Call for Submissions
I’ve learned a lot from the discussion on Twitter under the #DiversityinSFF tag and I thought, as the Acquisitions Editor for Masque Books, that I’d write a bit about what kinds of books we’d like to acquire in addition to the awesome that we have already acquired–and published.
We have already published books about a queer, disabled woman of color and the spaceship she’s waited her whole life for, a steampunk adventure with an out-of-the-ordinary heroine, and the travels of a young woman through the land of dreams.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help make this community I love more inclusive and diverse through acquiring books like these.
We want to acquire speculative fiction books that represent the full range of human experience–different nationalities and races, gender identities, sexual orientations, class, sizes, religions, and ability. Not just that, we want our authors to be as diverse as their fiction and we especially encourage submissions from writers from groups which are traditionally unrepresented (or represented badly) in speculative fiction.
We’re off to a good start, but we can and must do better. Which is where you–yes, you!–come in.
If we want to publish books that reflect that diversity, we need submissions. We need science fiction romance and science fantasy. We need military science fiction and paranormal fantasy. We need planetary romance and cyberpunk. We need space opera and epic fantasy. We want to publish it all and the only way we’re going to be able to do that is with your help.
We want books that are well-written and compulsively readable. If you’re interested in sending us something, here are the full submission guidelines.
And we also would love to send electronic ARCs out to a diverse population of reviewers–bloggers, especially. If you’re interested in reviewing any of our titles, drop me an email, leave a comment, or find me on Twitter and I’ll make sure you get a copy. All you need to do in return is send us a link to your review (good or bad!).