This anthology showcases up-and-coming writers of LGBTQ+ fiction aged 14 to 21. Selected from dozens of entrants, these young people are the winners of the Harmony Ink Young Author Challenge, and they represent the entire spectrum as well as a variety of fictional genres.
Anthology of original short stories by YA authors featuring tales of “how they first met.”
Listeners will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculative approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
Contributors: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy.
This exciting and groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous) writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism’s histories.
Here, readers will discover bio-engineered AI rats, transplanted trees in space, the rise of a 2SQ resistance camp, a primer on how to survive Indigiqueerly, virtual reality applications, motherships at sea, and the very bending of space-time continuums queered through NDN time. Love after the End demonstrates the imaginatively queer Two-Spirit futurisms we have all been dreaming of since 1492.
Contributors include Nathan Adler, Darcie Little Badger, Gabriel Castilloux Calderon, Adam Garnet Jones, Mari Kurisato, Kai Minosh Pyle, David Alexander Robertson, jaye simpson, and Nazbah Tom.
Ownvoices: Indigenous, trans, and queer representation.
Anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell with seventeen contributors.
Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.
Features stories from:
Shaun David Hutchinson
Natalie C. Parker
Tehlor Kay Mejia
Ownvoices: Queer representation.
Have you ever looked at a picture, perhaps a photo of two guys in a tight hug, or two girls holding hands, and wondered, What happened before that moment? What will they do next?
These fifteen stories were inspired by images from the Young Adult LGBT Books Group. In these pages you’ll find LGBTQ teenagers living their lives – experiencing first encounters and long relationships, coming out, staying closeted, questioning, loving, having adventures, dealing with family, with prejudice, with magic. Author Kira Harp provides this collection of Young Adult romantic, fantasy, and contemporary short stories.
Genre: YA short stories – contemporary, paranormal, fantasy
Cis girls: Adara, Candice, Hayley, Bri, Nicola, Kim
Cis boys: Julio, Mark, Toren, Baylor, Vic, Justin, Colby, Jerrod, Tommy, Con, Nick, Zeke, Spencer, Mitch, Adam, Joe, Lance
Trans girls: Lisa
Trans boys: Sam
Gay: Julio, Mark, Sam, Toren, Baylor, Vic, Justin, Con, Nick, Zeke, Spencer, Mitch, Adam, Joe, Lance
Lesbian: Adara, Candice, Hayley, Bri, Nicola, Kim
Homoromantic: Julio, Mark, Adara, Candice, Sam, Toren, Baylor, Hayley, Bri, Vic, Justin, Nicola, Kim, Con, Nick, Zeke, Spencer, Mitch, Adam, Joe, Lance
Poly Romantic: Spencer, Mitch, Adam
White: Mark, Adara, Candice, Hayley, Bri, Vic, Justin, Con, Nick, Zeke, Lisa, Joe, Lance
Mark – club foot
Tommy – Down’s Syndrome
Trigger Warnings: homophobia/homomisa, grieving, depression, kidnapping/imprisonment
Additional Notes: free ebook on many sites
Ending: all happy endings
SHIFTING GROUND is a collection of 12 short stories set in dystopian New York State, a place where some children are born illegally and outcast, where being gay is illegal, where the lower class isn’t allowed to read, have children, or get married, and where upper-class women don’t get to choose the person they are to marry.
SHIFTING GROUND is a collection of 12 short stories set in dystopian New York State.
Join Chi, a child born illegally, running for his life, Akio, a gay boy ostracized by society, Craig, a lower-class boy crushed by his condition, Morgan, a girl forced into marriage to a boy she will never love, Jackson, a gender-fluid boy living in a state where being queer is against the law.
