Sunvault cover – midway

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation next Wednesday! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards), is a midway point of the cover painting:

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Sunvault cover – beginning

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation next Wednesday! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards), is the beginning of the cover painting:

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Sunvault cover – colors

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation in a week! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards), is a color study of the final concept:

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Sunvault cover – pencils

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation in eight days! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards), is a pencil study of the final concept:

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Sunvault cover – rough concept

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation in nine days! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards), is the final concept, very rough:

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Sunvault cover – detail from early concept

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation a week Wednesday! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards!), is a detail from early concept drawings:

15 April 2017

Open call: Broad Knowledge

Announcing an open call for submissions for Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark and speculative fiction in the Women Up To No Good book series, co-edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books.

Authors must identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity.

This anthology will be themed around the idea of knowledge (learning/science/education/training/etc). Stories may be funny or serious, set anywhere on or off the world, in any time period, but must feature female protagonists whose knowledge is integral to the plot/conflict.

  • Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
  • Payment: six cents per word.
  • Genres: Dark and speculative fiction encompasses horror, science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, and we welcome all of these genres.
  • Publication history: Original stories only. Reprints may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: No.
  • Simultaneous submissions: No.
  • Deadline: 30 May 2017. We plan to reply within one to two months from the deadline.
  • To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
         (a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
         (b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
         (c) make sure you provide the following information: legal name (if different from the name you write under), mailing address, and word count.
    Put “WOMEN UP TO NO GOOD” in the subject line.
  • If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rightsholder that you are authorized to translate and submit it (both author and translator will receive full payment).

We encourage and welcome stories from voices underrepresented in speculative fiction, including (but not limited to) writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers in translation.

25 February 2017

Two fathers use poems to teach their kids about growing up black in America

Psyched to see PBS Newshour featuring Floodgate poets Geffrey Davis and F. Douglas Brown’s “What I Mean When I Say Harmony“!

13 February 2017

Announcing Small Press Week 2017

Small presses, the authors they’ve published, and the readers who love them, will talk about exciting new releases, classic back-catalogue titles, and what makes small press publishing so fearless, fierce, and intimate—using the hashtag #SPWeek17.

We’ll also have 7 one-day hashtags, each concentrating on a different facet of publishing:

Sunday November 19

#SPWtips: Kick off #SPWeek17 with some tips and advice for writers submitting to your press, whether new, aspiring, mid-list, or old pros!

Monday November 20

#SPWpast: How did you get started? How did you get where you are now? Talk about past titles, moments of glory and moments of despair, and anything else that has gone into making your press unique!

Tuesday November 21

#SPWpresent: Every Tuesday is #newreleasetuesday, but this Tuesday is for featuring all of your current 2017 releases, no matter when their release date.

Wednesday November 22

#SPWfuture: What’s on the horizon for your press and its authors? Share your goals and initiatives, your most creative projects, and where you want your press to be in 5, 10, or 100 years!

Thursday November 23

#SPWzoom: Zoom in to provide excerpts, close-up photos, and anecdotes about your new books.

Friday November 24

#SPWreads: Recommend some #FridayReads: what books from other presses are you loving? (Tip: when possible, tag the authors and publishers you’re praising.)

Saturday November 25

#SPWshop: Encourage holiday shoppers to support small press! Talk about what makes our books and our authors special, how you’re embedded in your local community, and how independent publishers help writers to nurture and sustain the literary conversation. And be sure to talk up your titles! (Tip: also use #shopsmall for greater visibility, since today is Small Business Saturday.)

Remember to hashtag every post with #SPWeek17 so people can find the whole sprawling discussion in one place!

Small presses and their editors can also join us on Facebook for announcements and discussion, and participate in our anticipatory hashtag campaign #smallpressQs.

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Announcing #smallpressQs (Small Press Questions)

Small Press Week 2016 (#SPWeek16) was so much fun that we’ve decided to have regular mini-conversations under the hashtag #smallpressQs starting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 Central, 4 Pacific). We’ll have these discussions every second week with a different question each time—including discussions devoted to taking questions from writers!

  • Wed 02/01 7:00 p.m. EST: What new books or projects are you working on?
  • Wed 02/15 7:00 p.m. EST: What books are you most excited about right now?
  • Wed 03/01 7:00 p.m. EST: How did your press get started?
  • Wed 03/15 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 03/29 7:00 p.m. EST: Which genres do you prefer to read (personally & professionally)?
  • Wed 04/12 7:00 p.m. EST: What are some of your favorite covers, both yours and from other presses?
  • Wed 04/26 7:00 p.m. EST: What are you reading?
  • Wed 05/10 7:00 p.m. EST: Can you share some photos of your publishing process?
  • Wed 05/24 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 06/07 7:00 p.m. EST: What new books or projects are you working on?
  • Wed 06/21 7:00 p.m. EST: What challenges do you find most difficult in publishing?
  • Wed 07/05 7:00 p.m. EST: Are you a writer? An artist? How much does your personal creative life leak over into your small press publishing?
  • Wed 07/19 7:00 p.m. EST: What books are you most excited about right now?
  • Wed 08/02 7:00 p.m. EST: What big picture dreams do you have about the future of your press?
  • Wed 08/16 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 08/30 7:00 p.m. EST: What are your influences, aesthetic, and mission?
  • Wed 09/13 7:00 p.m. EST: What new books or projects are you working on?
  • Wed 09/27 7:00 p.m. EST: Should publishers try to be technology innovators and players?
  • Wed 10/11 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 10/25 7:00 p.m. EST: What are you reading?
  • Wed 11/08 7:00 p.m. EST: What about small press publishing is particularly exciting right now?

And join us to gear up for Small Press Week 2017 (#SPWeek17) from Sunday, Nov 19 through Saturday, Nov 25!

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