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June 1, 2014

(Gender) Queered Space is an anthology of speculative fiction focused on characters who defy, transgress, toy with, subvert, or who reject or just plain don’t fit into the gender binary of cisgender (non-transgender) man or woman. Got a space opera starring a trans woman and her non-binary lover? A steampunk story with a genderfluid protagonist? A retelling of Snow White with a bigender Snow White? Show us! Characters can be any sexual orientation as long as their gender identity isn’t (at least primarily) cis male or cis female.


Although we are particularly interested in stories by transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and non-binary authors, and all other authors who don’t fit into the male-female gender binary, authors of any gender identity are welcome and encouraged to submit.


We are particularly interested in reading submissions about characters who are underrepresented in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres. These include but are not limited to: people of color (particularly those who live in countries other than the US), disabled/neuroatypical people, working-class people, non-Christian people, immigrants, and people who live outside the US.


Our interest in diversity also extends to authors. We are particularly interested in stories by writers of color, disabled/neuroatypical writers, working-class writers, non-US writers, non-Christian writers, immigrant writers, and writers whose primary language is not English but who have translated their stories into English.


Stories should be 2,000 – 10,000 words long and should be sent as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or Open Office attachments to steamthologies@gmail.com. If you work on a Mac and are not sure how to convert, let us know. Standard manuscript format preferred.


We are not interested in the following:



Stories that denigrate transgender and genderqueer/genderfluid identities. This should go without saying, of course.
Stories that denigrate any race, ethnicity, culture, sex, gender identity, sexuality, nationality, religion, class, or other group, or that appropriate or exotify any identity. Look up “cultural appropriation” for an idea of what we mean.
Stories where a protagonist saves a backward alien race—or even a human culture—that can’t possibly save itself. No Avatar remakes, please!
“Issue” stories that only serve to teach the main character how not to be transphobic/racist/homophobic/some other form of prejudiced.
Stories where the sole explanation for the antagonist’s behavior is that they are “crazy.” Seriously, do NOT do this.
Fanfiction (stories that use characters the author doesn’t hold a copyright to)
And, this should go without saying: stories that feature a transgender or non-binary person prominently but are really about a man—especially those where a woman is his prize for doing something well.

Submissions open May 26 and close September 26.


Please send submissions to editor JoSelle Vanderhooft at steamthologies@gmail.com with the following subject line:

Gender Queered Space: Submission: (Your Last Name): (Title of Your Story)


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Published on June 01, 2014 10:18 • 16 views

March 9, 2014

logoThe editors at Pink Narcissus Press are currently considering longer works (around 50,000 words and up) for future publication. In particular, we are interested in fiction novels that are well-written but may have been passed over by the larger publishing houses because they do not neatly fit into a specific genre or are just not “commercial” enough. If you have such a novel, then Pink Narc might be the home for your work. Although we will consider most types of speculative fiction, preference will be given to novellas and novels with strong elements of fantasy and/or sci-fi.


We will not consider unfinished manuscripts, unsolicited short story collections, or non-fiction. No simultaneous submissions.


Please submit the entire manuscript. A synopsis (of any length) or outline of the work is appreciated.


More detailed submission guidelines here.


Already familiar with our guidelines? Go to Submittable to submit.


Questions? Please write to us at pinknarcissuspress@gmail.com


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Published on March 09, 2014 08:45 • 38 views

November 3, 2013

ImageWarmth for winter, and fire for darkness. Though the earth feeds us, now it has awakened, with an quenchable hunger. – Nancy Hightower, Elementari Rising


From the back cover:


Winter is a predator, taking villages one at a time, leaving the people either half mad or dead.


For thousands of years, the Elementarí—spirits of the elements— have slept peacefully under the watchful eye of the Terakhein, a guardian tribe that protects them. But now that the Elementarí have started to awaken, the Terakhein are nowhere to be found.