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance
Cis girls: Every female character
Cis boys: Every male character except for Jackson Miller
Gender Fluid: Jackson Miller
Gay: Akio Sakamoto / Terrence Young / Gerald Rossi / Lance Clay
Lesbian: Karen Jones / Morgan Malas / Sofia Campbell
Bisexual: Chase Martinez / Narumi Kita
Asexual: Katsuo Kita
Pansexual: Jackson Miller / Elisa Gonzalez
Heterosexual: Chi Richards / Thia Clay / Stephen Richards / Willow Jenison / James Malone / Tina Davis / Cecilia Clay / Tyreese Lefort / Taylor Jones / Kayla Haynes / Mariana Alvarez
Homoromantic: Akio Sakamoto / Terrence Young / Gerald Rossi / Lance Clay / Karen Jones / Morgan Malas / Sofia Campbell
Biromantic: Chase Martinez / Narumi Kita
Panromantic: Jackson Miller / Elisa Gonzalez
Heteroromantic: Katsuo Kita / Chi Richards / Thia Clay / Stephen Richards / Willow Jenison / James Malone / Tina Davis / Cecilia Clay / Tyreese Lefort / Taylor Jones / Kayla Haynes / Mariana Alvarez
White: Chi Richards / Stephen Richards / Willow Jenison / James Malone / Cecilia Clay / Craig Owens / Terrence Young / Lance Clay / Gerald Rossi / Sofia Campbell / Jackson Miller
Black: Taylor Jones / Kayla Haynes / Karen Jones / Jake Smith / Tyreese Lefort
Latinx: Chase Martinez / Mariana Alvarez / Elisa Gonzalez
East Asian: Katsuo Kita / Narumi Kita / Akio Sakamoto
Middle Eastern/North African: Hind Daher / Karim Safi
Not mentioned: Thia Clay is biracial (this is a spoiler of the series since the readers won’t realize it until the last book)
Religion: (The characters’ religions are never mentioned in this book)
Disability: Terrence Young / Gerald Rossi / Craig Owens (illiteracy)
Trigger Warnings: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, cutting, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, alcoholism, depression
Additional Notes: The author pledges to donate 100% of sales revenue from “Shifting Ground” to The Ally Coalition (an LGBT association helping LGBT+ youth in need).
Ownvoices: This title is ownvoices for: Immigrants experiencing xenophobia, depression and cutting
Ending: This is a collection of short stories, most of which end with cliffhangers. Most of them are not HEA since this is a dystopian series where the HEA should come in the last book
Facing aliens, demons, curses and armies, twelve unstoppable heroes must find the strength to defeat their enemies with wit, weapons and a warrior’s heart.
WARRIOR is a short-story collection consisting of 12 science-fiction and fantasy stories. They all feature exciting plots, dangerous monsters, unexpected twists and – above all else – fierce heroes.
These heroes all happen to identify within the LGBTQIA spectrum, but that is not the main focus of their stories. It’s simply part of their lives and personalities – just like it is in real life.
So why is this book important? Because it’s hard to grow up with questions about your identity and part of the challenge is struggling to find heroes that are “just like you”. We believe that all children, teenagers and young adults deserve to find characters they can identify with.
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy
As this is a collection, a wide range of genders, sexualities, romantic orientations, ethnicities and abilities are included. The vast majority of the stories are #ownvoices, and each story has a trigger warning listed at the front of the collection, so you can check individual stories for their content.
Ending: All stories have happy endings! The collection was very conscious of harmful tropes like bury your gays, and made sure this collection contains inspirational, happy and satisfying endings only.
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology
Edited by Hope Nicholson
Additional edits by Erin Cossar and Sam Beiko
An anthology of short stories by Indigenous authors of various backgrounds, genders, and orientations. After opening with essays on Two-Spirit history and literature, the book features speculative fiction that explores the past, present, and future through Indigenous and LGBTQIAP+ perspectives.
While Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is primarily published for adults, the anthology has a high level of teen appeal and includes teen characters.
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman undergoing an experimental medication that enables her to live the lives of her maternal ancestors to young lovers separated through decades and meeting in the future. These are stories of machines and magic, love and self-love.
Contributors and Content:
- Hope Nicholson – A letter from the editor
- Grace L. Dillon – “Beyond the Grim Dust of What Was to a Radiant Possibility of What Could Be: Two-Spirit Survivance Stories” – A foreword about Indigenous LGBT+ sci-fi
- Niigaan Sinclair – “Returning to Ourselves: Two Spirit Futures and the Now” – A research essay on two-spirit history
- Richard Van Camp – “Aliens” – A story about a new relationship on a reserve, set against the backdrop of benevolent interspatial visitors
- Cherie Dimaline – “Legends are Made, Not Born” – A story of the power of family and more. Auntie Dave teaches a young boy about the responsibility and power of Two-Spirited identity.
- David A. Robertson – “Perfectly You” – A story about young love and indecision—and time travel
- Daniel Heath Justice – “The Boys Who Became the Hummingbirds” – A new traditional story about the beautiful people who make life worth living and inspire others to live their true selves
- Darcie Little Badger – “Né łe!” – An astronaut and the in-house vet face challenges as chihuahuas in outer space run amok
- Gwen Benaway – “Transitions” – A young office worker tries an experimental new medication designed to fast-track transition
- Mari Kurisato – “Imposter Syndrome” – A story set in the far future of transition and cyborgs
- Nathan Adler – “Valediction at the Star View Motel” – A story about the literal magic of sudden physical attraction as a rockabilly girl with spider magic woos her crush
- Cleo Keahna – “Parallax” – A poem on the perpetual journey of transition
- Jeffrey Veregge – Cover illustration
Genre: Speculative fiction (including science fiction). Some of the stories also have romantic elements.
