Flash News: GlitterShip, an LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy Podcast Zine
We’d like to take a break from our regularly scheduled content to give a shout-out to a new audio magazine that’s currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
In the words of editor Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Glittership is:
a short science fiction and fantasy podcast that will feature stories about LGBTQ characters or explore LGBTQ issues. I want GlitterShip to be the kind of podcast that features a diverse range of authors and types of short fiction, where anyone who identifies as LGBTQ or queer feels like they could be represented.
Episodes are slated to appear twice a month, and will be around 30-45 minutes each.
Backer rewards for the Kickstarter include:
• An e-book of the first year’s stories (the text versions, obviously)
• Story critiques from the editor (who is a sci-fi/fantasy author as well as editor)
• Sparkly knitted items (fingerless gloves, scarves, and blankets)
At the moment, the Kickstarter has just reached its second stretch goal ($3600), which will double the number of releases per month. So if this sounds like the sort of thing you’d enjoy listening to and/or wearing, head on over and pledge some funds to Glittership.
And writers! Take heed: submissions are open to reprint stories of between 100 and 6000 words. Pay is 1 (US) cent per word, with a minimum payment of $10, and you can submit up to 3 stories at a time. You don’t have to identify as LGBTQ to submit.
If you’ve got some flash fiction (or longer stories) which feature LGBTQ characters, take a gander at the Glittership guidelines.
It’s particularly worth pointing out that—unlike some other magazine Kickstarters which muddle the distinction between possible contributors of content and possible contributors of funding—Glittership’s Kickstarter makes it explicit that pledging funds is different than sending in a story. Nice!
If you like or write flash fiction, we hope that you’ll consider contributing to this new audio zine, either by submitting your LGBTQ-flavoured reprints or pledging funds to the Glittership Kickstarter.