Monday 4 December 2017

Making Monsters Call for Submissions opens

This CFS is now closed!

We have just opened the call for submissions for Making Monsters — a mixed volume of public engagement essays on classical monsters, and speculative fiction short stories and poems that retell or reimagine monsters, their marginality and transgressiveness. This volume is being jointly produced with the Institute of Classical Studies (University of London), and is co-edited by Emma Bridges, an academic there.

We’re really looking forward to this collaborative endeavor and hybrid publication (and even more to being able to announce the   g o r g e o u s   cover art very soon!).

Call for submissions: Short stories and Poetry Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

We are particularly interested in stories and poems that explore the marginality and transgressiveness of female monsters and monstrous women such as Medusa, Scylla, Lilith, Kiyohime or Krasue, in the context of disadvantaged and marginalized women, including intersections with other axes of oppression and violence such as race, gender identity, sexuality, disability, language and religion. We especially welcome “own voices” fiction and stories by authors from marginalized groups, but we do not require authors to self-identify in any way.

Making Monsters will pay:
  • £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
  • £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry

  1. Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words).
  2. Maximum of 50 lines poetry.
  3. No reprints or simultaneous submissions. Please only send one story and up to three poems (in separate documents, but a single email) at one time.
  4. We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
  5. Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.
  6. Deadline for receipt of submissions is February 28, 2018.

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