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  • "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" was written in 1997 in response to a letter the author recieved from a conservative group within the United Methodist Church asking for money to help battle homosexuality, claiming that gay people were dividing the church. Originally intending to mail the story directly to the Good News organization, the author realized it would fall upon deaf ears and opted to publish it for the masses instead.


  • "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" was Glenn Slade Clark, Jr.'s debut publication, launching his first Web site in June of 1999.


  • Unsatisfied with the lamb on the illustration she had created to accompany the story on her brother's new Web site, artist Valerie Clark produced a second sheep, cut it out, and taped it over the first sheep for the final artwork.


  • When the story was collected in the author's anthology, The Great Debate, the most unsatisfying aspect of the new book for the author was the irony of reprinting the illustration for "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" in grayscale.

Publication History

  • "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" was originally posted as Web fiction in June of 1999. It was replaced in August by "The Ghost in the Olive Grove."


  • "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" was re-released in a second edition Microsoft Word file on April 17, 2011 as a free download.


  • On January 13, 2003, "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" was collected, along with three new works of short fiction, in The Great Debate, released in both hardback and trade paperback.


  • On September 2, 2008, "The Rainbow-Colored Sheep" was once again issued as a single short story, this time in PDF e-book format.


  • On October 22, 2011, the fifth edition was released as a Kindle e-book. The fifth edition was released as a Smashwords e-book and a Clark Ink PDF e-book on December 6, 2011. A paperback version was released on December 7, 2011.


  • On August 3, 2020, the 2011 PDF E-Book edition was made available for free at

Earlier Editions

No longer available
1st Edition - Web Fiction

Curently unavailable
2nd Edition - Microsoft Word file

The Great Debate
3rd Edition - collected in The Great Debate hardback
The Great Debate
3rd Edition - collected in The Great Debate trade paperback

Currently unavailable
4th Edition - PDF e-book

Current Editions
5th Edition - Kindle e-book

All major e-book formats
5th Edition - Smashwords e-book

For the desktop
5th Edition - Clark Ink PDF e-book

For the bookshelf
5th Edition - paperback

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