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Announcing our table of contents!

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After much submission wrangling and shuffling, we are finally ready to announce the table of contents for Defying Doomsday! (One quick disclaimer: it’s possible that the exact order of stories might change a little bit between now and publication time, but we’re pretty sure it will look something like this.) So without further ado, the table of contents for Defying Doomsday!   Table of Contents And the Rest of Us Wait by Corinne Duyvis To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath by Stephanie Gunn Something in the Rain by Seanan McGuire Did We Break the End of the World? by Tansy Rayner Roberts In the Sky with Diamonds by Elinor Caiman Sands Two Somebodies Go Hunting by Rivqa Rafael Given Sufficient Desperation by Bogi Takács Selected Afterimages of the Fading by John Chu Five Thousand Squares by Maree Kimberley Portobello Blind by Octavia Cade Tea Party by Lauren E Mitchell Giant by Thoraiya Dyer Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel by Samantha Rich No Shit by K Evangelista I Will Remember You by Janet...

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Defying Doomsday Update!

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Defying Doomsday Update!

We have now read and responded to all Defying Doomsday submissions! As soon as we make a few final touches, we’ll be ready to announce our table of contents. Overall, we received 177 stories for our theme: Apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled and chronically-ill characters. Of those stories, the vast majority were by US authors (just over 50%), with Australian authors coming in second at 21%. The gender distribution of submissions was 51.4% men, 46.3% women and 2.3% both/other/not-binary/unknown. Finally, our stats for those authors who followed the guidelines… 67.2% of the authors who submitted to Defying Doomsday followed the stated guidelines, 32.8% did not! So there are some pie charts for your delectation. If you submitted to Defying Doomsday and have yet to hear anything back about your story, please query by sending us an email at defyingdoomsday@twelfthplanetpress.com We’ll be announcing the table of contents soon!...

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Success!

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Success!

We are very excited to announce that the Defying Doomsday campaign has successfully finished. 271 amazing supporters raised $13,760 to make an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled and chronically-ill characters. The anthology will be released in mid 2016 by Twelfth Planet Press. We already have some authors lined up, including John Chu, Corinne Duyvis, Janet Edwards, and Seanan McGuire. But, thanks to our wonderful supporters, we now have the funds for more stories to complete the anthology. Hurray! That means we are now open to submissions. We’re looking for apocalypse stories with protagonists with disability and chronic illness (etc). Stories must be between 3000 and 7000 words and emailed to us at defyingdoomsday@twelfthplanetpress.com by July 1 2015. You can find our full submission guidelines here: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/submissions/ We will continue to share updates as the project progresses. We can’t wait to read everyone’s stories and to share the final anthology with you all! Thank you again to our supporters! We couldn’t do this without...

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John Chu on the importance of diverse narratives

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John Chu on the importance of diverse narratives

John Chu recently wrote a great blog post about why the stories that will be told in Defying Doomsday are important. Here is a snippet: “Normally, this is where I write about why we need this anthology. I’m not a big fan, though, of the idea of some anthology themes need to be justified while others we simply accept. I mean… I can point out that we are used to reading disabled characters where their disability is their sole defining feature. In apocalyptic fiction, we are used to them being obstacles that are eliminated to show how awful the apocalypse is. Rarely, do we get stories where the disability is a defining feature rather than the defining feature. Rarely, do we get their stories rather than having them support someone else’s story. I can make this argument that a single repeated narrative is not only boring but harmful.” He goes into a lot more depth (Star Trek and Doctor Who also feature) and you can read the full blog post...

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Introducing an Introduction by Robert Hoge

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Introducing an Introduction by Robert Hoge

We are very excited to announce that Robert Hoge will be writing the introduction to Defying Doomsday! About Robert Hoge: Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, and is interested in disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000. His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. It’s also about bad haircuts and reading and awful teen love poems and underarm bowling as a metaphor for… well, you’ll just have to read the book. He is married and lives in Brisbane. He has an eleven-year-old daughter who thinks his Olympic torch would make a really great cricket bat. You can find out more about Robert Hoge on his website, and connect with him on Twitter. In order for you to read Robert’s introduction, as well as all the stories in Defying Doomsday, we need to reach our funding goal. Help us out at: www.pozible.com/project/188146  ...

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Author Spotlight: Corinne Duyvis

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Author Spotlight: Corinne Duyvis

We have already acquired some fantastic stories for Defying Doomsday and today we’re shining the spotlight on author Corinne Duyvis! About Corinne Duyvis: A lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne Duyvis spends her days writing speculative young adult and middle grade novels. She enjoys brutal martial arts and gets her geek on whenever possible. Otherbound, her YA fantasy debut, released from Amulet Books/ABRAMS in the summer of 2014. She is a co-founder of Disability in Kidlit and team member of We Need Diverse Books. You can find out more about Corinne Duyvis on her website, and connect with her on Twitter. Corinne Duyvis’ story “And the Rest of Us Wait” is about surviving a comet impact and rocking out the apocalypse in an all girl band. You will be able to read “And the Rest of Us Wait” in Defying Doomsday. Help us fund at: www.pozible.com/project/188146...

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Author Spotlight: Janet Edwards

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Author Spotlight: Janet Edwards

We have already acquired some fantastic stories for Defying Doomsday and today we’re shining the spotlight on author Janet Edwards! About Janet Edwards: Janet Edwards lives in England. As a child, she read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She studied Maths at Oxford, and went on to suffer years of writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework. Janet is the author of the Earth Girl trilogy. You can find out more about Janet Edwards on her website, and connect with her on Twitter. Janet Edward’s story “I Will Remember You” is about an alien invasion and a girl who doesn’t die when she’s supposed to. You will be able to read “I Will Remember You” in Defying Doomsday. Help us fund at: www.pozible.com/project/188146...

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Author announcement: Seanan McGuire

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Author announcement: Seanan McGuire

Today we are excited to be able to announce that we are going to have a story from Seanan McGuire in Defying Doomsday!   About Seanan McGuire: Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot. Her Newsflesh series, written as Mira Grant and beginning with the novel Feed, is set post-zombie apocalypse on a US presidential campaign trail, and features a character suffering from light sensitivity. Seanan’s story “Something in the Rain” is about deadly rain and a girl with a cat and a plan to stay...

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Tsana’s superpower at Skiffy and Fanty

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Tsana’s superpower at Skiffy and Fanty

The next stop on our blog tour is at Skiffy and Fanty! As part of their “My Superpower” feature, Tsana talks about her amazing ability to dislocate joints in her sleep, and, of course, Defying Doomsday. My superpower is being able to mildly dislocate my joints in my sleep. My genetic medical condition makes me double jointed — not enough to ever become a contortionist, alas — and some of my joints are a bit unstable. Let me tell you a funny story. Read the story at Skiffy and Fanty: http://skiffyandfanty.com/2015/04/20/my-superpower-tsana-dolichva/ *** You can find more posts from our blog tour here: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/category/blog-tour/  And find our Pozible campaign...

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Defying Doomsday at the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog

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Defying Doomsday at the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog

The next top on our blog tour is at the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog. Tsana talks generally about Defying Doomsday. We are particularly excited to be working with Twelfth Planet Press, who have published many books, especially by Aussie women writers. They have also won and been short-listed for many awards, both Australian and international. You can see some of the reviews of their books that have been submitted to the AWW Challenge here (not a complete list, it’s only those books that were tagged as published by them). Read more at the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog: http://australianwomenwriters.com/2015/04/defying-doomsday/ *** You can find more posts from our blog tour here: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/category/blog-tour/  And find our Pozible campaign...

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