Anthology Call: The Reinvented Heart

Science fiction often thinks about the technology and science without considering the ways social structures will change as tech changes — or not. What will relationships look like in the future when we have complications like clones, uploaded intelligences, artificial brains, or body augmentation? What happens when emotions like love and friendship span vast distances — in space, in time, and in the heart? And as we acknowledge differences in gender in a way we never have before, what stories are finally given the space in which to emerge?

Among the stories I hope to see:

  • Stories that focus on the relationship between an individual and a community or communities, or even on relationships between communities or social groups.
  • Stories that complicate sex and gender by showing how shifting technology may affect social attitudes and practices.
  • Stories with romances that reinvent traditional tropes and recast them for the 21st century.
  • Stories that experiment, astonish, and entertain.

This anthology is open to female and nonbinary writers.
Writers of color, QUILTBAG writers, writers with disabilities, and neuro-diverse writers are actively encouraged to apply, as are writers from outside the United States.

Open for submissions Oct 1-October 31. Submission portal.

Please remove identifying information from the manuscript, but otherwise use standard manuscript format.
Length: 500-5000 words (5k is going to be a tough sell)
Buying: Original fiction; exclusive rights for 18 months with standard “best of” anthology exceptions.
Paying: 8 cents a word (SFWA pro rates)
No multiple or simultaneous submissions

Submissions open Oct 1 and close October 31.
The first round of reading will run November 1 through the end of the month. All submissions will be informed on December 1 whether or not they are being held for further consideration. The final table of contents will be announced on December 31.

The book will be published in the summer of 2021 by Arc Manor Press.

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About Cat

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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