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Long Hidden guidelines [Apr. 8th, 2013|03:40 pm]
Marissa Lingen

So. Many of you know that rosefox and Daniel Older are doing an anthology called Long Hidden, which features historical contexts and perspectives not often seen in speculative fiction. But did you know that you can submit to this anthology? It's true! For a limited time only! Well...until July 31. Which is not that limited. Especially if you start thinking about your stories now.

Here's the thing about this anthology: if you are thinking of a story, and you think, "Maybe they won't want it," write it anyway! If you are thinking, "Maybe the people I think are marginalized are not the people they think are marginalized," write it anyway! If you think of a story with an unusual voice before 1400 or after 1920, write it anyway! If it doesn't fit their guidelines, don't send it to them--I don't want you telling them I wanted you to ignore the guidelines for what you actually send in, because I don't. But just thinking about the more general topic before I saw the specific guidelines gave me two story ideas that don't fit the guidelines as well as at least one that does. And this doesn't mean it's time to grouse about the guidelines! Not a bit of it! It means that poking our brains for what will be interesting little-seen settings and viewpoints is a very good thing. So what if one of my story ideas was centered around the Civilian Conservation Corps and is outside the guidelines temporally? It's still worth doing a story like that and sending it other places. Let yourself be inspired! Because while I don't know Daniel, I think both Daniel and Rose would be incredibly pleased if this anthology prompted a bunch of stories that were off in wildly different directions, even if some of those directions weren't exactly what they're looking for in this particular anthology. Use it as a prompt. Think of something different. Dive in. Have fun.

But if it fits the guidelines, have that fun by July 31, because then you can send it to them, and I bet they are just dying to find out what different things are coming their way. I know I would be.

[User Picture]From: lollardfish
2013-04-08 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about the year selection (Rose, Mrissa says you read LJ). How did you decide on those dates? I'm an historian and curious about how people think about and divide up the past.
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[User Picture]From: rosefox
2013-04-10 06:30 am (UTC)
We started out talking about how, in the U.S., the familiar stories about non-European-descended people on the continents we now call the Americas go something like:

Incans or Mayans or something? Are those the same?
Smallpox blankets and everyone died
Thanksgiving (though mostly that's about the white folks)
Civil War
Oh wait, I think Chinese people built railroads or something
Martin Luther King Jr.

So our original date range was going to be something like 1490s to 1960s. After some discussion and various stated preferences between the editors and the publishers, we ended up with the date range we have, decided by committee and therefore not quite perfect for anyone but satisfactory to everyone.

(I won't deny that we've also talked about doing a pre-1400s sequel anthology if this one goes well.)

Edited at 2013-04-10 06:32 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-04-10 11:22 am (UTC)
I am All About the pre-1400s sequel if it ever happens. Oh My Yes.
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[User Picture]From: lollardfish
2013-04-10 12:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Have you read Mann's work, 1491? It's pretty well thought of given the context of popular history.
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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2013-04-09 04:37 pm (UTC)
I would want to read your CCC story!
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[User Picture]From: rosefox
2013-04-10 06:32 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the plug! And yes, every time we get a good story that's not quite right for the anthology, I beam at the thought of that story going out into the world and finding a home somewhere else. We want to change the whole conversation. This is just a starting point.
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