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Taking Submissions: The Food Of My People
August 1, 2017
Deadline: August 1st, 2017
Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD)
Note: Only 5% of authors accepted will be from outside of Canada.
Speculative writing, whatever the sub-genre, is full of food scenes. Food can be integral to the magic, the meetings, the processes of narratives from hard SF to high fantasy. For all of us, eating is a symbolic and magical act, a transformation, a covenant, a ritual, a comfort, and a necessity, and this awareness has been expressed in story – all the way from myth, legend and fairy tale to modern speculative writing – in many memorable ways. Alice eats and drinks to participate in Wonderland, Ripley’s alien has to feed its young, Persephone eats the pomegranate seeds and spends half her life in the Underworld, the witch entices Hansel and Gretel with food to become food, the food in 2001‘s famous white room is spookily nutritious and generic, and Soylent Green is people.
See the story “The Food of My People” by Candas that sparked this anthology, and began as an enquiry into what might be the everyday magic of the post-aboriginal incomers to the Canadian prairies, the culture of the jellied salad and the Saskatoon pie. Ursula Pflug and Colleen Anderson chose it for Playground of Lost Toys (Exile Editions, 2015), and when Candas read the story at ICFA she and Ursula were enthusiastic with how many people stayed after to share stories of their food and heritage – including recipes! … and the idea for The Food of My People: the anthology, was born.
Your submission can be in any speculative genre that suits the theme of your story.
Length: up to 5000 words. Art that relates to/complements the recipe may also be considered (i.e. if it runs through the story, or somehow adds a special “flavour” to the work, etc.).
Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy.
All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada. Note: if you are an ex-pat living abroad, or from another country, we do have a 10% window for content by non-Canadian residents.
We want to include a wide and diverse range of voices, including writers of colour and of indigenous/Native heritage, Francophone writers, those with disabilities, the vast LGBTQ2IA, and new generation writers (aged 18-30). As is our publishing tradition, we encourage works from creative people who come from all walks of life, those who are under-represented through the mainstream, because Exile cares a lot about the multiplicity of voices and perspectives that make up Canada.
No multiple submissions (send us your best stuff!). If you receive a rejection before the deadline, you may submit a new work.
We are looking for original fiction and artwork. Reprints will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances.
Submit stories in standard manuscript format as a .doc, .docx or .rtf, with indented paragraphs, italics in italics, and bold in bold. Include a cover letter with your name, story title, word count, full contact information, and previous publications in the body of the email.
Submissions in English only, although stories translated into English are also acceptable.
Rights purchased: First English-language rights & non-exclusive Anthology rights for one year from publication (print and eBook).
Submit via Submittable at:
Deadline: August 1st, 2017
Reading Period: April 1 to August 1st, 2017, and replies will come before or by September 1st, 2017
Expected publication date: TBD
If you have any further questions, please write to us at [email protected]
Via: Exile Publishing.
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Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!