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Rebuilding Tomorrow coming to Kickstarter

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Rebuilding Tomorrow coming to Kickstarter

Since we announced Rebuilding Tomorrow last year, the world has seen a lot have of changes. It took us a little while to work through how we want to deliver Rebuilding Tomorrow and we’re excited to be sharing that news with you first.

In August, we will be running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a portion of the production costs for Rebuilding Tomorrow. You will be able to back for the ebook, paperback and/or exclusive hardcover editions plus all sorts of other goodies. So mark your calendars (or keep an eye out for our next reminder email)! The Kickstarter campaign will be running form 1-31 August. And we really appreciate your ongoing support for this project and in helping us to make it happen.

In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe in these turbulent times.

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2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

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Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the 2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award. This award is for media that deserves recognition for work in disability advocacy in SFF literature.

The 2018 winner… is… what’s this? It seems we have two winners!

Congratulations to R.B. Lemberg for the blog post: “Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in the Early Vorkosiverse” published in Strange Horizons and to Ace Ratcliff for the blog post: “Staircases In Space: Why Are Places In Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?” published in iO9.

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Rebuilding Tomorrow Submission Guidelines

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Rebuilding Tomorrow Submission Guidelines

Rebuilding Tomorrow is a followup anthology to Defying Doomsday, which was an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters. Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists but, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse, we want stories set a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people who have moved past (or are in the process of moving past) subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse.

We already have some fantastic stories lined up, but we want more! If you have an apocalypse story featuring a character with a disability, we would love to read it.

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A new anthology and TPP at Worldcon, Dublin!

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A new anthology and TPP at Worldcon, Dublin!

It’s now been about three years since Defying Doomsday hit the shelves. Since then, the anthology won a Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work and was shortlisted for several other Australian awards, including the Aurealis and Norma K Hemming Awards. Now, Tsana and the team at Twelfth Planet Press are working on a follow-up anthology. Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists and will still have a somewhat post-apocalyptic theme. However, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse like Defying Doomsday did, we want the stories in Rebuilding Tomorrow to be set a significant time after the apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people moving past subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse. We are going to run a Kickstarter to fund Rebuilding Tomorrow in October 2019 and will launch the book mid-2020, in time for the 2020 Worldcon, CoNZealand (which will be held in Wellington in late July).   More details about that as they come in…   Meanwhile, Twelfth Planet Press is going to have a table in the Dealers Room at Worldcon in Dublin! Tsana and Miriam will be in attendance, so come see us for a Rebuilding Tomorrow ribbon, and a bookmark that will go great with either your copy of Defying Doomsday, or, in about a year, our next anthology! We’re at booth 98, and yes, Defying Doomsday will be one of the books for...

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Nominations open for the 2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

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The D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award is a special award for disability advocacy in SFF literature. This award is possible thanks to D Franklin, our wonderful Patron of Diversity who pledged the top pledge in our Pozible campaign, back in 2015. This allowed the funding of the award for three years, meaning that this will be the last year the award is given, although we hope the recognition helps those awarded in some small way.   The 2016 winner was Disability in Kidlit, a website and resource for discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. The 2017 winner was the Kickstarter campaign for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, a special issue of Uncanny Magazine. We now need your help to discover who will be the winner in the final year of this award.   Nominations are now open for the 2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award.   The Defying Doomsday Award jury comprises Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench. The award will grant one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works include non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature. Works must have been published in 2018. Please submit your nominations to Tsana, Holly and Alisa by filling in this form. Submissions will be open until 31st July 2019, and the winner/s will be announced in September 2019. Thank you all for your nominations, and a big thanks again to D Franklin for making this award...

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

Today we have exciting news. It’s time to announce the winner of the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award! The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award was judged by Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and was made possible by our wonderful Pozible Patron of Diversity, D Franklin. The award grants one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works included non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature, published in 2017. The 2017 winner is the Kickstarter campaign for ‘Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction’! Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction was a special issue of Uncanny Magazine featuring editors, writers (both solicited and unsolicited), and artists with representation from all across the sliding scale of disability. Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue. It is the campaign promoting the Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction that was nominated and chosen as the winner of The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award for 2017. Throughout the period of the campaign the team at Uncanny Magazine published essays as daily updates. We appreciate the fact that these were public essays, and hence not limited in access to backers. There was much insight to be gained from reading the personal thoughts of writers with disabilities on their own broad and varied experiences in, and encounters with, science fiction. We are very impressed by the work of the team at Uncanny Magazine and are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognise them with this award, with particular recognition going to guest Nonfiction Editor/DPDSF Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and guest DPDSF Personal Essay Editor Nicolette Barischoff. You can read the essays from the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction campaign on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lynnemthomas/disabled-people-destroy-science-fiction-uncanny-ma/updates Congratulations to Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Nicolette Barischoff as well as all those who wrote, organised and promoted the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter campaign!...

