Our anthology-in-progress, Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, will honor science fiction’s living legend, the author of over 20 novels, approximately as many short stories, five notable memoirs and counting, and ten essential books of genre criticism. SFWA Grand Master, Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee, and multiple award-winner Samuel R. Delany (“Chip” to his friends) has inspired and taught many of us in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, directly and indirectly, by example and by intent. We want to demonstrate to the world the power of his work through what we write, and thank him for the grace of his existence. Would you like to be part of this anthology? Read on.
Editor Bill Campbell is the author of three novels, including Koontown Killing Kaper and Sunshine Patriots and the nonfiction collection, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and “Poohbutt” from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad. He also co-edited (along with Edward Austin Hall) Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond and is the owner of Rosarium Publishing.
Open for submissions: September 4, 2014
Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2014
Response time: You’ll hear back from us about your submission by January 29, 2015, at the latest.
Wordcount limits: 1000 to 10,000 for prose
Pay: minimum .05/word up to $400 total per story/essay for original prose; minimum .02/word up to $160 total per story/essay for reprint prose.
Note: Acceptance, contracts, and payments will follow a successful crowdfunding campaign. Campaign will run January 15 - February 15, 2015.
We’re accepting a very few reprints, and plan to include no more than five total in the book. We already have two in mind. You’ll have a much easier time selling us original material.
What we’re looking for: We want stories and critical essays that relate in some way to the strength and beauty of Samuel R. Delany’s body of work. This relationship can be made evident through allusions to the author himself; through allusions to his work’s titles, characters, situations, settings, etc.; through evoking a Delanyesque atmosphere; or through analysis of any of these elements, in the case of nonfiction. We’re hoping for essays which elucidate his important, lasting contributions to literature; and for fiction inspired by these contributions.
What we’re not looking for: Please don’t send us your parodies of Delany or his work. We’re also not at all confident you’ll impress us with your serious attempts to reproduce his style; if you must try us with something along those lines, be aware that’s going to be an extremely hard sell. Further, because Delany’s critical writing though rigorous, is so clear and easily understandable, we’re not at all interested in deliberately obscurantist, jargon-laden critical essays.
How to submit:
Once the submission period opens, we’ll accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY. We’ll destroy unread anything you send before September 4 or after December 1. During that period, send your submissions as attached .rtf or .doc files to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message you can include any previous publishing credits you’d like to mention, and make any statement you care to make about your connections to Delany.
How to support without submitting: Check back here this January 15 - February 15, 2015 to participate in our crowdfunding campaign.
Publication and review copies: Our press is Rosarium, noted publisher of Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Beyond. We expect to publish Stories for Chip in July 2015, and to make ARCs available to reviewers in March 2015.
WHO WE ARE:
Editor Nisi Shawl is the author of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning collection Filter House. Delany pronounced her one of the best short story writers he has ever read. Previously she edited Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars and WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity. With Rebecca J. Holden, Shawl co-edited Locus Award finalist Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Since its inception in 2011, she has edited reviews for The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a feminist literary quarterly. She’s a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a board member for Clarion West.