Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize

Jellyfish Dreaming


This post-apocalyptic, post-gender, coming-of-age story pulses with plot twists and intrigue. It contemplates the tenacity of life and the capacity of hope, even when all seems lost. 

On the cliffs above the Great Garbage Ocean, in a university’s aging experimental facility, Jack floats in a tank of poisonous jellyfish. The 200-year-old intersex street kid remembers things nobody else does, from before the environmental catastrophes that erased the world as we know it.

Now, jellyfish and insects are food staples, and everyone is sterile. Everyone, that is, except for some of the town’s orphaned survivors. Two of the University’s researchers believe they are humanity’s last hope.

Jack agrees to help, but then falls for his best friend, Joon – a tough, ageless “Warehouse kid” whose arrival complicates everything. As Jack’s feelings for Joon grow, so does the danger around them. When old bigotries erupt into violence, Jack must scramble to protect those he loves from a madman and save a dying world. But at what cost?

“Jellyfish Dreaming is a head trip like nothing you’ve read, weaving together climate, genetics, gender, biology and dreams in such a way it’s impossible to miss how they were always all one thing to begin with.”

–Michael J. DeLuca, author of Night Roll


After a decade of sailing around the world with researchers in summer and assisting a glassblower in winter, D.K. McCUTCHEN now lives on a river with two brilliant daughters and a flightless Kiwi.

Publications include JELLYFISH DREAMING (JFD), LGBTQIA-friendly gender-bender-post-apocalyptic-Speculative-Lit & winner of the 2022 Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Prize for YA (forthcoming with Leapfrog Press, USA, & Can of Worms Press, UK, August 22, 2023).

WHALE ROAD, creative nonfiction about sailing with whale researchers through the South Pacific (a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book & Pushcart nominee) is also forthcoming as an update with JackLeg Press October 16th 2023.

D.K. has contributed to several Fish Publishing Anthologies with: The Glass Bitch, April Fool & the Feministas, and The Zen of Kakapo Poo. She has publications in literary journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Isotope, The Cafe Review, Rosebud, Route 9, Identity Theory and others.

She’s currently working on JFD’s companion novel ICE, winner of a Speculative Literature Foundation grant.


  • ISBN-13: 978-1948585750
  • 256 pp

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