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Phase Change: New SF Energies

The global economy is powered by burning ancient organisms, releasing solar energy first photosynthesised millions of years ago, since decomposed under Earth’s heat and pressure, then, in a great industrial spike, extracted and processed for fuel and fibre, plastic and fertiliser at a rate of acceleration that has triggered catastrophic climatic changes. We must decarbonise; yet as work in the energy humanities has reminded us, energy is not simply a matter of physics and chemistry, technology and innovation, but socially entrenched and environmentally entangled, bound up with questions of history and culture, value and power, sovereignty and survivance. A just transition to renewable and sustainable energy will demand more than new machines and markets that shore up neocolonial extraction and corporate profit. The fossil fuel industry and its hegemonic petroculture not only lubricate the globe and its gadgets but — with the habits of consumption they elicit and the greenwashing deflections they push (footprints, offsets) — shape lives and selves, narratives and concepts, expectations and illusions, and constrain the space for divergent imaginations. Yet other energy systems are possible — and with them, other stories, worlds, futures. Phase Change: New SF Energies seeks diverse original speculative fiction that experiments with alternative energy systems and the aesthetic forms that might accompany them. We are open not only to solarpunk (windpunk, hydropunk, batterypunk…), but also climate fiction, Anthropocene (Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene…) fiction, critical ecotopias and ecodystopias, Indigenous futurism, Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism, hard science fiction, alternate history, magic realism, and the new weird. We want stories that defamiliarise and denaturalise modern energy systems, the exploitation and hierarchies they perpetuate and the necessities they presume. Stories that imagine and interrogate energy transitions and futures in all their complexity and agonism, their price as well as their promise. Stories that go beyond both nihilistic apocalypticism and techno-optimistic ecomodernism to conjure alternative forms of economy and ecology, metabolism and prosthesis, infrastructure and commons, technique and know-how, mobility and interdependence. We want stories of phase change. The anthology will be edited by writer and researcher Matthew Chrulew (@negentropist), published in paperback and ebook form in the first quarter of 2022 by the World Fantasy Award-winning Twelfth Planet Press, and launched at an exhibition curated by the Energy Futures Visualisation project of Curtin University’s School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry. Pay Rate: AU$0.20 per word for previously unpublished fiction, plus a pro-rata share in royalties Word Count: Up to 5000 words Due Date: 30 November, 2021 We seek first world print and electronic English-language rights. We seek work from writers of all backgrounds and communities, especially those historically marginalised and under-represented. No simultaneous submissions. We will respond by mid-December, 2021. Submit your work in standard manuscript format

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Closes to Submissions on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1:00 PM (UTC)

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Festive-themed Novellas

2018 has been tough, and we’re only halfway through. We’re gonna need some hot cocoa, a cozy story, and a warm blanket by the time the end of the year rolls by. Twelfth Planet Press is looking to publish a series of festive-themed novellas that will bring joy, laughter and comfort. We’re looking for a diverse range of authors, story settings, time periods, cultural backgrounds and protagonists. We are a science fiction, fantasy and horror publishing house, however for this call, we are also open to crime, romance, and contemporary fiction. The most important aspects of your story should be that it is set at or near the end of the year, and include or revolve around the festive season – for example Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, New Years Eve. We’re interested in hearing from marginalised writers: for example, people under the QUILTBAG umbrella, including intersex people; people of colour, including Indigenous and Native writers from around the world; and disabled people. That said, we also welcome stories from authors who aren’t marginalised. Please don’t self-reject – we want your stories! If you feel your intersections are relevant to your story, you may mention them in your cover letter, but this is not required. We respect your privacy. Your novella should be between 17 000 and 40 000 words. It should not have been published previously in any medium, including limited audience media such as Patreon. Publication will be by ebook. Payment will be by way of an advance of US$300 against royalties of 40% of all monies received by the publisher, paid twice yearly. Please note: we do not send payment by way of cheque. Submissions will open on 1 August 2018 and close on 31 August 2018 There will be a second open period for fantasy, science fiction, horror, and crime novellas in September. See http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/submissions for those guidelines. No multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions.

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Novella Series

We are looking to build a kickass series of novellas that defines and redefines the Twelfth Planet Press brand. We want gritty pieces that challenge the system and punch the patriarchy in the face. We want stories that resist and rebel… and maybe also books that comfort & inspire. For when things are bad out there in the world. We are looking for books that feed the angry soul. We’re interested in hearing from marginalised writers more generally: for example, people under the QUILTBAG umbrella, including intersex people; people of colour, including Indigenous and Native writers from around the world; and disabled people. That said, we also welcome stories from authors who aren’t marginalised. Please don’t self-reject – we want your stories! If you feel your intersections are relevant to your story, you may mention them in your cover letter, but this is not required. We respect your privacy. We’re looking for a diverse range of authors, story settings, time periods, cultural backgrounds and protagonists. Magic, history, fantasy, steampunk and science fiction are all welcome. We are also looking for fun, light crime novellas that fit within our Deadlines imprint. Your novella should be between 17 000 and 40 000 words. It should be considered fantasy, science fiction, horror, or crime and not published previously in any medium, including limited audience media such as Patreon. Publication is by ebook in the first instance. Payment is by way of an advance of US$300 and royalties of 40% of all monies received by the publisher, paid twice yearly. Submissions will open on 1 September 2018 and close on 30 November 2018 No multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions. We aim to respond to all submissions by the end of January 2019.

Currently Closed to Submissions