Monday 2 January 2012

Outlaw Bodies

Outlaw Bodies, a themed anthology from The Future Fire
Call for Submissions

The “Outlaw Bodies” issue of The Future Fire will gather together stories about the future of human bodies that break boundaries—legal, societal, biological, more.

In the future, what sorts of bodies will be expected and which will violate our expectations—of gender, of ability, of appearance, of functionality? What technological interventions with the "natural" body will be available, expected, discouraged, restricted, forbidden? How will societies ensure conformance to their expectations—through law, through which incentives and disincentives? How will individuals who do not conform to embodied expectations (by choice or otherwise) make their way in these future worlds?

The anthology seeks stories that interrogate these questions from feminist, disability rights, queer, postcolonial and other social-political perspectives, especially intersectional ones, for a special issue on the theme of “Outlaw Bodies,” to be guest co-edited by Lori Selke.

Word count is flexible, but we are unlikely to accept any story over 10,000 words. Send your stories as an attachment to: We prefer .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt files—query first for any other format.

Deadline: May 1, 2012.
Payment: $35/story.

About the publisher: The Future Fire is an e-published magazine showcasing new writing in Social-Political Speculative Fiction. See our manifesto at for more details.

About the editor: Lori Selke has been published in Strange Horizons and Asimov’s. She’s been active in queer, sex radical and feminist activist circles for over two decades. She is also the former editor/publisher of the tiny lit zine Problem Child.


A Question Of ITIL said...

Reposted here,-a-themed-anthology-from-the-future-fire-call-for-submissions

Djibril said...

That's great! Very many thanks for the signal boost.

Djibril said...

We've had a couple of requests for further information on the Outlaw Bodies CFS, which we're happy to answer here.

1. Poetry: the Outlaw Bodies anthology will not consider poetry submissions, sorry. (TFF continues to consider poetry submissions as before, although we receive them very rarely.)

2. Reprints: the Outlaw Bodies anthology will consider submissions of previously published stories, but we will only pay $20 per story for this category, and they will of course be a harder sell than previously unseen pieces.