Call for submissions for futuristic imaginaries
Not afraid of the ruins #2: Local science fictions
Utopian dreamers, other-worldly explorers, and psychonautic adventurers; scholars, activists, students, and critics: drawing inspiration from the online political ecology magazine Uneven Earth and following the success of the 2017 round of submissions, you are invited to submit your ideas for the 2019 call for submissions for the collaborative writing project Not Afraid of the Ruins. The goal for this year’s call will be to once again showcase new, original, creative, and critical reflections to foster intimate and productive conversations across the intellectual and creative arts.
The fertile ground between science fiction and social/environmental justice has long been an arena for speculation and exploration by academics, activists, and creative writers. From the academy to the field and beyond, the works of science fiction writers such as Octavia E. Butler, Ursula Le Guin and Margaret Atwood (among many, many, many others) have presented unique corollaries to the diverse worlds and experiences we encounter in political ecology and social/environmental justice research and activism. The goal with this project is to create a space explicitly open to exploring such convergences, a space that is neither formally academic nor wholly creative fiction, but instead, in the true spirit of Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, seeks to tap the potential that exists in the liminal space between these otherwise isolated worlds of thought. The hope is that such an endeavor will produce seeds for imagining that will go forward and populate unexpected places both far and near.
This year, submissions should highlight people, places, stories and characters that are not typically represented in the traditional Science Fiction canon. There is particular interest in submissions exploring ‘local science fictions’ through pieces that engage with place-based histories and geographies. Some examples for inspiration:
- Aliens landing in Soweto, South Africa
- Solarpunk in Belgrade, Serbia
- The development of a sharing economy in a post-mining community, Northern Sweden
- Local revolution against the soy plantation industry in the Cordoba Province, Argentina
- Space colonisation, inter-planetary mining and a water-based economy in Singapore
- Anti-petroleum activism in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
While the word count is not strict, you are encouraged to limit submissions to approximately 2,500 words. Submissions can be either fiction or non-fiction.
Not Afraid of the Ruins is a collaborative project and all submissions are vetted and edited by friendly NAOTR comrades; it is not a peer reviewed academic journal. As such, NAOTR hope that both fiction and non-fiction submissions alike are written in a clear and accessible style and you are discouraged from strictly academic writing and excessive jargon. While the organisers are unable to provide funding or financial compensation for submissions, they hope to create the possibility for publication opportunities beyond the blog.
This year, NAOTR are accepting submissions only (no proposals). To submit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th, 2019 which includes:
- A short biographical paragraph about yourself (2 to 4 sentences)
- A manuscript of the full submission
- Any accompanying artwork or visuals (We highly encourage a number of visuals for each piece. These can be photographs, digital art, video, or anything else you can think of! Please be sure to follow proper copyright rules and cite sources when appropriate.)
If you are interested in submitting in a language other than English, you are encouraged to contact the team to check if they have the capacity to edit your piece.
For a better idea about the NAOTR project as well as more submission inspiration, visit the online blog at http://unevenearth.org/not-afraid-of-the-ruins/