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A big, lavishly illustrated new anthology of short stories, poems, and essays with elements of the improbable and the uncanny.
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NOTE: Our Kindle and EPUB stretch goal has been reached! If your reward includes a PDF version of Unstuck #3, you will have the option of receiving any of the other e-reader editions as well. (If you prefer to receive the journal in all of the electronic formats, that's fine. Same goes with volumes #1 and #2.)

Once, not so long ago but before our time, all people were the same person. That’s not to say that they weren't immersed in their own lives; they were, of course, as people always have been—millions of fish in their millions of bowls. It’s just that they were equally immersed in everyone else’s.

-- from "The Invention of Separate People," by Kevin Brockmeier (one of more than twenty new short stories to be included in the next edition of Unstuck)

UNSTUCK #3

Unstuck is an annually published anthology series. We emphasize stories, poems, and essays with elements of the fantastic, the futuristic, the surreal, and the strange. Over the past two years, we've featured new work from writers like Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jedediah Berry, Arthur Bradford, Matthew Cheney, Brian Conn, Caitlin Horrocks, J. Robert Lennon, Jonathan Lethem, Elizabeth McCracken, Ed Park, Mary Ruefle, Donald Revell, Tomaz Salamun, Rachel Swirsky, Daniel Wallace, and Dean Young. We've been praised in The New York Times, Tor.com and Poets and Writers, and reprinted in Harper's and Electric Literature's Recommended Reading.

Our upcoming third edition is going to be our best yet, with contributions from Matt Bell, Kevin Brockmeier, Edward Carey, Matthew Derby, Rikki Ducornet, Amelia Gray, Etgar Keret, Paul Lisicky, Michael Martone, Joe Meno, Rick Moody, Patrick Somerville, Kellie Wells, and many others. Like the first two volumes, #3 will feature dozens of original line drawings by Matthew Domiteaux.

The stories in the book will include robots, ghosts, cowboys, sentient lakes, miracle elixirs, matadors, mermaids, and circus magic. Want to know more? Every day during this Kickstarter drive, we'll add a new excerpt from Unstuck #3 to our blog.

SHORT STORY CONTEST

Through the 30 days of this Kickstarter campaign, we'll be holding our second flash fiction open. Entry to this contest is free for our Twitter followers. We'll accept any fiction submission of fewer than 1000 words. Our final judge is Amelia Gray, author of THREATS, Museum of the Weird, and AM/PM. Winning stories will be published in Unstuck #3. More details are available here.

A ONE-OF-A-KIND COLLECTIBLE

For our top reward this year, we've come up with something really unusual. We're creating a mini-anthology called The Unstuck Guide to Food and Drink. This book will include a few of the best and weirdest food-related stories and poems we've published in our first three volumes. It will also feature some new drawings by Matthew Domiteaux (who, by the way, used to be a chef). We're going to print and bind, at most, ten copies of this collectible book. Every one of them will be numbered and unique, made by hand by Associate Editor Janalyn Guo.

You can see some of Janalyn's beautiful books in the photos below, and in the video above. The backer reward books will vary as dramatically as the books in these pictures: different bindings, different colors and patterns, different page sizes, etc. The only thing that all ten books will have in common is the content.

STRETCH GOAL

We currently plan to publish Unstuck #3 in a perfect-bound print edition and as an e-book in the PDF format. If we reach our stretch goal of $10,000, we'll hire a professional e-book designer to convert Unstuck #3 to the Kindle and EPUB formats. (If your backer reward includes a PDF edition, you'll have the option of switching to one of these other formats.) Any funds we raise beyond that point will be used to expand our print run (and our distribution, through Ingram, to North American bookstores), and perhaps to give some sort of payment to a few of the people, like our illustrator, who have donated their work for the past few years.

ABOUT UNSTUCK BOOKS

We're an independent, volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so certain donations may be tax-deductible. Our books are edited by working writers and artists, and funded by people like you. We're grateful for your interest in what we do, and we look forward to telling you some unforgettable stories.

Risks and challenges

Most of the people working on Unstuck have years of editorial experience (here at Unstuck and at journals like The Iowa Review, Creative Nonfiction, and American Short Fiction). Publishing in print (rather than on the web) certainly adds a lot of expense, and requires careful coordination with more outside parties, like printers, mailing houses, and distributors. Nevertheless, we love being a part of print culture, and enjoy the work that it involves.

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    RICK MOODY SWAG FIEND: The $40 rewards, plus: autographed copies of Rick Moody's books The Ice Storm and The Four Fingers of Death; a copy of Donald Barthelme's A Manual for Sons (with an afterword by Moody); and copies of the CDs The Darkness is Good (by Rick Moody) and Spirit Duplicator (by the Wingdale Community Singers, feat. Rick Moody).

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    THE UNSTUCK GUIDE TO FOOD AND DRINK: The $99 rewards, plus one of ten unique, numbered, handmade copies of The Unstuck Guide to Food and Drink. [Note that we will only make as many of these books as are ordered, so you could conceivably end up with the only one on earth. But hopefully you will end up with one of ten.]

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