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An anthology of post-apocalyptic short stories.
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Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn't Die

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UPDATE:  We are funded for our initial goal!  Thank you so much!  Please see below for our exciting stretch goals.

Now, more than ever, we need to revel in the bright spots amidst the darkness.  With your support, Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn't Die will be an anthology about queer joy and queer community in the face of disaster.  

I'm dave ring, a speculative fiction writer, editor, and newly minted publisher at Neon Hemlock Press.  Glitter + Ashes will be my second anthology, following 2018's Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was with Mason Jar Press.

Our aim is to feature speculative stories that explore ramifications of the apocalypse through queer narratives. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want indefinable stories.  We will welcome a broad interpretation of the post-apocalyptic genre; we'll want to finds scraps of hope in every ruined future.


Banner reading, "visions of apocalypse"

The visions of the apocalypse we love include Mad Max: Fury Road, yes, but also The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Apocalypse World by Vincent & Meguey Baker, Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

(Please view the text-only version of this information here.)

Banner with photo of dave ring, logo for Neon Hemlock and cover image of Broken Metropolis.

For me, curating an anthology is about discovery.  Answering the question of "What will I find here?" when delving through submissions. The ten short stories of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was were all chosen from slush.  While I've solicited some writers to bring me their stories, I haven't read them yet!  I will be opening Glitter + Ashes to submissions as well.

The body of speculative work in recent years has  both broadened and deepened.  I've been inspired by the hard work of projects like GlitterShip, FIYAH Lit Mag, the Transcendent anthology series and the People Destroy SFF series.    And as FIYAH says, the future of genre is now.  We're gonna be a part of that.


Banner reading, "putting queerness into text"

In the preface to Broken Metropolis, I wrote, "Queer people are used to reading themselves into subtext and sidelong glances, both in writing and in lived experience."  As with that anthology, Glitter + Ashes will put queer lives and queer stories into text, because the value of finding representation in art is inestimable (and literally life-saving).    

Here's the project's timeline:

  • Kickstarter Campaign (September 2019)
  • Open submissions period (October-November 2019)
  • Review and purchase stories (December 2019-January 2020)
  • Handle edits and design (Winter 2020)
  • Marketing/Publicity (Spring 2020)
  • Publication (Summer 2020)

I'm delighted to have Hugo-nominated illustrator Grace Fong on board to do Glitter + Ashes' cover!  

Banner displaying image of Grace Fong with a cat, plus bio.

We are excited to report that Glitter + Ashes will also include Dream Askew, a tabletop RPG from Avery Alder about queer community amidst the collapse of civilization.  Dream Askew gives us ruined buildings and wet tarps, nervous faces in the campire glow, strange new psychic powers, fierce queer love, and turbulent skies above a fledgling community, asking “What do you do next?”

(Learn more about Dream Askew at Buried Without Ceremony.)

When the project is successfully funded, we will announce a call for submissions (initially compensating writers at $0.02/word), inviting all authors to share their vision of queers thriving after the apocalypse.  In addition,  these three writers have been invited to contribute:

  • Marianne Kirby
  • Nibedita Sen
  • Brendan Williams-Childs
Banner displaying image of Mariane Kirby, plus bio.
Banner displaying image of Nibedita Sen, plus bio.
Banner displaying image of Brendan Williams-Childs, plus bio.

 Meeting our stretch goals will allow us to raise the rate of compensation for contributors as well as feature a number of other fine writers who are currently waiting in the wings: 

Banner displaying "Stretch goals: $5,000."

When we reach $5,000, we will raise our compensation rate to $0.04/word, and these writers will be jumping in:

  • Christopher Caldwell
  • C. L. Clark
  • Jordan Kurella
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Banner displaying image of Cherae Clark, plus bio.
Banner displaying image of Jordan Kurella, plus bio.
Banner displaying "Stretch goals: $7,500."

When we reach $7,500, we will raise our compensation rate to $0.06/word, and welcome:

  • Darcie Little Badger 
  • L.D. Lewis
  • Arkady Martine
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Banner displaying image of L D Lewis, plus bio.
Banner displaying image of Arkady Martine, plus bio.
Banner displaying "Stretch goals: $10,000."

When we reach $10,000, we will raise our compensation rate to $0.08/word and bring on an additional story from:

  • Rivers Solomon
Banner displaying image of Rivers Solomon, plus bio.

I would be delighted if you put us in the position of having to scramble for additional stretch goals!

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Among our rewards are two of the three chapbooks already published by Neon Hemlock Press: boy if by Carlito Espudo and The West & Everything Above by Brendan Williams-Childs.

Banner displaying cover images of boy if and The West & Everything Above.

(Our third chapbook, Heretic to Housewife by Rahne Alexander, is already sold out).

  • Everything from A Torch and above will include the ebook and a copy of the book mailed within the US.  Those books will ship in Summer 2020.  Other rewards may ship sooner.  If you're outside the US, contact us after we fund and we'll let you know what the additional shipping will be.  
  • We have a few Early rewards that are discounted a bit, get them while you can.
  • If you book at a level that contains a Glimpses of Fortune, you can tweet at dave at any time to get your tarot reading.  
  • I have learned that the rewards that called a Chance at Memory or a Chance at The Deep are technically not allowed on Kickstarter.  I will reach out to the folks who backed at those levels about alternative rewards.  
  • The online workshops that come with Fireside Chats will be recorded, so if for some reason you can't make it after it's scheduled, it will be available for you to watch.  
  • The Campfire offerings are one on one, and will be scheduled with the consulting authors.  There's one of each for now, although we may add more later!  
  • The Fistfuls of Torches are meant for retailers, but hey, if you need ten books just for yourself, don't let that stop you.
  • dave will coordinate A Trip into the Maelstrom around your schedule!  He'll buy you a copy of the rules to Apocalypse World too.  
Banner reading, "gathering around the fire"
Banner displaying "come join us around the fire." Other text below.

Please join us on Twitter for two live panel discussions with the hashtag #GlitterAshesChat!  On 9/15 at 8pm EST we'll be discussing queer community-building in an apocalypse, and on 9/28 at 10am EST we'll be discussing disabled bodies thriving in a broken world.

9/15 Panelists:

  • R J Theodore (@bittybittyzap) 
  • Nibedita Sen (@her_nibsen) 
  • Andi C. Buchanan (@andicbuchanan)
  • Christopher Caldwell-Kelly (@seraph76)

9/28 Panelists:

  • Morgan Swim (@MarsChildWells) 
  • Juliet Kemp (@julietk) 
  • Ada Hoffman (@xasymptote)
  • V. Medina (@howsweettheword)
  • Jordan Kurella (@jskurella) 

(The rad song in our video is the beginning of "I Make Bones" by NUEX, a DC-based band,  Check them out).

Risks and challenges

This is my second anthology, but the first running everything myself, and my first Kickstarter. It's possible I'll make rookie mistakes and I appreciate your patience as I work through them.

The project has a physical deliverable that will be reliant on meeting deadlines ahead of time. With that said, I am experienced working through book production deadlines and have a great fulfillment partner on deck (Hi Bookmobile!). Barring any extreme/unforeseen challenges, we should be golden and deliverables should be on time.

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