Characters of Color
Over at Crossed Genres, "The magazine of science fiction & fantasy with a twist", they're accepting stories of Characters of Color. From their website:
People of color are dramatically underrepresented in speculative fiction. So for our second annual oversized end-of-year issue, we’ve chosen Characters of Color as the theme. All main characters must be characters of color. This applies to both fiction and artwork. We will consider submissions from everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity-–what we’re looking for are characters of color. Everyone is encouraged to submit their work!
The stories do not have to focus on the character’s ethnicity, but it must be clear from the content/context of the story that the MC is a character of color. We are not interested in stereotyped, derogatory or racist caricatures. (This does not mean that you can’t address issues like racism and stereotyping in your stories.
This is a double-sized issue. We’re looking for about 10 stories for the issue! We’re also interested in articles, comics, artwork, reviews, interviews, etc. so long as they’re about the theme. We have our cover art but otherwise we’re open to almost anything. Submissions for Issue 24 accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on September 30.
I'll even help you out with one of my ideas-I'm-never-going-to-use: A black Obama who's really white--and I'm not just talking politically. For more info, go here.
More than a nickel
And over at my alma mater CU-Denver, the lit mag Copper Nickel--that has yet to accept a story of mine--announced:
"Our next contest will open for entries on January 31, 2011. The fiction judge will be Daniel Alarcon. The poetry judge will be Kevin Prufer."
It'll cost you to submit ($15), but the winner receives $1000, plus publication. So, if you think Alarcon might like one of your stories, submit away! Info available on their website, here.
And from C.M. Mayo comes this message:
"I hope this finds you well. I thought you might find this fellowship of this interest for yourself and/or for announcement on La Bloga. I can recommend VCCA very highly-- I've been several times (so, alas, I am ineligible for this fellowship!). I know they'd be really happy to see more applications from California.
You have only 4 days left and if you can't read the ad copy, go here for more info.
Anywhere but . . .
And last, comes this from Bloguista Daniel Olivas:
"Friends, Some nice news. Lyn Miller- Lachmann reviews my short-story collection, Anywhere But L.A. in the Times-Union as part of a broader essay on stereotyping."
To read this fine piece, go here.
Es todo, hoy