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Call for Submissions: Reprint Antho of Bi- and Genderqueer SF

Announcement time – I will be editing a reprint anthology of bisexual and genderqueer speculative fiction for Lethe Press, to be released in 2012!

SF is the perfect field for exploring the in-between spaces of emotion, performance and sexuality. The queer, the variable, the fluid and the strange are all present in speculative worlds, from classics like Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness to contemporary queer texts like Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest. Speculative fiction is about imagination and extrapolation - what better to extrapolate on than stretching or breaking the binaries of performance, attraction and sexual identity?

As for specifics: The anthology will feature a mix of stories from various speculative fields, including fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I am accepting only reprints, but I am interested in both contemporary and classic material. The anthology will pay a flat fee of $100 per story, word count from 1,000-8,000, though I am willing to be flexible for particularly impressive pieces that run longer.

I'll be both soliciting stories and accepting submissions of previously published material; if you have a favorite bi- or genderqueer short story in a speculative genre, suggest it in the comments of this post. If you have previously published a genderqueer or sexually fluid short story in a speculative genre, please submit with the prior publication information in a cover letter and the story following below in the body of the email, not as an attachment. The deadline for both story suggestions and submissions is November 15th, 2011. Responses will be sent by that date.

Submissions may be sent to BritMandelo (at) hotmail (dot) com. Suggestions from readers and enthusiasts may be left in the comments of this post--please, tell me what your favorite bisexual and genderqueer stories are!

I look forward to seeing what we can put together. Please, if you have a moment, repost and link this call for submissions across your internet neighborhood--I would like to have a wide spectrum of contributors.


That's wonderful! I'm very much looking forward to this.
Thank you!
Good idea for an anthology!
Of course it was!
Thank you!
"A Wild and a Wicked Youth" by Ellen Kushner
Great suggestion.
I would recommend 95% of greygirlbeast's short fiction, but that's probably not very helpful. Also, matociquala's "Swell", which I believe was published in Eclipse 3.
The problem with Kiernan's wonderful work is picking only one story. I might do a poll. *g*
Don't see how you could reprint even an excerpt (assuming you could ever find the translated manga without shelling out the big bucks), but I like the two English-language volumes of The Rose of Versailles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rose_of_Versailles_%28manga%29).

(I saw an untranslated anime, but it was bad. I don't need to know Japanese to recognize the rape-the-one-you-love crap).
It is very interesting; I've seen some of the anime, but it wasn't so great, you're right.
Oo, congratulations! I'll keep my eye out for likely stories, though I can't think of any off the top of my head.
Thank you! Any time you spot one, feel free to point it out.
If authors have more than one piece that is appropriate for submission, would you prefer those stories to be submitted one at a time, or as a multiple sub?
Multiple sub is fine and encouraged, but send them in different emails - easier to keep them sorted.


If a story was previously published, can we submit it with some revisions and/or a different title? Or does it have to be exactly as it was?
That's fine - just note the prior title and where it was published for me.
Suggestions from readers and enthusiasts may be left in the comments of this post--please, tell me what your favorite bisexual and genderqueer stories are!

In case no one has yet mentioned it (or sent it to you): Kelley Eskridge, "The Eye of the Storm" (Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, 1998).
Thanks! I'll check it out.
I've read it and solicited it now - thank you so much for the suggestion! I loved the story.
thank you so much for the suggestion! I loved the story.

You're very welcome! It's possibly my favorite from that anthology. ("No Human Hands to Touch" belongs to Elizabeth E. Wein's Arthurian cycle, which I also love.) I hope you have also read "And Salome Danced," which is the other story of Eskridge's that came to mind.
I had read that one - tough choice, but "The Eye of the Storm" was doing a lot of things thematically that I wanted to be able to include, once I'd seen it.