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QSF Flash Contest 2022: “Clarity” is Here!


The 2022 QSF Flash Fiction contest is officially open for entries – the submission window closes May 1st. We’re excited about this year’s theme! Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTQ+ story that has no more than 300 words. Clarity: Noun: 1) Coherent and intelligible 2) Transparent or pure 3) Attaining certainty about something 4) Easy to see or hear The whole world is murky right now. Covid waves, climate … Read more

Announcing the 2022 Flash Fiction Theme


We’re announcing our 2022 Flash Fiction theme, this one from Ben Brock. :) Clarity: Noun: 1) Coherent and intelligible 2) Transparent or pure 3) Attaining certainty about something 4) Easy to see or hear We’ll formally open the contest at the beginning of March, but start working on your submissions now! We do take early submissions – contest rules here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ink Anthology Stories

Ink 2021

We’re thrilled to have completed the judging and story selection rounds for the Queer Sci Fi 2021 Flash Fiction Contest and Anthology. This was the most stiff cometition yet, with 384 stories covering the gamut of spec fic and the LGBTQ+ community. Before we get to the stories we’re including in the antho, a few stats: Stories by Genre Each year, the theme helps steer the kind of stories we receive in this case, “Ink”, chosen by Ryane, seemed to skew more toward fantasy than anything else (some stories crossed multiple genres, so the numbers below won’t add up to … Read more

FOR READERS: Reading in 2021

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer : What are your reading plans for 2021? Any goals, must reads, adventuring away from your usual haunts? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat: FB:

Announcing the 2021 Flash Fiction Theme

Ink Flash Fiction Theme

We’re announcing our 2021 Flash Fiction theme, this one from Ryane Chatman. :) Ink: Transitive Verb: to put ink on ink a pen ink a printing block to draw or write in ink ink a design—often used with in carefully inked in the letters to obliterate with ink —usually used with out inked out many lines to affix one’s signature to to engage or hire by securing the signature of (someone) on a contract Noun: a colored fluid used for writing, drawing, printing, or duplicating informal: a tattoo publicity in the written media a black liquid ejected by a cuttlefish, octopus, or squid to confuse a predator We’ll formally open the contest at the … Read more

Marvel’s LGBT+ Superhero Films Just Got Delayed

Marvel Valkerie

People waiting for queer heroes to debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have to wait a while longer – as its film slate has been hit with delays due to coronavirus. Gay Marvel hero Phastos won’t debut until 2021. The Eternals initially set for release in November, will introduce the superhero Phastos, who Marvel boss Kevin Feige has already confirmed will be in a same-sex marriage. The film is set to make big-screen history for Marvel with its first visible LGBT+ superhero, including an on-screen kiss with his husband, played by Haaz Sleiman. And Valkyrie won’t ‘find her queen’ … Read more