Silence in the Library Publishing is holding an open call for submissions to the all women Speculative Fiction anthology Athena’s Daughters vol. 2 from June 1st to July 1st, 2014.
- Athena’s Daughters II is an open-call anthology.
- Stories must be written by women.
- Stories must have a woman as the main character.
- Stories must be science fiction, fantasy, or horror genres and their sub-genres.
- Preferred story length: 3,000 – 6,000 words.
- Pay is based on the money raised through the Kickstarter, with all authors getting an equal share of the net revenue. Please see the previous kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters vol. 1 here.
- Publisher: Silence in the Library Publishing
- Guidelines: All stories should come in as Word or .rtf attachments and must include the author’s name and contact information on the submission. Use italics instead of underlines, no fancy fonts (Palatino is preferred), 12pt, double spaced. Include a one-paragraph author’s bio, listing website and social media, and a headshot.
- Stories must conform to the “Indiana Jones” rule of thumb regarding, sex, violence, language, drug use, etc. We try to keep things here appropriate for most audiences, so if it’s something you’d conceivably see in an Indiana Jones story, it should be fine (i.e., melting faces are okay, F-bombs, in general, are not).
- Send submissions to: submissions@silenceinthelibrarypublishin
g.com and in the subject please state “Athena’s Daughters II.” In the body of the email please include a short summary/pitch of your story.
- Stories MUST be complete. Partial or incomplete submissions will not be read.
- Submission window is June 1-July 1. Stories received outside the window will not be read.
- Stories not conforming with the above guidelines will not be read.
The Kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters vol. 1 was the most successful prose anthology ever on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/athenas-daughters-women-in-science-fiction-and-fan), with stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Sherwood Smith, and Cleolinda Jones among many others, and edited by Jean Rabe.
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From my journal, dated 3 March 2002
On Monday something crazy happened. We were flying our Form Solo. I was “lead” so I named our flight “Vader” flight, cool eh? So anyway I was flying us out to the area (2F) & as soon as I leveled us off @ 6500ft I noticed my oil pressure was dropping. This is bad because if it drops too low your propeller will feather & your plane becomes a glider—basically your engine is worthless.
I stayed calm & let my flight instructor know about my problem. The instructor in the chase plane sent my wing home & followed me down & made my radio calls for me while I executed my emergency landing at Brewton field. My landing was ugly—but I was nervous. I didn’t break anything & I’m alive.
Again, you can read the whole thing here FOR FREE.
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Please don’t forget the kickstarter for Elected is going on now! We’ve made it to our first stretch goal, where everyone gets a free digital copy of Jean Rabe’s novella Wurms.
It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.
As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, mean-while battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is some-how connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life. The Kickstarter for this book is available here.
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WYNDE is an epic tale that captures the political and visceral dangers of intergalactic war, while relating a young woman’s personal struggle to stay true to her family and fulfill her destiny.
A bold flying maneuver won Vespa’s team the Airspar Championships during her first year at Kedu Academy. Two years later some, like her father, still say her choice was rash and reckless.
Celebrating her graduation, Vespa awakens amid an alien terrorist attack on the Kavil moon. With the entire human fleet pinned in the port by their own damaged warship, annihilation seems certain until Vespa aims her airblade at the doomed vessel. She intends to retrieve WISPER—a pilot assistance artificial intelligence she created—but its safety protocols, designed by Vespa’s father, eject her from the cockpit before she has the chance. While her impulsive decision helps thwart the Orkan assault and saves numerous lives, WISPER’s destruction strains the previously deep bond with her father.
Vespa must bear the consequences of her actions while the government of her home planet, Prime, struggles to comprehend the implications of the strike. Relations with their longtime trade partners are further challenged by the arrival of a military task force from the Protectorate, human colonists who had left Prime centuries ago and who bring a far different perspective on the Orkan’s intentions.
As the prospect of war grows, Vespa enlists into an elite military unit relying on Protectorate expertise to train spaceblade pilots. But she can’t defeat the invaders alone—success will take teamwork. With Vespa uncertain who she can trust and the lives of her family and friends at stake, she must sort allies from enemies and repair her relationship with her father before it is too late. When the Orkans launch an even more vicious attack to seize the Kavil moon, another fateful choice may be inevitable.
WYNDE blends contemporary themes, military science fiction, and romance into a sweeping saga that is sure to please broad audiences who enjoy the fantastical universes of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Star Wars. Its diverse cast, filled with strong female characters, will challenge readers’ expectations and biases, while taking them through a rich, moving, and entertaining experience.
You can pick up your copy of Wynde here.
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Lastly, I made a couple posts on twitter and tumblr regarding the importance of diversity and representation in media which you should check out – the catalyst being, of course, the recent Star Wars cast announcement.
Ailionora > http://www.ailionora.com > http://www.ailionora.com/2014/05/06/open-call-submissions-athenas-daughters-ii-things/