Happy December everyone! We've been working hard to bring incredible literary works to your hands (and screens)!
Happy December, folks! 2020 is almost over, and with the end of the year coming up we are wrapping up some projects - and starting a few others! Read below for info on our submission deadlines, holiday plans, and the result of our kickstarter campaign! After you're done here, head to bluecactuspress.com for some holiday gift-worthy books.
Over the past few weeks, we've been working hard to raise funds for our Moss Covered Claws preorder campaign. Thanks to your support and our motivated staff and author, we passed our original goal of $4,000 with time to spare! As many of you know, preorder campaigns are especially important to a small press like us, as they help us print and produce books with local businesses and creators! Thank you to everyone who donated, preordered, and spread the word about this campaign. We can't wait to get this book into your hands in March.
About Moss Covered Claws
Moss Covered Claws is the debut short story collection from queer filmmaker, writer, and multimedia artist Jonah Barrett. This book is filled with tales of anxiety-feeding demons, time traveling anti-fascists, and the vengeful spirits of dead seabirds. Barrett mashes dreams and reality together in ten macabre tales of speculative fiction with a fresh, original voice. Set to release in mid-2021, Moss Covered Claws is sure to deliver on all things fantastical, spooky, and delightfully dark.
We Hosted a Reading
On November 19th, we hosted an informal reading to celebrate the Moss Covered Claws kickstarter. Along with author Jonah Barrett, we were joined by Daniel Wolfert, Cecilia Frank, Logan Fenner, and Alissa Tu to share not only speculative fiction but creative nonfiction and musical theater, as well! Thank you to everyone who attended.
We lucked out earlier this fall when we snagged a podcast interview with the multi-talented Seattle artist Shin Yu Pai! We hopped onto Zoom one evening in September to chat with Shin Yu about poetry, motherhood, the artistic process, and publishing and activism during pandemic times. We also chatted about Shin Yu's newly released poetry and art hybrid book, Ensō, published by Entre Rios earlier this year. This episode of The Prickly Pear Podcast is the delightful result of that conversation.
The deadline is drawing near for our submission call! Women of Color (gender non-conforming and women identifying individuals of Color included) are invited to submit their work for an anthology of non-fiction creative writing! We are looking for works that address social and cultural issues faced in our community. We can't wait to see what you submit before the deadline of December 20th!
The 6th Annual Handmade Market & Mingle is virtual this year! Join Blue Cactus Press at an online multi-vendor marketplace now through December 8th. Four of our titles are presented in the market at special, discounted rates!