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Fabulous. Ferocious. Fragile. Fresh. Female. Announcing the next edition in our award-winning anthology series, Generation F: The Girls Write Now 2018 Anthology. We are fighters and feminists, freethinkers and forces to be reckoned with. We are fitting in (or not), fed up, fighting back, and figuring it out in classrooms, cafes, and all across New York City. Coinciding with Girls Write Now’s landmark 20th Anniversary, Generation F explores what it means to be part of a generation yet to be defined, facing unprecedented challenges, freedoms, technologies, and choices. The mentors and mentees in this unique volume are redefining feminist identities, finding their voices, fighting for essential rights, and facing our community with fresh eyes.
The introduction of Generation F is by Teen Vogue’s Executive Editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay, with a foreword by Ashley C. Ford, whose memoir Somebody’s Daughter will be published by Flatiron Books under the imprint An Oprah Book.
Partnering with Dutton, Feminist Press & Amazon Literary Parnership
Girls Write Now is thrilled to be in partnership with Dutton who helped the organization produce the anthology. This collection was also made possible thanks to a charitable contribution from Amazon Literary Partnership. Thank you to The Feminist Press for partnering on the e-book for Generation F. Jisu Kim, Senior Marketing and Sales Manager at The Feminist Press says:
“Not only does Girls Write Now believe in the power of storytelling, the organization truly invests in future writers that our world currently deems forgettable or unimportant. The Feminist Press shares a commitment to diversifying the publishing pipeline and lifting up next generation writers who are sharing their unique and necessary stories with the world. We’re proud to help build a truly diverse literary future, and to help make this anthology more accessible to readers everywhere.”
Girls Write Now anthologies have received praise from Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Meg Wolitzer, Elaine Welteroth, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Christina Baker Kline, Emma Straub, Zadie Smith, Melissa Harris-Perry, Emma Cline, Isaac Fitzgerald, Emily St. John Mandel, Janet Mock, and countless others. Says People magazine, “It’s hard not to be inspired.”
The Girls Write Now anthology series has been recognized as the Outstanding Book of the Year in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and has earned additional honors from the International Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the New York Book Festival, the San Francisco Book Festival, and the Paris Book Festival.
The anthology has also embraced by academics:
Generation F: The Girls Write Now 2018 Anthology is a wonderful text to use in girl studies and women’s and gender studies courses. One of the many powerful features of this collection is its cross-generational method. Putting the voices of diverse girls at the center, and including the experiences of their mentors, Generation F foments cross-generational social, intellectual, creative, and political reciprocity.
—Katie Hogan, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Affiliate
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Praise for Generation F
“Writing is a powerful act that lets the writer articulate her thoughts and feelings directly, fluently, openly, and originally; and in doing so, the writer forges a connection with that other important half of the equation: the reader. These young writers are working hard every day to describe their inner lives and take them outward; to forge that essential, beautiful connection.” —MEG WOLITZER, author of The Female Persuasion
“Girls Write Now has put together a book of the young women who have something to say. The same young women we all are or have been before. I am so excited for you to find yourself in the pages of this book. We’re all here, in every word, and in every story, connected by the inherent defiance of girlhood. Enjoy it.” — ASHLEY C. FORD, author of upcoming memoir Somebody’s Daughter
“To speak in one’s own voice—and to be heard—is a right as unalienable as the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Girls Write Now gives young women the means to exercise that right. This anthology brings the reader back, again and again, to one fundamental purpose of language itself: deliverance.” —RACHEL LYON, author of Self-Portrait With Boy
“These confusing times call for self-reflection, and for sharing, and there is no better way to do that than through the written word. Girls Write Now is revolutionary in confronting the reality that women’s voices are often overlooked, forgotten—or worse, silenced. While the writing industry can continue to feel like an ivory tower, Girls Write Now creates space for diverse girls to workshop ideas, and by being a part of this organization, you are able to tell your stories.” — SAMHITA MUKHOPADHYAY, Executive Editor of Teen Vogue
“These young girls are the real visionaries of tomorrow and we are beyond lucky to read their stories today.” —JENNY ZHANG, author of Sour Heart
“Our world is desperate for fresh voices and new ideas from unconventional sources. The wealth of stories, creativity, and bravery in this collection gives me hope that this next generation will thrive on opportunities to break the mold, challenge the status quo, and let their individuality shine ever brighter.” —NILOFER MERCHANT, author of The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World
“This triumphant collection folds its arms around readers, letting us know that none of us is alone. That our voices are real, vital, and urgently need. Thank you to all the girls who are brave enough to share their truest selves on these pages. You give rise to hope through your storytelling gifts. Your emergence is keenly felt.” —ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Pencil
“The courageous and heartfelt stories that shape this anthology serve to remind us all that one of the most powerful things in the world is a girl with a pen in her hand.” —LANG LEAV, author of Sad Girls
“Throughout their lives, women are told that they need to be empowered. That creates the message that someone else owns a female’s power and that it can be given and taken away. The incredible voices of girls collected in Generation F: The Girls Write Now 2018 Anthology proves this whole status quo about empowerment wrong. Girls don’t need to be empowered, they need to be enabled to use their own power. The Girls Write Now program makes me so excited for the future, one where all voices matter, not just some. Now that is power.” —DR. PATTI FLETCHER, Co-Founder, PSDNetwork, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold
“The work that Girls Write Now does, giving young women the tools to better express their ideas, opinions, and experiences, is vital. These girls’ stories should be required reading for anyone hungry for hope in a world that feels increasingly complex and unsteady. These are the changemakers with the power to shape our future.” — NEHA GANDHI, Editor in Chief & COO of Girlboss