go to the production, printing and distribution of HY, and paying Kickstarter/Amazon/other fees.
Our main reward is, of course, ebook and print copies of Hidden Youth! But you can also pledge for copies of Long Hidden (at a discount!), both books together, quality prints of the cover art for both anthologies, and stickers of the Running Girl, which you might recognize from our previous Kickstarters!
Add-ons: (Want to combine rewards? add the value below to your pledge! We'll get details from all backers after the Kickstarter ends!)
- Extra copies of Hidden Youth: $20 (outside US: $25)
- Running Girl Sticker sheet: $5 (outside US: $6)
- 8" x 10" cover art print: $25 (outside US: $29)
Who We Are
Mikki Kendall is a writer and occasional feminist who divides her time between two careers, a family, and brunch. The last is necessary to provide the energy she needs for everything else on her to-do list. Her writing can be found at XO Jane, Salon, NPR's Code Switch, Guardian, and a host of other places willing to let her rant. She commits occasional acts of fiction largely focusing on black people in every situation under the sun, and a few under undefined celestial bodies. Her short fiction has been published by Torquere Press and Revelator Magazine. She can often be found on Twitter engaging in the highest quality shenanigans.
Chesya Burke has written and published nearly a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, noir and horror. Her story collection, Let's Play White, is being taught in universities around the country. In addition, Burke wrote several articles for the African American National Biography in 2008, and Burke's novel, THE STRANGE CRIMES OF LITTLE AFRICA, debuts later this fall. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison.
Burke's thesis was on the comic book character Storm from the X-MEN, and her comic, Shiv, is scheduled to debut in 2016.
Burke is currently pursuing her PhD in English at University of Florida. She's Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Charis Books and More, one of the oldest feminist book stores in the country.
Crossed Genres Publications is a small press publisher "justly famous for producing high quality, genre-bending, innovative and inclusive magazine issues, anthologies, and the occasional novel." (-The Future Fire)
Framingham, Massachusetts-based CGP is the former publisher of Crossed Genres Magazine, a SFWA-qualifying market for 3 years (2013-2015). CGP has published three novels, a short story collection, and several themed anthologies, including Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women, Fierce Family, Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction, and the Locus and World Fantasy Award-nominated Long Hidden.
Risks and challenges
Crossed Genres has run five Kickstarters prior to this one, each successful. If we succeed here too, we know how to make books!
If we fail to reach the goal, Hidden Youth doesn't get made. People who preordered prior to the Kickstarter will have their money refunded if they haven't already. And, most likely, Crossed Genres won't be producing any new titles for a while.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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