- Trans girls: The unnamed MC in “Transitions” is a transgender woman. She uses “transgender” and “transwoman” on the page.
- Non-binary: The unnamed MC in “Transitions” mentions her non-binary friend, Sten. Sten is not shown on the page.
- “Aliens”: Jimmy (one of the MCs) is speculated to be Aayahkwew by the unnamed narrator. Jimmy is referred to as a man by the side character Roberta. Jimmy never states his gender.
- “Legends are Made, Not Born”: Auntie Dave (a secondary character) is Two-Spirit. It is not stated whether he considers that to be his gender.
- “The Boys Who Became the Hummingbirds”: The story mentions people “of all genders or none”
- “Imposter Syndrome”: Aanji (the MC) is a noncitizen artificial life form. Aanji presents as non-male and male at different points, corresponding respectively with she/her pronouns and he/him pronouns. Aanji seems to prefer presenting as non-male and using she/her pronouns.
- The anthology also contains MCs and side characters who are girls, boys, women, and men, but it is not stated whether they are cis or transgender
- “Aliens”: The unnamed narrator speculates, “But in my mind [Jimmy]’s what the Crees say: Aayahkwew: neither man or woman but both.” Jimmy never states how he identifies.
- “Legends are Made, Not Born”: Auntie Dave (a secondary character) is Two-Spirit. He uses “Two-Spirited” and “Two-Spirits” on the page.
- “Transitions”: The unnamed MC implies she is Two-Spirit, using “Two-Spirit” on the page
- Gay: The MC in “Legends are Made, Not Born” is gay. He uses “gay” on the page.
- Lesbian: Dottie (the MC in “Né łe!”) and Cora (a secondary character in “Né łe!”) are lesbians. Cora uses “lesbian” on the page.
- “Perfectly You”: Emma (the MC—a girl) is attracted to Cassie (a secondary character—implied to be a girl). Neither states their orientation.
- “The Boys Who Became the Hummingbirds”: Strange Boy (the MC) and Shadow Boy (a secondary character) are attracted to each other. Neither states their orientation.
- “Valediction at the Star View Motel”: Eadie (the MC—a girl) and Mushkeg (a secondary character—a girl) are attracted to each other. Neither states their orientation.
- Aromantic: Aanji (the MC in “Imposter Syndrome”) says, “You know I don’t do romance. I don’t have those urges.” The word “aromantic” is not on the page.
- The other characters’ romantic orientations are not explicitly stated. They might be presumed to be the same as their sexual orientations.
Indigenous Nation/Tribal Affiliation:
– Edzazii (the unnamed narrator’s grandfather) was Tłı̨chǫ Dene
The unnamed narrator implies Jimmy (one of the MCs) is Cree, though this is not explicitly stated
- “Legends are Made, Not Born”
– The MC’s grandma’s parents were Anishnaabe Metis
– Auntie Dave (a secondary character) is Cree
- “Perfectly You”
– Emma (the MC) is Cree
- “The Boys Who Became the Hummingbirds”
– Strange Boy (the MC) and Shadow Boy (a secondary character) belong to “the People”
- “Né łe!”
– Dottie (the MC) is Lipan Apache
– Cora (a secondary character) is Diné
– The unnamed MC states her family was Anishinaabe and Métis on both of her father’s sides. Later she says, “We’re half-breeds from Lake St. Clair.”
– An Elder (a secondary character) is an Anishinaabe woman from Serpent River First Nation
- “Imposter Syndrome”
– Aanji Iron Woman (a secondary character) mentions her nookomis while inside a data world—North Dakota, near a recreation of the original Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation
- “Valediction at the Star View Motel”
– Eadie (the MC) was adopted by the Neyananoosics (who are implied to be Indigenous)
-Mushkeg (a secondary character) is Ojibeway
– Not mentioned
– In most stories, the MCs and secondary characters are Indigenous or implied to be Indigenous
– The MC in “Legends are Made, Not Born” refers to his mother and father as “halfbreeds”
– The MC in “Transitions” refers to her family as being “half-breeds from Lake St. Clair”
– Eadie (the MC in “Valediction at the Star View Motel”)
- All of the stories include Indigenous spirituality
- Atheism/Humanism: Dottie (the MC in “Né łe!”) says, “I’m not spiritual. Don’t believe in gods, ghosts, or divine retribution.” She follows it up with, “… something special happened when I was a child. It makes me entertain notions like destiny.”