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The D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

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The D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

Today we are very excited to announce the winner of the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award! The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award was judged by Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and was made possible by our wonderful Pozible Patron of Diversity, D Franklin. The award grants one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works included non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature, published in 2016. The 2016 winner is Disability in Kidlit! We are so excited to be able to recognise the wonderful work done at Disability in Kidlit with the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award. Disability in Kidlit is an excellent website and resource for discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. From the Disability in Kidlit website: Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective. We believe that a thoughtful portrayal of disability requires more than memorizing a list of symptoms; we hope that sharing disabled people’s thoughts on stereotypes, pet peeves, particular portrayals, and their own day-to-day experiences will help our readers learn about the realities of disability, which are often different from what we see in popular media. We believe the team at Disability in Kidlit has provided (and continues to provide) an exceptional platform of own voices promoting, critiquing and discussing the presentation of disability in middle grade and young adult fiction, including science fiction and fantasy. For that reason, we are very pleased to name them as the winners of the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award for 2016. You can find out more about Disability in Kidlit at their website: http://disabilityinkidlit.com/ We also want to take this opportunity to give an honourable mention to Ada Hoffman for her “Autistic Book Party” review series. The Autistic Book Party reviews consider books from autistic perspectives (either about autistic characters or by autistic authors), including science fiction and fantasy books. In her Autistic Book Party series, Ada Hoffman discusses a range of books and reviews them with particular consideration of their portrayal of autism, from an own voice perspective. We are very pleased to be able to recognise Ada Hoffman’s work with an honourable mention to the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award for 2016. You can find out more about the Autistic Book Party series at Ada Hoffman’s website: http://www.ada-hoffmann.com/autistic-book-party/ Thank you so much to everyone who entered nominations for the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award and congratulations to Disability in Kidlit and Ada...

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Awards, Awards and Robots!

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Awards, Awards and Robots!

An exciting little news update! Recently, at the Continuum Convention in Melbourne, the Ditmar Awards were announced. The Ditmar Awards are awarded to Australian creators based on popular vote by the members of each year’s Australian National Convention (or NatCon). This year, Defying Doomsday won the Best Collected Work category (tying with Dreaming the Dark edited by Jack Dann). Whoo! We are very excited about this and we would like to thank all of our wonderful authors, for writing such great stories. Congratulations! We also want to thank our amazing backers for making Defying Doomsday possible! Furthermore, one of our stories “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts won in the Best Novelette or Novella category. Congratulations, Tansy! While we’re at it, we also want to put the word out that nominations are still open for the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award and we’d love to get more! You can find out more about the award and nominate eligible works via the form at: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/announcing-the-d-franklin-defying-doomsday-award/ Aaaaand! We’re not quite done yet. We want to give a shout out to Mother of Invention, the latest crowdfunded anthology coming out from Twelfth Planet Press. Mother of Invention will be edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael is in its last final moments of crowdfunding frenzy! This anthology will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics. You can back Mother of Invention on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twelfthplanetpress/mother-of-invention I think that’s everything! Congratulations to everyone who helped make Defying Doomsday possible; thank you to D Franklin and everyone nominating for the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award; AND good luck to Tansy and Rivqa! 🙂 – Holly and Tsana...

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Announcing the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

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We are very excited to announce the opening of nominations for The Defying Doomsday Award recognising work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. As well as publishing SFF fiction that supports positive storytelling for disabled characters, we want to encourage and support advocacy for greater diversity in SFF fiction. As such, the Defying Doomsday Award is a special award for disability advocacy in SFF literature. This award is possible thanks to D Franklin, our wonderful Patron of Diversity who pledged the top pledge in our Pozible campaign! The Defying Doomsday Award is an annual shortlist and prize. The award jury comprises Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench. The award will grant one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works include non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature. Works must have been published in 2016. We are now seeking nominations for the 2016 Defying Doomsday Award. Please submit your nominations to Tsana and Holly by filling in this form. Submissions will be open until 31st July 2017, and the winner/s will be announced in September 2017. Thank you all for your nominations, and a big thanks to D Franklin for making this award...

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Awards Shortlistings

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Awards Shortlistings

Exciting news! Defying Doomsday has been shortlisted for multiple Aurealis, Tin Duck and Ditmar awards! Aurealis Awards: We are excited to have shortlistings for: BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY – “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA – “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts BEST ANTHOLOGY – Defying Doomsday edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench Find more of the amazing works shortlisted for Aurealis Awards here. Tin Duck Awards: We are excited to have been nominated for: BEST WA SHORT WRITTEN WORK – “To Take into the Air my Quiet Breath” by Stephanie Gunn BEST WA PRODUCTION – Defying Doomsday edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench You can find out more about the Tin Duck Awards here. Ditmar Awards: We are excited to have shortlistings for: BEST NOVELLA OR NOVELETTE – “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts BEST COLLECTED WORK – Defying Doomsday edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench Find more of the amazing works shortlisted for the Ditmar Awards...

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