The Evolution of the Human Body

Submission Guidelines

The Future Embodied – An anthology of speculative stories exploring how science and technology might change our bodies and what it means to be human.

The editors are looking for character-driven, near-future stories of how the trajectory of current science and technology could impact our daily lives and choices. Social sciences and as-yet-untested or anecdotal discoveries are fair game. If an idea or discovery has the potential to impact human behavior and bodies, it could make a great story.

What Type of Stories We’re Looking For:

We are looking for stories of medical and aesthetic body modification.  Consider topics like genetic engineering, prosthetics, implants, body ornamentation, surgical augmentation, and age retardation or reversal.

Surprise us.  Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before.

We want this anthology to embody the wide range of human experience, voices, and bodies, and, in particular, to credibly consider our present and future demographics. You are encouraged to populate your stories of the future with the kinds of bodies that have been under-represented in speculative fiction but which should be ever more present in visions of our near future — aging bodies, obese bodies, chronically ill bodies, diverse racial and multi-racial bodies, bodies from diverse geographies…

Good Fiction Examples:

What do we want to avoid:

  • This anthology specifically is concentrating on the evolution of the human body through technology. We are not looking for disembodied avatar stories.
  • We enjoy historical science fiction, but this is not the anthology for it.
  • We are not looking for poetry for this anthology.

Details:

Word-count: 2,000 to 5,500

Worldwide print and e-book rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months). Exceptions will be made for stories accepted for “Best Of” anthologies.

The Future Embodied will be available in both print and e-book formats.

Submissions open March 1, 2013, and will close at 11:59 PST on April 15, 2013.

You may submit at: future.embodied.anthology@gmail.com (Do not submit before March 1st 2013 or your submission will be deleted)

Queries and questions may be sent to future.embodied.anthology@gmail.com.  (You may send queries and questions anytime.)

All responses will be accepted or rejected by July 15th, 2013. Please do not query about submitted stories before then.

No multiple or simultaneous submissions.  Our word count limits are hard for open submissions.

Please use standard format guidelines. If it is difficult to read, we will reject your story. Your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page.

Your cover letter should include your complete contact information, story title, approximate word count, and a short bio.

Payment:

3 cents per word, paid within 90 days after publication.  Plus contributor copy of print and e-book.

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27 responses

  1. This sounds very cool. When are you starting the Kickstarter?

    December 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

    • We’re still in the planning stages, but the editors are going to meet-up after the New Year and plot. We wanted to avoid competing with the holidays.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

  2. Forgive my naïveté – or just plain stupidity – can you clarify the worldwide / print rights element? Does this mean that you guys retain exclusive rights for six months, or … ?

    December 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  3. I’m assuming “near future” rules out settings on colonized planets.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:09 am

    • In general, yes. We’re looking for something in the next 50 to 100 years

      January 2, 2013 at 12:13 am

  4. I hope you are able to get the kickstarter going soon. I’m excited to contribute. 😀

    January 8, 2013 at 7:07 am

  5. Do you buy reprints?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:28 am

    • It is unlikely we will buy reprints.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

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  7. Wow, this anthology looks exciting. I’ll be submitting something for sure. 🙂

    January 31, 2013 at 6:48 am

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  9. Natalie

    Great theme. Do you accept multiple submissions?

    February 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

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  12. Looks like an interesting anthology.

    Do you accept simultaneous submissions (as in, if I submit a story to you, is it cool if I hedge my bets and submit the same story elsewhere)?

    March 8, 2013 at 1:56 am

  13. I have just finished a story revision, but I’m at 7000 words and don’t think I an go lower. Would you be interested?

    March 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    • No. Please see our submission guidelines.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  14. This is a fascinating concept for an anthology. I just finished reading the story by Caitlin Kiernan and I’m presuming you are GLBT-friendly, but could you confirm?
    Thank you!

    March 19, 2013 at 3:21 am

    • Yes.

      From our guidelines:

      We want this anthology to embody the wide range of human experience, voices, and bodies, and, in particular, to credibly consider our present and future demographics. You are encouraged to populate your stories of the future with the kinds of bodies that have been under-represented in speculative fiction but which should be ever more present in visions of our near future — aging bodies, obese bodies, chronically ill bodies, diverse racial and multi-racial bodies, bodies from diverse geographies…

      March 19, 2013 at 3:24 am

  15. Jim Johnson

    Sounds like a fun anthology! In what format do you want stories submitted? Word doc or docx, rtf, pdf, pasted into the body of the email, epub, mobi, etc.?

    March 21, 2013 at 12:36 am

  16. I sent an email on the 12th asking if you accept reprints, but never heard back. I now have a new story, but have a fear of ending up in the spam folder. Do you send out notices when you receive a submission?

    March 27, 2013 at 1:40 am

    • As per the guidelines, we will be hard pressed to accept reprints.

      We do not send out notices until we review the story.

      Jason Andrew
      Editor

      March 27, 2013 at 2:06 am

  17. Thanks for the response. I have a new one I sent in. Crossing fingers it bypasses the spam folder.

    March 27, 2013 at 2:13 am

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