Eco-crips and other stories CFS (call for submissions)
Eco-crips and other stories (title TBD) will be an anthology of 10-12 short fiction stories. This anthology will call for and publish stories that explore issues around disability, animals, and the environment. Olivia Dreisinger is the editor of the anthology. The anthology will be semi-professionally published.
Submissions are open to writers who identify as disabled and/or living with disability. Disability is a spectrum and includes people who identify as disabled, chronically ill, terminally ill, mad, neurodivergent, fat, d/Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision, etc. You do not need to self-disclose your disability identity in your applications.
Stories that we are looking for:
We are looking for stories that imagine how disability interacts with toxic ecologies like ableism, speciesism, and/or environmental injustices (including environmental racism). Stories can (and should) also be mindful of other identities such as race, gender, sexuality, and class, but must explore either the intersections of:
- Disability and animals
- Disability and the environment
- Animals and the environment
- or a combination of all three
We want stories that make readers think about connections between ableism, speciesism, and environmental injustice. We welcome stories that feature disabled animals, unhealthy ecosystems, characters with disabilities, alternate universes, made-up species and so forth. We’re interested in any stories that deal with disabled characters surviving at the end of the world or in the present day, deal with viruses, contagion, the emotional lives of animals, everyday life and relationships, carceral systems, environmental racism, medical systems, and much much more. Stories don’t need to have human narrators and/or characters and can range in tone from humorous to more serious. In the wake of ongoing ecological crisis, we need an anthology like this more than ever.
Stories that will be rejected:
- Stories where disabled people are cured, are seen as magical, or inspirational.
- Stories that are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist and so forth (any story that is harmful to any person or group of people will not be considered).
- Please send your completed stories to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight PST on June 15, 2020. You are more than welcome to email me at any time with questions about the project.
- Story length is between 2500-7500 words.
- Attach the story as a .doc or .docx file with the author’s name, the story title, and the word count on the first page. Please indicate if your story is a reprint and where it has previously appeared.
- Include a short bio with your submission (optional, but always welcome).
All contributors will receive a $100 (CAD) honorarium for their accepted submission. You will retain sole copyright of your work. If the book gets picked up by a publishing house, I will issue additional payments for your work.
About the Editor:
Olivia Dreisinger is a sick independent scholar specializing in all things disability. She is the director of two documentaries: Handler is crazy and disabled! She holds an MA in English Literature from McGill University and will be starting a PhD this coming fall at the University of British Columbia.