Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology.
The stories contain world-building that probes alternative economies; fantastic scenarios with economic implications; engaging plots that show the effect of alien economic systems on the lives and relationships of individuals within. In short, these are gripping stories set in fantastic worlds with intriguing and imaginative economic arrangements.
note for authors: see the bottom of this page for submission information
Our immediate goal is to make Strange Economics as successful as it can be, packed with awesome science fiction and stories. Our long-term goal is to produce a series of high-quality, themed SFF anthologies, and to create new paid opportunities for speculative fiction writers, with regular calls for submissions. Strange Economics will be the first in a series of anthologies. We hope to eventually offer professional rates as we see success with our projects. For now, we offer semi-professional rates.
We are compiling high-quality science fiction and fantasy stories to contribute to the literature of ideas. We want stories that stick with you long after you're done reading—stories you want to talk about and share with your friends. We want stories with depth that demonstrate a different way of looking at the world, stories that envision an alternative reality or explore philosophical concepts, presented in the form of a compelling narrative.
All of our stories explore ideas through personal drama. They feature characters we care about caught in difficult struggles. They are page-turners with a strong hook, gripping narrative momentum, and a satisfying resolution.
We believe diversity is a strength, especially in storytelling. We encourage submissions from individuals from marginalized communities or historically disenfranchised groups. We want a diverse range of voices. We want to hear stories from people who can speak on behalf of perspectives that have been underrepresented in the genre, and in society at large. Diversity enriches our stories, and it enriches our lives.
Our editorial team comprises more than a dozen volunteers from the Toronto Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers meetup. We are writers, editors, academics, and professionals.
Your support is integral to our success. As such, we'd like to give you a say in the direction of future anthologies. So, one of the rewards being offered is a chance to vote on future anthology themes.
Here are four possible themes for our next anthologies.
- Strange Art
- Strange Natures
- Strange Homes
- Strange Wars
$3900 - We will produce a second anthology with original cover art and higher rates for contributing authors. Supporters will vote on the theme.
$6100 - We will produce a third anthology with original cover art and higher rates for contributing authors. Supporters will vote on the theme.
All additional funds raised above stretch goals will go to contributing authors and artists in the form of higher rates or additional stories purchased.
How To Help
Besides becoming a supporter, you could really help us by spreading the word about the Strange Economics anthology. We'd love if you could take a minute to share this Kickstarter page on your social media. The signal boost will really help us! More awareness means more supporters as well as more authors submitting stories. We want this project to be as successful as possible, and you can be a big part of that by spreading the word.
Thanks for your help! We really appreciate it!
Prospective Authors - Open Call and Submission Information
This page is the home for the anthology's open call for submissions. It will remain open after the anthology is funded.
We are interpreting the theme "economics" as broadly as possible. If your story has to do with exchange, buying or selling, employment, economic class and status, et cetera, send it our way.
General Submission Information:
- Payment: we pay a semi-professional rate of CDN 1.5 c/w. Payments will be made via Paypal within a month of publication.
- Submission window: Sept 14, 12:01 AM to Oct 30, 11:59 PM.
- Reprints: we are accepting original, unpublished stories only.
- Length: we are looking for stories up to 10,000 words. We are more interested in stories in the 2k to 5k range.
- Poetry: we are not accepting poetry for this anthology, sorry. Keep your eyes open for our future anthologies, though. We have a few editors interested in poetry.
- Simultaneous submissions: simsubs are okay, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Multiple submissions: please send us only your best work, and wait for a response before submitting something else.
- Rights purchased: we are seeking 6 month exclusive world rights in print and electronic formats; non-exclusive rights thereafter.
- Formatting: we ask for standard manuscript format.
- Anonymity: please include your name and contact information in your manuscript, as per standard manuscript format.
- Cover letter: a short cover letter is fine.
- E-mail header for submissions: 'Submission: "<story title>", by <your name>'. note: formatting your header incorrectly may result in your story being automatically deleted by e-mail filter.
- Include your story as an attachment in rtf format (if converting your story to rtf creates formatting problems for you, it will for us, too).
- Send submissions to strangeeconomics at gmail dot com.
Risks and challenges
We have a large team of enthusiastic volunteers on the team. I am counting on them to maintain this enthusiasm as they power through the slush-pile and push stories through our three-stage selection process. This is the main challenge of this project. Fortunately, I have a ton of confidence in our team.
We are expecting a mountain of submissions from SFF writers. The quality of the end-product will depend on the number and quality of submissions we are able to attract. Hopefully, writers from far and wide will send us many submissions, allowing us to put together a great collection by picking out the gems. Ultimately, the overall success of the project depends on the writers and the quality of stories we receive. This is the main risk. We need to ensure that the project is promoted widely enough to attract the right talent and the right stories.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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