[OZTL_NET] New anthology: Kaleidoscope – diverse YA fantasy

Tehani Wessely editormum75 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 5 09:23:08 AEST 2013

Hi everyone

If you've heard of Kickstarter and Pozible, you'll know that they are crowd
funding models to raise money for exciting projects, gauging interest and
acting as pre-order models for the projects.

This one may be of interest to libraries – it's a forthcoming Australian
publication of an anthology of YA fantasy (not especially new) BUT the
unusual aspect of the book is that each story features protagonists
differing from the typical white, straight able-bodied characters we almost
always see in YA novels.

The main characters in Kaleidoscope stories will be part of the QUILTBAG,
neuro-diverse, disabled, from non-Western cultures, people of color, or in
some other way not the typical straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied
characters we see all over the place.

That said, these aren't going to be issue stories. The focus here is
contemporary fantasy, and while the characters' backgrounds will
necessarily affect how they engage with the world, we're not going to have
a collection of "Very Special Episode" stories about kids coming to terms
with their sexuality/disability/mental illness/cultural identity, etc. We
want to see protagonists from all sorts of backgrounds being the heroes of
their own journeys.

If this sounds like something you would like to have in your library,
please consider backing the project – these things only come to fruition if
they get enough support!


Tehani Wessely
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