June 25, 2021

#FridayReads June 25 - FORESHADOW!

This week, I'm recommending a fantastic anthology and equally fantastic online zine/serial anthology: Foreshadow. First up: the anthology.

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA, edited by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan

This anthology, and the serial YA fiction online zine that it came out of, contains some absolutely amazing short fiction. I know it says YA, but if you read and love speculative fiction, I think this anthology is for you, regardless of age.

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.

Next up: Foreshadow the online zine / serial anthology, which published new stories online through 2019. If you haven't checked it out before, I highly recommend it. You can read all the issues here.

More about this project:

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology was born out of a desire to offer a unique new online venue for young adult short stories. We were committed to showcasing underrepresented voices, boosting emerging writers, and highlighting the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each month of 2019 we published a new issue featuring three stellar YA stories. These included original work from acclaimed writers, plus brand-new voices our readers hadn't heard from before who were specially selected by some very beloved rockstar authors.

As foreshadowing in storytelling is a way of imagining and prefiguring what’s to come, our hope was that the new writers our audience discovered here would be the authors whose books they would covet next. We were especially committed to finding stories by marginalized voices new to YA and actively worked on outreach, hoping to contribute to the changing landscape of young adult publishing to become more inclusive and diverse.

Three of my favourite stories from Foreshadow are:

  • Risk, by Rachel Hylton 
  • Red by Malinda Lo 
  • Flight, by Tanya Aydelott


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