Magazine Seeks Sci-Fi Shorts, Artwork


Writers who identify as people of colour are invited to submit science fiction short stories and artwork to an upcoming Lightspeed anthology, Trinidad’s Guardian reports.

“We’re looking for science fiction short stories of up to 10,000 words, reflective of the issue’s theme, written by writers of colour,” reads the call for submissions for Lightspeed’s People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction!.

“Note that there’s a POC Destroy Fantasy issue planned, so the editors of the science fiction issue are going to make some judgement calls about whether a story is science fiction. Note also that we will not be asking writers who submit stories to tell us what makes them ‘people of colour.’ We leave that up to your world experience, your conscience, your sense of community, and your sense of fair play.”

The guidelines add, “We are also looking for artists who identify as persons of color to submit work for the People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction! issue. Payment is US$200 for the cover illustration and US$100 for each of eight story illustrations. Interested applicants should send an email with the subject line “POCs Destroy SF Artists” with a link to images of your works.”

Caribbean speculative fiction author Nalo Hopkinson and Filipino science fiction poet and fiction writer Kristine Ong Muslim are the co-editors of the issue.

Deadline for submissions is February 19.

Image: Peter Doig

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