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Pride Story Bundles to Benefit Charity

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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYONE! We are thrilled to announce our second-annual Pride Bundles for Charity with two all-new short story bundles – 30 stories total! – that we are selling at a discount to raise money for our chosen queer charity!

Last year, our debut Pride bundles raised almost $350 for queer charities. This year, we’re back with a new General Imprint Bundle and a new Explicit Imprint Bundle, each discounted 20% from their list prices (and each including multiple stories that aren’t for sale and are usually only available to our backers on Patreon) and with 20% of the net profit going to Rainbow Railroad.

How This Works

  • you buy one or both bundles between now and July 8th, 2024.
  • we tally up all the proceeds earned and do some math-e-magic to figure out how much we’re donating!
  • before the end of July, we donate the raised money to Rainbow Railroad, we post the proof we’ve done so.
  • you get fantastic stories!
  • we all get that happy, glowy feeling of knowing that money has been well-spent on fantastic causes!

About the Press

Duck Prints Press is a queer-owned indie press, founded to publish original works by fancreators. We’ve been in operation for over 3 years, and in that time we’ve worked with well over 150 creators to publish six anthologies and almost 100 other stories, from shorts to novels, and we’ve got more on the works (our next anthology, our first erotica collection, will be crowdfunding within the next month!). The vast majority of our creators and their creations are queer/LGTBQIA+ (maybe even all, but we don’t out anyone and we don’t ask demography because, frankly, it’s none of our business).

25 of our authors have chosen to include their short stories in one or both of these short story bundles, and all our short story authors nominated potential charities and voted to select Rainbow Railroad as the beneficiary for our 2024 Pride Bundles.

About Rainbow Railroad

In countries around the world, LGBTQI+ people face violence and oppression simply because of who they love or who they are. Rainbow Railroad helps them get to safety! Rainbow Railroad is a global not-for-profit organization that helps at-risk LGBTQI+ people get to safety worldwide. Based in the United States and Canada, they’re an organization that helps LGBTQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever, LGBTQI+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia. These factors either displace them in their own country or prevent them from escaping harm. 

Note: This charity isnot affiliated with the Press, do not know we’re doing this fundraiser, have not endorsed this in anyway and are, as such, utterly uninvolved in this beyond being the beneficiaries of our efforts! Text is from the Rainbow Railroad website.

About the Bundles

We are offering two bundles, one with 18 short stories published under our General Imprint, the other containing 12 stories published under our Explicit Imprint. The shop listings include details about and excerpts from all the stories. Here’s the gist…

A graphic with a semi-opaque background of vertical rainbow stripes. Text on the graphic reads "Buy 18 General Imprint Stories, Support Rainbow Railroad! with Duck Prints Press." Beside the Press name are duck prints each a different rainbow color (on the left and bottom) and on the right is a white duck with orange beak and feet. This is the Duck Prints Press logo, and beneath it is the slogan "We Print Diversity."

Titles in the General Imprint Charity Bundle:

18 stories. 254 pages. 82,462 words of fiction!

Price: $22.50

Approximately 20% of the list price of this bundle will go to Rainbow Railroad.


Titles in the Explicit Imprint Charity Bundle:

12 stories. 198 pages. 69,550 words.

Price: $21.50

Approximately 20% of the list price of this bundle will go to Rainbow Railroad.

A graphic with a semi-opaque background of vertical rainbow stripes. Text on the graphic reads "Buy 12 Explicit Imprint Stories, Support Rainbow Railroad! with Duck Prints Press." Beside the Press name are duck prints each a different rainbow color (on the left and bottom) and on the right is a white duck with orange beak and feet. This is the Duck Prints Press logo, and beneath it is the slogan "We Print Diversity."

Come get some great stories, support a queer-owned business this Pride, and benefit two fantastic causes. Win-win-win situations don’t get much better than this!

These bundles will only be available for one month, so don’t miss out. Visit our webstore between now and July 8th and get yours!

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10 Books for Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day!

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May 24th is Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day, so make sure to say hi to your pan friends before they’re invisible again! We’re celebrating with (shock) book recommendations! Explicit pan rep is hard to come by, and in cases where it’s implied, the difference between interpreting a characters as bi versus pan is often down to personal perceptions of the character and the sexuality/romanticisms in questions. With that in mind, we present 10 titles we loved with either explicit or implied pan rep! The contributors to this list are: Nina Waters, Tris Lawrence, boneturtle, E. C., and two anonymous contributors

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries series) by Martha Wells

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.


