Announcing an open call for reprint submissions for my next anthology, The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, to be published in late 2014 by Running Press (USA/Canada) and Constable & Robinson (UK). Its bite-size summary: “an anthology of powerful, important science fiction stories by women, showcasing the unforgettable contributions made to the genre in recent decades.”
Genre: Science fiction.
Word count: Up to 10,000 words.
Publication history: Must be previously published, from around 1980 onwards, and available for reprint in late 2014.
Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories.
Payment: 2c/word (USD) on publication in late 2014, plus contributor copies.
Deadline: 30 November 2013. I will respond by the end of January 2014.
Submit to: alexmacfarlane [at] gmail [dot] com — put MAMMOTH WOMEN in the subject line.
Important: I am only interested in stories written by women.
I take a very broad definition of ‘science fiction’. If you feel that your work is at the boundary between science fiction and literary/historical/fantasy/other genres, please send it to me. (If you know that your work is, say, a secondary world fantasy about elves or a contemporary fantasy about vampires, please don’t waste my time.)
I want the anthology to encompass the full range of the world’s women, in the authors and in their stories. I welcome submissions from all women: women of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds, women of all countries, women of all religions, women of all sexualities, trans and cis and genderfluid women, women of all abilities, women of all classes.
Stories do not require a specifically feminist or female-centric approach. I am simply interested in excellent science fiction written by women. However, stories that contain sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, cissexist, ableist and other -ist/hateful/hurtful elements that go unquestioned by the narrative will not be accepted.
Some particular areas of interest:
- the role of women in science in the past, present and future around the world (eg: Sofia Samatar’s “Girl Hours”)
- gender that goes beyond the binary
- futures rooted in the cultural breadth of the present
- science, space, wonder
- large stakes/scope, personal stories, everything in-between
- beautiful prose, non-linear and experimental narratives
This is not a conclusive list. If you have a science fiction story that does completely different things, please send it to me. Surprise me. Delight me. I want the anthology to encompass a wide range of approaches to and interpretations of the genre.
Stories need not be in SFWA “pro” markets. Authors need not be widely published. I intend to include major authors and authors who should be major. That could be you. Please send me your work.
It does not matter if the story is still available online.
I also welcome recommendations. Got favourite SF stories by women that you think I must read? Please let me know. If you’re able to provide a link to the story, even better.
Editors and publishers, I would love to read your authors’ stories. If you’re able to provide an epub/mobi/PDF of your anthologies/collections/magazines, I would be delighted to read them. I’m happy to look at print copies too.
Please put MAMMOTH WOMEN in the subject line of all emails, whether submissions, recommendations or queries. Thank you!
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- Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
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