A Project We Want to Support: Problem Daughters

Dare as seen in The Future Fire no. 26 (© 2013 Eric Asaris).


Statement on the Dissolution of the Problem Daughters Anthology

Unfortunately, the Problem Daughters project has been canceled, and Nicolette Barischoff and Rivqa Rafael have parted ways with Djibril al-Ayad and FutureFire.net Publishing. This decision was extremely painful, and not taken lightly in consideration of the many wonderful, generous people who helped us get to this point. Unfortunately, the ideological differences between the involved parties have proved insurmountable, leaving us no choice but to end this collaboration.

We apologize to all of you who feel let down by this decision — our backers, our potential contributors and just anyone who wanted to read this book. We did, too.

Everyone who backed the project will be contacted as soon as possible so we can arrange a refund. We ask for your patience as we undergo this process.

Once again, we thank you for your support, and apologize for this inconvenience and disappointment.

Nicci and Rivqa

Girl Cooties is sharing the word on an IndiGogo project called Problem Daughters. We love the concept and want to share both the fundraiser and the submission call with our readers.

The Problem Daughters Anthology will amplify the voices of women who are often excluded from mainstream feminism. It will target the theme of intersectional feminism, focusing on the lives and experiences of marginalized women, such as those who are of color, QUILTBAG, disabled, sex workers, and all intersections of these. The IGG project will be edited by Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael and Djibril al-Ayad, and be published by Futurefire.net Publishing.

They are raising money (1) to pay their authors professional rates of $0.06/word for short stories and $100 flat rate for poems and essays, and (2) to pay for cover art and internal illustrations, publicity and advertising, review copies, rewards for supporters, and other publishing expenses.

They have reached the minimum of $4,500 and are a go. However, they would like to reach their next level, which will allow for a longer anthology. They feel it’s particularly important to pay professional rates to the authors who will be predominantly marginalized people themselves. And we agree!

To that end submissions for the anthology are now open here.

Futurefire.net Publishing is the publisher of The Future Fire magazine of social-political speculative fiction, and of several anthologies: Fae Visions of the Mediterranean (2016, co-edited by Valeria Vitale), TFF-X (2015, co-edited by Cécile Matthey and Valeria Vitale), Accessing the Future (2015, co-edited by Kathryn Allan), We See a Different Frontier (2013, co-edited by Fabio Fernandes), and Outlaw Bodies (2012, co-edited by Lori Selke).

Djibril al-Ayad, a French-born historian and futurist, co-edited these anthologies and has edited TFF since 2005.

Nicolette Barischoff was born with spastic cerebral palsy, which has only made her more awesome. Her fiction has appeared in Long Hidden, Accessing the Future, The Journal of Unlikely Academia, Podcastle, and Angels of the Meanwhile. She regularly writes about disability, feminism, sex- and body-positivity, and how all these fit together. She’s been on the front page of CBS New York, where they called her activism public pornography and suggested her face was a Public Order Crime.

Rivqa Rafael is a queer Jewish writer and editor based in Sydney. She started writing speculative fiction well before earning degrees in science and writing, although they have probably helped. Her previous gig as subeditor and reviews editor for Cosmos magazine likewise fueled her imagination. Her short stories have appeared in Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Publications), The Never Never Land (CSFG Publishing), and Defying Doomsday (Twelfth Planet Press). In 2016, she won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent.

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