In Gaelastad, where the trees never die, eighteen-year-old Jonathan is haunted by dreams of a little girl: the last of the Terakhein. Fleeing from enemies across treacherous lands, Jonathan must survive and find the girl. Fortunately, help comes in the form of Bryn, a terrible fire spirit, and Morgan, the most beautiful—and deadly—of water spirits. But are they strong enough to give him the time he needs to find the missing girl and stop the tide of destruction?


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Illustration for ELEMENTARI RISING by Galen Dara


*STARRED REVIEW* “Interesting characters and an unusual world of deathless trees and common folk who are more than they seem make this a winner for fans of epic fantasy. With elements that should appeal to readers who enjoy Terry Brooks’s ‘Shannara’ series and fans of weird fantasy.” - Library Journal 


“Nancy Hightower has created a vivid and compelling world where Nature is fighting back against humanity’s transgressions. Elementarí Rising is a story about sacrifice, friendship, and self-discovery; and I loved getting entangled in its magic.” - Valya Dudycz Lupescu, author of The Silence of Trees


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Illustration by Galen Dara


About the author:


Nancy Hightower is a speculative fiction author and poet. She has co-authored, along with Carrie Ann Baade, the Cute and Creepy exhibition catalogue, an art book of contemporary macabre and surrealist works.


She has a PhD in literature (creative writing) from the University of Denver, and previously taught the rhetorics of the fantastic, uncanny, and grotesque in art and literature at the University of Colorado.


Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, such as Word Riot, The New York Quarterly, storySouth, Strange Horizons, Bourbon Penn, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number Magazine, and Danse Macabre, among others. She now resides in New York City.


More information can be found about Nancy on her website.


Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Pink Narcissus Press and other places where books are sold.


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Published on November 03, 2013 06:59 • 33 views

September 22, 2013

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“From Mike Resnick’s tongue-in-cheek homage to H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau (‘The Enhancement’) to Allen M. Steele’s elegy to the ‘bygone’ era of space trains (‘Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No. 4′), the 13 stories in this imaginative collection are inspired by predicted sf futures that never came to pass. VERDICT This themed anthology will make a good addition to the collections of short story lovers and fans of classic sf.” - Library Journal


“This wholly satisfying collection delivers an entertaining, engrossing, even exhilarating reading experience.” - ForeWord Reviews


Thanks to everyone who supported our recent Kickstarter project, Impossible Futures is now an actual thing. And we finally paid our art director, Duncan, for the work he’s done for us over the past year, including the cool, retro cover for Impossible Futures.


Edited by Judith K. Dial and Thomas Easton, Impossible Futures includes stories by Rev DiCerto, Paul Di Filippo, Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, Duncan Eagleson, Jeff Hecht, Edward M. Lerner, Shariann Lewitt, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Mike Resnick, Sarah Smith & Justus Perry, Allen M. Steele, and Fran Wilde.


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Published on September 22, 2013 08:06 • 46 views

July 22, 2013

IF coverDo you like science fiction? Are you a fan of small presses? Then please consider backing our very first Kickstarter project, Impossible Futures, edited by Judith K. Dial & Tom Easton.


An astonishing amount of the science and technology in vintage science fiction has come to pass. But an awful lot has not. Where’s your anti-gravity car? Your food replicator? Your very own personal robot assistant?


But those old, never-happened ideas are still fun. For a fresh take on those old ideas, try Impossible Futures! 


We have a great mix of all original stories by new writers as well as by several Nebula and Hugo Award winning authors:



Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No.4  by Allen M. Steele
A Singular Love by Rev DiCerto
Private Shrines by Sarah Smith and Justus Perry
Searching for Oz by Jack McDevitt
Common Ground by Shariann Lewitt
City of Beauty, City of Scars by Paul Di Filippo
A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed by Fran Wilde
Tour de Force by Edward M. Lerner
The Chatter of the Beams by Jeff Hecht
According to the Rule by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
Against Powers, Against Principalities by Duncan Eagleson
The Enhancement by Mike Resnick
The Amazing Transparent Man by James Morrow

Sandman #38, illustrated by Duncan Eagleson

Sandman #38, illustrated by Duncan Eagleson


The fancy reward is that artist Duncan Eagleson (Sandman, The Witching Hour, Shade the Changing Man) will draw an original illustration of a story of your choice from the anthology.