- Christianity: The MC in “Legends are Made, Not Born” states his mother and father were Catholic
- “Aliens”: Jimmy’s dad had a stutter as a child, then was cured by Edzazii (the unnamed narrator’s grandfather—a Tłı̨chǫ Dene holy man)
- “Perfectly You”: Emma (the MC) calms herself so as to not have a panic attack
- “Né łe!”: Dottie (the MC) takes a sedative pill to reduce anxiety
Location: Various settings on Earth (primarily Turtle Island, including mentions of Canada and the U.S.) and in outer space
- “Returning to Ourselves: Two Spirit Futures and the Now”: Discussion of anti-Indigenous/anti-Two-Spirit/anti-LGBTQIAP+ sentiments of the past and present
– On page: side characters speculate and joke about Jimmy’s genitals, the narrator makes assumptions about Jimmy’s gender
– Mentioned but not shown on page: drinking/getting drunk, shooting a rifle, hair loss, bullying, smoking, burglary, drugs, beating someone up, cancer, leukemia, T.B
- “Legends are Made, Not Born”
– On page: grief, cigarette smoke
– Mentioned but not shown on page: mother’s death in a fire, father’s death in an old age home, drinking, child services, flooded and poisoned land
- “Perfectly You”
– On page: tension headache, psychiatrist makes an ignorant assumption about Emma’s Cree culture (which Emma calls out), undergoing a newly developed medical procedure, calming self so as to not have a panic attack, agonizing pain, hospital room, coma, death
- “The Boys Who Became the Hummingbirds”
– On page: verbal and physical abuse/assault, prejudice, exile from community, blood, murder, death
- “Né łe!”
– On page: taking a sedative pill to reduce anxiety, medical stasis pod, visual hallucination, dog has a seizure (and survives), medical injection, blood, serious animal injury, stitching shut a wound
– Mentioned but not shown on page: explosion, fender bender, cancers, death of parents, bomb, bone degradation, tooth decay, aging, relocation by the government, invasion of Native lands, sedation
– On page: medical drug study, transition process, visual and auditory hallucinations
– Mentioned but not shown on page: cancer risks, medical trials on animals, blood work appointments
- “Imposter Syndrome”
– On page: blood, pain, pain pill, injection gun, spiders, a rodent, verbal and physical abuse/assault, kidnapping, prejudice, heart stops, rape, death, police brutality, robbery, arrest, stun bolts, vehicle accident, explosions, broken arms, blood transfusion, pistol
– Mentioned but not shown on page: wars, enslavement, beer
- “Valediction at the Star View Motel”
– On page: punching (Eadie punches a white person who was slut-shaming and being racist), racism, drinking, smoking cigarettes, ableist language (“lame” and “stupid”), joke about latent homosexuality and equating being gay with wearing tights, pillow fight, Eadie surprises Mushkeg by kissing her without first getting consent from Mushkeg
– Mentioned but not shown on page: spiders, foster care, death of biological mother, drugs, jail, murder of a child at a river
– On page: transition process
– Mentioned but not shown on page: trauma, possible misgendering
Ownvoices: All of the creators in the anthology are Indigenous, and most are also LGBTQIAP+ and/or Two-Spirit
Ending: All of the stories have hopeful and/or happy endings
A collection of short stories by Julie Anne Peters about Lesbian/Queer teens, including one short story about a trans boy and another about abuse.
In this honest, emotionally captivating short story collection, renowned author and National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters offers a stunning portrayal of young women as they navigate the hurdles of relationships and sexual identity.
From the young lesbian taking her first steps toward coming out to the two strangers who lock eyes across a crowded train, from the transgender teen longing for a sense of self to the girl whose abusive father has turned her to stone, Peters is the master of creating characters whose own vulnerability resonates with readers and stays with them long after the last page is turned.
Grl2grl shows the rawness of teenage emotion as young girls become women and begin to discover the intricacies of love, dating and sexuality.
Genre: Short stories
Cis girls: many
Trans boy: Vince
Trigger warnings: sexual assault/rape, abuse
A collection of short stories about love and romance, mostly about queer young adults. Features many prom tales and a mixture of happy and sad stories.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to appeal to fans of Boy Meets Boy. Here are 18 stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a many splendored thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.
Genre: Contemporary, short stories
Own voices: gay