PROJECT UNICORN, VOLUME ONE is a collection of thirty young adult short stories featuring lesbian heroines. As ghosts and witches, aliens and vampires, the characters in this extensive and varied collection battle monsters and inner demons, stand up to bullies, wield magic, fall in love, and take action to claim their lives–and their stories–as their own.
Written by wife-and-wife authors Jennifer Diemer and Sarah Diemer, this volume of stories, with genres ranging from science fiction and fantasy to the paranormal, is part of Project Unicorn, a fiction project that seeks to address the near nonexistence of lesbian main characters in young adult fiction by giving them their own stories. PROJECT UNICORN, VOLUME ONE contains the full first three collections of Project Unicorn stories: The Dark Woods, The Monstrous Sea and Uncharted Sky.
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There are countless young adult books in existence. And among those many stories, there are very few which contain lesbian main characters. If we were to look at YA books as a reflection of the teenage population, we’d have to assume that there were only a handful of lesbian teens in existence.
And that’s simply not true.
There are so many amazing, vibrant, heroic young ladies who spend every single day living out their own stories. They go to school, hang out with their friends, get great or terrible grades, and they happen to date and fall in love with other girls. These ladies are not mythological figures or legendary creatures, but their virtual invisibility in young adult literature–the very genre meant for them–renders them as rare as unicorns.
When you’re invisible in your own cultural reflections, that suggests a few painful, though unstated, things: You don’t exist. You’re worthless, unimportant. You just don’t matter enough to have your own story.
That’s not true.
And we need to stop saying it’s true by not telling these stories.
We grew up as invisible lesbians. We went to our libraries, desperately searching for stories that reflected us, and found none at all. If the Internet had existed back then, we may have had a bit more luck finding that ever-rare lesbian YA book, but, unfortunately, we didn’t have that resource until Sarah was in her later teen years.
We know what it feels like to be relegated to invisibility.
It’s 2013. We can make instant coffee with the push of a button. We can touch screens and talk to our phones and do all sorts of awesome, space-age things, and we still don’t have lesbian main characters in young adult books. There’s something woefully wrong with this situation, and, as storytellers (and YA authors), we decided to do our part to change the trend.
And Project Unicorn was born.
Project Unicorn: A Lesbian YA Extravaganza! is a fiction project that seeks to address the near nonexistence of lesbian main characters in young adult fiction by giving them their own stories. For an entire year, we’ve pledged to put out two short stories each week, each with a lesbian heroine, and each a genre story (science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, etc.).
This first volume collects the first three months of the project’s stories. Within these pages, you have girls who save themselves and each other, girls who rise up against terrible circumstances and find their own strength and courage, girls who deal with real-world problems and decidedly otherworldly ones…girls who live and love and create their own ever afters.
They are reflections of the real heroines who live and love today. Now. Everywhere. Lesbian girls who are not invisible at all, who matter deeply, who are cherished human beings.
This book is for every girl who has never found a story about someone like her.
These stories are for you. ❤