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Sneak Peak at Clarity’s Flash Fiction Goodness

Sneak Peak at Clarity’s Flash Fiction Goodness

 

This year marks our ninth annual flash fiction contest at QueerSciFi.com and our eight annual anthology, Clarity.

 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of the more intriguing story intros to give you a taste of what you’re in for when you read this book!

 

So enjoy:

 

Every day, Jase leaves the public pool building as I arrive. His auburn curls are still damp. We smile, say hi. That’s it. I get there earlier, hoping at least to catch a glimpse while he’s changing in the locker room, but no good. We pass, I swim, and spend the rest of the daydreaming about him, cursing my shyness. Six weeks later, he makes the first move. —Refraction, Gordon Bonnet

 

My reflection in the window was despised. A desiccated husk trapped in a wheelchair. My blue eyes bright and sharp. My mind crystal clear. The Orange Dust Disease is killing me. Slowly. —Nicole Dennis

 

Not sky blue. Not cornflower blue. Not robin’s egg blue. Not cerulean, sapphire, or topaz.  “Ice,” he thinks. He can’t tear his gaze away, frozen in the blue pools staring back at him. —Blue, by Kayleigh Sky

 

Your teeth close around my throat. We’ve wrestled a hundred times, play-fighting until you slip and go wolf. But as your wolf-eyes meet mine, there’s something new in their depths. Power? Cruelty? A lust for blood that’s slipped fragile chains? For the first time ever, I’m afraid of you. Or of your wolf, who I’d always thought was you. —Beneath the Surface, by Kaje Harper

 

Leaning heavily on eir cane, Jopie waited for the bout of vertigo to pass as Mos jumped to the roof of a nearby house. While a welcome change from staring at everyone’s shins, these sudden shifts in viewpoint never failed to turn eir stomach. —No Crime Unseen, by Blaine D. Arden

 

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Intrigued? Grab a copy of the book and settle in for 120 fascinating queer spec fic tales that just might bring you a little “clarity.”

Clarity Anthology
Queer Sci Fi’s newest LGBTQ+ speculative fiction anthology is here: Clarity. And there’s a giveaway.

Clarity (noun)

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:

1) Coherent and intelligible

2) Transparent or pure

3) Attaining certainty about something

4) Easy to see or hear

Clarity features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

About the Series:

Every year, Queer Sci Fi runs a one-word theme contest for 300 word flash fiction stories, and then we choose 120 of the best for our annual anthology.

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Excerpt

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It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words, so it’s only fair that I limit this foreword to exactly 300 words, too. This year, 312 writers took the challenge, with stories across the queer spectrum. The contest rules are simple. Submit a complete, well-written Ink-themed 300 word sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror story with LGBTQ+ characters.

For our ninth year and eighth anthology, we chose the theme “Clarity.” The interpretations run from an “Aha!” moment to the bubbling laughter of water to a private, life-changing realization. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications that will make your head spin.

I’m proud that this collection includes many colors of the LGBTQ+ (or QUILTBAG, if you prefer) universe—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual characters populate these pages—our most diverse contest yet. There’s a bit of romance, too—and a number of stories solidly on the “mainstream” side. Flash fiction is short, fun, and easy to read. You may not fall in love with every story—in fact, you probably won’t. But if you don’t like one, just move on to the next, and you’re sure to find some bite-sized morsels of flash fiction goodness. There are so many good stories in here—choose your own favorites.

We chose three winning stories, fiver judges’ choice picks, and one director’s pick, all marked in the text. Thanks to our judges—Angel Martinez, B.A. Brock, Ava Kelly, Lexi Ander, and J.M. Dabney—for selflessly giving their time, love, and energy to this project. And to Ryane Chatman too, for editing.

At Queer Sci Fi, we’re building a community of writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. Join us and submit a story of your own next time!


