Today I am so pleased to welcome J. Scott Coatsworth to Joyfully Jay. Scott is the editor of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, Migration. He has come to share an exclusive excerpt, as well as a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!

Stream of Consciousness by Ziggy Schutz

Agnes is eight when she first sees the river.

Cutting its way through town, the only thing she knows not coated in coal dust.

She sticks her toes in, comes home with wet socks and a secret.

See, the river hadn’t been there yesterday.


Agnes is eleven, and the river grows with her.

It bubbles happily over the cobblestones, and when she’s thirsty she drinks from it until she feels strong. The stronger she is, the louder the river, until she’s not sure if the sound is really carrying across the town to her little bedroom or if she’s started carrying the river between her ribs, too.


Agnes is sixteen, and her lip is stinging.

She got the boy who hit her back good, has the bruised knuckles to show for it. Still, his words are stuck to her clothes like cobwebs, trailing behind her in some mockery of a wedding veil.

She’s never been the marrying kind.

The river kisses at her worn boots, and she wishes she were braver.


Agnes is eighteen and there’s someone floating down her river.

“Guess it’s not just in my head,” says the person, whose hair fans around their face like a halo or the sun.

“Where are you going?” she asks.

“Away,” they answer. “I was tired of who they wanted me to be, back there. A son. A boy. So, I’m following the river.”

The water’s to her knees now, and she thinks about how she’d kiss a girl, if she found a girl who would kiss back.

“Can I come?” she asks.

The person reaches for her as the river laughs, and there’s something in her heart that tugs, like an old memory telling her the way.

Hand in hand, the river sweeps them away.


MI-GRA-TION (noun)

1) Seasonal movement of animals from one region to another.

2) Movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.

3) Movement from one part of something to another.

Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.

Migration feaures 300 word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

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A hundred and twenty authors have been chosen for this year’s flash fiction anthology.


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