UNDERCITIES is magic in the subway station. It’s monsters on top of skyscrapers. It’s adventure right at your front door. It’s an urban fantasy anthology that features short story fiction from eleven talented LGBTQ+ authors and authors of color.
More than anything, UNDERCITIES looks for stories that weave the magic of urban fantasy together with positive interpretations of race and queer sexuality. Fantasy is not homogenous; it is as diverse and imaginative and real as the LGBTQ+ authors and authors of color who create it. It is a place where anything can happen—and why not make it a space where everyone and anyone can overcome obstacles, win battles, and experience happenings beyond their wildest dreams?
Literature has always been a place where reality meets the fantastical. UNDERCITIES intends to reflect that. The stories presented in UNDERCITIES are reflections of our world as they could and should be; they combine the impossible daring of magic with the experiences of the people with whom we share the world and put the voices of LGBTQ+ creators and creators of color at the forefront of these narratives. Each short story presented in UNDERCITIES presents a different point of view and a different experience—and each of these stories is as diverse and incredible as the authors who created them.
In August of 2016, we opened a call for applications for LGBTQ+ creators and creators of color to pitch original short stories to us that celebrated the imagination and possibility of inclusive urban fantasy. We made our selection from more than 60 applicants and are proud to present eleven incredible stories that represent fantasy the way it should be: a place for everyone to create and be the heroes of their own tales.
UNDERCITIES will feature the following talented creators and their stories:
- Ilinca Barbacuta
- Magdalena Clark
- Morgan DeBroe
- Lara Eckener
- Zina Hutton
- Dante L.
- Xian Mao
- Laura J. Moody
- Jordan Nicol
- Roan O'Connor
- Pryce Scott
This campaign will fund a physical print-run of UNDERCITIES to produce a 300+ page anthology of queer stories. We intend to produce as many physical copies of UNDERCITIES as possible in order to share these stories, create community solidarity, and promote the voices of up-and-coming LGBTQ+ creators and creators of color as best we can.
We'd also like to give back as much as possible to the authors who dedicated months of time and effort to bringing these diverse stories to life. Backing this Kickstarter helps Dirty Birds Press the recognition and the payment they deserve.
When you back our Kickstarter, you're not only backing Dirty Birds Press in our mission to seek out and promote the voices, ideas, and stories of marginalizes authors and artists—you're supporting those authors and artists as well.
All of our extras are original designs by cloven!
- Increased payment for our contributors (flat rate of $50/story)
- Custom printed bookplate for all backers
- Upgrade to foil-printed softcover for all backers
- Increased payment for our contributors (flat rate of $100/story)
- Upgrade to foil-printed hardcover for all backers
- Increased payment for our contributors (flat rate of $150/story)
- Increased payment for our contributors (flat rate of $200/story)
- Increased payment for our contributors (flat rate of $250/story)
- Upgrade of printed extras to include a full bookmark set of three
Risks and challenges
We're done everything in our power to make sure this project goes smoothly. All of our contributors have completed their pieces and the book is ready to go to print; we just need your support to make that happen.
When it comes time to print we will be using PrintNinja—as it will ship from China to the United States, this will take 3–6 weeks—and from there we'll be partnering with Black Box for shipping fulfillment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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