Cover Photo: This header's background is the nonbinary pride flag with the covers of 'The Black Tides of Heaven' by Neon Yang, 'Felix Ever After' by Kacen Callender, 'Freshwater' by Akwaeke Emezi, and 'Once & Future' by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy on top of it
Book covers via Tor; HarperCollins; Grove Atlantic; and Little, Brown and Company

Writing Nonbinary Characters

As a nonbinary queer writer, fictional characters helped me understand myself. I encourage authors to include nonbinary characters in their work.

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The Mountains of Tibet

I recommend hiring a sensitivity reader and/or an editor who is nonbinary if your work features nonbinary characters.

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Felix Ever After

It’s unrealistic if all characters are cis gender-conforming men and women.

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Nonbinary people have a wide range of appearances, and they’re often not the white, skinny, and androgenous stereotype shown in the media.

Once & Future

Nonbinary people’s gender expression may change over time, with different people, or with shifting mood. FreshwaterFreshwater

Nonbinary people may use or or or or may alternate between multiple pronouns.heshe

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Craft in the Real World

Rey Katz is a nonbinary, queer writer. They earned a Bachelor of Science in physics at MIT and a black belt in Kokikai Aikido. You can find them at