Ever wondered how to explain being nonbinary, or how to show just how diverse our community really is? Look no further...
'X Marks The Spot' is an anthology which explores life beyond the gender binary. Anyone who didn't identify as 100% male or 100% female, all of the time was free to submit.
As a nonbinary writer and YouTuber, I desperately wanted to show the wide range of gender experiences our community has. But I knew I couldn't hope to do that alone. So I set about creating 'X Marks The Spot' - collecting personal essays, poems and art from nonbinary creators all around the world.
In many ways reading this anthology may be eye-opening for cis people who wish to learn more about our community or who consider themselves allies. It is a chance for the cis friends and family of nonbinary people to learn more about their friends, siblings, partners. It is a space for cis parents to learn how to support their child. More than that though, this project is a space for nonbinary people to have a voice. My biggest aim in it's creation was to ensure that no one was forced to leave a part of themselves behind in order to make someone else more comfortable.
And that of course extends far beyond just gender. The essays submitted to this anthology have been written by people of colour, by disabled people, by mentally ill people, by sex workers and more. In order to show our community, we have to show just how diverse we really are. The anthology covers many aspects of our lives including personal identity, sex and relationships, current issues facing our community, and intersections like race and disability - right from the people who have experienced it themselves.
However, none of this can happen without your help! As a Creative Writing student, I cannot afford to fund this alone or to pay all the wonderful contributors what they deserve - hence this Kickstarter. Your money will go towards paying each of the contributors - every writer, poet and artist involved in the project. It will pay for the cover design, for marketing and merchandise needs such as creating the goodies for the promotion packs, and for miscellaneous costs such as licensing fees involved in printing. And of course, it will also pay for the rewards for all you lovely people!
This chart shows how a proposed breakdown of the money will be divided across all those needs. Editing has not been factored in as a cost, as I will be handling this aspect of the project myself.
The more we raise the more contributions I will be able to include and the stronger the anthology will be.
Even small pledges mean a lot - that's why we'll thank every backer by name in the acknowledgements. Pledge just £1 to be included.
For £5 you can earn yourself the ebook/PDF version of the book, giving you full access to all the writing, art and poetry even on the go. Raise that to £10 and you'll get the signed version.
At £25 you can get a physical copy of the finished book! For £30 get both the paperback and ebook or at £50 get signed versions of both and a limited edition project badge.
If you feel like giving us a huge boost, you can get one of our promotion packs at £100 (one t-shirt, hoodie, signed copy, project badge, ebook copy) or £150 (two t-shirt designs, hoodie, two signed copy, project badge, ebook copy and some other small goodies)! These include signed versions of the book, the limited edition badges and all sorts of other goodies including these t-shirts and hoodies:
And of course, with all pledges you get the satisfaction of knowing you're helping to carve a space for nonbinary people in the world! I couldn't make this happen without you and I cannot oversell how important this is both for giving nonbinary people a platform for our voices and a mirror to see ourselves, but also for educating cis and binary people about us on our own terms.
Submissions for the essays closed on Feb 1st. Moving forward, I will be finalising who is accepted from that, and then opening the poetry and art submissions in March. Next step, will be finding a cover designer and while they work, putting the book together - sorting out the order and all the little details. Rewards will be shipped out by June at the latest, meaning if you pledge you'll be among the first to see the book in all it's glory.
So if any of that sounds appealing to you, then pledge!
Risks and challenges
The largest challenge we'll face is getting the word out there! Trans and nonbinary people are so marginalised within society, that managing to spread the word to those who need and want this will be difficult. However, I hope to be able to overcome this through networking with prominent figures in the trans community and our allies. During the initial round of submissions, many expressed interest so with this budding community I am hoping we can spread this far and wide.
Budgeting may pose a risk however, I have chosen to aim for £6000 overall despite calculating a need for only £5000 in order to ensure that any unseen costs or unexpected expenses won't prevent the project from going ahead as planned.
The project is all or nothing so you won't be charged unless we hit that full goal amount which means there's no risk of you paying for a product that can't be completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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