This anthology is certainly personal. I’ve picked stories that have helped me to understand my own queerness — a process which occurred relatively slowly and late for me. They’re not my favourite stories of all time (though some might be) but they all explore queerness from a female or nonbinary perspective, though this often involves troubling form as much as it does sexuality and gender. I would possibly argue that the short story is an inherently queer form in its ability to resist formal categorisation and absorb all manner of experimentation — hence some of these entries are ‘officially’ poems or essays.
What have I left out? I’m sure I’ve left out many great queer stories by women — both Julia Armfeld’s Salt Slow and Kirsty Logan’s Things We Say in The Dark are on my TBR— so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!