Annick Press to Publish First of Its Kind Trans Anthology for Young Readers

Toronto — Annick Press is pleased to announce the future publication of a new anthology created by and for the trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer communities, slated for 2022. The book will be the first of its kind to provide #ownvoices representation all the way through its creation process, from the writers and illustrators to the editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and designer.

Annick is thrilled to be working with editor j wallace skelton to create a book that celebrates trans identity, storytelling, and future-building. The call for submissions was posted today on Annick’s website and will also be sent out to teachers, librarians, educators, and additional media outlets in the coming weeks.

“So often books about trans (binary and nonbinary) young people are written about us by others. This is a book by and for Two-Spirit, trans, and genderqueer people. We are writing our own community, building the maps we need, and telling our own stories,” said j, the book’s editor.

“We’ll be here fully formed, not just withstanding transphobia (although we do) but also as culture makers, ancestors, people with history. We are very deliberately making a beautiful book because trans people are beautiful. We are gifts to ourselves and the world.”

Aimed at readers ages 12+, the anthology will include both fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on highlighting work by younger writers and by Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of color, disabled writers, and anyone living at the intersections of these identities.

“I am so glad to have this book on our list and to have j as its editor. In our early conversations about the anthology, I was thinking of it as a love letter to my trans friends, to their younger selves, and to trans and nonbinary kids everywhere. I can’t wait to see that come to fruition,” said Annick Press’s Kaela Cadieux, the book’s acquiring editor.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2021 with a call for illustrators to follow. For further information or for questions about submitting, please contact Kaela Cadieux at kaelac@annickpress.com.

About Annick Press

Annick Press is recognized as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge publishers of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults in North America. Founded in 1975, Annick is home to many award-winning titles, garnering over 100 distinctions and awards in 2019 alone. Annick’s bestselling and critically acclaimed titles include The Paper Bag Princess, Fire Song, Fatty Legs, Stormy Seas, and #NotYourPrincess. Annick creates engaging books that aim to spark a lifelong love of reading and to challenge kids to think critically about the world around them. You can visit Annick Press at www.annickpress.com, Instagram at Annick_Press, Facebook at AnnickPress, or Twitter at AnnickPress.

About j wallace skelton

j wallace skelton is a writer, artist, and PhD candidate in Toronto. j is the author of three previous books and a variety of chapters, nearly all on LGBT2Q topics, and has worked in a variety of roles creating celebration and welcome for LGBT2Q young people and young people of marginalized genders. j is trans and really would prefer to live without pronouns altogether. j is very proud to be making the anthology that j really could have used in middle school. You can find j online at www.jwallaceskelton.com, on Facebook at wallacejc, or Twitter at transparent_jws.