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UQP to publish Indigenous speculative fiction anthology

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) will publish an anthology of Indigenous speculative fiction in collaboration with Koori and Lebanese writer Mykaela Saunders, who will curate and edit the collection.

UQP and Saunders are calling for submissions by emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers who write ‘speculative fiction that is weirdly bold, Black and excellent—from science-fiction, climate fiction, fantasy, futurism, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, horror, gothic, and all speculative genres in-between’.

‘I want to read your work for a collection of blackfella speculative fiction I’m editing,’ wrote Saunders in a call-out on her website. ‘I seek work written by us, with a strong preference for stories written for us and about us. I’m looking for stories that take place outside the bounds of consensus reality, that are rooted in our ways of doing, being, knowing—or becoming.

‘Spec-fic is a big and porous basket that holds all the slippery types of stories together, including science fiction, climate fiction, alternate history, futurism, post/apocalyptic, utopian, dystopian, fantasy, horror, gothic, surrealism, magic realism, and slipstream. I want to read work that affirms or extends or subverts these genres, or collapses them into new forms, or discards their conventions entirely.

‘I just want ripping good yarns, told in interesting ways.’

Writers can submit up two stories of no more than 5000 words each. Successful applicants will be paid $500.

UQP will publish the anthology in 2022. For more information, click here.


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