World Weaver Press will be open to submissions for a new science fiction anthology from August 15 to November 15, 2017. Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers seeks optimistic science fiction stories set in summer.
Solarpunk is a type of eco-conscious science fiction that imagines an optimistic future founded on renewable energies. It might take place in a wind-powered skyscraper or on a solar-powered robotic farm, in a bustling green-roofed metropolis or in a small but tech-saavy desert village. Often coupled with an art nouveau aesthetic, and always inclusive and diverse, solarpunk stories show the ways we have adapted to climate change, or the ways we have overcome it.
For this anthology, I want to see solarpunk summers. Show me futuristic stories that take place in summer, whether that involves a summer night in a rooftop garden, or characters adapting to extreme heat and weather, or maybe an annual migration to cooler lands. Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias.
We're a northern hemisphere publisher, but southern hemisphere summers are also welcome!
Need inspiration? Read New York 2140 or Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson, Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation, or Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology.
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers will be a paying market, but the author rate has not yet been determined. Our usual rate for anthologies is $10 + a paperback contributor copy. We want to pay more. World Weaver Press recently contracted a translation of a Brazilian solarpunk anthology, and we will be running a Kickstarter to assist with the translation costs. Author rates for Glass and Gardens will be included in the Kickstarter as stretch goals. If we meet our stretch goals, Glass and Gardens authors will be paid semi-pro ($0.01 to $0.05 per word), or possibly even pro rates ($0.06 per word).
Check our blog and social media for updates on the Solarpunk Kickstarter, which will run August 14 to September 14, 2017.
How to Submit
When submissions open, please check the Anthology Submission page or the WWP blog for the correct email address to send your submission to. We're withholding it for now to discourage writers from sending before the window is open.
Submission Window: August 15 to November 15, 2017
Length: Under 8,000 words
Specifications: Standard Manuscript Format is preferred (minus the Courier font). Send your story as an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf only), double-spaced, using 12-point type and a standard serif font (such as Times New Roman or Garamond). Please include your name, mailing address, and email address on the first page.
Simultaneous Submissions allowed: Yes (Please let us know ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere.)
Multiple Submissions allowed: No (If we decline a story while the submission window is still open, you may send another, but please do not send multiple stories at the same time, or a second story before we have responded to the first.)
ABout the Anthologist
Sarena Ulibarri is the Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press. She earned an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD in 2014. Her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, as well as anthologies such as Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures and Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction. She currently lives in New Mexico.
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