Saturday, September 21, 2013

Diversity, multicultural flats, writing opp, contest

Spec author Martinez on diversity

As follow up to the dialogue on cultural appropriation and latinos in speculative fiction, I've got more. First, check out spec novelist A. Lee Martinez's post on diversity, where he writes:

"Fantasy and science fiction could use some diversity, both in its creators and its stories.  It’s still worth talking about. More ethnic diversity would certainly be welcome. It is a sad state of affairs when the most ethnically diverse cast in mainstream science fiction is found in Star Trek movies, all based on a TV show from the 60s." Go here to read and leave comments.

18 years of multicultural books not up

Publisher Lee and Low Books was also mentioned in my two-part report on Chicanos/latinos in publishing. By coincidence, they released a report entitled:  "Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?"

They asked academics, authors, librarians, educators and reviewers this question. Although I don't know if they asked any latino professionals, you can go here to see the stats from the Children's Book Center and comments at Lee and Low.

Halloween writing contest

Check the ad below from spec lit publisher Night Shade Books. From 5 randomly drawn stories, yours may win a free E-book and online publication, including a critique from author/editor Michael J. Martinez. May the odds be with you.

Call for Paranormal submissions
The Corner Club Press is still looking for submissions for their Paranormal-themed issue. They seek poetry, flash fiction and short stories up to 5k words. Previously published work will be considered, as long as the author owns the publishing rights.

Check their guidelines here and send submissions to with "Paranormal Submission" in the subject line.

Es todo, hoy,

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