For the past three years, the costs of running Pink Narcissus have come out of the publisher’s pocket. Since then, the publisher has had some financial difficulties due to a long stint of unemployment. All funds raised will be crucial in keeping the press running. We truly appreciate your support!


Take me to the Kickstarter now!



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Published on July 22, 2013 07:43 • 75 views

May 27, 2013

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“Shadows of the world made shadows of the heart much deeper.” – Ash Krafton, Blood Rush


Pink Narcissus presents Blood Rush, the much anticipated sequel to Ash Krafton’s  urban fantasy Bleeding Hearts.


From the back cover:


Sophie doesn’t believe in happily ever after. These days, she’d settle for alive after sunrise.


Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can’t shake, and a relationship with her ex’s family that redefines the term complicated. And then there’s her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation. Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy – one she never dreamed of facing – it will take everything she’s ever learned in order to survive.


“Blood Rush is an exciting tale of romance, mystery, and danger which will intrigue readers who find that the roses of romance are made sweeter and more compelling by the subtle tinge of blood.” – ForeWord Reviews


“If there is any book that you have to read this year, this book is it! Full of suspense, action, mystery, and the undercurrents of romance, the unique paranormal world that Ms. Krafton has created will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence!” – Place of Reads


Available wherever books are sold:



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BHts_01_ Haven’t read Book One of the Demimonde? For the month of May, the e-book version of Bleeding Hearts is on sale for $2.99. Download a copy for the Kindle or the Nook.


Praise for Bleeding Hearts:


Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde will appeal most to readers who have outgrown Twilight but think the Anita Blake books are too salacious.” - Publishers Weekly


“Don’t think this is just another Vampire story, it’s so much more than that. It’s a completely different twist on the Vampire world. Full of emotion, very well written and the story has a wonderful flow. It was great to read a story that was unlike any other Vampire story I’ve read, so refreshing!” - All the Fun Starts After Dark



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Published on May 27, 2013 06:03 • 54 views

April 4, 2013

Daughters of Icarus cover“This is what desire feels like: black adrenaline slicked through a straw of molasses, corkscrews spinning into each inch of skin. It takes a lot and you still only get a little, but it’s because what you wanted was to want more. No one craves satisfaction, that’s far too scary to actually experience. Because when you get it, what’s left? Nothing was fun until it ran through the full road of excess; nothing was fun until it wasn’t fun anymore.” - Elizabeth Aldrich, “Saturnina”


Pink Narcissus Press presents Daughters of Icarus, a collection of new feminist science fiction and fantasy.


“Strong pieces offer memorable takes on the notion of feminism in speculative fiction.” – Library Journal



“This collection of 28 short stories [...] explores many areas of speculative fiction, from fantasy lands of ritual and magic to postapocalyptic wastelands to modern cityscapes. Throughout, the authors explore themes of gender, identity, and autonomy, with characters as diverse as miniature clones, stripper vampires, aggressive mermaids, and mystical crones. Many of the stories focus on gender roles and the pull of relationships, whether parental, familial, or romantic, among all kinds of people.” – ForeWord Reviews


Available in trade paperback wherever books are sold:



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Edited by Josie Brown. Cover photo by Jordan Tao Mambert. Design by Rose Mambert.


ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-1-939056-00-9


Includes stories by Marissa James, Douglas J. Ogurek, Cynthia Reeser, John McCormack, A.A. Balaskovits, Tina Starr, Janett L. Grady, Donna Scott, E. Catherine Tobler, Thoraiya Dyer, Laura Givens & Nicole Spencer, Zachary Jernigan, A.J. Fitzwater, David North-Martino, Margaret Karmazin, Eric Bosse, Heather Fowler, Caren Gussoff, Erica Lianne Inglett, Anna Sykora, Elizabeth Aldrich, R.P. Steeves, Jason Andrew, Joanna Fay, Therese Arkenberg, Jennifer Linnaea, Summer Hanford, and Ao-Hui Lin.




