It’s a crazy idea.
“What if we did a fiction project?” I’m asking my wife. “Two stories a week. Free to read. Available online. ALL YA with lesbian heroines.”
She’s grinning. We’ve been talking for hours at this point, long into the night. We’re driving back from her parents’, a car trip that takes almost six hours. Six hours of hands held, of dreaming pie-in-the-sky ideas, of talking over the novels we’re both working on. We didn’t plan to talk about something like this, an astronomically HUGE project, built by the two of us…and yet here we are. We’re talking about it. We’re considering it.
You already know how this story ends. We did end up creating Project Unicorn: A Lesbian YA Extravaganza!, and now, the beginning stages are behind us. Every week of August, we posted two free YA short stories with lesbian heroines, and one month out of a year long project is now down–eleven to go.
The first month’s theme was “The Dark Woods,” and the stories were–as you would expect from the both of us–extremely diverse. There were trees growing in spaceships, and mermaids dragged into the woods to die. There were ghosts and werewolves and Snow Whites, but through every story, the same thrumming, vibrant line rang true: these girls were heroines who fell in love with other girls.
In a world where most YA ignores the fact that lesbians exist, Project Unicorn has been born. Thank you to those who believed in it, who supported it, who talked about it, who spread the word. And if you’re just hearing about it for the first time, welcome. ❤
In the next few days, we'll be gathering the first stories into the first eZine of Project Unicorn. Until then, here are all of the stories of the first month, in order. Enjoy. ❤
Project Unicorn, August: The Dark Woods
1. Witch Girls by Sarah Diemer (Dark Fantasy)
The wild witch girls lurk at the edge of the woods, waiting to snatch away any girl who’s less than good. Gran’s warnings are the same every day: be good, or the witch girls will take you. But what if you want to be taken?
2. Surfacing by Sarah Diemer (Fantasy)
When Alice’s brother John takes a mermaid out of the sea and drags her into the woods to die, Alice must find the courage to stand up to the worst bully she’s ever known in order to save a life.
3. Curse Cabin Confession by Sarah Diemer (Paranormal)
When Robin invites her girlfriend, Malinda, up to her family cabin for the weekend, it’s not just for a romantic time. Robin has a confession to make: she’s not exactly human.
4. Wolves of Leaving by Sarah Diemer (Paranormal)
After challenging the Alpha–and losing–Cadie begs the girl she loves to forsake all they’ve ever known and escape the tyranny of the pack.
5. A Craving by Jennifer Diemer (Fantasy)
Snow knows little of the world, having spent most of her life within the safe confines of the cottage she shares with seven little men, her protectors. But every day, a young girl comes to the door, offering her an apple, and every day brings Snow one step closer to taking a bite.
6. Natural by Jennifer Diemer (Paranormal)
Terra feels confused and alone–until she meets a mysterious girl in the forest, standing next to her favorite tree…
7. Haunt by Jennifer Diemer (Paranormal)
Every moonrise, Tam and Ailsa defy the laws of time and space to meet in the forest and kiss beneath the stars.
8. Dreaming Green by Jennifer Diemer (Science Fiction)
Mirelle catches a mysterious seed during a spacewalk, and, though it is forbidden, she dares to plant it, nurture it, and let it grow.
Sarah Diemer is an award-winning author of lesbian young adult (YA), speculative fiction. Her debut novel, The Dark Wife, the YA, lesbian retelling of the Persephone myth won the 2012 Golden Crown Literary Award for Speculative Fiction, and was nominated for a Parsec Award (first two chapters of the audiobook). She writes her lesbian adult fiction under the pen name Elora Bishop, including the Sappho’s Fables: Lesbian Fairy Tales series, which she co-writes with her wife, author Jennifer Diemer.
How can I support the project?
If you love what we’re doing with Project Unicorn, the two greatest things you can do to support it is to talk about it on your social network, blog or web site, and purchase each eZine as it comes out. Project Unicorn is a very large undertaking, but we’re deeply dedicated to giving queer girls stories they can identify with. Thank you so much for being supportive, and please consider purchasing an eZine to help us continue with this project! ❤ (You can also show your support by buying our other books, or simply donating to buy the authors a cup of tea. <3)
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