Kickstarter of the Week: Crossed Genres Magazine

Crossed Genres Magazine is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine committed to telling stories of unrepresented, marginalized or ignored characters in science fiction and fantasy, such as characters of color, QUILTBAG, disabled, etc.

The magazine relaunched in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter in the summer of 2012. Continuing to keep it running is the hard part. Thus the new Kickstarter campaign runs until April 30 and hopes to raise funds for another year of quality reading and to help meet a self-sustainable goal.

Backer rewards for the campaign primarily consist of subscriptions, either digital or print, to Crossed Genres, spreading the reward over twelve issues. At higher levels, backers can choose the theme for an upcoming issue or “pick the brains” of the publishers.

Crossed Genres Magazine, 2014

Rewards such as this Giant Ebook Bundle ($45) or Giant Print Bundle ($110) look well worth it

Crossed Genres also qualifies as an official professional market for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), meaning that they pay their authors and publication in it can count towards the requirements of being an active member of the SFWA for the author. That gives authors who are actively writing about diverse characters access to a well-known professional organization and a vote in the Nebula Awards.

Crossed Genres Magazine, 2014On a personal note, I first heard of Crossed Genres Magazine at a Boskone convention two years ago. They had a small table with interesting titles, including Fat Girl in a Strange Land. I couldn’t tell if that was meant to be a joke or not, so I struck up a conversation with co-publisher Bart Lieb. I walked away with a copy of the book and I’ve been a fan and supporter ever since.


Brenda Noiseux

Brenda Noiseux

Community builder, artist, convention organizer, gamer, geek writer @womenoncomics, @Sidequest_BHP. Owner, Bittenby Studios