Hey, spoonies, your humble SpAN editor here, to talk about an exciting call-for-submissions opportunity!
2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the release of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. That book was instrumental in inviting us to see science, the inner soul, and the body in a whole new way. To mark this milestone, Renaissance press and editors Kate Story and SpAN contributor Derek Newman-Stille are gathering poems and stories for an anthology called We Shall Be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On.
Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, sparking the genres of horror and science fiction. On this, the 200th anniversary of its publication, the narrative is more relevant than ever. We live in an age where we need to ask critical questions about the limits of science. How do scientific pursuits relate to the body? Attention to issues of disability lead us to consider how identity relates to the body, and how the body can shift and change over time. Shelley’s bodily assemblage – a collective of parts given life – still shapes our ideas about ourselves, and about what we create to be our monsters. This anthology will gather together tales inspired by Shelley’s strange alchemy, lightning strikes of inspiration from Frankenstein. We are looking for a broad range of stories, from direct interactions with Shelley’s texts to explorations of the stitched, assembled body and narrative experiments in monstrous creations.
I like that this anthology is looking for writers to submit works that also focus on disability and people’s perception of it. This looks like a great opportunity for spoonie authors to get their monster game on! I know I’ll be submitting! The deadline is Dec 30, 2017.
You can read their submission guidelines and see what they’re offering as payment. Please don’t forget to support the Kickstarter and tell your friends to support it, too! There are some cool rewards at different levels.
Have fun writing, my spoonie monsters. And good luck!