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Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Mila May
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Horror, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Menage/Poly, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Steampunk, Trans*, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 09/21/2016
A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.
Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.
Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.
Our Common Story
The theme for this year’s Queer Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Contest was flight. As themes go, it’s pretty broad—but then, trying to write a 300-word story is hard enough without adhering to a really strict topic. Flight could mean all sorts of things—winged flight, spaceflight, airplanes, metaphorical flight, accidental flight…the list is pretty much endless.
Our submissions this year included all of those ideas I mentioned above, and so many more. It was amazing to see what authors’ imaginations came up with. The permutations and tangents people created—while still sticking to the topic, the 300-word limit and the inclusion of an LGBTQIA element—were simply amazing. And let me be clear: writing a 300-word story that’s an actual story and not just a scene from a larger story is really, really hard.
But what I found fascinating were the themes that kept recurring through submissions. Angels, for example, were very popular. Angels represent one side of the ultimate good versus evil battle, which, of course, is a ripe source for conflict—and I know more than a few people have thought they must be blessed with a guardian angel looking out for them. It’s a favourite fantasy idea.
Another common theme was spaceflight—which wasn’t a surprise. That’s the ultimate in flight, isn’t it? Flying away into in the black, far from a planet’s surface. It’s freedom and awe, wrapped into one unbelievable package. It fires our imaginations in a way few things can. In this case, the sky—as far as it stretches—is the only limit.
And then there were the stories pivoting on the second meaning of flight—an act or instance of running away. Often poignant, these stories poked at the part of each of us that sometimes just wants to leave our lives behind and start new somewhere else. It might be a fleeting thought, but these stories allow us to imagine it…for the span of 300 words.
There were so many other amazing themes and stories, but these commonalities struck me as indicative of our shared human experience. In the end, we are all telling the same story. A human story.
About the Author
Jenn’s always been drawn to weird and wonderful stories, particularly those juxtaposed with our normal, boring world. Her love of the written word prompted her to get a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Ottawa, and she’s spent the years since working in corporate and web communications—and dreaming up weird and wonderful stories of her own. A self-confessed geek, Jenn loves spending time in the worlds of video games, surfing her favorite websites, reading all the romance novels she can get her hands on, and accumulating an impressive collection of nerdy t-shirts. She currently lives outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, and her writing helper, Alenko the husky.
Jenn is the author of HER SEXY SENTINEL, a paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing, and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station series from Carina Press.
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