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New in Fiction – Limited by Allison Mulder

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, Fiction, Teen Writers, The Blog | 0 comments

Limited Allison Mulder An evening of video games and chocolate rations is cut short when the power goes out. Carris and her friends must beat raiders to the communication station if they want to save the town. Limited by Allison Mulder won 1st Place in Visibility Fiction’s Teens Only Writing Competition. Read Online | Kindle | ePub | PDF About the Author: Allison Mulder is a nocturnal college student in Iowa, currently busy with the study of Writing, Literature, and the art of procrastination. When avoiding homework, she often reads, doodles, watches too much anime, and daydreams about...

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What the “M” Word Means to Me

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in General Discussions, Guest Posts, Race and Ethnicity, The Blog | 2 comments

“What the “M” Word Means to Me” by J.M. Blackman   I’ve always felt like the word “minority” is a loaded word. It seems to ask people to get up in arms, to demand some sort of awkwardness. I attribute most of this to the fact that “minority” has had a less-than-positive connotation. Because, if you’re a minority, you’ve been singled out as being the less-than, as being an underdog. Or you haven’t gotten any attention at all. But being a minority—whether it’s related to race, sex, orientation or ability—is a factor of all of our lives. Even if you’ve never felt like a...

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Seeking Book Reviews.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Review, The Blog | 0 comments

In the lead up to the release of our second Visibility Fiction story, the VisFic Blog has become somewhat neglected. You’ll be pleased to know we have a few guest posts on the way, but what we’d really love to see are some more reviews of relevant inclusive, young adult fiction (or any related texts). While diversity is certainly lacking in our literature, there are a few notable inclusive stories that have gained some popular visibility, and if you dig around (and it really is worth the effort) there are more than you might imagine. We want to spread the word about these...

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Banned Books Week and Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Fiction, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Review, The Blog | 1 comment

Banned Books Week and Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden by Holly Kench This week is Banned Books Week in the US. In Australia, we don’t have quite the censorship problem that seems rife in the States. Although some censorship does occur, for example I’m aware some of our Catholic schools put limitations on books which include safe sex practices, it doesn’t extend so far as the school library censorship in the US. You can find a list of the top challenged books in the US for 2011, and the reasons, here. I’ve always found the idea of book banning and censorship quite...

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An Update on the Visibility Fiction Project

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Fiction, The Blog | 0 comments

Hi Everyone, I’m excited to announce that our first selection of inclusive young adult short stories will be appearing on the Visibility Fiction site next month! We will be staggering the release of the stories, so you can enjoy each of them separately. The stories differ greatly in theme and style, showing how dynamic the young adult genre is. Equally, each story offers a different take on inclusivity, proving that including protagonists from minority groups adds so much potential for creativity. I can’t wait to share these stories with you. A word on submissions: While we have...

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LGBTQ Characters in YA and Why They Matter

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in General Discussions, Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, The Blog | 3 comments

“LGBTQ Characters in YA and Why They Matter” by Allegra Davis   Before starting to write this article, I went on a Google quest for young adult books with LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer] themes. “Great Books for Gay Teens,” one header touted. Another article boasted a directory of “Gay Books for Teenagers and Young Adults.” Of course this was what I was looking for, but upon reading them, something about most of these pieces gave me pause. Yes, it’s true that teenagers on the LGBTQ spectrum may be particularly interested in reading books featuring characters they can...

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