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ARCs of Foreshadow Arrive

Magic arrived at my doorstep last week, ARCs (advance reader copies) of our beautiful anthology. And wow, are they gorgeous! The colors of Sarah J. Coleman's cover artwork are even richer and more textured in person, and of course just holding the book as a real, tangible thing felt so momentous. All I could think was: my words are held in these pages, my words are held in these pages.From the digital project to this print edition, I am so incredibly proud to be a part of this collection with so many other talented writers. "Bold New Voices" indeed. The love and tireless work that went in by Emily X.R. Pan, Nova Ren Suma and the entire Foreshadow team has not gone unnoticed. Cynthia Leitich Smith, I grin whenever I look at that lovely introduction you wrote.(Superstars, all of you. Thank you for everything.)

On top of that the reviews have been rolling in--reviews from readers and professional reviews. Kirkus called Foreshadow "ingenious" and "a master clas…

Foreshadow Anthology has a Beautiful Cover

We now have a gorgeous cover for our anthology, Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA. Huge thanks to Sarah J. Coleman for her gorgeous design!

Behind every glossy cover reveal is a journey, and usually a twisting one. In the case of Foreshadow, there are so many journeys, with thirteen short stories as well as craft discussions from our fearless editors. I can say that from start to finish, working on this project has been an unequivocal joy.

Our stories are all YA but they span genres and styles. We represent a multitude of backgrounds. When I read the first pass pages recently, it all seriously took my breath away.

In the craft essays, Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma have taken a deep dive into each story to draw attention to the pearls within. Our words have been treated like precious bits of treasure, and it means the world to me. There is a lot of passion and imagination here, and I hope readers will come away from this book with a burning need to…

Quantum Quarantine: A Short Story

Hey folks, I'm excited to share here a YA spec fic short story I wrote about two high school seniors navigating our current pandemic. Naturally, it also includes parallel timelines, a black hole, and a sweet love story. 

If you enjoy it, please share and spread the word. Thank you!

CW: domestic abuse
QUANTUM QUARANTINE by Maya Prasad It’s Friday, March 13th at 3:45pm, just minutes after the eighth period bell. I shuffle down to the basement in building C of Adams High, my bag heavy with textbooks, my anxiety its own formidable weight. As if a supermassive black hole is located in my chest, sucking the whole of the cosmos into one dense point in my heart. There was supposed to be a biology test last period, but Ms. Rodriguez canceled it. “All things considered, I don’t think we’re in the right mindset,” she said. We aren’t. Not with all schools in the state closing for a minimum of six weeks, not with the hopes of a careless spring semester dissolving like sugar in a cappuccino, not with…