Multi-Genre Fiction with Much-Needed Protagonists

SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN: Co-editors Talia C. Johnson and Cait Gordon are taking submissions for Nothing Without Us, Too. Please carefully read our submission guidelines! Follow us on social media and on this blog for more information!

SUPER HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Our publisher, Renaissance, received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for Nothing Without Us, Too, so we are very proud to say:

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


About the first anthology, Nothing Without Us

Book cover ID: Old russet brick wall with faded spray-painted colours in aqua, yellow, white, beige, and reds. Stencilled boldly in black: Nothing Without Us. (The list of editors and authors appears underneath.)

Edited by Cait Gordon and Kohenet Talia C. Johnson.

With stories by Myriad Augustine, Carolyn Charron, Joanna Marsh, Elliott Dunstan, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Raymond Luczak, Nicole Zelniker, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Jamieson Wolf, J. Ivanel Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tonya Liburd, Shannon Barnsley, Madonna Skaff, Maverick Smith, George Zancola, Diane Koerner, Laurie Stewart, Tasha Fierce, Nathan Caro Frechette, Emily Gillespie, and Derek Newman-Stille.

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction and stars protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From the halls of hospitals to deep into the jungle, from within the fantastical plane to far into outer space, these protagonists take us on a journey, make us think, and also prompt us to cheer them on. These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

ID: CSFFA official Aurora Award nominee logo. It's a silver gradient rectangular shape with a sloping top. A bright red maple leaf is in the centre. Words: Aurora Nominee

Nothing Without Us was a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist for the Best Related Work. Many thanks to our authors and amazing supporters!

Did you know? Our anthology has been part of the syllabus at a disabilities studies course at Trent University twice! Derek Newman-Stille is teaching CAST-SOCI-WMST 4551H “Gender and Disability in Canada.” Talia and Cait have had the honour of speaking directly with students at Trent (even during a pandemic) about disability representation and what it means to be a disabled creative in CanLit and CanSpec.

Nothing Without Us is now available at these online retailers, and from Presses Renaissance Press (ebook, paperback, and audiobook).