Twelfth Planet Press is proud to announce the upcoming anthology project Kaleidoscope, an anthology of contemporary YA fantasy with a focus on diverse perspectives.

Kaleidoscope will be published by Twelfth Planet Press in late 2014. Alisa Krasnostein (founder of Twelfth Planet Press, and winner of the World Fantasy Award in 2011) and Julia Rios (fiction editor at Strange Horizons, and host of the Outer Alliance Podcast) are co-editing this project, which they hope to fill with a variety of exciting tales, happy and sad, adventurous and meditative. “We’re not simply looking for cookie-cutter vampire or urban fantasy stories, but for things that transport us and subvert our expectations. We particularly want to see characters of color, disabled, neurodiverse, and mentally ill characters, QUILTBAG content, and non-western cultural elements.”

Payment will be 5 cents per word (USD) to be paid on publication, for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).

Stories should be 2,500-10,000 words, and feature teen protagonists. Mature themes and content are okay, but not erotica or extreme violence.

Twelfth Planet Press will be having a Kickstarter-style fundraiser for this project in November, and there will be an open reading period in December 2013. More information on this reading period will be made available closer to the time.