The Story Engine Deck is a set of 180 cards that help you create endless story ideas and creative writing prompts. It runs on a simple, fast, open-ended system of drawing and arranging cards to create your own customizable prompts for stories, character concepts, conflicts, settings, and more. It’s all in how you arrange the cards, interpret the connections between them, and bring the concept to life.
Find The Story Engine Deck, a free print-at-home demo, and oodles of free creative resources at storyenginedeck.com
Forthcoming in 2022, The Story Engine: Deck of Worlds will feature 240 cards for creating imagined lands, local lore, and story-driven world maps you can instantly explore through writing or roleplay. With hundreds of open-ended worldbuilding prompts created by a talented international team of writers, the deck is ideal for worldbuilders, writers, loremasters, DMs, teachers, and storytellers of all kinds. Learn more at deckofworlds.com
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels Velvet Was the Night, Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and a bunch of other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu’s Daughters).
CatStone Books is a nonprofit publishing company that promotes minority voices in speculative fiction. They publish novels as well as the pro-rate short fiction magazine Pharos, and have a host of community resources for traditionally marginalized authors, readers, and industry professionals.
CatStone’s signature community program is the Samuel R. Delany Fellowship, a $10,000 grant to minority authors currently working on a work of speculative fiction. Fellows will receive mentorship from New York Times bestselling authors, a new laptop donated by Dell, and the opportunity to pitch a panel of agents at the completion of their manuscript. CatStone also runs Wink BC, a book club that supports blind and visually impaired readers by donating screen readers and other accessibility tools as well as providing accessible formats of reading material across a litany of genres.
In their continuing support of the Disrupt Texts movements, CatStone Books also runs a school donation program that places thousands of diverse books into schools across the country. CatStone also has several programs in development, including writing seminars and a training and certification program for people from traditionally marginalized communities who want to break into a very exclusive and competitive industry.