A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin

The award-winning stories in A Fisherman of the Inland Sea range from the everyday to the outer limits of experience, where the quantum uncertainties of space and time are resolved only in the depths of the human heart. Astonishing in their diversity and power, they exhibit both the artistry of a major writer at the height of her powers and the humanity of a mature artist confronting the world with her gift of wonder still intact.


Commit to the Kick by Tris Lawrence

For eighteen years, Alaric has lived under the cloying politics of family and his Clan community. His freshman year is supposed to be a chance to explore a world where Clan and his shapeshifting Talent isn’t central to his life. But when his inner bear bursts forth during his first football game, endangering those around him, Alaric realizes that it’s not so easy to ignore his past, or his own internalized anger.

In his quest for anger management, Alaric begins to train in taekwondo, and makes new friends in both sports. He finds that he is creating his own small community, where Clan, Mages, other Talents, and even humans come together and build their own found family.

When Alaric receives news that something has happened to his brother Orson, he must return and deal with his Clan and his place in their world. He discovers that old prejudices are still strong between Clan and Mage communities, but that both may be in danger from a creature long thought to be only a legend. Alaric must figure out how to move forward and prevent a war and protect both his home and newly built communities, his found family with him every step of the way. 


Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. But now her entire crew has found “the oneand she’s beginning tofeel like a fifth wheel. And then fate (the heartless bitch) intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. It’s been ten years, but the moment they lock eyes, Margot’s cold, dead heart thumps in her chest.

Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married… and divorced. However, a wedding planner job in Seattle means a fresh start and a chance to follow her dreams. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.

When a series of unfortunate events leaves Olivia without a place to stay, Margot offers up her spare room because she’s a Very Good Person. Obviously. It has nothing to do with the fact that Olivia is as beautiful as ever and the sparks between them still make Margot tingle. As they spend time in close quarters, Margot starts to question her no-strings stance. Olivia is everything she’s ever wanted, but Margot let her in once and it ended in disaster. Will history repeat itself or should she count her lucky stars that she gets a second chance with her first love? 


Maneater (Monsters of Moonvale series) by Emily Antoinette

If something ever seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s how the “friendly” invitation to join a new coven turned into a surprise demon summoning. At least it wasn’t a virgin sacrifice. Then I really would have been screwed—and not in the way they plan for with the succubus they’ve bound. 

When I help free her from the bindings and offer her a ride back to work, things get even weirder. She tells me she wants to see me again. This captivating woman wants to see me—a nerdy witch who spends his free time playing D&D. 

There’s no way she means it. Because that’s definitely too good to be true. Still, there’s no way I can resist the opportunity to spend more time with a goddess like her. 


There’s Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria

A diehard city girl, 16-year-old Lydia Barnes is reluctant to spend a week in her grandma’s small town. But hidden beneath Fairbrooke’s exterior of shoddy diners and empty farms, there’s a forest that calls to her. In it, she meets Eden: blunt, focused, and fascinating. She claims to be hunting fae treasure, and while Lydia laughs it off at first, it quickly becomes obvious that Eden’s not joking-magic is real.

Lydia joins the treasure hunt, thrilled by all the things it offers her. Things like endless places in the forest to explore and a friendship with Eden that threatens to blossom into something more. But even as she throws herself into her new adventure, some questions linger. Why did her mom keep magic a secret? Why do most of the townspeople act like the forest is evil? It seems that, as much as Lydia would like to pretend otherwise, not everything in Fairbrooke is as bright and easy as a new crush…


Fire and Flight (ElfQuest series) by Wendy and Richard Pini

The forest-dwelling elves called the Wolfriders are burnt out of their ancestral home by vengeful humans. Betrayed by cowardly trolls, the elfin band, led by Cutter, Blood of Ten Chiefs, must cross the Burning Waste to find a haven they’ve never seen before. Can the Wolfriders survive? If they do, what surprises await them at Sorrow’s End?


Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.


Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Laila Piedra doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and definitely doesn’t sneak into the 21-and-over clubs on the Lower East Side. The only sort of risk Laila enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before graduation, Laila’s number one fan is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who sees nothing at all special about Laila’s writing.

A growing obsession with gaining Nazarenko’s approval–and fixing her first-ever failing grade–leads to a series of unexpected adventures. Soon Laila is discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, and the beauty of temporary flings and ambiguity. But with her sanity and happiness on the line, Laila must figure out if enduring the unendurable really is the only way to greatness.


Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their tiny snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. But as Kyra starts to struggle with her bipolar disorder, Corey’s family moves away. Worried about what might happen in her absence, Corey makes Kyra promise that she’ll stay strong during the long, dark winter.

Then, just days before Corey is to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated–and confused, because Kyra said she wouldn’t hurt herself. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones, saying Kyra’s death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

The further Corey investigates–and the more questions she asks–the greater her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets–chilling secrets. Can she piece together the truth about Kyra’s death and survive her visit?


You can also view this list on the shelf on our Goodreads, or visit Bookshop.org and check out this list in our affiliate shop! Note: due to the difficulty of differentiating a pan characters versus a bi character unless which they are is explicitly identified in canon, we have put bi and pan characters on joint lists – so these lists linked are bisexual and/or pansexual character lists.

What are your favorite books with pansexual and panromantic characters?

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12 Great Reads for Agender Pride Day

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A graphic depicting 12 book covers over a background with stripes the color of the agender pride flag. The 12 books are: All Systems Red by Martha Wells; Aether Beyond the Binary A Duck Prints Press Anthology; The Heart-Break Bakery by A. R. Capetta; Fortune Favors Felines by R. L. Houck; A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers; RG Veda by CLAMP; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin; Add Magic to Taste; Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa; The Left Hand of Dog by Si Clarke; Love Me For Who I Am by Kata Konayama; and He Bears the Cape of Stars.

May 19th was Agender Pride day, and while we are a couple days behind on posting our rec list, we are no less proud to share these books with explicit or implied agender representation! Note that as very few books have explicit agender rep, we (as we always do) have allowed our rec list helpers to suggest books that served agender vibes as well, so if you read/have read some of these, you may feel differently about the gender representation in the books…and that’s okay! All readers bring and take away different things from their readings, and we support you, as we hope you’ll support us. These recs are from E. C. and several anonymous contributors. This list overlaps a little and adds some new titles to the eleven recs we had for Agender Pride Day last year!

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries series) by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries series) by Martha Wells

How Your Garden Grows by Nicola Kapron in the anthology Aether Beyond the Binary

The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta

Fortune Favors Felines by R. L. Houck

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot series) by Becky Chambers

RG Veda by Clamp

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Breaking Bread by Beth Lumen in the anthology Add Magic to Taste

Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa

The Left Hand of Dog (Starship Teapot series) by Si Clarke

Love Me for Who I Am by Kata Konayama

On Not Going to Parties by Stephen G. Krueger in the anthology He Bears the Cape of Stars

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We’d LOVE to read more books with agender representation – do you have any recommendations for us?

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Let’s Go Lesbians! 32 Books for Lesbian Visibility Day

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Graphic 2 of 4. A graphic featuring 10 book covers over a background composed of stripes in the colors of the wlw pride flag. The 10 books are: Interesting Facts About Space by Emily Austin; The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel; Bell of the Ball by Mari Costa; Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Veneable and Ellen T. Crenshaw; She Wears the Midnight Crown; Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake; The Scapegracers by H. A. Clarke; Spinning by Tillie Walden; The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag; and The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone.
Graphic 3 of 4. A graphic featuring 12 book covers over a background composed of stripes in the colors of the wlw pride flag. The 12 books are: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson; The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard; Siren Queen by Nghi Vo; She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick; Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle; One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston; Those Who Wait by Haley Cass; Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir; Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree; Into the Bloodred Woods by Martha Brockenbough; From Here by Luma Mufley; and Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink.
Graphic 4 of 4. A graphic featuring 10 book covers over a background composed of stripes in the colors of the wlw pride flag. The 10 books are: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel; A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine; Female General and Eldest Princess by Please Don't Laugh; A Clear and Muddy Loss of Love by Please Don't Laugh; This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone; Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire; A Restless Truth by Freya Marske; The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz, and Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin.

