Congratulations are in order for World Weaver Press. Their Kickstarter Campaign is funded! (But don’t neglect those stretch goals, they still have cool stuff they want to do.) This means the Brazilian anthology, Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastic Stories in a Sustainable World will be coming out in English. It also means that World Weaver will be releasing another solarpunk anthology of original stories written in English called Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers. They’ve posted their call for submissions, and in it they say:
Solarpunk is a type of eco-conscious science fiction that imagines an optimistic future founded on renewable energies. It might take place in a wind-powered skyscraper or on a solar-powered robotic farm, in a bustling green-roofed metropolis or in a small but tech-saavy desert village. Often coupled with an art nouveau aesthetic, and always inclusive and diverse, solarpunk stories show the ways we have adapted to climate change, or the ways we have overcome it.
For this anthology, I want to see solarpunk summers. Show me futuristic stories that take place in summer, whether that involves a summer night in a rooftop garden, or characters adapting to extreme heat and weather, or an annual migration to cooler lands. Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias.
We’re a northern hemisphere publisher, but southern hemisphere summers are also welcome!
Their site even provides suggested reading for inspiration.
…speculative romance between 20,000 words and 100,000 words. Romance isn’t all we publish, but it’s all we’re looking for right now. Romance that does not contain a speculative element (i.e. fantasy or science fiction) will not be considered. We are looking for standalones, duologies, or trilogies only. Longer series will not be considered at this time. Query only the first book, but mention if the book is the first of a duology or trilogy. We publish in both digital (ebook) and paperback (print on demand) formats. Unagented submissions welcome.
This is a great opportunity to work with an up-and-coming small press!
Emily Mah is a writer and the owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, a company that provides formatting and cover design services for independent authors and publishers. Her last interview for Black Gate was with the editor in chief of World Weaver Press, Sarena Ulibarri.