The Authors

  • A Acosta – Stuck in the Space Elevator
  • A. B. Encarnacion – Arene, 27F Invisible
  • A.H. Lykke – Fresh
  • A.J. Clarke – Shinigami
  • Abbie Bernstein – Kids Know
  • Alden Loveshade – Clouds
  • Alex Blanc – Death by Siren
  • Alex Liddell – Telegram From the Netherland
  • Alex Silver – Smile
  • Alison J. McKenzie – Happy to Help
  • Allan Dyen-Shapiro – Oysters and Other Slimy Creatures
  • Alma Nilsson – Meet Me at the South Gate
  • Amanda Meuwissen – Willows
  • Andrea Stanet – Bathtub Gin
  • Anne Smith – A Glimpse
  • Anton Kukal – Detonation
  • Antonia Aquilante – Through the Glass
  • Avery Vanderlyle – Taking the Plunge
  • Barbara Krasnoff – Age Cannot Wither Her
  • Beáta Fülöp – The Unicorn Handler
  • Belinda McBride – The Choice
  • Blaine D. Arden – No Crime Unseen
  • C.T. Phipps – The Chase Was Enough
  • Camryn Burke – Burden of the Blurred
  • Caro Soles – The Truth Sayer
  • Catherine Yeates – Outpouring
  • Chloe Schaefer – Matthias
  • Crysta Coburn – The Ghost Maid
  • D.M. Rasch – Crystal Clear
  • Daria Richter – Make Me Real
  • Darrell Z. Grizzle – The Vampire and the Werewolf Priest
  • David Viner – The Best Solution
  • Derwin Mak – Software Update
  • Devon Widmer – Post-Apocalyptic Goo
  • Drew Baker – The Only Question I Could Ask
  • E. W. Murks – Earth Day
  • Elizabeth Hawxhurst – Inflection Point
  • Emmy Eui – Sunset
  • Gina Storm Grant – Clearing the Heir
  • Ginger Streusel – Lovers’ Letters
  • Gordon Bonnet – Refraction
  • Isa Reneman – The Furthest Horizon
  • Isabel McKeough – The Art of Not Blowing Up
  • Isobel Granby – Sea-Glass
  • Izzy Tyack – Magically Induced Clarity
  • J Sigel – Hindsight
  • J.S. Gariety – Bloom
  • Jaime Munn – Impulse
  • James Dunham – Brain of Theseus
  • Jamie Lackey – The Cursed Princess
  • Jamie Sands – Remote Working Gothic
  • Jana Denardo – Unexpected
  • Jane Suen – Bowls of Steaming Noodles
  • Jason Sárközi-Forfinski – ACAB
  • Jaymie Wagner – Harmony
  • Jendayi Brooks-Flemister – Heartsbeats
  • Jennifer Haskin – Cold Conviction
  • Jess Nevins – Stagecoach Mary Versus the Ghost of Cascade
  • Joe DeRouen – The World Around Her
  • Jordan Ulibarri – Franklin
  • Josie Kirkwood – The Blue Capsule Experience
  • Julie Bozza – Verity
  • K.L. Noone – The Unicorn’s Knight
  • K.S. Murphy – Looped
  • Kaje Harper – Beneath the Surface
  • Kayleigh Skye – Blue
  • Kim Fielding – Shared Language
  • Kiya Nicoll – The Satyr and the Wishing Pond
  • Kora Knight – Sunrise
  • Kris Jacen – Visus
  • Krystle Matar – My Poppy Fields Are Burning
  • Lloyd A. Meeker – Ruti’s Prayer
  • Lori Alden Holuta – Magic Mirror
  • M. X. Kelly – Muddy the Waters
  • Marie Victoria Robertson – As Foretold
  • Mary Kuna – Late Bloomer
  • Megan Baffoe – Ribbon Thread
  • Megan Diedericks – The Closet is Made of Mahogany
  • Megan Hippler – The Gift
  • Mere Rain – With Clear Eyes
  • Minerva Cerridwen – Secundum Artem
  • Monique Cuillerier – Through This Window
  • Nathan Alling Long – The Shadow of Doubt
  • Nathaniel Taff – The Gauntlet
  • Nicole Dennis – Orange Dust
  • Oskar Leonard – Murcorpio
  • Patricia Loofbourrow – There’s Something Weird About Joe
  • Phoebe Ching – The Killer Cupid
  • R.L. Merrill – The Sitter
  • Rainie Zenith – Crystal Clear
  • Raven Oak – Wrinkled
  • Rdp – Alice!
  • RE Andeen – Male Female Nonbinary Other
  • RE Carr – A Woman’s Reward
  • Rie Sheridan Rose – The Night Witch
  • Rin Sparrow – Never Alone
  • RL Mosswood – A Trick of the Nerves
  • RoAnna Sylver – The Face in the Mirror
  • Rob Bliss – PSI Ecstasy
  • Rory Ni Coileain – One Night in Troy
  • Sacchi Green – The Star Beast
  • Sage HN – Impact
  • Scott Jenson – Cycles
  • Sheryl Hayes – A Smoking Hot Proposal
  • Shirley Meier – Upon Reflection
  • SI CLARKE – If the Shoe Fits
  • Siri Paulson – Blood and Water
  • Stacy Noe – Demons Need Love Too
  • Stephen B. Pearl – Sad Reality
  • Stephen Dedman – Through a Glass Clearly
  • Steve Fuson – Translucent
  • Steve Rasnic Tem – The Man in the Mirror
  • T.J. Reed – New Memories
  • Terry Poole – A Grey Man
  • Tori Thompson – A Visage of Home
  • V. Astor Solomon – Blood Will Show Us Who We Are
  • W. Dale Jordan – Ascension
  • Warren Rochelle – Ghosts
  • William R. Eakin – Overcoming Entropy
  • Yoyoli – If Deliberate Avoidance Fulfills No Dream

About QSF:

Queer Sci Fi is the brainchild of J. Scott Coatsworth, a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror fiction. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

We started the site in January of 2014, with the intent to create a community for writers and readers of LGBT-themed speculative fiction. We post regular discussion topics, news, book announcements and reviews. We have an AWESOME Facebook discussion group, and a great admin team – Angel Martinez, Ben Brock, Ryane Chatman, and J. Scott Coatsworth.

Once a year, we put out a call for flash fiction submissions based on a single word theme, and get anywhere between two hundred and four hundred entries. Clarity is our eight annual anthology.

QSF Website: https://www.queerscifi.com

QSF Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/groups/210192115794407

QSF Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/queerscifi/

QSF Twitter: https://twitter.com/queerscifi/

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