TODAY! is Lesbian Visibility Day, the first day of Lesbian Visibility Week – April 26, 2024. We are, I’m sure you’re shocked to discover, celebrating with LOTS of lesbian books! 15 people contributed to making this list, all of us sharing our absolute faves, from graphic novels to epic novels, from memoirs to horror fiction, with explicit rep and implied. With this many awesome books to share, we’re prepared to guarantee that everyone who loves wlw lit can find something new to them on this amazing list!

Can’t get enough books with lesbians? Yeah, us neither – this new list for 2024 is on top of THREE rec lists of titles featuring lesbians that we posted last year.

You can also view this list (along with all our other wlw faves!) as a shelf on Goodreads!

See a book you want to buy? You can grab it through the Duck Prints Press Bookshop.org affiliate shop!

What are YOUR favorite reads with lesbian characters?

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6 Queer Books for Autism Acceptance Month!

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April is Autism Acceptance Month, so the group of folks at Duck Prints Press who suggest titles for these rec lists dug into personal favorite queer reads to find these six titles that include queer characters who are explicitly or implied to be autistic. Our picks are:

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes

Ariana Ruiz wants to be noticed. But as an autistic girl who never talks, she goes largely ignored by her peers—despite her bold fashion choices. So when cute, popular Luis starts to pay attention to her, Ari finally feels seen.

Luis’s attention soon turns to something more, and they have sex at a party—while Ari didn’t say no, she definitely didn’t say yes. Before she has a chance to process what happened and decide if she even has the right to be mad at Luis, the rumor mill begins churning—thanks, she’s sure, to Luis’s ex-girlfriend, Shawni. Boys at school now see Ari as an easy target, someone who won’t say no.

Then Ari finds a mysterious note in her locker that eventually leads her to a group of students determined to expose Luis for the predator he is. To her surprise, she finds genuine friendship among the group, including her growing feelings for the very last girl she expected to fall for. But in order to take Luis down, she’ll have to come to terms with the truth of what he did to her that night—and risk everything to see justice done.

May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor

Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdate school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise–and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King? 

Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss long-term girlfriend–who turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremy’s campaign. 

When both boys take their rivalry too far, the dance is on the verge of being canceled. To save Homecoming, they’ll have to face the hurt they’re both hiding–and the lingering butterflies they can’t deny.

Hell Follows With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.

Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own.

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor

Sam Sylvester’s not overly optimistic about their recent move to the small town of Astoria, Oregon after a traumatic experience in their last home in the rural Midwest.

Yet Sam’s life seems to be on the upswing after meeting several new friends and a potential love interest in Shep, the pretty neighbor. However, Sam can’t seem to let go of what might have been, and is drawn to investigate the death of a teenage boy in 1980s Astoria. Sam’s convinced he was murdered–especially since Sam’s investigation seems to resurrect some ghosts in the town.

Threatening notes and figures hidden in shadows begin to disrupt Sam’s life. Yet Sam continues to search for the truth. When Sam discovers that they may be closer to a killer than previously known, Sam has a difficult decision to make. Would they risk their new life for a half-lived one?

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Wei Wuxian was once one of the most outstanding men of his generation, a talented and clever young cultivator who harnessed martial arts, knowledge, and spirituality into powerful abilities. But when the horrors of war led him to seek a new power through demonic cultivation, the world’s respect for his skills turned to fear, and his eventual death was celebrated throughout the land.

Years later, he awakens in the body of an aggrieved young man who sacrifices his soul so that Wei Wuxian can exact revenge on his behalf. Though granted a second life, Wei Wuxian is not free from his first, nor the mysteries that appear before him now. Yet this time, he’ll face it all with the righteous and esteemed Lan Wangji at his side, another powerful cultivator whose unwavering dedication and shared memories of their past will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She’s used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she’d be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organised much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot – if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.

What are your favorite queer books with Autistic rep? We’d love to hear about them!

You can access this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

Did you know? Duck Prints Press has an affiliate shop on Bookshop.org – and you can access all our rec lists (including this one!) there to facilitate purchasing the books. If you buy with us as your affiliate book store, authors get royalties, Bookshop.org gets a cut, and we get a small percent of the purchase price too – everyone wins!

