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Re-imagining romance and sex in YA fiction, inclusive of asexual/aromantic identities. It was Valentine’s Day recently (in case you didn’t realise). What’s this got to do with AusQueerYA? Not a lot, really. But Valentine’s Day, and in particular the weeks of lead up to this day, have inspired a thought train. There is an invisibility … Continue reading Love, Actually, isn’t just Romantic.
CW: Death, grief, mention of suicide. Extra warning: spoilers ahead, avert your gaze if you do not want spoilers to Alicia Tuckerman's, If I Tell You, or Adam Silvera's, They Both Die at the End. I read two YA books over the Christmas break, and both of them involved the death of a Queer main … Continue reading Saying Goodbye: The Place of Death in Queer YA
Well, we certainly got our words out this year. First up, a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us, followed us, boosted us and reached out to us this year. Without you, none of the following would have been achieved. So go on, give yourself a big hug. A bigger one … Continue reading Year in Review
Where are all my space gays at? There has been some discussion lately about the lack of perceived marketability of Queer YA novels featuring f/f (female/female) relationships, particularly in the American market. This post will discuss how that affects us here in Australia, how our own Australian authors/publishers have a slightly different trend than our … Continue reading Increasing Queer Representation in YA through Genre Fiction
Get YA Words Out is super excited to be appearing at the Digital Writers' Festival 2017. We will be hosting the Get YA Words Out panel, talking all things AusQueerYA, including character creation, Own Voices, publishing and safe spaces. Joining us on the panel are Alison Evans, Jordi Kerr, Rae White and Michael Earp. The … Continue reading Get YA Words Out at Digital Writers’ Fest
We are super excited to announce that the winning story in the 2017 OutStanding Short Story Competition was an AusQueerYA story, written by Get YA Words Out founder, Stacey Malacari. You can read all the winning entries here, and read the winning story He/Him below. The theme of this year's competition was 'It's Complicated'. He/Him … Continue reading He/Him
The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis (2016) Note: We don't give star-ratings. We review in order to encourage the development of AusQueerYA, by deconstructing the good and the bad bits, to learn and grow as writers. *mega spoilers* The Blurb: 'The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They … Continue reading Review: The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis
The Australian Queer community is facing a tough battle right now. Our identity, lifestyle and basic human rights are being publicly debated, as though we are a new species of cane toad, rather than human beings. Many people in the Queer community have logged off, powered down and are patiently waiting out the storm. This … Continue reading You Are Not Alone: Why Queer YA Matters
Start Here. You've done the hard yards and finished a manuscript. Way to go! You're feeling good about it. This could be a best-seller. This could win all the literary awards. This could at least get a few 3 star reviews on Goodreads. You decide you want to publish your novel. But how? There are … Continue reading How Do I Get a Book Published?