Sunvault cover reveal!

Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation’s cover:

Artwork by Likhain. Cover design by Joanne Merriam.

26 April 2017

Sunvault cover – nearly there

Nearly there! Come back Wednesday for the cover reveal:

24 April 2017

Open Call: Sharp & Sugar Tooth

Announcing an open call for submissions for Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark, speculative fiction, edited by Octavia Cade and to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books in late 2018 or early 2019.

Sharp & Sugar Tooth is looking for creepy, seductive stories about the dark side of culinary life. The emphasis should be on the preparation, or the consumption, of food—horrifying, mouth-watering stories that make us hungry despite ourselves.

Sharp & Sugar Tooth is part of Upper Rubber Boot’s in the Women Up To No Good anthology series, so subversive, diverse stories with protagonists who identify as girls/women are appreciated. We want these characters in the kitchen—and out of it—using their butcher knives and baking skills to create meals that are dark and lovely and empowering, because consumption has a dangerous and tempting taste…

Stories can be any variety of fantasy or science fiction, provided the element of horror is present. Strong language and sex is no problem, but we’re not interested in torture-porn of humans or animals (regardless of whether they end up on a plate).

  • Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
  • Payment: six cents per word.
  • Publication history: Original stories only. Reprints may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: No.
  • Simultaneous submissions: No.
  • Deadline: 31 July 2017. All stories will be replied to by the end of August.
  • To submit: Please send stories in standard manuscript format, attached in .doc or .rtf files, to octaviacade@hotmail.com with the subject line SUGAR TOOTH. Be sure to provide mailing address and a short bio.
  • 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).

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

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.

23 April 2017

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:

21 April 2017

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:

20 April 2017

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:

19 April 2017

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:

18 April 2017

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:

17 April 2017

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

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