Submissions for fiction, poetry, and line art are open! See our website for details.
Solarpunk follows in the tradition of steampunk and cyberpunk as the embodiment of a counterculture ideology: innovating a way of life that is better for the present and ultimately better for the future. Concepts like clean energy and sustainability are integral to solarpunk as they are outlets for societal reform. The fight for positive change is where -punk comes into play.
There are various communities online that are imagining and building solarpunk as an idea and an aesthetic, but as a literary movement, it is as yet largely undefined. That’s where you come in. Sunvault is the SF community’s opportunity to define the solarpunk genre. We want to see your conceptions and interpretations of the genre. We want to see what solarpunk looks like to you.
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation will reach outside Western and Anglophone traditions of speculative fiction, showcasing the way environment and environmental issues are talked about and perceived in all parts of the world. The stories will focus on times of environmental crisis and the people inhabiting these tipping points, fighting to affect change and seek solutions, even if it’s already too late. But these are stories of hope, not just disaster! Turn your lens to those crucial moments in a world’s history when change can be made by the right people with the right tools. Remember: hope can spark in even the grimmest of situations.
This upcoming anthology of speculative fiction, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland, will be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books in spring 2017. Sunvault will open to submissions following the funding of this Kickstarter project.
In Canadian vernacular, Upper Rubber Boot is slang for a remote, possibly unhip, probably insignificant place, much like America’s Podunk. Upper Rubber Boot Books was founded in July 2011 to give a voice to writers working from a (metaphorically) remote place, and to that end we publish fine literary and speculative writing, with a special focus on poetry and short story collections, genres which have a particularly difficult time finding a home in the publishing world. URB made a mark in the speculative fiction world with anthologies like Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good and Apocalypse Now.
Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of several books of fiction and poetry: Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), A Roomful of Machines (ELJ Publications, 2015), Grim Series (Popcorn Press, 2012), We Bury the Landscape (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012), as well as Black Arcadia and Lifeboat, two poetry collections from university presses in the Philippines. She also serves as poetry editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, a literary journal published by Epigram Books in Singapore, and co-editor (with Nalo Hopkinson) of Lightspeed Magazine’s “People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction.” Widely published in magazines and anthologies, she grew up and continues to live in rural southern Philippines.
Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and the Andre Norton Award, and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in the Guardian, NPR, Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies The Fire This Time and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. He has taught at St. Johns University, Voices at VONA, Boricua College, and Rikers Island among other sites. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at http://danieljoseolder.net/, on youtube and @djolder on twitter.
A.C. Wise's work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, Shimmer, and the Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015, among other places. Her debut collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, was published by Lethe Press. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly Women to Read column to SF Signal. Find her online at www.acwise.net
Nisi Shawl’s Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is a September 2016 Tor publication. Her story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 and was nominated for that year’s World Fantasy Award. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 35 in 2011, and at the Science Fiction Research Association’s convention in 2013. Shawl is coauthor of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a book based on workshops about writing inclusive fiction she has taught for two decades. She co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. She is a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit supporting the presence of people of color in the fantastic genres, and she also serves on the writing workshop Clarion West’s board of directors. Shawl promises to update her website soon.
Your pledge will not only help cover printing costs but allow us to pay SFWA pro rates of $.06 per word for fiction, $15 per page of poetry, and $100 per page of black and white line art to our contributors! Any additional funding will helps us with shipping, rewards, stretch goals, and other unforeseen expenses.
If we receive 400 paperback pre-orders, we'll do a print run through J&J Printing for domestic orders. J&J Printing is a fantastic Nashville family-run print shop. International orders will have to be fulfilled by the Amazon distributor nearest to the location for cost reasons, but wherever possible URB uses smaller, local shops.
In addition, extra funds will be used for promotion. URB will be able to pay for more ads and send out more review copies. We want to see solarpunk become larger than a sub-genre and influence how people all over the world think about the problems facing us and the next generations.
We have two stretch goals right now. At $7,000, we'll bump author payment up by an extra cent per word (poets up to $17.50 per page).
At $9,000, we'll increase Sunvault's overall word count to 100,000. Another 10k words will allow us to bring you several more stories and poems.
What's a limerick? Consider it a poetic roast. Why would you want one? Because Brontë Wieland is a master at the limerick insult--both poetic and spicy. Trust me, I've experienced it.
What's spray art? Loosely defined, it's a painting made using spray paint on poster board--no brushes. To create the designs, spray artists use plastic lids, paint scrapers, cardboard, magazine pages, and bare fingers to pull fantastic images out of colorful blobs. Check out Phoebe Wagner making a spacescape here!
Kickstarter allows you to fund the creation of things that don't exist yet. In return for your pledge, you get to choose a reward. When you pledge, Kickstarter sends you to Amazon Payments to record your donation--but they don't bill you until the project reaches its end date. You can modify or cancel your pledge until the end date.
At the end of the campaign, we'll send you a survey (to the email address you give Kickstarter) for the information to send your pledge rewards to you. If you give a book as a gift, that's where you can give us contact info for the giftee or library--so, when you check out, give Amazon your own address so they aren't confused about who they're billing.
Some projects (like this one) also have stretch goals. These are optional goals, that would be nice to reach but aren't necessary for the project to go forward. If we reach our goal, but not our stretch goal, your donation will still be billed to your card and we will still send you your reward.
Risks and challenges
Since solarpunk is a new genre, all our contributors are starting from scratch. Even as this Kickstarter is running, we are emailing the top speculative writers asking for commissions, and once we are funded, we will open submissions to all. We want to bring in the best voices to help define this genre and inspire others to creatively face today's environmental and societal problems.
Despite our best planning, problems may crop up: printing delays, tornadoes, alien invasion. We've built in some buffer for timing and budget. Short of a major catastrophe, we should be all right.
Because of our best planning, we might be overwhelmed with orders. (That would be an awesome problem to have.) In the event, J&J Printing assures us they can add extra people to get our orders out the door.
No matter what, we'll keep you updated on our progress and challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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