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Meet Some of Duck Prints Press’s Transgender Authors!

A graphic showing 10 book covers over stripes in pastel blue, pastel pink, and white - the colors of the trans pride flag. The graphic is labeled as "Transgender Day of Visibility: 11 reads by Trans Authors x Duck Prints Press." The book covers are: Aether Beyond the Binary: A Duck Prints Press Anthology; Of Loops and Weaves by Catherine E. Green; Sarisa by N. C. Farrell; Whispers of Atlantis: A Tale of Discovery and Belonging by Neo Scarlett; Chrysopoeia by Zel Howland; Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley; A Shield for the People by Puck Malamud; This Treatment for Chronic Pain has an Unbelievable Side Effect! by Xianyu Zhou; And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"; and LA Photographs Itself by YF Ollwell.

Today, March 31st 2024, is Transgender Day of Visibility! We’re celebrating by shining the spotlight on 11 trans authors who’ve published with us, and three more who are contributing to projects that are in the pipeline. Duck Prints Press works with many trans creators, but we never disclose such information without explicit permission – there are way more than 11 trans folks working with us, but the people highlighted in this post all opted in to be included: they’re here, they’re trans, and they’re happy for y’all to know that about them!

Most of these authors have published more than one work with Duck Prints Press; we’re mostly highlighting one story each for this post, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to read!

Aether Beyond the Binary is our most recent anthology (Kickstarted in January, expected to go up for sale in late spring or early summer). About half the contributors are transgender or genderqueer, including four who volunteered to be included in this post!

  • S. J. Ralston, who contributed the story Razzmatazz, about a dystopian Hollywood where robots of long-dead stars are forced to make movies, and about the non-binary mechanic who services them.
  • Kelas Lloyd, who contributed the story True, about a non-binary teen going to a remedial camp to help them learn to channel aether.
  • Catherine E. Green, who contributed the story To Hold the World Close, about an established non-binary couple working together to try to take down a corporation that’s trying to control access to the world-wide aether network.
  • Zel Howland, who contributed the story Flower and Rot, about a world where channeling aether causes human bodies to sprout plants, and about the people who sprout fungi instead.
  • Meet the other contributors, too!

All of our anthologies have had trans contributors; highlighted here also is And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” contributed to by Adrian Harley (a character study of modern-day Benedick’s coming out as a trans man) and Nickel J. Keep (a wlw historical story about the characters returning home after serving in World War 2).

You can read about all the contributors to Aether Beyond the Binary here.

And other works by our trans authors…

And we’ve got upcoming projects featuring even more trans authors!

So come check out Duck Prints Press, an indie press that works with fancreators to publish their original works, and support some awesome trans creators this Transgender Day of Visibility!

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10 Queer Books with Black Main Characters for Black History Month

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Graphic 2 of 2 for this post, showing ten book covers atop stripes in the colors of the Philadelphia Pride Flag. The ten books are: The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce, Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuValli, Sweethand by N. G. Peltier, When the Stars Alight by Camilla Andrew, Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland, The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi, The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, and Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro.

With February ending soon, Black History Month 2024 is approaching it’s end. Earlier this month, we shared 15 of our favorite queer books by Black authors. Basically all of the books on our first list have Black main characters, too, but that wasn’t enough – we wanted more. So we intentionally avoided overlap with that list when we made this one – 10 more queer books to celebrate Black characters, these all with Black main characters! (They may also have Black authors, we’re not saying they don’t, and in fact some authors overlap with the other list – we just wanted MOAR BOOKS.)

  1. The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged series) by Tamora Pierce
  2. Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuVall
  3. Sweethand (Island Bites series) by N. G. Peltier
  4. When The Stars Alight (The Essence of the Equinox series) by Camilla Andrew
  5. Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland
  6. The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope
  7. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
  8. The City We Became (Great Cities series) by N.K. Jemisin
  9. A Master of Djinn (The Dead Djinn Universe) by P. Djèlí Clark
  10. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

What are your favorite queer books with Black main characters?

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You can view this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads! The Goodreads list also includes books from our other Black History Month list, and as with our other Goodreads shelves, we’ll continue to add to it as we add more queer books to our account.

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us!

