Flaming Ace and Aros Anthology aims to be a YA collection for the ages…and all the aces and aros. We are seeking #ownvoices asexual and aromantic-spectrum short stories and poems in every genre that capture the multifaceted experiences of being aro, ace, demi and grey-aro & -ace. It is our hope to recognize and celebrate as many identities on the ace and aro spectrums as possible.
Funds for this project will be crowdfunded on Kickstarter, but this is a paid project for everyone involved. We plan to pay $0.06 per word for prose, and a flat $50 for each poem. All remaining proceeds will go to The Trevor Project with the intention of expanding aromantic and asexual spectrum awareness, visibility, and education.
What We Want:
- Short stories 1,000-7,500 words in length – genre fiction, contemporary, fantasy all accepted
- Poetry can be up to a page, up to 3 poems per contributor
- #ownvoices ace/aro young adult fiction and nonfiction
- Explicit representation within the story, poem and/or title
- Keep it hopeful but honest
- The more intersectional the better – we welcome people of all races, ages and genders to submit, as long as you are on the ace or aro spectrum
What We Don’t Want:
- Explicit sexual content or gratuitous violence – make sure your stories are reader friendly for sex repulsed, and younger readers!
- Any anti-LGBTQPIA+ content/sentiments unless addressed on page
- Any potentially racist or problematic content. We will be hiring sensitivity readers later in the process.
- Previously published work. Your story should be new!
You can submit multiple stories, but because we want to have as many people take part in this project as possible, we will only chose one of your stories to feature.
We are accepting submissions, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, by June 15, 2017. UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to August 1, 2017.
Please send us your poetry or short story as an attachment (.doc or .docx are best), the genre, and whether it is fiction or non-fiction.
Please remember that these must be own voices narratives, and that you must be able to sign a contract, either on your own legally or with parental signature as well. Ownvoices narratives are those where the author and the main character share a marginalization. For more information about being ownvoices, please check out the term’s originator Corrine Duyvis!
We look forward to reading your submission ideas and bringing you on this fun journey with us.
-Ceillie, Brianna, and T.S.