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Published on April 04, 2013 14:12 • 98 views

February 1, 2013

IAD coverPink Narcissus Press is proud to announce our first publication of 2013, At Times I Almost Dream: Stories by Amy E. Yergen.


“Yergen’s debut collection of 10 stories dives into the core of feminine strength, focusing on women in myth and legend while eschewing archetypal tropes.” -Publishers Weekly


“Combining fantasy and reality in fiction is no easy task. Amy E. Yergen’s At Times I Almost Dream serves up a world of almost child-like fantasy mixed with heavy adult situations. A collection of short stories, each narrative punctuates the tough topics of love, loss, and lust while moving in between thresholds of the Earth and mind. It’s an odd offering that isn’t always easy to fully comprehend but has a consistently fresh delivery, encouraging the reader to turn the page each time.” -  ForeWord Reviews


ISBN (Trade paperback): 978-0-9829913-5-0


Now available for Pre-Order from our website.



Enter to win a copy on Goodreads! (For residents of the US and Canada only)



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At Times I Almost Dream by Amy E.  Yergen

At Times I Almost Dream
by Amy E. Yergen

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at Goodreads.





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Published on February 01, 2013 08:26 • 44 views

IAD coverPink Narcissus Press is proud to announce our first publication of 2013, At Times I Almost Dream: Stories by Amy E. Yergen.


“Yergen’s debut collection of 10 stories dives into the core of feminine strength, focusing on women in myth and legend while eschewing archetypal tropes.” -Publishers Weekly


“Combining fantasy and reality in fiction is no easy task. Amy E. Yergen’s At Times I Almost Dream serves up a world of almost child-like fantasy mixed with heavy adult situations. A collection of short stories, each narrative punctuates the tough topics of love, loss, and lust while moving in between thresholds of the Earth and mind. It’s an odd offering that isn’t always easy to fully comprehend but has a consistently fresh delivery, encouraging the reader to turn the page each time.” -  ForeWord Reviews


ISBN (Trade paperback): 978-0-9829913-5-0


Now available for Pre-Order from our website.



Enter to win a copy on Goodreads! (For residents of the US and Canada only)



Goodreads Book Giveaway
At Times I Almost Dream by Amy E.  Yergen

At Times I Almost Dream
by Amy E. Yergen

Giveaway ends February 26, 2013.


See the giveaway details

at Goodreads.





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Published on February 01, 2013 08:26 • 51 views

November 6, 2012

Pink Narcissus Press is proud to present our second volume of Queer Fish, an anthology of gay speculative fiction, only this time the tales are bigger, sexier and darker.


From the back cover:

Love takes a darker turn in our second volume of gay fiction. From revolutionary France to the Souk of Dreams in Dubai, in a fairy tale tower or on a distant planet, these protagonists – or their lovers – will employ any means to get what they want.


Including stories by Jason Andrew, Therese Arkenberg, Brian Bobowski, Keyan Bowes, Gregory A. Carter, John Dimes, Patricia J. Esposito, Willow Fagan, Eduardo Febles, Jeannelle M. Ferreira, Dan Hart, Zachary Jernigan, J. Lannan, Rose Mambert, Michael Penkas, Warren Rochelle, Nathan Sims, J. Daniel Stone, Michael C. Thompson, and Nghi Vo.



Available in trade paperback:



Amazon
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Also available in e-book format:



Kindle
Nook

Once again, the book was edited by Margarita Bezdomnya & Rose Mambert, and the cover illustration was provided by the talented PL Nunn.


ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-0-9829913-9-8



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Published on November 06, 2012 05:04 • 68 views