Today I am so pleased to welcome the folks from the Queer Sci Fi anthology to Joyfully Jay. They have come to talk to us about their latest anthology, Clarity. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!

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This year marks our ninth annual flash fiction contest at and our eight annual anthology, Clarity.

I thought it would be fun to share a few of the more intriguing story intros to give you a taste of what you’re in for when you read this book!

So enjoy:

I am invisible. Unseen. Unknown. I know this because of the way people bump into me on the street. They are grey, grey, grey. Faceless, featureless. Stale, living zombies going about their lives, working their jobs, raising their children. —Ascension, by W. Dale Jordan

Russell stared at his hands. His fingers were translucent to the first joint. Ghost disease, stage 1. He hid them with skingloves, terrified someone would see, turn him in, and he’d wind up in the quarantine barracks, and never be seen again. —Ghosts, by Warren Rochelle

I am staring at my jury—six men and six women—from inside the truth chamber, which looks more like a giant crystal placed in the middle of the court room. I’m not sure how it works, but somehow only completely truthful statements can be heard by those outside the chamber—any lie I say remains trapped within these glass walls for me alone to hear. —The Shadow of Doubt, by Nathan Alling Long

My mind was mud. As obscure and murky as the dirt and clay seeping between my toes. The smell of the wet forest enveloped me as rain ran down my naked body. This was my Day of Ascension. The first male shifter to become Shaman in two generations. But when I shifted before them, they would see. My shifter fox was female. —Never Alone, by Rin Sparrow

You stand before my lady’s throne awaiting her leave. You should be on your knees, but my lady is kind. She allows you this transgression. Your presence has been a gift to her, after all. None of us in her court have ever made her as happy as you have—you, a common woman of the ironfolk, of all people. But your time here is over. The rules are even older than my lady, and they are quite strict. This realm is not for your kind. —Inflection Point, by Elizabeth Hawxhurst


Intrigued? Grab a copy of the book and settle in for 120 fascinating queer spec fic tales that just might bring you a little “clarity.”


clarity coverClarity (noun)

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:

1) Coherent and intelligible

2) Transparent or pure

3) Attaining certainty about something

4) Easy to see or hear

Clarity features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Series Blurb:

Every year, Queer Sci Fi runs a one-word theme contest for 300 word flash fiction stories, and then we choose 120 of the best for our annual anthology.

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About QSF

Queer Sci Fi is the brainchild of J. Scott Coatsworth, a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror fiction. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

We started the site in January of 2014, with the intent to create a community for writers and readers of LGBT-themed speculative fiction. We post regular discussion topics, news, book announcements and reviews. We have an AWESOME Facebook discussion group, and a great admin team – Angel Martinez, Ben Brock, Ryane Chatman, and J. Scott Coatsworth.

Once a year, we put out a call for flash fiction submissions based on a single word theme, and get anywhere between two hundred and four hundred entries. Clarity is our eight annual anthology.


QSF is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card + Ink / Innovation eBooks with this tour:

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