Kickstarter Count Down, Futuredaze Submissions Closing Soon, & Book Cover Update

With 13 days left on our Kickstarter project, we are only $260 away from our goal. While we don’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, it looks like there is an excellent chance that we’ll hit our goal–which is critical since we won’t receive anything, if we don’t reach our target. Thank You! to everyone who has signed up as a backer so far and to everyone who will help us to reach our  goal in the next two weeks.

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Our Kickstarter goal is $1,700; this is the minimum amount needed to pay for some of the production costs associated with publishing Futuredaze. Anything that comes in above that amount will also be deeply appreciated since it will give us more flexibility in publishing and marketing Futuredaze. We’ve received some terrific stories, and we are excited that Futuredaze is on its way toward helping to fill the science fiction anthology gap in young adult fiction. We couldn’t do this without your help.

SUBMISSIONS UPDATE:  Regarding submissions, our guidelines state that submissions are “open until filled.” However, given the number of high quality pieces we have received so far, we think it’s time to set a closing date for the anthology. We know there are authors who are in the process of writing pieces to submit to Futuredaze, and we don’t want to close submissions while their stories and poems are still in process. Therefore, we’re announcing that submissions for Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction will close on June 30, 2012. That gives authors about three weeks to finish their pieces and to submit them by the closing date.

As previously mentioned, Deena Warner of Deena Warner Designs is creating the cover art for Futuredaze. She does amazing print design work, and we’re excited to have her working on our book. We received an update that she’s begun working on the sketches now. A draft should be available by the end of the month and the final artwork should be completed by the end of August. We are looking forward to sharing the final artwork with you as soon as it’s available.

You might have also heard that science fiction writer Ray Bradbury has passed away. Ray’s presence in the world will be sorely missed. To honor him, Underwords put together a post featuring tributes from a host of science fiction writers. It was the one way we thought we could best honor Ray Bradbury. You can read the tribute here.

Thank you again for your support. If you know anyone who might like to help support science fiction for young adults by becoming a Futuredaze backer or who would like to help spread the word, please feel free to share theFuturedaze Kickstarter URL with them.

About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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