The contributors to this list are Nina Waters ( @unforth on Tumblr), Dei Walker ( @dei2dei on Tumblr), Adrian Harley ( @adrianharley on Tumblr) and an anonymous contributor.

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7 Works with Aromantic Representation for Aromantic Awareness Week!

A graphic created with text and book covers overlaying stripes in the colors of the aromantic flag (dark green, light green, white, light gray, black). The text reads "7 Aro Books for Aromantic Week" and this is followed by 7 book covers. The books are: Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace; An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows; Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee; Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard; Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon; Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

Today, February 18th, marks the beginning of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week! To celebrate, we asked our contributors to recommend to us books with aro characters. This was a doubly challenging ask, because we also did a rec list for Aromantic Awareness Week last year, and we didn’t want any repeats this year!

Recommendations contributed by Shadaras (@shadaras on Tumblr), Nina Waters (@unforth on Tumblr), Polls (@not-gwaenchanha on Tumblr), and Shea Sullivan.

What are your favorite aro books? There’s no such thing as too many aro books on our bookshelves!

You can view all the aromantic books we’ve recommended as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

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Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us! We’ve hit 100 readers, and it’d be awesome to have even more!

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Happy Black History Month! Check Out 15 of Our Favorite Queer Reads by Black Authors

A graphic with a white square over the colors of the Philadelphia Pride flag. Text in the square reads "15 Queer Books by Black Authors for Black History Month" and beside this text is cllipart of two stacked books and an open book. Below this are five book covers: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert, The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden, and So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow. Graphic 1 of 2.
A graphic with a white square overlaid with 10 book covers, all against a backdrop of the Philadelphia Pride flag. The ten book covers are: Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk; You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson; Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson, The Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron, The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass, The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson; How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole; Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers; My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron, and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. Graphic 2 of 2.

February is Black History Month in the United States, and Duck Prints Press is joining in the celebration by sharing 15 of our favorite queer reads by Black authors! The contributors to this list are Shadaras, boneturtle, Tris Lawrence, Sebastian Marie, Shea Sullivan, Terra P. Waters, and an anonymous author.

  1. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

  2. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Trilogy) by N.K. Jemisin

  3. A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert

  4. The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

  5. So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix (Remixed Classics Series) by Bethany C. Morrow

  6. Nothing Burns As Bright As You by Ashley Woodfolk

  7. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

  8. Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

  9. This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart Series) by Kalynn Bayron

  10. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

  11. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

  12. How to Find a Princess (Runaway Royals Series) by Alyssa Cole

  13. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

  14. My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix (Remixed Classics Series) by Kalynn Bayron

  15. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

What are YOUR favorite reads by Black authors? We’d love to find more to add to our to-be-read piles!

Want to chat your favorite reads with us? Join our Book Lover’s Discord server!

You can view this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us!

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Happy Transgender Awareness Week! Enjoy Our 11 Favorite Trans Reads

Graphic labeled "11 Books for Trans Week." The background is the trans flag: a pastel blue stripe, a pink stripe, a white stripe, another pink stripe, and another blue stripe. Atop that are 11 book covers. The books are:

"Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas
"The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water" by Zen Cho
"Victories Greater Than Death" by Charlie Jane Anders
"Beating Heart Baby" by Lio Min
"Hell Followed With Us" by Andrew Joseph White
"Boys Run the Riot" by Keito Gaku
"Not Your Villain" by C. B. Lee
"The Witch King" by H. E. Edgmon
"The Passing Playbook" by Isaac Fitzsimons
"A Lady for a Duke" by Alexis Hall
"The Mask of Mirrors" by M. A. Carrick

Today, November 13th 2023, is the first day of Transgender Awareness Week! I’m pretty sure there’s no one involved with Duck Prints Press in any capacity who isn’t aware of trans people (many of us ARE trans people!) but are you aware of these awesome books with trans characters? We’ve collected a list of our eleven favorite trans reads, and now we bring them to you. We hope you love them, too!

  1. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  2. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
  3. Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
  4. Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min
  5. Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White
  6. Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku
  7. Not Your Villain by C. B. Lee
  8. The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon
  9. The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
  10. A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall
  11. The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick

You can find these, and other awesome reads with trans characters, on our “trans character” bookshelf on Goodreads!

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